Festivals, Fairs, & Carnivals in Minneapolis

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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!


Eden Prairie KidStock
July 10
Kidstock is an eight-week series of musical performances for kids at the Staring Lake Amphitheatre. Enjoy the sounds, actions, stories and fun children entertainment.
Delano 4th of July logoDelano 4th of July
June 29 - July 4
5-day Celebration featuring Minnesota's oldest and longest 4th of July Parade! Live music, carnival, concessions and family activities.
Chanhassen 4th of July logoChanhassen 4th of July
July 2-4
3-day Celebration! Carnival rides, Taste of Chanhassen, live music, fishing and sand sculpturing contest, and fireworks!
Bloomington's Summer Fete logoBloomington's Summer Fete
July 3
Kids carnival, music, food vendors and fireworks.
Eagan 4th of July logoEagan's July 4th Funfest
July 3-4
Children's bike parade, carnival, music, food vendors.
Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration
July 3-4
Music, Live Entertainment, Games, Food and Drinks, Kids Parade, Bingo, Face Painting, Canoeing, Balloon Artist, Pickleball Tournament, Splash Pad Opening, BMX Demos, K-9 Demos. Fireworks at 10:00 p.m. Round Lake Park.
Call: 952-949-4870.
St. Louis Park 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
July 4
Concessions, vendors, live music. Fireworks at 10PM.
Red, White and Boom Celebration
July 4
Marathon/5K Run at 6:30 AM. Live music starting at 6PM. Fireworks after sundown. At the Stone Arch Bridge and SE Main St.
Minneapolis Public Fireworks
July 4
Fireworks and fun at the Stone Arch Bridge, North Beach on Lake Calhoun, Gold Medal Park and more. See the website for details.
Lake Minnetonka 4th of July logoLake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
July 4
Firecracker Run and 10K, Kids Parade, Bike Valet, Popsicle Social, Games, Food, Lukas Oil Air Show, Music, Fireworks at 10:00pm, The Commons Park. Call: 952-474-6461.
Hamel Rodeo logoHamel Rodeo
July 5-8
4 days of World Champion-class rodeo performances at Corcoran Lions Park. Call: 763-478-6611.
Basilica Block Party logoBasilica Block Party
July 6-7
Twin Cities' biggest and best outdoor music festival, on 3 stages in downtown Minneapolis. Call: 612-317-3457.
Hopkins Raspberry Festival logoHopkins Raspberry Festival
July 7-15
A harvest festival featuring a bike race, parade, softball & rugby tournments, arts festival, food, fireworks. Local bands. Call: 952-931-0878.
Pirates and Mermaids Brunch
July 8
Come in costume (optional) and enjoy face painting, balloon artists and REAL Live Pirates and Mermaids! Fun for the whole family! Reservations required: Lord Fletcher's, 952-471-8513.
KidStock: The Bazillions
July 10
Enjoy the sounds, actions, stories and fun of children's entertainers from around the Twin Cities, featuring The Bazillions at Staring Lake Amphitheatre in Eden Prairie.
Wayzata Music by the Lake logoWayzata Summer Concert Series
July 11 - August 1
Enjoy family-friendly music held in Wayzata's Depot Park Wednesday evenings in July at Wayzata Depot Park on Wayzata Bay.
Music in Plymouth
July 11
Annual concert of the Minnesota Orchestra the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth. Call: 763-509-5200.
Maple Grove Days
July 11-15
Parades, games, stage entertainment, food tents, tennis and golf tournaments, fishing clinic, teen competitions, business expo, truck and car show, bed races, art fair, Rice Lake Classic, street dance, fireworks. Call: 763-420-7258.
Live Music at Rush CreekRush Creek Music Series
July 11 - August 29
Sounds at Sunsets - Live Music on Wednesdays, 6:00-10:00pm* on the Patio of Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove. Call: 763-494-0400.
Whiz Bang Days photoRobbinsdale Whiz Bang Days
July 12-15
Parade, carnival, concert, fireworks, and block party in downtown Robbinsdale. Call: 763-531-2627.
Entertainment in the Park logoEntertainment in the Park
July 12-26
Live music on Thursday evenings at 7PM at Augsburg Park in the city of Richfield. See website for details.
Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall
July 13 - August 1
Ticket holders enjoy free live music and a delicious bite to eat on the beautiful outdoor terrance. Some concerts are free to public. Call: 612-371-5600.
Lakefront Music Fest logoLakefront Music Fest
July 13-14
Live music and great food!
Duk Duk Daze logoDuk Duk Daze
July 13-15
Carnival, kiddie parade, fireworks, softball games & tennis tournaments in New Hope's Northwood Park. Call: 763-531-5129.
Anoka Riverfest logoAnoka Riverfest and Craft Fair
July 14
Live music, food, crafts exhibit, boat rides. Downtown Anoka. Free parking. Call: 763-421-7130.
Mayer Car Show
July 14
