50 Free Things To Do In July: Twin Cities Family Events

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. Also make sure to check our TWIN CITIES JULY FAMILY GUIDE and our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for a complete listing of events around town.

Free things to do in Twin Cities parks - July 2021

Caponi Art Park

Open Tues-Sun in July | Eagan
Wander the self-guided trails through the sculpture park. 9am-8pm. FREE admission, donations appreciated.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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.

Forever Wild Family Friday 

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 Family Fundays 

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-registration is REQUIRED. Saturdays, 1-3pm.

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.

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks

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.

Groovin’ in the Garden 

July 7-28, Wednesdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
FREE concerts on the lawn and food available for purchase. Ongoing Wed in July.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s get stARTed

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.

Photo Collage of kids enjoying Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Minnesota -- Girl in a pink dress dancing in field of yellow flowers, girls skipping rocks, girls in the doorway of a tiny art house

Monday is Wash Day

July 12 | The Landing, Shakopee
Visit the historic park for free hands-on demos doing laundry the old-fashioned way. 1-4pm.

Weekend at Grimm Farm: Cows & Ice Cream

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.

Dragonfly Festival

July 17 | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton
Meet a few dragonflies and and explore one of their habitats. Drop in anytime from 10am-1pm.

Universe in the Park

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.

Front Porch Days

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

For more details and paid Fourth of July events, skip over to our TWIN CITIES INDEPENDENCE DAY/FOURTH OF JULY events page.
ANOKA: Anoka Fireworks | Castle Field
CHANHASSEN: 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park
Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center
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
MINNEAPOLIS: See all Minneapolis Indpendence Day events
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
ST PAUL: 4th of July at Langford Park
WHITE BEAR LAKE: White Bear Lake Fireworks – Manitou Days | Memorial Beach
WOODBURY: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center

Free Twin Cities July Events


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!


Splash Happy: 2020 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

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

tm nicollet commons park


Click here for more water fun ideas.

Free Twin Cities family artS events - July 2021

First Free Saturday

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.

Open Eye Figure Theater Ice Cream Social

July 31 | Minneapolis
Free ice cream cones, carnival games and puppet shows! Sweet way to end July. 1-3pm.


Exterior of Minneapolis Institute of Art lit up with rainbow lights.
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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

Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Parks

Catch free outdoor concerts and free movies screened in public parks across Minneapolis all July. Nightly, see link for schedule.

St Paul Music in the Parks

Twin Cities River Rats Ski Shows 

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.

BROOKLYN PARK: Concerts at the Farm – live music on the lawn of the HISTORIC EIDEM FARM. July 8 & 22.

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

Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Maplewood, Roseville, ShoreviewVadnais Heights & White Bear Lake.

Some highlights & family fun ideas from our Northeast Metro summer events guide:

ROSEVILLE: Roseville Puppet WagonOngoing 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 FestThe 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.

WOODBURY: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series – The free movie series is hosted at OJIBWAY PARK. July 8 & 22, 2021. Activities start at 7pm.

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:

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.

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