Free things to do in Twin Cities parks - July 2021
Open Tues-Sun in July | Eagan
Wander the self-guided trails through the sculpture park. 9am-8pm. FREE admission, donations appreciated.
Open daily in July | St Paul
Seasonal events include the opening of the Summer Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. Come visit the seals at Como Harbor, their brand new habitat! Bring along our Como Summer Checklist so you don’t miss a thing! Currently, the Zoo & Conservatory are open by reservation only. Make yours today, they fill fast. Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. 10am-6pm.
July 2 | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Visit the park the first Friday of every month for outdoor activities. 6-7:30pm. Free; registration required.
July 3-31, Saturdays | North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
Self-directed scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. All ages welcome, pre-registr
Nature Center Without Walls | Three Rivers Parks
July 4-25, Sundays | Eastman Nature Center, Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Lowry Nature Center & Richardson Nature Center
Free nature programming at four Three Rivers Parks nature centers. Each weekend features different activities and experiences in nature. Free, drop-in between 1-3pm.
July 6 | Find a listing of parks here
Explore Washington Cty Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No permit required.
July 7-28, Wednesdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
FREE concerts on the lawn and food available for purchase. Ongoing Wed in July.
July 11 | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Dress to be outdoors; the program starts with a puppet show and follows with a nature themed art project. Drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.
July 12 | The Landing, Shakopee
Visit the historic park for free hands-on demos doing laundry the old-fashioned way. 1-4pm.
July 17 | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
Learn about life on an 1870s farm. Meet live animals and try hands-on, family-friendly activities. 1:30-4pm.
July 17 | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
Meet a few dragonflies and and explore one of their habitats. Drop in anytime from 10am-1pm.
July 17 | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
A short outdoor talk about astronomy followed by the chance to observe the night sky through telescopes. 8:45pm. Also held July 24 at LOWRY NATURE CENTER.
July 25 | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
Learn about veggies, watch a wool craft demo and test your farm trivia knowledge. Hike the trails on your own and try games and scavenger hunts. July 25, drop in between 1-4pm.
Free Twin Cities Nature Centers
Nature and outdoor interpretive centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. Find our complete listing of TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS.
Free Twin CIties Independence Day/July Fourth Events & More 2021 July Festivals
CHANHASSEN: 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park
COON RAPIDS: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center
DELANO: Delano 4th of July Celebration | 559 North River Street
EAGAN: Eagan July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds
EDEN PRAIRIE: Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration | Round Lake Park
EDINA: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall
EXCELSIOR: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July | Excelsior Commons Park
FOREST LAKE: Forest Lake 4th of July
LAKEVILLE: Pan-O-Prog Fireworks | Lakeville North High School
MAPLEWOOD: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park
SHAKOPEE: Shakopee Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park
STILLWATER: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park
ST LOUIS PARK: St. Louis Park July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park
WHITE BEAR LAKE: White Bear Lake Fireworks – Manitou Days | Memorial Beach
WOODBURY: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center
- June 30-July 4, 2021: Apple Valley Freedom Days
- July 1-4, 2021: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI
- July 1-11, 2021: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake
- Thursdays, July 1-August 5, 2021: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake
- July 3, 2021: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park
- July 4-11, 2021: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival
- July 7-11, 2021 Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom
- July 8-11, 2021: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale
- July 8-11, 2021: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello
- July 9-10, 2021: Family Fun Fest, Andover
- July 10, 2021 Anoka Riverfest
- July 10, 2021: Lowertown Blues Fest | Dual Citizen Brewing, St Paul
- July 14-18, 2021: Maple Grove Days
- July 14-18, 2021: Hopkins Raspberry Festival
- July 16-17, 2021: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound
- July 16-17, 2021: Discover Anoka Days Sidewalk Sale | Downtown Anoka
- July 16-18, 2021: Rivertown Days | Hastings
- July 16-18, 2021: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater
- July 16-18, 2021: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls
- July 16-25, 2021: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount
- July 17, 2021: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Virtual
- July 17, 2021: Anoka Food Truck Festival | Anoka
- July 20-25, 2021: Anoka County Fair | Anoka
- July 21-24, 2021: Minneapolis Aquatennial
- July 22, 2021: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park
- July 22-25, 2021: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival
- July 22-25, 2021: Crystal Frolics | Becker Park, Crystal
- July 23-25, 2021: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park
- July 23-25, 2021: Chaska River City Days
- July 28 – Aug 1, 2021: Scott County Fair | Jordan
- July 29-31, 2021: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis
- July 31-August 1, 2021 Loring Park Art Festival | Minneapolis
- July 31-August 1, 2021: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada
FREE TWIN CITIES SWIMMING, WADING & SPLASHING IN JULY
You don’t have to look far to find a free spot to take a dip in the Twin Cities. The following beaches, pools & splash pads beckon to little swimmers and charge no vehicle fee or admission. Make sure to double check the websites before packing up the swimsuits and heading out!
