Summer in the Twin Cities metro is on our doorstep! The long winter is behind us, and the entire summer is spread out at our feet. We all have our favorite warm-weather activities. Many of them include enjoying our plethora of beautiful lakes. Our younger citizens love splashing in community pools too. And we see people of all ages in our parks and recreational areas. In Minnesota, summer finds most of us savoring the outdoor life.
Summer in The Twin Cities Bucket List
As metro residents will tell you, there is no shortage of events going on during summer in the Twin Cities. With festivals and fairs every weekend, you will never find yourself saying, “I have nothing to do.” There is no shortage of options. Now is the perfect opportunity to start setting up your summer schedule. Here are some quick picks on what to see and do in for July.
Summer in the Twin Cities on July 4th
Red White and Boom! During the day participate in a 5K, a Relay or a Half Marathon. Of course, the evening is about fireworks over the Mississippi display. Great places to watch view this years program include Gold Medal Park, The Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Endless Bridge, Lake Calhoun, Nicollet Island, and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Most of the Minneapolis and St. Paul suburbs have planned activities too. Check your city’s official website for details.
The Basilica Block Party
July 6 & 7. What is it? Two days, 20 bands, three stages and a fun time! Proceeds go to a couple of good causes. First to the restoration of the historic basilica and second for the St. Vincent de Paul outreach program.
July 18-21. Summer in the Twin Cities would not be complete without attending an Aquatennial event. For many in the Twin Cities Metro, this is a yearly favorite. What’s happening? A torchlight parade, the tennis classic, a 5K, Candid Canines Film Fest, Fireworks at Target field, The River Rats Waterski Show, The Aquitennial Skyline Fest on Boom Island. Don’t miss!
The Lowertown Blues and Funk Fest
July 20 & 21. Mears Park, St. Paul is the setting for the 5th annual blues festival. Enjoy some Lowertown funk with Free and Easy, High and Mighty, Ohio Players, Big George Jackson, and others. Although this is a free event, preferred seating in front of the stage is available for a fee.
The Highland Fest
July 20-22. Art and music in the village are back for its 35th year on Cleveland Ave. South in St. Paul. The yearly weekend festival will feature live music, a beer tent and a juried art fair. The little humans will love the petting zoo and the wiener dog races, not to mention the rides and games. Take part in the 5K and plan on enjoying some good food and drink.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
July 26-28. Celebrate Art on the Minneapolis Northside. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to Rhapsody, and lots of art are what FLOW is about. It highlights the thriving art community of the Northside. FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Coalition that showcases over 300 artists of all ages and experiences at 35 different locations with an exciting day of indoor and outdoor activities.
The Loring Park Art Festival
July 28 & 29. This yearly event is my summer in the Twin Cities personal fav. The festival is happening in Minneapolis’ beautiful Loring Park. With its pretty ponds and gorgeous formal gardens, what better backdrop is there for celebrating art. Over 140 artists will participate. Bring the family and enjoy food, drink music, and stage performances.
There you have our July shortlist of best-loved events for summer in the Twin Cities metro. Keep cool, stay hydrated and be careful out there. Have a safe and spectacular summer!