FREE TWIN CITIES SUMMER EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO SUMMER EVENTS
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.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO SUMMER EVENTS
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.
TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO SUMMER EVENTS
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.
TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO SUMMER EVENTS
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.
Things to do this summer in minneapolis with kids
Minneapolis parks – summer events
Minneapolis summer festivals
SCANDINAVIAN SUMMERFEST: Music, dancing and crafts in Minnehaha Park. June 27, 2021.
MINNEAPOLIS AQUATENNIAL: First, 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 21-24, 2021.
LORING PARK ARTS 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. July 31-Aug 1, 2021. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
OWAMNI FALLING WATER FESTIVAL: This free and family-friendly event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art & food. Father Hennepin Bluff Park. 2021 dates TBA.
MINNEAPOLIS SWIMMING POOLS & BEACHES
Minneapolis swimming & beaches are OPEN for 2021
- 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.
NORTH COMMONS WATER PARK: The outdoor waterpark is part of North Commons Park, which also includes a playground, recreation center and free wading pool. $3-$5/pp.
JIM LUPIENT WATERPARK: 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
- Check out our master list of free Minneapolis wading pools. Many feature fancy splash features including WABUN PARK WADING POOL, LAKE HIWATHA WADING POOL and WAITE PARK WADING POOL. Open daily 10am-9pm.
- THE COMMONS splash pad (downtown Minneapolis)
- FRANKLIN STEELE SQUARE splash pad
Minneapolis bike trails
Spin your wheels on the best Minneapolis bike trails for families. They’re free and they are a fantastic way to explore the city’s beautiful parks and lakes.
Things to do this summer in st paul with kids
St Paul parks – summer events
- MOVIES IN THE PARK – Select dates in 2021 – please consult the city calendar.
- MUSIC IN THE PARKS – Free concerts performed at Como Lakeside Pavilion, Mears Park & Rice Park.
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 – HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 2021.
St Paul summer festivals
ART IN THE HOLLOW: Over 50 visual & performing artists, many creating works on site. Swede Hollow Park. VIRTUAL ON JUNE 5, IN-PERSON SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
UNION DEPOT TRAIN DAYS: Tours of locomotives, model railroads, family activities and crafts, live music and special events. June 5-6, 2021.
LOWERTOWN BLUES FESTIVAL: Held 3 dates at Dual Citizen Brewing. June 12, July 10 & Aug 14.
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 13-15, 2021.
INDIAFEST: Minnesota State Capitol. Aug 14, 2021.
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.
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.
St Paul splash pads
St Paul bike trails
Spin your wheels on the best St Paul bike trails for families. They’re free, scenic and they get the kids outdoors!
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
2021 summer library programs
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:
- Anoka County Library | Summer Adventures
- Carver County Library | Libraries Rock Summer Reading
- Dakota County Library | Summer Discovery
- Hennepin County Library | Summer Learning here
- Ramsey County Library| Summer Learning Program
- Scott County Library | Summer Spotlight
- St Paul Public Library | Summer Spark
- Washington County Library | Kids Summer Reading