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.

Mill City Farmer's Market

All Summer

We're back outside for the 2018 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.

Mega Festival de Reggaeton con Ivy Queen, Angel & Khriz, Sensato de Barrio & Joey Montana

May 18th, 2018
Minneapolis Convention Center

Megafiesta Festival de Reggaeton con Ivy Queen, Angel & Khriz, Sensato de Barrio & Joey Montana en Minneapolis, MN. El 18 de Mayo en Minneapolis Convention Center

Art-a-Whirl

May 18-20th, 2018
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.

Celebrate Pan Asian Heritage at Mall of America®

May 19th, 2018
11:00am-8:00pm

Pan Asian Arts Alliance and Asian Media Access will join together at Mall of America to host the seventh annual Pan Asian Arts Festival on Saturday, May 19 in the Rotunda. Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Asian culture through dance and singing performances, fashion displays and other talent showcasing the Twin Cities’ Asian communities representing all different regions of Asia. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Minnesota Lynx Home Opener

May 20th, 2018
4:00pm
Target Center

Looking to defend their 2017 WNBA Championship, the Minnesota Lynx will start off their season at home vs. the LA Sparks. This will be a re-match of last year's Finals, so emotions will be running high at this game.

Black Fashion Week MN

May 25th-30th, 2018
7:00pm
Moxy Minneapolis Uptown

Black Fashion Week MN kicks off Friday, May 25th at the Moxy Hotel in Uptown! The week begins with the Made in America Black Excellence Collection by HWMR and Akua Gabby by Jacqueline Addison. Get your tickets now!

Memory Lanes Block Party

May 26th & 27th, 2018
3:00pm-2:00am on both days
Memory Lanes

Memory Lanes is proud to host their 10th annual Memorial Day Weekend block party. This two day party will feature a wide range of music, food, drinks and indoor-outdoor activities, Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th. The event is $5 per day and both 21+ and free after 10:00pm! Check out the music lineup and make your plans now!

City Works Bottomless Boozy Brunch

Memorial Day-Labor Day 2018
During brunch hours

Every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, guests can visit the eatery and pour house to get their day-drinking back into summer shape and toast to brunch with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. Along with choice of brunch entrée, bottomless brunchers can imbibe with the refreshing mimosa made with fresh squeezed orange juice and Champagne, or a Bloody Mary, featuring a spicy house Bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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

Lake Street Dumpling Tour

June 2nd, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
Midtown Farmers Market

Dumplings. Sambusas. Momos. Empanadas. Samosas. Ravioli.
Let's hang out on Lake Street and eat sweet and savory dough filled packages of deliciousness. Enjoy this self-guided tour anyway you like: on your bike, by car, via the 21 bus, or on rollerblades! Plus, win prizes and enjoy entertainment, and additional drink and food specials. Space is limited, so get your tickets now!

Grand Old Day

June 3rd, 2018
Streets open at 8:00am
Parade starts at 9:30am at Dale St. (heads West)
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 45th annual Grand Old Day! The festivities end at 6:00 pm between (Victoria and Snelling) and 5:00 pm (Snelling to Wheeler).

U.S. Bank Stadium hosts JACK’s Music on the Plaza

Thursdays in June, 2018

5:00pm–9:00pm
First Act at 6 pm; Headliner at 7:30 pm

U.S. Bank Stadium’s Downtown East Plaza

Each Thursday in June U.S. Bank Stadium is hosting a concert series on the Downtown East Plaza for all ages with food trucks, beverage specials, live music, lawn games and more. Stop by and spend your Thursday evenings after work with your colleagues and friends at this free, outdoor event! First act begins at 6:00 pm and the headliners at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, June 7: Erin Chase; Ladies of the 80’s
Thursday, June 14: School of Rock; Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars
Thursday, June 21: Mark Healey; Free Fallin’ – A Tribute to the Memory of Tom Petty
Thursday, June 28: The MTV’s; Pop ROCKS

Celebration of Prince's Life

June 9th, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
Sabathani Community Center

Celebrate Prince's life at his former junior high school! Enjoy a screening of Purple Rain the movie, a Prince look-a-like contest, and a Prince lip-syncing contest! Movie screening is free and other admission can be paid at the door, while contest entries can be paid online.

