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Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions
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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017
Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Opening in May – Twin Cities Area Attractions

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It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening for the season in May 2017.


Caponi Art ParkNOW OPEN: Caponi Art Park | Eagan • Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm • FREE admission, donations appreciated • Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays July-Aug, 6:30pm.

4/28-4/30: Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia • Guided tours Fri-Sun, 1 & 2:30pm • $7/adults, under 13 FREE • 5 historic buildings immerse you in the lives of Swedish immigrants in the mid-1850s. There is no charge to picnic, walk the grounds, seek out the colorful Dala horses, or play on the equipment.

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5/1: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul • Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm • $2/pp ages 3+

5/6: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield • visit the links for complete hours • Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more.

5/6: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 10am-1pm • $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE • Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2017.

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5/6-7: Grand Opening Celebration | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River • Noon-5pm • $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE • Be among the first to see the new visitor center and indoor/outdoor exhibits, participate in make-and-takes, demos and see the animals. Upcoming special events include Mother’s Day Weekend (5/13-14) and come out to meet the farm babies in June.

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Twin Cities June Family Festival Calendar – Updated for 2017

Family Festival Calendar - Get Your Fill of Twin Cities Festivals in June


Get your fill of festivals throughout the month of June with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:

6/3-9/2017: I Love Burnsville WeekFamily highlights: Grand opening of Minnesota Riverfront Park and Black Dog Trail (6/3, 10am-noon), Friday Fest & Flicks on the Bricks (6/9), demonstrations, ice cream social and family activities.

6/2-4/2017: Edina Art Fair @ 50th & France • Family highlights: Live music and a Kids Zone filled with art activities, inflatables and a shady place to rest.

6/3/2017: Waterfest @ Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul • 11am-4pm • Family highlights: Celebrate clean lakes and outdoor rec with family canoeing, fishing lessons, crafts, games, interactive exhibits and more.

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/4: Springtime & Rhubarb Festival @ Le Duc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St, Hastings • Family highlights: Tour the historic house, grub on some rhubarb, visit the chicken coop and more.

6/3-4/2017: Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Downtown St. Paul • Family highlights: The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great for kids. Get tips for bringing the whole family at the link.

6/4/2017: Grand Old Day, Grand Ave, St. Paul • Family highlights: Back to a single day again in 2017, there are still plenty of kids activities in the Family Fun District, live music and parade.

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/5: Rhubarb Fest @ New Brighton History Center Museum, 700 Park Dr, New Brighton • 1-4pm

6/8-11, 2017: Spring Lake Park Tower Days, Spring Lake Park • Family highlights: Festival at Lakeside Lions Park (6/11, 10am-dusk) features interactive lumberjack shows, a visit from the Ghostbusters of MN, and other kids activities; Stars Wars: The Force Awakens (6/10 Lions Park)

6/8-11, 2017: Hugo Good Neighbor Days, Hugo • Family highlights: Parade and fireworks (6/10).

6/9-11, 2017: Wannigan Days, Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls • Family highlights: Kids parade through Taylors Falls

Not Yet Verified for 2017: 6/11: Lakefest 2016 @ Trapp Farm Park, 841 Wilderness Run Rd, Eagan • 10am-2pm • Family highlights: nature art projects, kids science experiments, no fishing license required to fish; equipment provided.

Twin Cities Summer Festivals, 2016

6/10-11/2017: Art on the Lake, Excelsior • Family highlights: Get creative in the Kids Art Tent. Listen to local music and try out regional food vendors.

6/10-11/2017: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove • Family highlights: A Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food.

6/13-17/2017: Farmington Dew Days, Farmington • Family highlights: Kids Fishing Contest (6/17, 9am-11am). Pare (6/17 5pm)

6/17/2017: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) @ Commons Park • Family highlights: This shortened version will still have a parade, kids fun run, food and music. Fireworks are still possible. Stay tuned.

6/15-17, 2017: Tater Daze Festival, Brooklyn Park • Family highlights: Parade, live music and fireworks.

6/15-18, 2017: St. Louis Park Parktacular, St. Louis Park • Family highlights: Both the Grand Day Parade (noon-2pm)  and Kidtacular Family & Kids Activities (2-6pm) are 6/17. Activities are free or low cost.

6/15-18, 2017: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest, @ Kingston Park, 9195 75th Street S • Family highlights: Free kids tractor pedal pull (6/15), free petting farm (6/17, 1-5pm), self-guided StoryWalk through the festival, and Water Wars water balloon station (small fee).

6/15-7/4/2017: Manitou Days, White Bear Lake • Family highlights: “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”; Parade (6/16).

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/17-19: GermanFest Minnesota, @ Historic Schmidt Brewery, 900 7th St W, St. Paul • Family highlights: Kids can make FREE Father’s Day cards in the Art Tent on Fri (4-7pm) & Sat (10am-6pm) plus daily music and maypole dances.

6/16-18/2017: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Family Activities Area, live music and a car show.

6/21-25/2017: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree, @ Huset Park, 3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia HeightsFamily highlights: Jamboree and Carnival.

6/22-24/2017: Earle Brown Days Festival, Brooklyn Center • Family highlights: Parade (6/22); A full Saturday (6/24) of fun in Centennial Park with a Inflatables ($5 wristband), Art Activities, Games, plus teen activities and fireworks.

6/22-25/2017: Oakdale Summerfest, @ Walton Park, 15th St & Hadley Ave, Oakdale • Family highlights: Parade, live music, fireworks, carnival rides, kids events and more.

6/22-26/2017: Rosefest, Roseville • Family highlights: Superhero Carnival and Free Skate at Roseville Skate Center (6/23); Community Theatre: “Lion King”, Great American Campout and campfire (6/24); Touch a Truck and children’s concert (6/25); Parade (6/26)

6/23-25/2017: Kaposia Days, South St. Paul • Family highlights: Parade (6/23).

6/23-25/2017: Blaine Festival @ Aquatore Park • Family highlights:  Family beach party (6/23), carnival, petting zoo, dance party.

6/24/2017: Summer Fest @ Minnetonka Civic Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd • 4-10:30pm • Family highlights: All activities are FREE (excluding food).

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/25: Burnsville Fairy Festival, Burnsville • 11am-8pm • Family highlights: Celebrate summer solstice with fairy walks, storytime, music and workshops.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/25: Midsommar Dag @ Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia • Family highlights: Tour the historic buildings FREE, complemented by kids “Immigrant for a Day” activities plus Swedish music and dance.

6/24-25/2017: Eagan Art Festival, Eagan Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan • Family highlights: Art activity tent features artist demonstration and hands-on activities.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/26: Scandinavian Summer Fest @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Potluck lunch, children’s parade at 11:45am, music and maypole dancing.

Not Yet Confirmed for 2017: 6/27-7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days, Apple Valley

Twin Cities Summer Festivals, 2016

Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Quite possibly the best “splash pad” in the Twin Cities award goes to Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, a water feature so pretty I’m reluctant to give it the splash pad label. It was, however, built with the hope that the community would do just that — jump right in and splash away the hot summer months.

Family Fun Idea: Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Thursday Rockin' Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Splash Pad at Nicollet Commons

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