Twin Cities Family Community Entertainment, Summer 2020

There is loads fun to be had out in our local communities this summer. There is something to do every day of the week – and most of this community entertainment is FREE! Local parks are buzzing with festivals, community theater, farmers markets and the puppet wagon. Live music is performed most nights of the week. The beaches and pools are awaiting swimmers. Bike trails beckon. And don’t forget – the libraries have programming all summer.

Please note that many of these venues will be closed for the 2020 season or are postponing their openings. Please makes sure to call ahead and check the schedule.

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Scroll down for Minneapolis & St Paul events on this landing page, or click on your desired region of the Twin Cities metro area to find all the summer events in your community.


Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Andover, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, New Brighton, Otsego & Plymouth.

Find our complete summer events guide of things to do in the Twin Cities: Northwest Metro.


Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Maplewood, Roseville, Shoreview, St Anthony, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake.

Find our complete summer events guide of things to do in the Twin Cities: Northeast Metro.


Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount & Woodbury.

Find our complete summer events guide of things to do in the Twin Cities: Southeast Metro.


Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, New Hope, Richfield, Shakopee, St Louis Park & Victoria.

Find our complete summer events guide of things to do in the Twin Cities: Southwest Metro.



Minneapolis parks – summer events

Minneapolis Parks events have been cancelled for the 2020 season.

Lake Harriet Park Movie Night - community entertainment

Minneapolis summer festivals

Minneapolis Open StreetsSome of these are cancelling but others are just postponing.

Scandinavian Summer Fest: Music, dancing and crafts. Minnehaha Park. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Minneapolis AquatennialFirst, hit the Loring Park Family Fun Night. Then, onto the Torchlight Parade, performances by the Twin Cities River Rats and spectacular fireworks cap off the festival. July 22-25, 2020.

 Loring Park Art Festival: 140 artists, interactive art, family events, food, music and unique entertainment around the walking paths and duck ponds of Loring Park—an idyllic setting for an outdoor art festival. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. July 25-26, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Powderhorn Art Fair: Art vendors and food at Powderhorn Park. Aug 1-2, 2020.

Owamni Falling Water Festival: This free and family-friendly event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art & food. Father Hennepin Bluff Park. CANCELLED FOR 2020.

Uptown Art Fair: Stop by the Family Imagination Station hosted by Northern Clay Center. Aug 7-9, 2020.

Minneapolis swimming & beaches

  • Bde Maka Ska 32nd Street Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska North Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska Thomas Beach
  • Cedar Lake East Beach
  • Cedar Lake Point Beach
  • Cedar Lake South Beach
  • Lake Harriet North Beach
  • Lake Harriet Southeast Beach
  • Lake Hiawatha Beach
  • Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach
  • Lake Nokomis Main Beach
  • Wirth Lake Beach

Open Memorial Day weekend; lifeguards not available until early June.

Webber Natural Swimming Pool: Water treated with plants instead of chemicals. Zero-depth entry for the littlest swimmers. FREE admission.

Jim Lupient Water Park: The fun features include 3 large water slides, log water walk, a spray pool for younger kids, water volleyball and shade structures. Admission is just $3-$5/pp.


Minneapolis splash pads & wading pools


Minneapolis summer library events



St Paul parks – summer events

Roaming Rec with St Paul Parks & Recreation: Free programs for kids at parks across St Paul offering athletic programs, crafts, and other activities led by the Recreation in Motion team. Snacks will be served at each session. 

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: Como is one of St Paul’s brightest gems. Completely free (though donations appreciated) are a lovely zoo and conservatory that continues to improve and offer a wide range of educational programs for families.

  • Groovin’ in the Garden –  FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. Ongoing Wednesdays.


St Paul summer festivals

Art in the Hollow: Over 50 visual & performing artists, many creating works on site. Swede Hollow Park.  June 6, 2020, 10am-5pm. POSTPONED INDEFINITELY FOR 2020

Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival: Boy Scout Troops will have fun activities for kids. Go for a climb on a tower and if the weather is good, take a pinewood derby car for a spin. June 6, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Union Depot’s Virtual Train Days: Check out the Train Cam and celebrate from home. June 6-7, 2020. VIRTUAL EVENT FOR 2020

Grand Old Day: Kids activities in the Family Fun District (most have a fee), live music and parade. June 7, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Hosted at various venues, look for free family-friendly concerts at several parks, including Mears and Rice. Download free Metro Transit passes at link above. June 25-27, 2020. POSTPONED IN 2020

Dragon Festival: Free Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen. July 11, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Lowertown Blues Fest: Mears Park. July 17-18, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Highland Fest: ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower! July 17-19, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Irish Fair of Minnesota: The Children’s Area of the Fair allows kids to meet Irish dogs, explore Irish instruments, take an Irish dance lesson, and craft  in the Art Tent. Harriet Island Regional Park.  Aug 7-9, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020.

IndiaFest: Minnesota State Capitol. Aug 15, 2020.

St Paul swimming & beaches

Como Regional Park Pool: Features a zip line, climbing wall, lazy river and separate splash pool. Saturday Tot Time at Como, 9:30 to 11:00am, $8 per parent/child pair. $6-$7/pp.

Highland Park Aquatic Center: Children’s activity pool, diving well & slide. $6-$7/pp.

Como Pool Waterpark


Lake Phalen Park Beach: Pop over during the summer for a swim & dash through the adjacent splash pad. The lake is also a site for sailing lessons, swimming lessons, and canoe & kayak clinics. No admission to swim.


Lake Phalen Park Beach

St Paul splash pads

St Paul summer library events

The St Paul Public Library system consists of 13 library locations, a bookmobile, and 2 early learning centers. All library locations feature children’s play areas, and collections to stimulate early literacy. You can get the latest information on their curbside pickup program and summer offerings here.


More summer fun ideas

We’ve got our 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2020 fresh and ready to go! Most of these ideas are activities you can do right at home or in your backyard.


June Universe in the Park
See our out-of-this-world Universe in the Park article to get more details on these stargazing opportunities. 8:30-10pm. $7 vehicle permit required in state parks, no fee at nature centers.


Unlike school, there is no “summer break” at your local library! Dozens of branches across the seven-county library system are rolling out even more activities, entertainment and reading incentives during the summer months. Nearly every day of the week you can find programming for kids, tweens and teens: outdoor StoryWalks, STEM workshops, storytimes, crafting, magic shows, mini-camps and more. Find your local branches and full summer schedules below:


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