Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities:
8/1: Maple Plain Days, Part 2 | Family highlights: City-Wide Night to Unite and Community Picnic, movie screening at dusk: Moana | FREE
8/2: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis | 5-8pm | Family highlights: Free canoe rides, family fitness challenge, and prizes. The wading pool will have an inflatable slide! | FREE
8/4-6: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada | Family highlights: Grand Parade (8/6).
8/4-6: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis | Family highlights: Stop by the Family Imagination Station hosted by Northern Clay Center | FREE
8/6-14: New Brighton Stockyard Days | Family highlights: Family activities in Long Lake Regional Park, a kiddie parade and a movie in the park | FREE
ROAD TRIP: 8/6: Family Summer Bash | Duluth| Family highlights: Experiencing some of the amazing things Duluth, Minnesota, has to offer | Advanced tickets – $8/pp; General Admission – $10/pp
8/11-13: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul | Family highlights: The Children’s Area of the Fair allows kids to explore Irish instruments, take an Irish dance lesson, and craft in the Art Tent | FREE
8/11-13: Twin Cities Polish Festival | Family highlights: Musical and dance entertainment, traditional foods, Polish fun! | FREE
8/11-13: Rockford River Days | Family highlights: Fireworks & Grand Parade | FREE
8/13: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport | 11am-7pm | Family highlights: Parade (11am), live music, inflatables and a balloon artist | FREE
8/18: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds | Family highlights: Music by Omission Republic and Boogie Wonderland | FREE admission, food available to purchase
8/18-20: North Hudson Pepper Fest | $2-$3/button for events | Family highlights: Grand Parade.
8/18-20: Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park | Family highlights: Grande Day Parade, Kids Zone filled with games and a petting zoo| FREE
8/19: Mounds View Festival in the Park | City Hall Park | Family highlights: Parade, fireworks | FREE
8/19-21: Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes | Family highlights: Movie in the Park, parade on Lake Drive, and tour of Waldoch Farm Garden | FREE
8/19-10/1: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee | Open weekends 9am-7pm | $12.50-$23.95 | Family highlights: Explore the Fairy Wing Forest and Mermaid Cove, take in a maypole dance, craft a wand or pirate hat, learn to juggle and much more.
8/20: Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul | $3-5/pp, under 3 FREE | Family highlights: Traditional music, dance, taiko drumming, and lantern lighting at dusk.
8/24-9/4: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights | $9-$14/pp, under 5 FREE
8/25-27: Woodbury Days | Family highlights: Buttons required for many events ($5/pp or $15/4-pack – children’s coin hunts, workshops and art activities), petting zoo, magic shows and Grande Parade.
8/31: Maple Plain Days, Part 3 | Family highlights: Pig Roast, Dusk Movie Screening: Secret Life of Pets| FREE