Annual car show, with family entertainment and activities. Craft show.
Dragon Boat Ride Festival
July 14-15
Boat races and family fun activities honoring the Pan-Asian heritage and spirit. Call: 651-266-6400.
Wings of the North logoWings of the North Air Expo
July 14-15
Featuring over 40 aircraft and 50 aviation dignitaries. 9-5 PM at Flying Clound Airport in Eden Prairie.
Plymouth Water Ski Show
July 17
Featuring the Shockwaves Shakopee-Prior Lake Water Ski Association.
Minneapolis Aquatennial logoMinneapolis Aquatennial
July 18-21
Celebrate Summer in the City with special events for the whole family! Torchlight Parade on the 23rd. Call: 612-338-3807.
Rhythm on the Rails logoRhythm on the Rails Summer Concert Series
July 18 - August 15
Summer concert series in downtown Shakopee 6-10PM every Wednesday. Free live music, family fun, food, brew vendors and more.
Wayzata Crazy Days logoWayzata Crazy Days
July 18-22
Shop Wayzata for great clearence specials & sidewalk sales all around. Family-friendly events, food, and music.
Wright County Fair
July 18-22
Classic car and truck show, Mega Jump BMX, Horses, Demolition Derby, Food. Howard Lake. Call: 763-972-3966.
Excelsior Crazy Days logoExcelsior Crazy Days
July 19-22
One-of-a-kind shops, activities for kids, sidewalk sale, fair food & fun events. Call: 952-474-6461.
Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival logoLyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival
July 20
Art showcase, make-and-take art activities, live music, entertainment, food, games and music.
Excelsior Excelsior Firefighters DanceExcelsior Firefighters Dance
July 20
Annual dance and festival. Family activities, food and music.
Rails to TrailsRails to Trails
July 20-21
Music, golf tournament, food, art fair, and more. Downtown Watertown.
Spirits of the Lakes Festival logoSpirits of the Lakes Festival
July 20-21
Kiddie Parade & Crafts, Historical Boat Tour, MN Zoo live animals, Magic show, Beer & Wine tasting, Fire Dancers, Live Music, Fireworks. Mound. Call: 952-344-6551.
Highland Fest logoHighland Fest
July 20-22
Street festival featuring includes live music, a beer tent, the juried art fair, a petting zoo, wiener dog races, the business fair, Home Expo inflatable rides and games.
Fire and Ice Festival logoFire and Ice Festival
July 20-22
Family freindly activities. live music. great food and cold beer. Firemen's Park at the Chaska Curling and Event Center.
International Festival of Burnsville logoInternational Festival of Burnsville
July 21
Vendors and food events, live entertainment, cultural dispalays. Call: 952-895-4491.
10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance
July 22
Join us for a gathering of rare and valuable classic automobiles, watercraft and motorcycles along the shore of Lake Minnetonka alive with music, entertainment and fine food. Call: 952-474-6461.
Pop up Splash Pad logoPop up Splash Pad
July 24
Attendees can run through the spray of a fire hose, toss a few water balloons and play fun water games. Shakopee Community Center.
Carnival Games at Camp Arbor
July 24
Step fight up and test your multiple carnival games hosted by Camp Arbor in Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.
Anoka County Fair logoAnoka County Fair
July 24-29
Demolition derby, motorcross race, talent contest barrel racing, bull riding, truck/tractor pull, beer garden, carnival, bands nightly, petting zoo, magic show, super cross motorcycles, fireworks. Call: 763-421-7130.
Scott County Fair logoScott County Fair
July 25-29
Beer Garden, Music Stage, Horse Show, Strongman Competition, Motokazia Motorcross, Tractor Pull. Jordan.
Call: 952-492-2436.
Fine Spirits Classic logoMN Monthly Fine Spirits Classic
July 26
This highly interactive event is not to be missed, featuring many of the Twin Cities top mixologists and national/local distillers. Sample new brands and spirits from around the world while enjoying gourmet fare and gathering new cocktail recipes.
Magic Show with Annette Fragale
July 27
Enjoy a fun-filled show that will have children laughing, singing and being amazed. Event is free but space is limited, please register by calling 763-509-5200.
Slice of Shoreview Days logoSlice of Shoreview Days
July 27-29
Live music, car show, fireworks, a grand parade and more! Island Lake County Park.
Chaska River City Days
July 27-29
Parade, Disk Golf Tournament, 5K Fun Run, Karoke, Couples Golf Scramble, medallion hunt, talent show, photo contest, concessions, art and craft show. City Square Park, Chaska. Call: 952-448-9908.
Eve of Destruction Car Races
July 28
XPOGO Stunt Team, monster trucks, and more! At the Elko Speedway. Call: 952-461-7223.
Loring Park Art Festival
July 28-29
Artists, food, music, entertainment. Call: 612-203-9911.