Lake Street Taco Crawl

June 9th, 2018
11:00am-6:00pm
Lake Street

Explore the taco establishments along Lake Street between Nicollet and Hiawatha! About two miles one way, visit five food trucks and more brick and mortar locations. Save the hassle of driving and parking for another day, grab a helmet and bicycle and have the freedom to go to and fro. Bring cash for tacos and water!

*If raining, date will be changed  to July 22nd, 2018.

Open Streets 2018, Lyndale

June 10th, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm 
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.

Northern Spark

June 15-16th, 2018
Downtown Minneapolis

Celebrate your love of art all night at the Northern Spark festival. From sunset (9:02pm) 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 will take place over two nights at 3 different locations, The Commons, Minneapolis Central Library, and Nicollet. Northern Spark is all about bringing people together from different backgrounds to experience art and light on the streets of Minneapolis.

Stone Arch Bridge Fest

June 15-17th, 2018
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.

Check out our recommendations of must see places around the celebration!

Minnesota Parent's 5th Annual Kid Fest

June 16th, 2018
Lake Harriett Bandshell

Put on by Minnesota Parent Magazine, the 5th Annual Kid Fest. It's a free event filled with summer day activities, including prize wheels, balloon giveaways and arts & crafts projects. There will also be live music and bands throughout the day.

Rock the Garden

June 16th, 2018
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

This year Walker Art Center and The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden after a full renovation of the garden. The concert is headlined by Father John Misty and the rest of the line-up will also include Feist, Kamasi Washington, P.O.S, Nikki Lane, Chastity Brown, Low Cut Connie, and Shame.

Midsommar Celebration 2018

June 16th, 2018
American Swedish Institute

Celebrate Nordic tradition with one of Sweden's most popular festivals. The Midsummer (Midsommar) was original held to welcome the season of fertility and is considered to be a magical night to for fortune and telling the future. At this year's event learn more about Swedish history take part in many family-fun activities, dancing, music including Scandinavian folk music and specialty pop-up shops.

Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration

June 16th, 2018
10:00am

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Today, the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, founded 30 years ago, is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the United States, surpassing even the Texas Celebrations where Juneteenth is a state holiday.

Pride Kick-Off Party

June 16th, 2018
12:00-5:00pm
Insight Brewing

What do you get when you combine beer culture with Pride? Gay by Volume (aka GBV) and we’re taking it to 100% with an outdoor Pride kick-off party! On Saturday, June 16th from 12pm - 5 pm we’re celebrating everything LGBTQIA with: three specialty casks, drag kings and queens, inflatable unicorn jousting, a photo booth, delicious food and more. Save the date, stay tuned for details, and get ready to CELEBRATE our beautiful community here in the Twin Cities.

Bend It at Brit's

June 21st, 2018
7:30pm
Brit's Pub

We are delighted to once again be partnering with YogaFit to present "Bend it a Brit's" - a one-hour complimentary yoga session outside on our lawn.No registration necessary, just grab your yoga mat and come on down! Other dates are August 30th and September 12th.

Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride

June 22th
Loring Park

The Beer Dabbler is back for the sixth year to kick off Twin Cities Pride weekend with a night of craft beer sampling from 50 Minnesota breweries, live music, and fun activities—all in the beautiful Loring Park. Whether you’re enjoying the local beer, the music, or taking part of the silent disco you’re going to have a great time at this Beer Dabbler. All are welcome here. All we need you to do is have fun and stay safe.

Twin Cities Pride Parade and Festival

June 23-24th, 2018
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!

Rainbow Run 5K

June 24th, 2018

Now in its SEVENTH YEAR, the Rainbow Run is a 5K that supports the annual Pride celebration. The run starts at Boom Island at 9:30am and the last mile is the Parade Route where those gathering for the parade cheer you on. All runners (ages 21+) get a free beer at the Twin Cities Pride Festival Beer Garden after the run!

Uptown Food Truck Festival

June 24th, 2018
Lake & Hennepin

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.

