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.

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.

Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival

Begins August 16th, 2020
Downtown Minneapolis - Nicollet and Hennepin

The annual Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival is a free and unique downtown art experience for residents and visitors that celebrates street art in all its forms. This event will feature scattered site street art installations by 16 artists along Nicollet and Hennepin.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival - CANCELLED

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.

Great Global Get-Together

August 27-September 6, 2020
Midtown Global Market

Midtown Global Market will host the “Great Global Get-Together” over days which would have been the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. Many Market businesses are annual Minnesota State Fair vendors as well as rotating restaurants in Taste of Midtown Global Market booth within the Fair’s International Bazaar. Nearly every restaurant and retail store in the Market will participate in the Great Global Get-Together by offering State Fair favorites and discounts.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Parade

September 19 & 20, 2020
September 26 & 27, 2020
October 2-4, 2020

The first-ever Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Parade is a drive-through experience featuring over 30 of your favorite Festival foods. There will be exciting entertainment, featured artisans, and a chance to support Minnesota’s great Renaissance Tradition from the comfort and safety of your vehicle.

Minneapolis Greek Festival - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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.