Summer Events

Our summer calendars are as colorful as our parks. You’ll find us shopping at the farmers market, exploring art fairs, staring in awe at fireworks, staying active with 5K runs, balancing it out with beer tastings, getting some sun on a rooftop, and always embarking on a new adventure. We have a major fear of missing out, and you will too! Check out the absolute best summer events in Minneapolis.

Due to recent events regarding COVID-19, please be sure to check the official event website or with event organizers for up to date cancellations and postponements.

CONSTRUCTION ALERT: I-35W, a major interstate that passes through Minneapolis, is under construction for a 2.5 mile stretch – between 43rd and 15th Street. The project is ongoing through fall of 2021 and may affect transport in and out of the city. For more information, refer to the MN Department of Transportation’s detailed report.

Mill City Farmers Market

May-October 2020
Every Saturday

They're back outside for the 2020 season! An essential provider now and always, Mill City Farmers Market’s Saturday Market is Minneapolis' trusted source for local, sustainable and organic groceries, bringing fresh food, cooking education and live entertainment to one beautiful place. Join dozens of local farmers, food makers and artisans – rain or shine – every Saturday for a unique outdoor shopping experience. Visit their website for more information on the Mill City Farmers Market and COVID-19.

Find our favorite Minneapolis farmers markets near you and read about new safety precautions at all Minneapolis farmers markets during this time.

West Broadway Farmer's Market

May-October 2020
Every Friday, 3:00-7:00pm
Freedom Square

Come on down to the West Broadway Farmers Market, and essential providerr, in Minneapolis - delivering fresh food, fresh goods, fresh beats, and fresh community.

Find our favorite Minneapolis farmers markets near you and read about new safety precautions at all Minneapolis farmers markets during this time.

Art-a-Whirl - GOING VIRTUAL

May 2020
Northeast Minneapolis

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is a free open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.

Chrysalis MayDay 2020 - GOING VIRTUAL

May 3, 2020

The MayDay Parade and ceremony in Powderhorn Park is a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities. For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world.

Doors Open - POSTPONED

*New Date: September 12 & 13
10:00am-5:00pm
Various Locations

Get free behind-the-scenes access to over 100 venues all over Minneapolis. This is your chance to tour the city in way you’ve never seen it before. Last year's event allowed the public a sneak peek inside places like First Avenue, the Foshay Tower, the Hotel Ivy, Witch’s Hat Tower, the Government Center, the Minneapolis Convention Center, and the Basilica of St Mary. And while we wait for the postponed event, check out their new initiative: Strolls Through the Streets. You’ll find venues by neighborhood and can learn architectural facts about each venue as well as how organizations inside are responding to this pandemic. Feel free to enter their photo contest through May 11th for a chance to win $250 cash and the opportunity to direct $250 to one of several COVID-19 relief-based organizations!

Minnesota Lynx Home Opener - POSTPONED

May 17, 2020
6:00pm
Target Center

The Minnesota Lynx will start off their season at home vs. the Indiana Fever. Come cheer them on!

Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration - CANCELLED

June 13, 2020
11:00-6:00pm
Bethune Park

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Today, the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, founded 30+ years ago, is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the United States, surpassing even the Texas Celebrations where Juneteenth is a state holiday.

Minneapolis Comedy Festival - MOST DATES POSTPONED

June 15-21, 2020
Various Downtown Minneapolis venues

See comedy superstars and rising sensations such as Nick OFferman, Nicole Byer, Cameron Esposito and plenty more during this week-long comedy festival! Venues include Orpheum Theatre, State Theatre and Pantages Theatre.

Midsommar Celebration 2020 - GOING VIRTUAL

June 20, 2020
American Swedish Institute

Celebrate Nordic tradition with one of Sweden's most popular festivals. The Midsummer (Midsommar) was original held to welcome the season of fertility and is considered to be a magical night to for fortune and telling the future. At this year's event learn more about Swedish history take part in many family-fun activities, dancing, music including Scandinavian folk music and specialty pop-up shops.

Somali Independence Day Festival

June 27, 2020

Come celebrate Somalia's 60th Independence Day right here in Minneapolis. Enjoy music, food, and games, at this annual family friendly street festival.

Uptown Food Truck Festival

June 28, 2020
Lake & Hennepin

Over 65 food trucks showcasing the best local and global dishes ranging from crispy pork belly and green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts and wood fired pizzas. Spend the entire day eating or see what else this popular festival has to offer including two separate stages featuring multiple live bands and DJ's and multiple games and give-aways.

Grand Old Day - CANCELLED

June 2020
Grand Avenue
(in Saint Paul) between Dale St. and Wheeler St.

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul’s first act of summer and the place to be on the first Sunday of June. There is plenty for the entire family to do at the largest one day festival in the upper Midwest. With over 150 food vendors, family fun area, art district, and six festival gardens, this is a day you will not want to miss. Kick off the summer season with the 46th annual Grand Old Day!

Northern Spark - CANCELLED

June 2020
Minneapolis and St. Paul

Celebrate your love of art all night at the Northern Spark festival. From sunset to 2am you can explore downtown Minneapolis and see things like giant video projections, play in temporary installations, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces.

