Summer Events

In Minneapolis, there’s never a good reason to stay home. Our summer calendars are as colorful as our parks and as full as our patios. 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.

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 Farmer's Market

All Summer

We're back outside for the 2018 season! 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 over 60 local farmers, food makers and artisans – rain or shine – this Saturday for a unique outdoor shopping experience.

City Works Bottomless Boozy Brunch

Memorial Day-Labor Day 2018
During brunch hours

Every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, guests can visit the eatery and pour house to get their day-drinking back into summer shape and toast to brunch with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. Along with choice of brunch entrée, bottomless brunchers can imbibe with the refreshing mimosa made with fresh squeezed orange juice and Champagne, or a Bloody Mary, featuring a spicy house Bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Music & Movies in the Park

Memorial Day-Labor Day
Live music times vary
Movies start 15 minutes after sunset

Known for our #1 park system, summer in Minneapolis means Music & Movies in the Park. Brought to you by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, parks across the city will feature free outdoor music or movies from Memorial Day through Labor Day! Perfect for a night of relaxation in the summer weather, grab a date, some friends or the whole family. More than 30 parks take part in playing movies - check out Movies in the Park full schedule to find a location and time that works for you! 5 parks participate in hosting live music throughout the summer - make plans now and check out this year's schedule for each park!

Lake Harriet Band Shell Full Schedule 
Nicollet Island Full Schedule
Father Hennepin Bluff Full Schedule 
Minnehaha Full Schedule
Bryant Square Full Schedule

Sociable Summer: Market Fest

July 14th, August 11th & September 8th, 2018
12:00-5:00pm
Sociable Cider Werks

Minneapolis Craft Market returns to Sociable Cider Werks with a series of outdoor summer markets on July 14th, August 11th, and September 8th. We have a different lineup of makers each time, so visit us all summer long. Our markets are always dog and family-friendly, so bring the whole crew, sip, shop, and spend the day with us.

Aquatennial

July 18-21st, 2018

The Aquatennial or as some say the, “Best Days of Summer” returns July 18th 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.

Summer X Games

July 19-22, 2018
Locations vary 

After a successful inaugural year in 2017, 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 on Thursday, July 19, will be free and open to the public. X Fest will also be free to the public on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. General admission tickets start at $20 with VIP, one-day and three-day experiences, and music options offered.

International Day of Music at Orchestra Hall

July 21st, 2018
Noon-Midnight
Orchestra Hall

A free, 12-hour music marathon featuring performances of many musical genres on multiple stages at Orchestra Hall for audiences of all ages. Jam out indoors and outdoors at three different stages! Plus, enjoy a $5 happy hour from 12-2pm and 6-7pm.

Minneapolis Summer Tequila Tasting Festival

July 21st, 2018
4:00-6:00pm
Prime 6

Tequila enthusiasts unite as you embark on a journey to warm up your taste buds as you taste a variety of tequilas! Get ready for a fun filled event for tequila fanatics and for those not yet a fan, get ready to be converted!

Open Streets 2018, Lake and Minnehaha

July 22nd, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm 
E Lake St from Elliot Ave to Minnehaha Ave; Minnehaha Ave from Lake St to E Minnehaha Parkway / Godfrey Parkway

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.

Sister Cities Day 2018

July 22nd, 2018
1:00-5:00pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion
FREE and open to the public

Join us as we celebrate all 12 of the Minneapolis Sister Cities with a FREE Ice Cream Social & gathering on Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis. This family event features multi-cultural entertainment, children activities, ice cream and refreshments. The event highlights all of Minneapolis’ International Sister Cities, with a special spotlight this year on the 10th anniversary of our Sister City with Cuernavaca, Mexico!

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

July 26th-28th, 2018
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.

Twin Cities Carifest

July 27-28th, 2018
11:00am-10:00pm
West River Road N. & 17th Ave. N

Carifest is an annual event that fosters and celebrates Caribbean culture in Minnesota and takes place every fourth weekend of July. In 2018 Carifest will celebrate its 25th consecutive festival! The festival will showcase a masquerade parade, Caribbean musical groups, other Caribbean performances and will offer multitudes of Caribbean food. Tickets are $10 ($7 in advance). Come on down!

