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.
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.
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.