Summer Events

Welcome to Meet Minneapolis, the best source for things to do this summer. Find the hottest Minneapolis events like concerts, festivals, theater productions and more, right here!

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Also, be sure to use Metro Transit for all of your event day transportation needs!

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Stone Arch Bridge Fest

June 15-17

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!


June 17

Founded 30 years ago, Twin Cities Juneteenth is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the country. This celebration of the end of slavery features educational and entertainment options for the entire family ranging from an Underground Railroad Re-enactment to live music. Metro Transit is offering free rides to the celebration. 

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Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride

June 22

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.

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Twin Cities Pride Parade and Festival

June 23 & 24

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! 

Basilica Block Party

July 6 & 7

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!

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July 8

Here in Minneapolis, cycling is a way of life. We will look for any excuse to feel the wind in our hair and burn in our thighs! Proclaimed as one of the most bikable cities in the nation, it's easy to ride free on two wheels. Simply riding isn't enough, ARTCRANK has created a poster show all about bicycles. The goal of ARTCRANK is to make art as accessable as bikes and to use creativity to change the way people think about cycling. They will feature over 3,000 different hand-made bike inspired posters. 

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July 18 - 21

The Aquatennial or as some say the, “Best Days of Summer” return July 19th 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. 

Rock the Garden

July 16

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 Grammy-Award winning Bon Iver. Seven other performances will be featured throughout the day including four Minneapolis artists. We’d be remiss not to mention hometown heroes and Prince’s greatest backing band The Revolution are also playing.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

August 3

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 24th 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 3-5

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. 


Minnesota State Fair

August 23 - September 3

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. 

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Fun Runs and Marathons 

All summer 

Color your summer by signing up for one of the many organized fun runs and race events in Minneapolis! Whether you’re headed for the big 26.2 miles or you only signed up for that 5K for the beer, it’s no doubt that Minneapolis has a race for every type of runner. Get competitive and shoot for your best time with the Life Time Tri, or party it up and forget you’re even exercising at the Color Run. Explore Minneapolis, have a blast, and get moving than by participating in one of our awesome running events. While almost every weekend is filled with some sort of marathon or 5K, we’ve picked our favorites that we think you’ll enjoy too.

Make it a weekend!

Looking to make it a night, long weekend or a week's vacation? Find a variety of Minneapolis hotel options to make your stay memorable. Trust us, we'll take care of you!

Also be sure to check out our North Metro hotels for a stunning natural environment and our West Metro hotels, which are just minutes from downtown!