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

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.

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

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.

Farmers' Market: World Water Week

August 30th, 2018
5:00-8:00pm
Tiny Diner

To celebrate World Water Week, the market is teaming up with Water Bar & Public Studio to bring a water from all over Minnesota for you to sample. Chat with Master Water Stewards about what we can all do to protect and enjoy our amazing aquifers, lakes, and streams. Plus, live music from Bill and Lynn Dixon!

Featured Vendors:Dancing the Land, Longfellow Soap, Jerry’s Dahlias and many more!

Minneapolis Greek Festival

September 7th & 8th, 2018
12:00-10:00pm
September 9th, 2018
12:00-6:00pm
St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

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

Opening of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

Opens on September 8th, 2018
1256 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

The new Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery is set to open its doors on September 8th. The Museum will tell the stories of African Americans in Minnesota through creative exhibitions, unique programming and exciting events. The inaugural exhibit features African American pioneers who settled in the state, and women who made their mark on Minnesota and the nation, It also highlights the impact of the "Great Migration" on Minnesota, and pays tribute to African Americans who served in WWI and other wars.

Admission is free.

Museum hours will be:
1:00-5:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
1:00-7:00pm on Thursdays
9:00am-12:00pm on Saturdays

In the words of founders and local residents Coventry Cowens and Tina Burnside, "African Americans have a long and rich history in Minnesota that needs to be told and shared with everyone. African American history is American history."

Borough Block Party

September 9th, 2018
12:00-8:00pm
Borough

Come to Borough for their all ages block party! This free event includes live music and food and drinks from Borough & Parlor. Dogs are welcome!

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.