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.

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.

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!

Somali Independence Day Festival - GOING VIRTUAL

July 1, 2020

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

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!

West Broadway Farmer's Market

Starts July 10th-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.

Restaurant Week

July 20-26, 2020
Various Locations

Distance Socially. Eat Locally. July 20-26, participating restaurants are offering special two and three course pre-fixe lunches and dinners from $10-$35 per person! The dining deals are everywhere – north, south, east, and west metro – more than 45 local restaurants offering burgers to steaks to sushi. It’s more than fabulous food at unbeatable prices. It's an opportunity to bring energy and hope into the kitchens of our local restaurants. #TakeOut2LiftUp

Aquatennial - CANCELLED, GOING VIRTUAL

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 - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl - GOING VIRTUAL, WITH SOME SOCIALLY DISTANT POP-UPS

July 30th - August 1, 2020
Times Vary
North Minneapolis

Celebrate the arts in North Minneapolis! From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside. FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Coalition that showcase over 300 artists of all ages and experiences at 35 different locations with an exciting day of indoor and outdoor activities. Join us as we come together to create in community and kick off our second decade of shining a light on the Northside through the arts.

Uptown Art Fair - MINI EVENTS PLANNED

July 25-26, 2020
August 1-2, 2020
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 Fringe Festival - GOING VIRTUAL

July 30-August 9, 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.

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.

Vintage on a Dime Sale

August 1, 2020
Tandem Vintage

Check out the fourth annual Vintage on a Dime Sale. Shop racks and racks (and racks!) of vintage clothes, housewares, accessories, kids' vintage, and more at super reasonable prices! Vintage resellers welcome!

This year in addition to Tandem Vintage we will have special guests Arlee Park, Bekah Worley Co, Glamdiggers Vintage, and WAAM Industries.

Early Bird entry: We will be limiting the amount of shoppers this year. 8-9 am will be $20 for early bird entry. Funds raised will be donated to Campaign for Black Men.

9-4 the sale will be open and no entry fee.

Masks will be required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. We will try to social distance as much as possible! Let’s be safe!

Open Streets 2020, Northeast - CANCELLED

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.

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.

Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota

August 27-September 7, 2020
Fine Arts Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds

The Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota will showcase the amazing work of talented artists from across the state. Pieces will be selected through an online juried competition and then displayed in the Fine Arts Center on the State Fairgrounds. Tickets for gallery showings are $10 each. Attendance will be limited to 25 percent of building capacity in order to follow social distancing and other health and safety precautions set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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.