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.

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.

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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.

Aquatennial

July 20-23, 2022

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.

Loring Park Art Festival

July 30 - 31, 2022
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 State Fair

August 25 - September 5, 2022
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.