Visit the official Carifest website to learn more about the event and the organizers behind it!

Adult Night Out at the Minnesota Zoo

July 27th, 2018
6:00-9:00pm
Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is celebrating “40 Years of Amazing” with guest experiences, animal care stories and wildlife conservation successes. Explore a grown-up, kid-free version of the Minnesota Zoo after hours and enjoy cocktails and keeper talks during our July event. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

All Pints North Experience Tour

July 28th, 2018
10:00am-9:30pm

We will start the day off enjoying a customized donut and coffee from one of our very own local partners, Angel Food Bakery. Then we will venture up to Duluth on our luxury coach bus with an exclusive stop in Superior at a hidden gem, Thirsty Pagan Brewing.  Here you'll experience a behind the scenes tour plus enjoy their outdoor beer garden with some of the best pizza and beer around.   Pizza buffet and any pint of your choice is included. We will bypass the long lines to get into All Pints North festival!  Many special exclusive brews will be at this event that you will not want to miss!

Loring Park Art Festival

July 28-29th, 2018
Loring Park

Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it's 19th year. 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.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

August 2-12th, 2018

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 25th anniversary this year. In 2016, the annual festival had attendance of 47,855 for 864 performances of 168 shows and featured the work of over 1,100 artists. Witness one of a kind acts that are debuted for the first time during the festival.

Uptown Art Fair

August 3-5th, 2018

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.

Crayfest 2018

August 4th, 2018
12:00-8:00pm
Smack Shack

Crayfest is back! Join us on Saturday, August 4th from 12-8pm for the best party of summer. Enjoy live music, our crayfish eating contest, all-you-can-eat crayfish boil, burgers and brats and all-you-can-enjoy beer and hurricanes. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets $30-$50.

Powderhorn Art Fair

August 4-5th, 2018

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 twenty-six states and 216 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 2018, Northeast

August 5th, 2018
10:00am-10:00pm
Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE, Monroe St NE, & E Hennepin 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.

12th Annual Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots!

August 5th, 2018
2:00-8:00pm
Red Stag Supperclub

Red Stag Supperclub & The Growler are proud to bring you Minneapolis's First Collaboration Festival - In Cahoots! 17 local breweries and 1 distillery form 9 teams to create 9 new collaboration beers that will debut at this year's block party. You vote on the best brew! A portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team's local charity. The free event will be held outside during Open Streets Minneapolis.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 18th-September 30th, 2018 (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.

Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

August 19th, 2018
3:00-9:00pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and a host of other cultural exhibits and demonstrations will line several paths throughout the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for the 20th annual Como Park Japanese Obon Festival. Admission is $5.00 per adult (13+), $3.00 per child (ages 3-12) and Seniors (ages 65+), free for children under 3. Free shuttle bus service will be available from a staffed off-site parking lot located at 1930 Como Ave.

Minnesota State Fair

August 23rd-September 3rd

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.

Purchase your Minnesota State Fair tickets at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet! We are the only pick-up location downtown Minneapolis.

Reggae & Jerk Fest

August 25th, 2018
12:00-10:00pm
The Cabooze

Join the fun at the First Annual Reggae & Jerk Festival! Spend your day with music and Caribbean cuisine. All ages event, kids under 13 free. Limited $20 tickets are now available online.

Open Streets 2018, Franklin

August 26th, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
Franklin Ave E from Portland Ave to 28th Ave S

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.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2018
12:00-10:00pm
September 9th, 2018
12:00-6:00pm
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

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

Open Streets 2018, West Broadway

September 15th, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
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.

Open Streets 2018, Nicollet

September 23rd, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
Nicollet Ave from W Lake St to 46th 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.

Open Streets 2018, University of Minnesota

September 30th, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, and Oak St SE

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.