Open Streets 2020, Lyndale - POSTPONED

June 2020
POSTPONED Date: TBD
Lyndale Ave S from 22nd St W to 54th St W

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

Stone Arch Bridge Fest - POSTPONED

June 2020
POSTPONED Date: September 26-27, 2020
Minneapolis Riverfront

Kick off the end of summer with us at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, one of the first outdoor festivals of the season! Located at one of the most iconic places in Minneapolis, the Festival is filled with people excited for the season.

Check out our recommendations of must see places around the celebration!

Twin Cities Pride Parade and Festival - GOING VIRTUAL

June 27-28th, 2020

Twin Cities Pride features events and programing that brings the greater LGBTQ community together to commemorate the diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. The festival is hosted in beautiful Loring Park throughout the weekend. Sunday Morning at 11am the parade walks, moves, and dances down Hennepin Avenue.

Learn how to maximize your Pride Weekend in Minneapolis!

Basilica Block Party - CANCELLED

July 10-11, 2020
The Basilica of St. Mary

The Cities 97 Basilica Block Party features 20 bands playing on 3 stages over a two day period in July. All proceeds from the event go to restoration of the historic landmark and to St. Vincent de Paul’s outreach program which provides services to those in need. This annual concert series is beloved by both visitors and residents who love live music and a good cause.

Find food and hotels close to the party!

Aquatennial

July 22-25, 2020

The Aquatennial or as some say the, “Best Days of Summer” returns with the usual great events and even some new ones. The Torchlight Parade and 5k will take place again, the tennis classic is back in its usual great for, and this year there is even the Candid Canines Film Fest which is a fan submitted doggo video to be shown on the Target Field Station screen. Of course the Target Fireworks, a top 5 national fireworks display, will light up the skyline and the river for everyone to enjoy.

Northeast Dog Parade 2020

July 24, 2020
4:30-5:30pm
Along East Hennepin Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis

Join in or just watch the parade as your heart melts at the sight of dogs, dogs and more dogs!

Carifest Twin Cities

July 24-25, 2020
West River Road (between Plymouth and Broadway Avenues)

In 2020, Carifest will celebrate its 27h consecutive festival and showcase Caribbean musical groups and other Caribbean performances! Enjoy arts and crafts vendors as well as the Caribbean food offerings from the various returning and new vendors.

Loring Park Art Festival

July 25-26, 2020
Loring Park

Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it's 22ndyear. Art lovers will have a chance to see and take home one-of-a-kind pieces, including oil paintings watercolors, handmade paper, sculpture, textiles, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, prints and more. Festival goes can also enjoy food, live music and unique entertainment for the whole family in the beautiful outdoor setting of Loring Park.

Open Streets 2020, East Lake - CANCELLED

July 26, 2020
E Lake St from Elliot Ave to Minnehaha Ave

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

Rock the Garden - CANCELLED

July 2020
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

This year Walker Art Center and The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden!

Twin Cities World Refugee Day - CANCELLED

July 2020
Loring Park

Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a free, family oriented event celebrating the many thousands of refugees in Minnesota through song, dance, food, and storytelling. The purpose is to provide a platform for refugee stories and artistic practices, to honor their lives, and to raise awareness of the millions forced to flee their homes. By putting art at the center of this event, we hope to build bridges across the current political and cultural divides to celebrate the resiliency of our vibrant community.

Summer X Games - CANCELLED

July 2020
Locations vary

X Games returns to Minneapolis with the world’s top action sports competition in Skateboard, BMX and Moto, and world-class musical performances. Once again, the Skateboard and BMX Vert events will be free and open to the public.

Powderhorn Art Fair - GOING VIRTUAL

August 1-2, 2020

The best regionally juried art fair for nearly three decades takes place right in South Minneapolis in picture-perfect Powderhorn Park. It attracts artists from over 25 states and 200 cities making it a local and regional favorite. Shop hundreds of local and regional artists on the serene Powderhorn Lake, taste foods from local food trucks and enjoy exploring the Powderhorn community.

Open Streets 2020, Northeast

August 2, 2020
Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE & Monroe St NE

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

Make A Scene! - POSTPONED

August 7-9, 2020

Make a Scene! is back for a second year. Enjoy a weekend-long celebration of novel live-action narrative games ranging from large to small, silly to serious, and abstract to personal!

It's a LARPing dream come true.

Uptown Art Fair

August 7-9, 2020

The award winning Uptown Art Fair hosts over 350 professional fine artists from around the world whose work spans 12 different media including sculpture, painting, ceramic, jewelry, mixed media, and more. If you find yourself hungry or thirsty throughout the fair 25 different food vendors and several beer gardens are available to take care of those cravings. With nearly 400,000 people attending the fair you’ll be in great company to find that perfect piece of art.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 22-October 4, 2020 (only weekends)

King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day.

Minnesota State Fair - CANCELLED

August 27-September 7, 2020
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Since 1859 the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state attracting more than 1.9 million guests annually. There’s something for every here. Foodies (anything and everything on a stick), art lovers, music fans, animal lovers, and more get together to experience the finest showcase of Minnesota’s agriculture, art, and industry.

Minnesota Fringe Festival - CANCELLED

August 2020

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a wild ride across the performing arts. Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country, celebrating its 27th year in 2020. Witness one of a kind acts that are debuted for the first time during the festival.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

September 11-13, 2020
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Bringing people together to experience Greek culture and faith while supporting philanthropy!

Open Streets 2019, West Broadway

September 12, 2020
West Broadway from Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.