Free Twin Cities July Events & Activities

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Twin Cities Free July Events and Activities
Fill your summer with FREE events in the Twin Cities during the month of July!

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6/15-7/4: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake | Family highlights: “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”

6/28-7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Family highlights: On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, Johnny Cake Ridge Park

6/30-7/2: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI | Family highlights: Parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk

7/4-8: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival | Family highlights: Start out with 4th of July fireworks, move on to Art on the Lawn, and wrap up with a grand parade.

7/6-9: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale | Family highlights: FREE ice cream, face painting, music and safety vehicle fair, FREE Three Rivers Parks activity sampler, parade & fireworks.

7/7-8: Andover Family Fun Fest | Family highlights: Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides.

7/8/17: Anoka Riverfest | Downtown Anoka | 9am-5pm | Family highlights: Sidewalk chalk art and spin art for kids – both FREE.

7/8-9: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul | 10am-5pm | Family highlights: FREE Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen.

7/8-16: Hopkins Raspberry Festival | Family highlights: Family Day in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade

7/12-16: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom | Family highlights: Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor screening of Inside Out, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.

7/12-16: Maple Grove Days | Family highlights: Parade, kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park & Town Green, family games and fireworks

7/12-16: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood | free admission, $3/parking | Family highlights: White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more.

7/12-16: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom | Family highlights: Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor screening of Inside Out, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.

7/14-16: Highland Fest, St Paul | Family highlights: ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower (9am-5pm)!

7/14-16: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope | Family highlights: Home Depot kids workshop (7/15), kids parade (7/15) and slacklining and live animals with Three Rivers Parks.

7/15/17: St. Paul Rondo Days, Rondo Ave, St Paul | Family highlights: Grande Parade

7/15/17: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park | 3-9pm | Family highlights: FREE balloon twisting, family crafts and origami (3-7pm) plus other activities for a small fee and cultural entertainment.

7/15-7/27: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thursdays, 6-9pm

7/18/17: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park | 6pm | Family highlights: FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.

7/19-22: Minneapolis Aquatennial | Family highlights: First, hit the Loring Park Family Fun Night. Then, onto the Torchlight Parade. Twin Cities River Rats perform and  spectacular fireworks cap off the festival.

7/20-7/22: Crazy Days Fair & Festival | Excelsior’s annual sidewalk sale featuring bouncy houses, fun activities.  Saturday is Kids Day 9 AM – 3 PM. 

7/21/17: Summer Splash | Zanewood Recreation Center, Brooklyn Park | 5:30-7:30pm

7/21-7/22: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound | Family highlights: Kids activities in the park both days, Lake Minnetonka historic boat tours FREE with festival button, and fireworks at dusk.

7/21-7/22: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul | Family highlights:The largest free Blues Festival in the Twin Cities.

7/21-7/23: Rivertown Days | Hastings | Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade.

7/21-23: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park | Family highlights: Parade (7/22, 10am), and FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.

7/21-23: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater | Family highlights: Daily lumberjack shows, kids activities and K-9 shows, children’s entertainment in Teddy Bear Park and the parade.

7/21-7/30: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount | Family highlights: Midsummer Faire in Central Park, and the Grand Day Parade.

7/27-7/29: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl  | Minneapolis  | A three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis.

7/28-30: Chaska River City Days | Family highlights: Both a kids mini-parade and full-length community parade, arts and crafts fair, and cultural entertainment.

7/27-30: Crystal Frolics | Family highlights: Fireworks (7/29) & Family Festival (7/30) with kids scavenger hunt and entertainment.

7/29/17: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park | 1-5pm

7/29-30: Loring Park Art Festival  | Loring Park, Minneapolis | Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm | 140 artists, interactive art, family events, food, music and unique entertainment around the walking paths and duck ponds.


Free Twin Cities July Events

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 below:

Free Twin Cities July Events - Movies

St Paul Movies in the Park | Various park locations & dates in July, 8:30pm

St Paul Music in the Parks | Daily, parks vary

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 Art | Minneapolis | Daily, 11am-5pm

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

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

Materials Lab | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul | Open during exhibition hours, ongoing Sat/Sun, 10am-4pm | All ages can drop in and get creative with available materials and a little guidance.

Go Outside with Hennepin County | Hennpin County Government Center South Plaza, Minneapolis | Tues: 12-1pm, Wed: 11:30-1:30, Thurs: 6am-6pm | Pianos on Parade, lawn games, food trucks and a downtown farmers market encourage families to get outdoors and explore the city.

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | Ongoing Wed, 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.

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

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows | 1758 N West River Rd, Minneapolis | Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/8/17, 6:30pm.

