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Looking for fun things to do this weekend with your family? There's a wonderful tradition in Minnesota of county fairs, festivals, carnivals, summer concerts, art and antique shows and other special celebrations that make the Minneapolis area a wonderful place all year long - winter, spring, summer or fall. The Minnesota State Fair, held each year near Labor Day, is the second largest state fair in the United States. And late summer also brings the Rennaisance Festival in Shakopee that is one of the best in the country. How could you not like the comic antics of Puke and Snot? Both are excellent family fun.

Neighbors Resource invites you to explore this schedule of fabulous community events, carnivals, fairs and festivals your family can enjoy together in the greater Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul MN, including outdoor concerts, music festivals, movies in the parks, pet shows, car shows, art shows, and antique shows - many with special attractions just for the kids. If you live in the Twin Cities area, there's bound to be a great festival near you this weekend!



May 2018

Festival of NationsFestivals of Nations
May 3-6
Authentic Performances, Cusine, demonstrations and exhibits from 40 different cultures. St. Paul RiverCentre.
Taste of EdinaTaste of Edina
May 3
Food tasting from over 30 local restaurants. Wine and beer craft samplings. Live chef competition. Hosted by Tim Mcniff.
Nature RocksNature Rocks!
May 5-26
Enjoy the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center's Open House every Saturday of May. Family fun activities, hands-on interaction with live animals.
Studio TourLake Minnetonka Studio Tour
May 5-6
A group of artists from the Lake Minnetonka area opens their home studios to the public.
Minnesota Monthly GrillFestMinnesota Monthly GrillFest
May 5-6
Gourmet foods, fine wines, craft beer, the latest and greatest grills. Sponsored by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Held at CHS Field in St. Paul.
Taste of ChaskaTaste of Chaska
May 9
Food from the best restaurants in the west Metro, live music, beer and wine tent.
Maifest Tent PartyMaifest Tent Party
May 11-12
Party like its 1899 - Beer, Band, Bites, Dan Rodriguez, Kind County, Big Wu. Held at Excelsior Brewing in Excelsior.
St. Paul CraftstranvangzaSt. Paul Craftstranvangza
May 12
Enjoy this one day art market for handmade crafts made by your fellow Minnesotans. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center.
Osseo Vintage Car ShowOsseo Vintage Car Show
May 12
Annual car show. The best of foreign and domestics cars will converge on downtown Osseo. Call: 763-425-2624
Cadybeth Craft ShowsCadybeth Craft Show
May 12
Amazing crafts exhibition from local artisans and hobbyists. Food and music. Show runs from 9AM to 3PM at the Maple Grove Community Center.
Children FirstChildren First Ice Cream Social
May 13
Hands-on asset building activities, music, entertainment, launch of pianos on parade crafts, kids garage sale.
City of Eagan logoEagan Kids Fishing Clinic
May 17
We provide the poles and bait. Led by fishing experts from Eagan Water Resource Department.
Art-A-Whirl TourNEMAA Art-A-Whirl Tour
May 18-20
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. Open studio tour of private artists, studios and galleries.
Arts in the Park
May 19
Visit local and regional vendors selling glass, jewelry, paintings, wood, photography, sculptures and more! Also enjoy concessions, face painting, children's activities and live entertainment.
Bark in the ParkBark in the Park
May 19
Bring your 4 legged freinds and visit with companies and non-profit groups specializing in dogs for a tail-waggin' good time.
Hopkins Main Street DaysHopkins Main Street Days
May 19
100 Art and Craft Vendors, music and food. Mainstreet between 8th and 11th Avenues.
Kite Day in BloomingtonKite Day Bloomington
May 19
Kite flyers of all ages join us at the annual kite day celebration. Inflatable, craft project and kite demos.
Holz Farm Spring FestivalHolz Farm Spring Festival
May 20
Old fashioned farm activities for all ages, games and food.
Soundset FestivalSoundset Festival
May 27
One of the largest annual hip-hop music festivals in the country. 2 main stages with over 40 artists performing over 10 hours. At the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
American FlagExcelsior Memorial Day Parade
May 28
Excelsior Elementary School to Water Street down Lake Street to Oak Hill Cemetery.

