There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer. The libraries have programming all summer. You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find music or maybe even the puppet wagon.
Twin Cities Free Summer Entertainment in the Parks
BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates starting 6/13/18
BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks includes the Monday Morning Kids Series at Moir Park starting 6/11/18, Tuesday Evening Performance Series at Normandale Bandshell starting 6/12/18, and Moonlight Movies at Red Haddox Field starting 6/8/18. All are FREE to attend.
BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18, stay to enjoy the landscaped splash pad! Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Ongoing Fridays, 6:30 seating, 7pm show.
CHASKA: Kids Summer Entertainment Series | Firemen’s Park | Ongoing Tuesdays starting 6/12/18, 10:30am & Wednesday Night Concerts, ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/13/18.
COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Reg Park pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/7/18, 7pm
COTTAGE GROVE: Tunes Into Twilight Summer Concert Series | City Hall Amphitheater | Starts 6/21/18, 6:30pm. Splash Pad Special Events are held at Highlands Park ongoing Fridays starting June 15, 11am-noon
EAGAN: Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri starting June 18 | Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities. Eagan Market Fest, Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds, ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm starting June 6. FREE family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families.
EDEN PRAIRIE: Kidstock | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30am
EDINA: Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! June events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings, and the Farmers Market. Open for June are the park’s paddle boats, putting course & lawn games.
GOLDEN VALLEY: Concerts in the Park | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays starting 6/4/18, 7pm. Movies in the Park scheduled for August 2018.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: Free Summer Events in the Park | South Valley Park | Select Tuesdays starting 6/12/18.
MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18 and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS: Market Square Concert Series | The Village at Mendota Heights Shopping Center | Wednesday evenings TBA, 6:30-8:30 pm.
NEW BRIGHTON: Night at the Movies | Townsend Park, New Brighton | 6/22/18, at dusk.
NEW HOPE: Movies in the Park | Civic Center Park | One Fri/month June-Aug
OTSEGO: Otsego Summer Entertainment in the Park | Prairie Park | Starts 6/12/18, 10 am
PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth | Music and other live entertainment starting 6/12/18.
RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Ongoing Tuesdays at noon starting 6/12/18.
ROSEMOUNT: Puppets in the Park | Rosemount Parks | Ongoing Fridays starting 6/22/18. Also Movies in the Park (one Friday/month June-Aug) & Summer Music in the Parks in Central Park, ongoing Thursdays starting 6/14/18.
SHAKOPEE: Huber Park Performance & Event Series | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/7/18.
ST ANTHONY: Silverwood OnStage | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/6/18
ST. PAUL: Movies in the Park | Ongoing Fridays starting June 1. Groovin’ in the Garden at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, ongoing Wednesdays starting June 6 with FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. Roaming Recreation at St. Paul Parks – organized games, craft projects, snacks and more starts June 18.
WOODBURY: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Ojibway Park, Woodbury | Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk. Woodbury Puppet Wagon | Woodbury parks | Ongoing Mon-Thurs, plus, Puppet Wagon Preview Party at Kinderberry Hill, 6/7/18, with shows, crafts and popsicles.
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 at Your Library – kickoff parties begin June 5
- Carver County Library | Libraries Rock Summer Reading – starts June 1
- Dakota County Library | Summer Discovery – begins June 6, 2018
- Hennepin County Library | Summer Learning here
- Ramsey County Library | R.E.A.D: My Summer Library Experience – begins June 9
- Scott County Library | Summer Spotlight – events begin June 9
- St Paul Public Library | Summer Spark – events begin June 1
- Washington County Library | Kids Summer Reading