Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities


Before your kids can even THINK about uttering the B-word (it’s “BORED” at my house), arm yourself with our huge list of free activities going on across the Twin Cities during the month of July:


 TWIN CITIES JULY FAMILY FESTIVALS – FREE ADMISSION

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TWIN CITIES INDEPENDENCE DAY & FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS – FREE

For more details and paid Fourth of July events, skip over to our Twin Cities Independence Day events page.

Free Twin Cities July Events

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL

TWIN CITIES SUBURBAN METRO

Afton: Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street
Anoka:
Anoka Fireworks | Castle Field & George Green Park
Apple Valley:
Apple Valley Freedom Days
Bloomington: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park
Chanhassen: Chanhassen’s 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
Prior Lake: Rock and Rockets | Mystic Lake Casino
Richfield: Richfield 4th of July Celebration | Veterans Memorial Park

Roseville: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville’s Central 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


TWIN CITIES SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE
In case your family is needing a boost this season while you’re out and about, Free Summer Meals for Kids are offered at more public venues than you would imagine – parks, libraries, elementary schools, churches and many more. There is no income level requirement to participate.
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Free Twin Cities July Events - Movies

Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Park | Various parks (schedule here) | Mon-Sat, movies begin 15 min. past sunset. For FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Movies around the Twin Cities, click the graphic.

St Paul Movies in the Park  | Parks and times vary, check link for schedule

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul | Daily, summer hours 10am-4pm | Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Minneapolis | Daily, 11am-5pm

St Paul Music in the Parks | Daily, parks vary

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC  Lakeshore Learning locations | Ongoing Saturdays, 11am-3pm

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul | Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am | Fresh entertainment each week including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm | In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

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.

Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | Ongoing Wed in July, 6-8pm | FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase.

Games Galore | Union Depot, St Paul | Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm | Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, etc.

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul | Ongoing Thursdays, 10am-noon | The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thurs, 6:30pm.

7/6/19: First Free Saturday | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis | 10am-3pm | Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family.

7/6/19: Home Depot Kids Workshop | TC Home Depot locations | 9am-noon | The first Saturday of each month kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany children.

7/14/19: Family Day | Minneapolis Institute of Art | 11am-5pm

7/21/19: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul | 9am-5pm | Explore the newly renovated and expanded museumfree! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.

7/25/19: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, STP | 11am-4pm

7/21/19: Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake & Minnehaha | 11am-5pm | 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.

7/27/19: Open Eye Figure Theater Ice Cream Social | Minneapolis | 11am-3pm | Free ice cream cones, carnival games and puppet shows! Sweet way to end July.

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TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

BLAINE

Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park | Select dates in July

BROOKLYN PARK

July Free Family Fun Days | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | 7/14/19 & 7/28/19, 1-3pm

Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Reg Park pavilion | Ongoing Thursdays (NO 7/4/19), 7pm

Stories From the Porch | Eidem Homestead | Bring your chairs or blanket for storytime on the farm (stories read at 10:15 & 11am) followed by free play. | Tues/July starting 7/9/19, 10am-12pm. 7/30/19 from 7-8pm featuring bedtime stories.

COON RAPIDS

Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Reg Park pavilion | Ongoing Thurs, 7pm

FRIDLEY

Springbrook Summer Concert Series | Springbrook Nature Center |  7/16/19, 7pm

MAPLE GROVE

Sounds of Summer | Town Green | Includes Kids Have Character, ongoing Thursdays and Movies at Sunset.

NEW BRIGHTON

Night at the Movies | Townsend Park | 7/26/19, at dusk

OTSEGO

Splash & Play Tuesdays | Prairie Park | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10 am

PLYMOUTH

Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center | Music and live entertainment, 7/11/19-7/25/19

ST ANTHONY

Silverwood OnStage | Silverwood Park | Ongoing Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park | Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Try art making with a take-home activity. 7/7/19, 1-3pm.

 

 

NORTH ST PAUL

Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park | 7/19/19

ROSEVILLE

Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Central Park | Ongoing Tues/Thurs/Sun in July

Roseville Puppet Wagon | Roseville parks | Ongoing Tues-Thurs, 9:30-11:30am

Discover Your Parks | Roseville parks | Ongoing Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm

SHOREVIEW

Concerts in the Commons | Shoreview Community Center | Ongoing Wednesdays, 7pm

Shoreview Puppet Wagon | Commons Park | 7/16/19, 6:30pm

WHITE BEAR LAKE

Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center | Ongoing Sat, 10am-12

Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thurs thru 7/25/19, 6-9pm

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TWIN CITIES SOUTH METRO SPECIAL EVENTS – FREE

APPLE VALLEY

Music in Kelley Park | Music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in. Ongoing Fridays.

