Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar

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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

8/17-20: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days | Family highlights: Movie in the Park: Moana, children’s games, watermelon-eating contest, and grande parade | 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


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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