Music Festivals

Minneapolis's music scene is mighty—here are the music festivals to prove it!

Outdoor music festivals are our jam in the summer, and when we throw a party, we do it right. Food trucks, unbelievable venues, outstanding performers, and a crowd that’s full of life. Experience the energy of the beat in Minnesota with these Minneapolis music festivals and events!

Rock the Garden 

Two stages. One night. An amazing line-up in Minneapolis's legendary Sculpture Garden. Get ready to Rock the Garden at the Walker Art Center! With a food truck line-up just as good as the music, you’ll have everything you need to rock into the night.

Twin Cities Jazz Fest

The Twin Cities Jazz Fest returns to Mears Park in St. Paul every June for a weekend of free jazz performances and music clinics. Beyond the park's multi-stage lineup, music venues around St. Paul dedicate the weekend to jazz music into the night. Whether you’re well-seasoned or jazz-curious, the excitement and vibrancy that jazz brings to the park will have you hooked.

Basilica Block Party

You’ve never experienced a music festival like The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party. This isn’t your average church fundraiser! Originally started to help pay for an architectural restoration project of the historic property, the Minneapolis music festival has evolved into an annual tradition and a Midwest summer must. Get your tickets for this year's festival, featuring over 20 different musical acts, all on the front lawn of the Basilica of Saint Mary.


Inbound Brew Co.'s annual Nershfest returns every year with a stellar lineup of local music on an outdoor stage, top-notch craft beer, and delicious food trucks. Admission is free and you can even bring your dog! Curious about the name? Ask about Bill Nershi. They’ll give you the full story.