Whittier Farmers Market Opening Day

June 30th, 2018
8:30am-1:00pm
Whittier Farmers Market

Join us for our favorite day of the year—opening day of the Whittier Farmers Market! Enjoy fresh produce, hot food & drinks, coffee, live music, and of course, all your favorite vendors.

Somali Independence Day Festival

June 30th, 2018
1:00pm-8:00pm

Come celebrate Somalia's 58th Independence Day right here in Minneapolis - on Lake Street between Blaisdell and Stevens Avenue. Stay tuned for more information!

Red, White & Boom

July 4th, 2018

Celebrate the 4th of July with the annual Red, White & Boom! run. The event is part of a two-day festival with an evening fireworks display over the Mississippi River! Choose from a relay, 5K and half marathon options. Start and finish at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis as the course takes runners through the city's parkways.

July 4th Marathon and Fireworks

July 4th, 2018

Sign up for the Red, White & Boom! marathon (listed previously) 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 6-7th, 2018
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!

Sociable Summer: Market Fest

July 14th, August 11th & September 8th, 2018
12:00-5:00pm
Sociable Cider Werks

Minneapolis Craft Market returns to Sociable Cider Werks with a series of outdoor summer markets on July 14th, August 11th, and September 8th. We have a different lineup of makers each time, so visit us all summer long. Our markets are always dog and family-friendly, so bring the whole crew, sip, shop, and spend the day with us.

Minneapolis Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest

July 14th, 2018
2:00-6:00pm
Location TBD

¡Vamos Minneapolis! The infamous Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest is finally coming to The Twin Cities for the 1st annual festival! The fiesta showcases 40+ TEQUILA brands & flavors to taste, multiple unique taco recipes from your cities favorite food trucks, and cold cervezas! ¿Que mas? The festival also features Mariachis, Live Luchadores matches, Water Pong, Corn Hole, Over 10 types of Tacos, Margaritas, Merchandise, Vendors, y mas!

Northeast Food Truck Rally

July 14th, 2018
3:00-10:00pm
Able Seedhouse and Brewery

The Minnesota Food Truck Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Northeast Food Truck Rally. This year we will have 12 trucks that follow the theme of "Around the World" so no two trucks will be the same! More popular local bands will be back on the stage, stay tuned as we announce the line-up. Enjoy a puppy kissing booth, games for the whole family and lots of retail vendors.

Aquatennial

July 18-21st, 2018

The Aquatennial or as some say the, “Best Days of Summer” returns July 18th 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.

Summer X Games

July 19-22, 2018
Locations vary 

After a successful inaugural year in 2017, 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 on Thursday, July 19, 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.

Open Streets 2018, Lake and Minnehaha

July 22nd, 2018
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.

All Pints North Experience Tour

July 28th, 2018
10:00am-9:30pm

We will start the day off enjoying a customized donut and coffee from one of our very own local partners, Angel Food Bakery. Then we will venture up to Duluth on our luxury coach bus with an exclusive stop in Superior at a hidden gem, Thirsty Pagan Brewing.  Here you'll experience a behind the scenes tour plus enjoy their outdoor beer garden with some of the best pizza and beer around.   Pizza buffet and any pint of your choice is included. We will bypass the long lines to get into All Pints North festival!  Many special exclusive brews will be at this event that you will not want to miss!

Loring Park Art Festival

July 28-29th, 2018
Loring Park

Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it's 19th 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.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

August 2-12th, 2018

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 25th anniversary this year. In 2016, the annual festival had attendance of 47,855 for 864 performances of 168 shows and featured the work of over 1,100 artists. Witness one of a kind acts that are debuted for the first time during the festival.

Uptown Art Fair

August 3-5th, 2018

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 4-5th, 2018

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 2018, Northeast

August 5th, 2018
10:00am-10:00pm
Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE, Monroe St NE, & E Hennepin Ave

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.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 18th-September 30th, 2018 (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 23rd-September 3rd

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 Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet! We are the only pick-up location downtown Minneapolis.

Open Streets 2018, Franklin

August 26th, 2018
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.

Open Streets 2018, West Broadway

September 15th, 2018
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 2018, Nicollet

September 23rd, 2018
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.

Open Streets 2018, University of Minnesota

September 30th, 2018
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.