Summer Events

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.

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 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.

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.

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. More than 30 parks take part in playing movies - check out Movies in the Park full schedule to find a location and time that works for you! 5 parks participate in hosting live music throughout the summer - make plans now and check out this year's schedule for each park!

Lake Harriet Band Shell Full Schedule
Nicollet Island Full Schedule
Father Hennepin Bluff Full Schedule
Minnehaha Full Schedule
Bryant Square Full Schedule

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.

NEMAA Night at Bauhaus Brew Labs

June 27th, 2019
5:00-7:30pm
Bauhaus Brew Labs

The second in a series of NEMAA art nights at Bauhaus Brew Labs, participants will learn how to make their own monsters and be able to take home their creations, all while enjoying Bauhaus beer, mingling with other artists and art lovers, and catching up with the NEMAA board. Come meet Anjee Mai Emerson, and learn a new skill in a relaxed and fun atmosphere!

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.

July 4th Marathon and Fireworks

July 4th, 2019

Sign up for the Red, White & Boom! marathon before you settle in for fireworks. Check out the detailed race information and registration, then take a look at our top places to watch Fourth of July fireworks and check back closer to the holiday for a list of our favorite events.

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.

Find food and hotels close to the party!

Bonjour Bastille Day!

July 14, 2019
2:00-9:00pm
Free, rain or shine!
Barbette

There’s no one better than Barbette to pay homage to the national French celebration. For 16 years it’s been voila! As guests are transported to France for an afternoon of frites, drink and entertainment. Join us for the 17th Annual Bastille Day Block Party!

Serving picnic eats and MN Nice Cream!

Open Streets 2019, Lake and Minnehaha

July 21st, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
E Lake St from Elliot Ave to Minnehaha Ave; Minnehaha Ave from Lake St to E Minnehaha Parkway / Godfrey Parkway

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.

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!

Make A Scene!

July 26th-28th, 2019
Emerge Community Development

Make a Scene! is a brand-new scenario festival in the Twin Cities. Enjoy a weekend-long celebration of novel live-action narrative games ranging from large to small, silly to serious, and abstract to personal!

It's a LARPing dream come true.

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. Get your tickets now!

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.

Open Streets 2019, Northeast

August 4th, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE & Monroe St NE

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.

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
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.

Purchase your Minnesota State Fair tickets at Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center this summer! We are the only pick-up location downtown Minneapolis.

Open Streets 2019, Franklin

August 25th, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
Franklin Ave E from Portland Ave to 28th Ave S

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.

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!

Open Streets 2019, University of Minnesota & Motley

September 8th, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, and Oak St SE

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 2019, West Broadway

September 14th, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
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 2019, Nicollet

September 22nd, 2019
11:00am-5:00pm
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.