August 2018

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival
August 1
Family fitness challenge, canoe rides, caricaturist and pony rides.
Prior Lake Chamber logoPrior Lake Lakefront Days
August 2-4
Parade, 5K, Wine Tasting, Food, Kid's Corner, Games, Crafts, Live Music Tent, Water Ski Show, Remote Control Boats, Fireworks. Cleary Lake, Prior Lake. Call: 952-440-1000.
Fringe Festival logoMinnesota Fringe Festival
August 2-12
Various Minneapolis locations. Live stage performances including theatre, dance, performance arts and storytelling. Call: 612-872-1212.
Uptown Art Fair logoUptown Art Fair
August 3-5
The country's largest outdoor art festival. Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue. Call: 612-823-4682.
Old Time Harvest Festival
August 3-5
Steam and gas engine festival. Kiddie tractor pull, daily parades, craft vendors, potato digging, blacksmith, log sawing, pancake breakfast, food stands and live music. Jordan, MN. Call: 952-492-2062.
Tour de Tonka logoTour de Tonka
August 4
Tour de Tonka is an annual bike ride organized through Minnetonka Community Education. Call: 952-401-6800.
Hanover Harvest Festival logoHanover Harvest Festival
August 4
Parade, 5K race, car show, lawn mower tractor pull, craft fair, beer garden, food venders, fireworks.
10,000 Lakes Pro Surf Open
August 4
Wakesurfing fun on the Mississippi in downtown Minneapolis! Activities for the whole family and skate park.
Powderhorn Art Fair logoPowderhorn Art Fair
August 4-5
One Of The Finest Juried Regional Arts Fairs In The Country. Set On A 66 Acre Park 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis.
Call: 612-767-3515
New Brighton Stockyard Days
August 5-13
Parade, golf tournament, antique car show, dancing and more!
Woofstock Maple Grove logoWoofstock Maple Grove
August 6
Live music,free kids zone with games, free face painting,yummy foodand fun. At the Shoppes at Arbor Lake in Maple Grove.
Carver County Fair logoCarver County Fair
August 8-12
Rides, Demolition Derby, Farm Exhibition, Petting Zoo. Carver County Fairgrounds. Call: 952-442-2333.
Summer Faire logoShops at Arbor Lake Summer Faire
August 9
Tim Mahoney performs live from 6-8PM. Specializing in the music of Van Morrison. Call: 763-424-0504

Twin Cities Polish Festival logoTwin Cities Polish Festival
August 10-12
Polka Dance Championships, Polish Vodka Tasting, Pierogi Eating Contest. Exhibits. Canterbury Park, Shakopee. Call: 612-568-2195.
Irish Fair logoIrish Fair
August 10-12
Multitude of activities, such as step dance,traditional group dance,goelic sports, celtic marketplace, cultural displays, Irish food,drin and music.
Rockford River Days
August 10-12
5K race, volleyball tournament, craft business market, bean bag toss and live music.
Game Fair logoGame Fair
August 10-12, 17-19
Held on 80 acres of woods and water on two weekends at Armstrong Ranch Kennels in Anoka. Archery, decoys, duck boats, art and dog events.
Eve of Destruction
August 11
Racing, live music, Clay Gallagher stunts, and freestyle 4 wheel show.
Pizza Luce Block Party
August 11
Live music and Pizza Luce by the slice as well as brats and locally brewed pints by Summit Brewing Company.
Dog Days Westonka
August 11
Fun activities, booths for dogs, pet photos and food truck.
Corn Days logoLong Lake Corn Days
August 11-12
Crafters, food, fun, games, bingo, music, climbing wall, petting zoo, live music, volley ball, parade. Church of St. George, Long Lake. Call: 952-473-1247.
Armatage Neighborhood Summer Festival logoArmatage Neighborhood Summer Festival
August 12
Enjoy live music, great food vendors, an awesome car show, raffle and fun and games for kids of all ages.
Corcoran Country Daze logoCorcoran Country Daze
August 17-18
Live music, food vendors and other fun activities.
Volksfest Victoria logoVolksfest Victoria
August 17-18
Art Fair, old fashion bed races, bands, rock climbing, dunk tank, Vintage Motorcycles, kids fishing, food contests, arts and crafts, fireworks. Victoria. Call: 952-443-4210.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival logoMinnesota Renaissance Festival
August 18 - September 30
7 themed weekends. Live armored jousting, 16 stages of live entertainment, 250 artisan booths, and outrageously good food and beverages.
Minnesota State Fair logoMinnesota State Fair
August 23 - September 3
Carnival rides, midway, bake-offs, fine arts, daily parades, talent contests, crafts, annual 5K Milk Run, national musical acts, agriculture and livestock exhibits, merchandise vendors & lots & lots of food. Call: 651-288-4400.
Woodbury Days
August 24-26
Parade, carnival rides, a fire muster, arts & crafts, food, music, car show, fireworks. Call: 651-735-3322.

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This page was last updated on July 05, 2018