June 2018

Flint Hills Family FestivalFlint Hills Family Festival
June 1-2
The festival presents family friendly performances and activities, and is global oriented. Food trucks. Sponsored by The Ordway Theater.
Edina Art FairEdina Art Fair
June 1-3
In Edina's 50th & France shopping area, one of the top fine arts fair in the US. Music, Food court, 300 Artists and Crafters. Call: 952-922-1524.
Mpls. Movies & Music in the ParkMinneapolis Music in the Parks
June 1-30
City-wide Summer Concert Series with performances Monday-Saturday at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM and 5:30PM. See website for locations and performance schedule.
St. Anthony Park Arts FestSt. Anothony Park Arts Festival
June 2
Fine art and crafts made by 70 juried artists. Como and Carter Ave. in St. Paul.
WaterFest St. PaulWaterFest St. Paul
June 2
Celebrate clean lakes and outdoor rec with family canoeing, fishing lessons, crafts and games. Lake Phalen Regional Park in St. Paul.
City Pages Beer FestCity Pages Beer Fest
June 2
Activities, food trucks, live music.
Nature RocksNature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House
June 2-30
Every Saturday, enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more!

Grand Old DayGrand Old Day St. Paul
June 3
Race, Music, Parade, Entertainment and food vendors along Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota from Dale Avenue to Wheeler Avenue.
Golden Valley Concerts in Brookview ParkConcerts in the Park
June 4 - August 13
Concerts at Brookview Park in Golden Valley on Monday evenings from June through August.
Spring Lake ParkSpring Lake Park Tower Days
June 7-10
Lumberjack shows, MSMA car show, kids activities, beer garden, craft and business fair, food vendors, fireworks.
Father Hennepin Festival buttonFather Hennepin Festival
June 8-10
Street Dance, bands, carnival rides and more family fun. Held in Mississippi Point Park in Champlin, MN.
Art of the LakeArt on the Lake
June 9-10
An engaging creative event that connects the artist's personal story with a vibrant lake community. Featuring local musicians and regional food vendors. At Commons Park in Excelsior.
Buffalo DaysBuffalo Days
June 9-16
Classic car show, toy workshop and concert for little ones, water ski show, carnival and Shaw Brothers Band. Held in downtown Buffalo, MN.
Jazz on the PrairieJazz on the Prairie
June 10
Delightful performance by 6 Big Bands at the Staring Lake Amphitheatre in Eden Prairie. Don't miss the Rib Fest!
Arbor Lakes ChalkfestArbor Lakes Chalkfest
June 9-10
Enjoy murial installations of artists. Food and family fun.
Funk Fest logoFunk Fest
June 10
Presented by Sociable Cider Werks and 89.3 The Current, Funk Fest brings you all that is funky! Great live music, food trucks, vendors, games and cider cocktails.
St. Louis Park logoSt. Louis Park Summer Concert Series
June 13 - August 18
Concert Series Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7PM at Wolfe Park and other venues in St. Louis Park. See website for details.
Strawberry Fest logoCottage Grove Strawberry Fest
June 14-18
Water wars, water balloon station, car show and kids tractor pull. Large annual community festival draws 15-20,000.
City of Chanhassen logoKleinBank Summer Concert Series
June 14 - August 9
Thursday evenings at the City Center Park Plaza in Chanhassen: Musical shows, Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk Rock, Kids. City Center Park Plaza. Call: 952-227-1100.
St. Louis Park Parktacular logoParktacular
June 13-17
Carnival Rides, parade, dance, food, petting zoo, Water Slides and Inflatables. 7pm Fri/Sat Band. Held at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
Call: 952-924-2540.
Brooklyn Park Tater Daze Fest logoTater Daze Festival
June 14-16
