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.
Start planning ahead for summer openings with our Ultimate Guide to a Summer to Remember!
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FREE 2020 TWIN CITIES SUMMER EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO SUMMER EVENTS 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 Movies in the Parks – ongoing Mon-Sat, 15 min past sunset.
- Minneapolis Music in the Parks – 6 venues presenting music nightly at various parks around the city.
Minneapolis Parks events have been cancelled for the 2020 season.
Minneapolis summer festivals
Minneapolis Open Streets – On 7/17/20, Open Streets made the difficult decision to CANCEL ALL REMAINING OPEN STREETS.
Scandinavian Summer Fest: Music, dancing and crafts. Minnehaha Park. CANCELLED FOR 2020
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 22-25, 2020). CANCELLED FOR 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.
Minneapolis swimming & beaches are OPEN for 2020
- 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.
MINNEAPOLIS WATERPARKS WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE 2020 SEASON.
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.
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.
SELECT MINNEAPOLIS WADING POOLS WILL BE OPEN FOR THE 2020 SEASON.
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 Hiawatha 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, they’re distanced and they are a fantastic way to explore the city’s beautiful parks and lakes.
St Paul parks – summer events
- Movies in the Park – Select dates in 2020 – please consult the city calendar.
- Music & Entertainment in the Parks – Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Check the link for a complete listing of events & locations.
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. CANCELLED FOR 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. CLOSED FOR 2020.
Highland Park Aquatic Center: Children’s activity pool, diving well & slide. $6-$7/pp. CLOSED FOR 2020.
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, they’re distanced and they get the kids outdoors!
St Paul summer library events
ST PAUL PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED FOR 2020; ONLINE REQUESTS & CURBSIDE PICKUP IS AVAILABLE.
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.
UNIVERSE IN THE PARKS 2020
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.
2020 SUMMER LIBRARY READING PROGRAMS & SUMMER LIBRARY EVENTS
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