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.
Mill City Farmer's Market All Summer
They're back outside for the 2019 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.
2019 Mayday Parade May 5th, 2019 Powderhorn Park
The MayDay Parade and ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become 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.
Art-a-Whirl May 17th-19th, 2019 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.
The Vikings Begin Exhibition May 17th-October 27th, 2019 American Swedish Institute
The Vikings Begin, one of the American Swedish Institute’s most significant exhibitions to date, is the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary collection of early Viking boat burial artifacts! The magnificent installation features Viking helmets, swords, jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with historical significance, that tell stories about the people buried with them and the society they belonged to.
Minnesota Lynx Home Opener May 25th, 2019 7:00pm Target Center
The Minnesota Lynx will start off their season at home vs. the Chicago Sky. Come cheer them on!
Grand Old Day June 2nd, 2019 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 June 14th-15th, 2019 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. This year's festival theme is "We Are Here", and will take place over two nights in St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood, the American Indian Cultural Corridor and The Commons in Minneapolis.
Stone Arch Bridge Fest June 14th-16th, 2019 Minneapolis Riverfront
Kick off the start 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.
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Uptown Food Truck Festival June 23rd, 2019 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.
Inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival June 24th-30th, 2019 Various Downtown Minneapolis venues
See comedy superstars and rising sensations such as John Crist, Seth Myers, Bob Newhart, George Lopez, Cedric "The Entertainer", D.L. Hughley, Rhett & Link, Cody Ko & Noel Miller, 85 South and plenty more during this week-long comedy festival! Venues include Target Center, Orpheum Theatre, State Theatre and Pantages Theatre.
Rock the Garden June 29th, 2019 Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
This year Walker Art Center and The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden!
Somali Independence Day Festival June 29th, 2019 1:30-8:00pm
Come celebrate Somalia's 59th Independence Day right here in Minneapolis - on Lake Street between Blaisdell and Stevens Avenue. Enjoy music, food, and games, at this annual family friendly street festival
Twin Cities Pride Parade and Festival June 29th-30th, 2019 Loring Park
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 July 12th-13th, 2019 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.
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Aquatennial July 24th-27th, 2019
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.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl July 25th-27th, 2019 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.
Carifest Twin Cities July 26th-27th, 2019 West River Road (between Plymouth and Broadway Avenues)
In 2019, Carifest will celebrate its 26th 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, including West Indies Soul Food, Reggae Vibes, Naturally Delicious, Vashnu Mandir, Roses Kitchen, Bawarchi Indian Cursine, El Barrito Macardo, Cleaveroy Caribbean BBQ and Caribbean Heat. Check out their current
flyer and keep up to date with more on their website!
Loring Park Art Festival July 27th-28th, 2019 Loring Park
Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it's 20th 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.
Summer X Games August 1st-4th, 2019 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. 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.
Minnesota Fringe Festival August 1st-11th, 2019
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 26th year in 2019. Witness one of a kind acts that are debuted for the first time during the festival.
Uptown Art Fair August 2nd-4th, 2019
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.
Powderhorn Art Fair August 3rd-4th, 2019
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.
Twin Cities Polish Festival August 9th-11th, 2019 SE Main Street, Minneapolis
Step on down to the Twin Cities Polish Festival, a world-class celebration of Polish culture and heritage. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn along Old Main Street and enjoy a kaleidoscope of unique cultural and educational displays, food and musical and dance entertainment. Come one come all!
Minnesota Renaissance Festival August 17th-September 29th, 2019 (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 18th, 2019 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 22nd-September 2nd, 2019
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.
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Minneapolis Greek Festival September 6th-8th, 2019 St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
Bringing people together to experience Greek culture and faith while supporting philanthropy!