FREE TWIN CITIES BEACHES
Carver Lake Park, Woodbury
CRYSTAL BEACH, BURNSVILLE
RILEY LAKE PARK BEACH, Eden Prairie
ROUND LAKE PARK BEACH, Eden Prairie
SILVER LAKE BEACH, NORTH ST PAUL
Phalen regional park beach, St Paul
Free Twin Cities Swimming Pools & Wading Pools
North Commons Water Park | Minneapolis
New this year! The water park is offering FREE admission as of June 2021.
Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis
Free Twin Cities Splash Pads
Find our list of the best splash pads in the Twin Cities!
Nicollet Commons Park water feature | Burnsville
Free Twin Cities family artS events - July 2021
July 3 | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month. Tickets required in advance. Don’t forget to explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! 11am-5pm.
July 31 | Minneapolis
Free ice cream cones, carnival games and puppet shows! Sweet way to end July. 1-3pm.
FREE ART MUSEUMS TO VISIT
Twin Cities Free family entertainment in July 2021
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. Bike trails beckon. And don’t forget – the libraries have programming all summer.
free Minneapolis & St Paul events
Catch free outdoor concerts and free movies screened in public parks across Minneapolis all July. Nightly, see link for schedule.
Grab your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner, then head to West River Rd in Minneapolis for a fun water ski show. Ongoing Thursdays in July, 6:30pm.
Free twin cities northwest metro events
Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Andover, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, New Brighton, Otsego, Plymouth. & St Anthony.
Some highlights & family fun ideas from our Northwest Metro summer events guide:
MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer at Town Green. Includes Kids Have Character, ongoing Thursdays and Movies at Sunset in July.
NEW BRIGHTON: NEW BRIGHTON HISTORY CENTER MUSEUM – visit the restored train depot in LONG LAKE REGIONAL PARK and let your kids climb aboard the caboose. June thru September the museum exhibits are open weekends from 1-4pm and are free.
Free twin cities northeast metro events
Some highlights & family fun ideas from our Northeast Metro summer events guide:
ROSEVILLE: Roseville Puppet Wagon – Ongoing Tues-Thurs in July in Roseville’s community parks. 9:30-11:30am.
WHITE BEAR LAKE: TAMARACK NATURE CENTER – What really shines at Tamarack is its glorious outdoor DISCOVERY HOLLOW & GARDEN, the ultimate nature playground for kids. Bring a change of clothes and prepare to spend hours if you’re able.
Free twin cities southeast metro events
Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount & Woodbury.
Some highlights & family fun ideas from our Southeast Metro summer events guide:
BURNSVILLE: NICOLLET COMMONS PARK hosts Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour concerts in July – bring a picnic lunch and swimsuits to enjoy the landscaped splash pad! Also Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks, 7:30pm seating, show at dusk.
EAGAN: Market Fest – The EAGAN CENTRAL PARK grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families. Get some fresh produce and let the kids enjoy the new splash pad. Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm.
Free twin cities southwest metro 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.
Some highlights & family fun ideas from our Southwest Metro summer events guide:
BLOOMINGTON: Movie on the Hill – Monsters Inc screened at HYLAND HILLS SKI AREA. FREE, but tickets required. July 14.
EDEN PRAIRIE: Kidstock free family entertainment – Staring Lake Amphitheater, Tuesdays in July, 2021, 10:30am
EDINA: CENTENNIAL LAKES PARK – Edina’s crown jewel of a public park is a haven for summer entertainment. 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 starting Memorial Day are the park’s paddle boats, putting course & lawn games.
2021 July Summer Library Programs
Unlike school, there is no “summer break” at your local library! This year many summer reading programs have been tweaked to provide activities and challenges you can complete at home. Remember, most locations are open for online checkout and curbside pickup! Find your local branches and full summer schedules below:
- Anoka County Library | Summer Adventures
- Carver County Library | Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program
- Dakota County Library | Summer Discovery
- Hennepin County Library | Summer Learning
- Ramsey County Library | Summer Learning Program
- Scott County Library | Summer Spotlight
- St Paul Public Library | Summer Spark
- Washington County Library | Summer Adventures
July events we hope to see return in 2021 or 2022
Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, STP
Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Drop in for summer Free Ink Day with special guest Open Eye Figure Theater. Visitors of all ages are invited to carve blocks and create prints. Learn More: Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Noon-4pm
Go Outside with Hennepin County | Hennpin County Government Center South Plaza, Minneapolis & Target Field Station | A farmers market, outdoor movies, trivia and food trucks encourage families to get outdoors and explore the city.
Home Depot Kids Workshop | TC Home Depot locations
The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.
Open Streets Minneapolis | Lyndale Avenue in Uptown
Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.
Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul
Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum free! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.