June Weekend Family Fun: Warming Up For Summer

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

June 1-2, 2019

The temps are rising, the end of the school year is within reach and family festivals are popping up on the calendar. Feels like summer to us! For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our June Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.


Flint Hills Family Festival | St Paul – Cancelled for 2020.

The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great and geared for kids. Most of what you can do there is FREE! Very important: Get tips before you go for bringing the whole family. Fri & Sat, May 31 & June 1, 10am-9pm.

Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul
Celebrate clean lakes and outdoor rec with family canoeing, fishing lessons, crafts, games, interactive exhibits and more. Sat, June 1, 11am-4pm. FREE.

Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington 
Interactive art and nature activities. Sat, June 1, 12-5pm. FREE.

Union Depot’s Train Day | Union Depot, St Paul
Train-inspired activities including tours of locomotives, model railroads, and family activities.
Sat & Sun, June 1-2. FREE.

Warming Up For Summer with Train Days

Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul
Officially UN-cancelled for 2019! Pay a visit to the Family District, collect candy at the parade (9:30am) & stop at Red Balloon Bookshop for activities. Sun, June 2.

Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis
The route on Lyndale Avenue between 22nd St W & 54th St W will be blocked to traffic and completely pedestrian-friendly – or bring your bike! Explore the local business and eateries, many of which will have activities and freebies to hand out. Sun, June 2, 11am-5pm. FREE.

Find our complete June Family Festival Calendar HERE.


Starting Sat, June 1: Grimm Farmhouse Open Houses | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria 
Every Saturday this summer, your family can visit the restored farmhouse and experience the work and play of a late nineteenth century Minnesota farmstead. 1-4pm, FREE.

Warming Up For Summer @ Grimm Farmhouse

Old-fashioned fun at Grimm Farmhouse

Sat, June 1: Explore Your Parks Day | Washington County Parks
All Washington County Parks are free (no vehicle permit required) to enter on Explore Your Parks Day June 1, and a number of activities are planned at:

Warming Up For Summer with Explore Your Parks Day

Lake Elmo Park Beach

Minneapolis beaches are also open now and FREE to visit. Note that not lifeguard service has not begun for most of the 12 locations.

Several other swimming holes are opening this weekend! For our complete listing of Twin Cities beaches, pools, water parks and splash pads opening this month, click HERE.

Always free to visit weekends:

Warming Up For Summer @ the Sculpture Garden

Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

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