Why We Love Flint Hills Family Festival: May 31-June 1, 2024: Save The Dates!

The Flint Hills Family Festival will celebrate its 24th anniversary in 2024 in Downtown Saint Paul, including the Ordway, Rice Park and other nearby public spaces. The family portion of the festival will be celebrated Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, 2024. This annual celebration ushers in the summer festival season for many Minnesota families. This year’s Festival will also include a wide variety of food trucks and a beer garden where attendees can purchase snacks and meals.

What is the Flint Hills Family Festival?

Flint Hills Family Festival is a celebration for kids (and their families) about different cultures/countries. On one hand, you have the traditional face painting, art-making activities, and balloon artists. Then, you turn around and your eyes see a Tibetan dancer or a Ugandan flute. Flint Hills tells us we can expect “outdoor dance parties; giant, inflatable light-up sculptures; and interactive art-making for the whole family!”

Flint Hills Family Weekend is full of FREE Outdoor Fun
And Low Cost Indoor Performances

It’s the perfect outing for a large family. This year, Family Weekend is May 31 and June 1, 2024.

Each year the Flint Hills Family Festival offers free activities and entertainment at the outdoor festival and low-cost performances indoors. The indoor shows at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts will be $5 each. These tickets are first come, first served and expected to sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Ordway website, by phone at 651-224-4222, or in-person at the Ordway ticket office.

This year, there will also be a Davina and the Vagabonds concert. Tickets start at $39.00.

The dates for the 2024 Flint Hills Festival have been announced.
  • Family Weekend: May 31-June 1, 2024.

2024 Flint Hills Family Festival Performances

This year’s indoor artists will include:

$5 Shows Include:

FREE Performances will include:

  • Saturday, June 1, at 12 p.m.: B2Wins
  • Make sure to leave time on performance days to explore the music, dancing, food trucks, art activities around the grounds.

Girl drawing with chalk Flint Hills Children's Festival

12 Tips to Make Flint Hills Festival a Smashing Success for your Family

We’ve been fans of Flint Hills since our kids were small and have gathered tips over the years. If this is your first visit, read on.

  1. Bring a backpack with water and healthy, hearty snacks. More than likely there will be food to purchase via food trucks, but you will have to wait in line. There is so much to do, you won’t want to take the time to stand in line. We packed a lunch of fruits and veggies. It was a great way to make sure we all had some vitamins and nutrients for the amount of walking we would do.
  2. Bring some cash. While most everything is free, you won’t find free parking anywhere convenient.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes. We wandered around a lot, even thought the festival is relatively compact. Rice Park is not a large park, and after they set the stage in the middle, only half the park remains for booths and activities. The festival is in a small space, but the ground plan utilizes the space well.
  4. Considering bringing help. Some years, I’ve taken the children by myself and enjoyed myself. One year, I invited my mom and aunt to come with us. It was nice to have help so that the kids could choose to do something next door and not wait for the rest of us.  But it was very doable to do without help, too.
  5. Go early. Not because you will beat the crowd. Nope, that’s not it at all. Go early to beat the rain that is sure to come in the afternoon and shut down the cool outdoor performances. (Let’s just say this has happened more than once to me)
  6. Bring an umbrella.  See Tip #1
  7. Have a rain plan. In the afternoon, hit the indoor shows or hang out in the activity tents!
  8. Say “Yes”. When your child wants to do something, say yes right away especially if it’s a balloon animal/creation. Later there will be a line.
  9. Don’t Wait. Eat when the kids want to eat. When you are out of food and they are hungry, leave.
  10. Take your time. There is a lot to see and it’s super fun, but don’t feel like you need to do it all.
  11. Get a Map and Goodie Bag. Our first stop is the Flint Hills Tent to pick up a bag to collect all our goodies and to get a map. I highly recommend doing this–it is so helpful!
  12. Explore the permanent public art at Rice Park. Rice Park is full of public art, including several Peanuts characters, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a lady in a fountain. Take a few moments to see if you can find them all.
Musicians performing at the Flint Hills Family Festival
Catch thrilling performances indoors and outdoors.
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4 thoughts on “Why We Love Flint Hills Family Festival: May 31-June 1, 2024: Save The Dates!”

  1. Thank you! I was considering talking my 2 boys, but had no idea how the outdoor stuff worked (all I could find was information on the indoor performances). Your information, tips and excitement really helped – we are definitely going!

    1. Thank you, Meghan! Flint Hills is definitely worth the trip, and with indoor performances being pay-what-you-are-able this year, you can’t lose.

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