Apple Valley Puppet Wagon | Apple Valley parks, ongoing Mon-Fri

BURNSVILLE

Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park | Ongoing Thursdays, stay to enjoy the landscaped splash pad!

Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Nicollet Commons Park | Ongoing Fridays, 7:30 seating, show at dusk

Paragon Theaters Free Summer Movies | Burnsville Odyssey | Tues-Thurs

COTTAGE GROVE

Splash Pad Special Events | Highlands Park | Ongoing Fridays, 11am-noon

Pop-Up Splash Pad | Hamlet Park | Water games w/ the fire dept & treats | 7/25/19, 6pm

Summer Concert Series | Hamlet Park | 7/11/19, 6:30pm

EAGAN

Forever Wild Family Friday: Pollinators | Lebanon Hills Regional Park | 6/5/19, 7-8:30pm

Eagan Puppet Wagon | Eagan parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri starting 6/17/19 | Bring a blanket for the shows, then stay after for art projects and interactive activities.

FARMINGTON

Movie in the Park | Lake Julia Park | Movie at dusk

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

Terrific Tuesdays | South Valley Park | Ongoing Tues, please check link for park and times

ROSEMOUNT

Movies in the Park | Central Park | 7/13/19, dusk

Music in the Parks Series | Central Park | 7/11/19 & 7/18/19, 10am

Puppets in the Park | Rosemount Parks | Ongoing Fridays, please check link for times

SHAKOPEE

Huber Park Performance & Event Series | Ongoing Thurs, 7pm

UNIVERSE IN THE PARKS

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

WASHINGTON COUNTY PARKS

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks | Find a listing of parks here | Explore Washington County Parks with no vehicle permit required the first Tuesday of the month, 7/2/19.

WOODBURY

Woodbury Puppet Wagon | Woodbury parks | Ongoing Mon-Thurs

Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series | Lake Middle School | 7/11/19, Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.

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BLOOMINGTON

MOA Summer Toddler Tuesdays | Mall of America Rotunda | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon | Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set.

July Free Family Fun Days | Richardson Nature Center | Ongoing Sundays, 3-4pm

Moonlight Movies | Red Haddox Field | Ongoing Fridays, 9pm

Arts in the Parks: Monday Morning Kids Series | Moir Park | 10:30am

Tuesday Evening Performance Series | Normandale Bandshell | 7pm – also live music during Thursday Night Blockbuster Series (7pm)

CHASKA

Kids Summer Entertainment Series | Firemen’s Park | 7/9/19 & 7/23/19, 10:30am – also Clayhole Concerts & Free Pie Social, 7/17/19, 6pm

EDEN PRAIRIE

Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center | 9am-noon | Ongoing Saturdays of each month enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.

Kidstock | Staring Lake Amphitheater | Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:30am

EDINA

Entertainment at Centennial Lakes Park | Events Sun-Thurs including movies in the park (Thursdays, dusk), live music, kids entertainment (Tuesdays, noon) and farmers markets.

GOLDEN VALLEY

Concerts in the Park | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays starting 6/3/19, 7pm

Golden Valley Ice Cream Social | Brookview Park | Live music and free ice cream! 7/8/19, 7pm

MINNETONKA

Music in the Park & Farmers Market | Civic Center Amphitheater | Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

NEW HOPE

New Hope Movies in the Park | Northwood Park | 7/19/19, 9:15pm

RICHFIELD

Kids Entertainment in the Park | Veterans Park | Ongoing Tuesdays, noon. Evening Series, ongoing Thursdays, 7pm.

SHAKOPEE

Huber Park Performance & Event Series | Ongoing Wednesdays

ST LOUIS PARK

Kids Summer Concert Series | Veterans Memorial Park | 7/24/19 & 7/31/19, 10am

VICTORIA

Grimm Farmhouse Open House | Carver Park Reserve | Step back in time with interpreters and old-fashioned lawn games | Ongoing Sat, 1-4pm


TWIN CITIES BEACHES, POOLS, WATER PARKS & SPLASH PADS – many with FREE ADMISSION

You don’t have to look far to find a free spot to take a dip in the Twin Cities. Starting early June, the following beaches beckon to little swimmers and charge no vehicle fee or admission:

Minneapolis Wading Pools are perfect for the splash set and those just learning to swim. Pools attached to a city public school building will open June 9, all others open Memorial Day Weekend.

Twin Cities Splash Pads – our complete list of spots to chill out all summer long, nearly all are FREE


 TWIN CITIES JULY FARMERS MARKETS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Twin Cities Farmers Markets are usually bustling with free entertainment to lure in families out shopping together. Check our directory for markets that offer the best in live music, produce clubs for kids, storytimes and samples.

Free Twin Cities July Events - Farmers Markets


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