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.

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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 2021
Every Saturday, 8am-1pm

They're back outside for the 2021 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. Masks are required.

Find our favorite Minneapolis farmers markets near you.

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.

Downtown Thursdays

Starting at 6am
Various Locations in Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown is the place to be each Thursday this summer! Take in the Nicollet Farmers Market and Nicollet Makers Market from 6 am-2 pm. At Peavey Plaza, enjoy MNSpin live music (12-1 pm), free lawn games (11:30 am-1:30 pm), and piano performances (5-6 pm). The Mississippi Park Connection is offering Lock and Dam tours plus 10% off paddle share tickets. The Walker Art Center has its Target Free Thursday Nights from 5-9 pm. Plus, enjoy summer evenings with Happy Hours at our fantastic downtown restaurant scene. There will be special events and activities throughout the summer, so follow along and enjoy the fun. See you downtown.

The Black Market Events

July 31, 2021
Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex

The Black Market is a market event where people may sell and purchase goods, learn about services, connect with community, enjoy live entertainment, and, taste a multitude of foods from around the cities. Their mission is to assist in increasing the visibility of black-owned businesses in MN. They provide a vibrant, unique space for community to gather, eat, shop, and connect. From shopping to family fun, The Black Market has it all!

This is a free event, open to the public, masks are required.

Loring Park Art Festival

July 31 - August 1, 2021
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.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

August 5-15, 2021

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. The 2021 Minnesota Fringe Festival will feature virtual 139 pre-recorded and live shows and in-person independently produced live shows.

Nershfest

August 7, 2021
Inbound BrewCo

Expect a stellar lineup of local music on an outdoor stage, top-notch craft beer, delicious food trucks, super dope festival swag and more. Nershfest is for all those who love live music and have ever felt inspired by its power here in the Twin Cities.

Emiliano Zapata Celebration

August 8, 2021
NW corner of Chicago & Lake, south Minneapolis

You're invited to participate in this community event that will include live music and dance performances, showcasing the sister cities relationship between Minneapolis and Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Performances include Aztec dancers, folkloric dancers and a mariachi.

Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival

August 12-14, 2021
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 year will have more art, performances, crafts and fun! Come out and join this inclusive and joyful experience in the heart of downtown Minneapolis!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 21-October 3, 2021 (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.

Minnesota State Fair

August 26 - September 6, 2021
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.

Summer Beer Dabbler

August 28, 2021
CHS Field

Summer Beer Dabbler celebrates its 12th anniversary when it returns to CHS Field. Over 130 breweries and cideries will be pouring the best local, national, and international beers and ciders they have to offer for Beer Dabbler attendees.

Pair the drinks with live music, fun activities, and ballpark food, for a summer tradition like no other.

Red Bull Urban Portage

August 28, 2021

Red Bull Urban Portage, in collaboration with the Loppet Foundation, is a marathon-distance paddle and portage race on the Mississippi River. This is the ultimate adventure race, featuring a combination of paddling, running, and navigation. Beginning at Father Hennepin Park, the course charts downstream on the Mississippi River toward Fort Snelling, before heading back upstream to the finish line at BF Nelson Park (North of Downtown).

Become a participant or come watch for free!

Basilica Block Party

September 10-11, 2021
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!

Minneapolis Greek Festival

September 10-12, 2021
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

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

Open Streets 2021, West Broadway

September 11, 2021
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 2021, Nicollet

September 19, 2021
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 2021, Lyndale

October 10, 2021
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.