Brooklyn Park's annual summer celebration. Fireworks, Carnival, Parade.
Call: 763-424-8000.
Fridley 49er Days music concertFridley 49er Days
June 14-16
Carnival, pie eating contest and other family fun activities. Held in Commons Park.
Stone Arch Bridge Festival logoStone Arch Bridge Festival
June 15-17
Weekend of art and music. Live entertainment, family art show, pop-art car show, motorcycle gallery and more!
Hennepin County Fair bannerHennepin County Fair
June 15-17
Motor Cross, Demolition Derby, Petting Zoos, Livestock Animals, Exhibits, Fireworks, Bands, Many Childrens Activities. At Corcoran Lion's Park. Call: 763-420-4546.
Viking Antique Motorcycle Club logoAMCA Vintage Motorcycle Show
June 15-16
Together again, the Minnesota Chapter of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and the Viking Chapter, Antique Motorcycle Club of America will host the largest vintage bike show in Minnesota!
Plymouth Rockers logoPlymouth Rockers
June 19
The Plymouth Rockers Senior Chorus (acapella) of Plymouth, Minnesota perform at the Hilde Performance Center.
Earle Brown Days paradeEarle Brown Days Festival
June 21-23
Parade, Arts & Crafts Fair, Face Painting, Fire Truck, Petting Zoo, Puppet Show, Fishing Contest, Fireworks, Golf Tournament, Band Concert. Centennial Park West in Brooklyn Center.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival logoTwin Cities Jazz Festival
June 21-23
Three days of outstanding jazz in Mears Park, St. Paul.
City of Oakdale logoOakdale Summerfest
June 21-23
The Rocking Hollywoods and the two other bands will perform. Carnival and fireworks.
Dan Patch Days logoDan Patch Days
June 21-24
Food Vendors, Beer Tent, Music, Inflatables, Mechanical Bull Rider, Kiddie Carnival. Savage.
Call: 952-440-6255.
Rockin Rogers Days logoRockin Rogers Days
June 21-24
Parade, carnival, music, tennis & softball tournaments, kids peddle tractor pull, classic car show. Rogers Community Center in Rogers, MN. Call: 763-428-2253.
Columbia Heights Jamboree paradeColumbia Heights Jamboree
June 21-24
Carnival, beer garden, puppet show, live entertainment and fireworks.
Rosefest Rose ParadeRosefest
June 21-25
A grand parade, great food, concerts, movies and family entertainment in Roseville Central Park.
Back To The 50's Car ShowMN Street Rod "Back To The 50'S" Car Show
June 22-24
Minnesota Street Rod Association presents their - wait for it - legendary annual classic car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Call: 651-641-1992.
Blaine Festival logoBlaine Festival
June 22-24
Demonstrations, craft show, vendor fair, entertainment, family activities. At Aquatore Park in Blaine. Call: 952-440-6255.
Minnetonka Summer Festival rideMinnetonka Summer Festival
June 23
8K race, arts and crafts fair, collectibles market, kid's activities, face painting, climbing wall, police K-9 demostrations, open skating, pony rides, water wars, adult/child golf tourament, fireworks local bands. Call:952-939-8203
Spass-Tagen St. Boni Fun Days logoSpass-Tagen St. Boni Fun Days
June 23
Food, music, and fun for the whole family. 5K run, pony rides, beer tent, wiener dog races, and a magic show!
Wayzata Art Experience logoWayzata Art Experience
June 23-24
Outdoor Art Fair in Downtown Wayzata. Music, food, and family fun!
Eagan Art Festival logoEagan Art Festival
June 23-24
Over 100 local artists on display. Food and entertainment.
Uptown Food Truck Festival logoUptown Food Truck Festival
June 24
Food, live music, and beer from local breweries and vendors.
Music in Plymouth 5K RunMusic in Plymouth 5K Run
June 30
The 20th Annual Music in Plymouth 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.


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This page was last updated on May 16, 2018