7/1: First Free Saturday Garden Party: Play | 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. Come celebrate the grand re-opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden!

7/1: 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.

7/4/17: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Ride the Como Park Carousel for free today.

7/7/17: Puppet Workshop | Caponi Art Park, Eagan | 10:30am-11:30 | Artist guided interactive puppet making workshop. Space is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up. Stay and explore afterwards. Also held 7/28/17.

7/15/17: 2017 Eat Local Farm Tour | Participating Twin Cities-area farms | 10am-4pm | Take a day trip to one of these farms as they open their doors with educational, family-friendly activities.

7/16/17: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul | 9am-5pm | Explore the completely made-over museum free!

7/19/17: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul | 6-8pm | FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. Also 7/26/17.

7/22/17: Free Ink Day | Highpoint Center for Printmaking | Noon-4pm | Drop in for summer Free Ink Day! This event will focus on relief printmaking. Visitors of all ages are invited to carve blocks and create prints. Learn More: Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

7/25/17: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, St Paul | 11am-4pm | Ride the Como Park Carousel for free today.

7/29/17: Open Eye Figure Theater Ice Cream Social | Minneapolis | 11am-3pm | Free ice cream cones, carnival games and puppet shows! Sweet way to end July.



Pierre Bottineau House Open House | Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove | Ongoing Sat, 1-4pm

July Free Family Fun Days | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park | Ongoing Thursdays, 7pm

Sounds of Summer | Town Green Maple Grove | Includes Celebrate the Family, ongoing Thursdays and Movies by Moonlight to come in July & August.

7/10/17: Golden Valley Ice Cream Social | Brookview Park, 7pm | Live music and free ice cream!

7/11/17: Stories From the Porch | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 10am-12pm | Bring your chairs or blanket for storytime on the farm (stories read at 10:15 & 11am) followed by free play. Also held 7/18/17 (10-12) and 7/25/17 from 7-8pm featuring bedtime stories.




Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake | Ongoing Saturdays, 10am-12pm.

Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Frank Rog Amphitheater, Roseville | Ongoing Saturdays and/or Sundays

Shoreview Puppet Wagon | Shoreview parks | Ongoing Mondays

Roseville Puppet Wagon | Roseville parks | Ongoing Tues-Thurs

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

Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thursdays, 6-9pm




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

Apple Valley Mobile Puppet Theater | Apple Valley parks | Ongoing Mon-Fri | Stay for a free craft project following select performances.

Woodbury Puppet Wagon | Woodbury parks | Ongoing Mon-Thurs

Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds | Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm | Free family fun: The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families (Kidsdance DJs, free inflatables, lawn games and craft projects galore). Get the full lineup of entertainment here.

Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts & Thursday Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Thursdays, concerts begin at noon, read-alouds begin 11:15am.

Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks | Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville | Ongoing Fridays, movies begin at dusk.

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

Splash Pad Special Event | Highlands Park, Cottage Grove | Ongoing Fridays, 11am-noon

7/7/17: Forever Wild Family Friday | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan | 7-8:30pm

7/8/17: Family Art Day | Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota | 11am-4pm | Explore the historic site, play lawn games, and stay for the Mendota Day Parade at noon.

7/14/17: Universe in the Park | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul | 8:30-10pm | See our out-of-this-world Universe in the Park article to get more details on these stargazing opportunities.

7/21/17: Outdoor Summer Concert: The Fabulous Fairlanes | Dodge Nature Center | West St Paul | 7-8:30pm | Bring a blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy with this family-friendly a capella group.




Grimm Farmhouse Open House | Grimm Farm Historic Site, Victoria | Ongoing Sat, 1-4pm

Moonlight Movies | Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington | 9-11pm

Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie | 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.

Centennial Lakes Park is a haven for FREE summer entertainment! Events are held daily Sun-Thurs and include family-friendly concerts at the outdoor amphitheater, Movies in the Park ongoing Thursday evenings, the Farmers Market ongoing Thursdays and the Edina Model Yacht Club races on select Thursdays

Free Movie Mondays | Chaska Community Center | Ongoing Mondays starting thru 7/31, 9:30am.

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

KidStock | Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie | Ongoing Tuesdays through 7/26, 10:30am

Kids Entertainment Series | Augsburg Park, Richfield | Ongoing Tuesdays through 8/16, 12-1pm.

Creative Kidstuff Concert Series | The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park | Ongoing Wed. thru 8/17, 10-11am.

7/15/17: Midsummer Festival | Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague | 10am-5pm | Try out all kinds of outdoor equipment, enjoy live music, a climbing wall, free ice cream and more.



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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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