Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of June 4-5, 2022. To find our most recent guide, click here.
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, our ULTIMATE TWIN CITIES SUMMER FUN GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.
Twin Cities festivals this weekend for the family
BROOKLYN PARK: TATER DAZE PARADE
The parade features emergency vehicles, visiting royalty, live music, community organizations and the city mascot. June 4, 2022, 11am.
Blackhawk Park, 1629 Murphy Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122
All kinds of water-related activities at this summer festival: try canoeing and fly-fishing, listen to live music, view watercraft safety vehicles and do crafts. June 4, 2022.
EDINA: EDINA ART FAIR
50th & France district
Over 250 artists and crafters to shop and a Kids Zone with face painting, music and games. June 4-5, 2022.
MAPLE PLAIN: PARTY IN THE PARK
Veterans Memorial Park, 5050 Independence St, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Live music, food vendors and family fun. June 4, 2022.
Minneapolis: OPEN STREETS LYNDALE
W 22nd St to W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The streets are closed to motor vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists to explore area businesses. June 5, 2022.
NEW BRIGHTON: RHUBARB FEST
New Brighton History Center in Long Lake Park, 700 Park Drive, New Brighton, MN 55112
The historic train depot will be open and delicious rhubarb treats will be available for purchase. 1-4pm.
St Paul: ART IN THE HOLLOW
Parking: Saint Paul Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106
Over 50 visual & performing artists, many creating works on site. Note: you will need to park above the hollow and walk down into this park. June 4, 2022, 10am-5pm.
ST PAUL: FLINT HILLS FAMILY FESTIVAL
345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102 & Rice Park (downtown)
The whole shebang, from outdoor artist performances to the exhibit and activities tent, is great for kids. Gianna offers tips for bringing the whole family. June 3-4, 2022. FREE.
St Paul: LAKE PHALEN WATERFEST
Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Featuring all kinds of fun activities on and around the water: Voyageur canoe and sailboat rides; watercraft check-out, fishing lessons and contest, water games, climbing walls, a jump castle, arts and crafts, face painting and lawn games. June 4, 2022. FREE!
St Paul: UNION DEPOT TRAIN DAYS
Train Days will include train equipment tours, a vendor marketplace, model trains, concessions, train photography exhibit, family friendly activities and more! June 4-5, 2022, 10am-4pm.
Plan ahead for fun-filled family festivals in the Twin Cities with our complete June festival HERE.
FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN TWIN CITIES PARKS THIS WEEKEND
Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro.
SOME FUN FAMILY IDEAS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Try visiting a new park or nature center
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
Visit a Minnesota State Park
Eight Minnesota state parks are located within 60 miles of the heart of Minneapolis and St Paul; an hour’s drive or less. The current cost of a daily vehicle permit is $7. We share a few highlights of each HERE. This week’s featured photo is from INTERSTATE STATE PARK in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. This pretty river town is packed with things to do with kids and families. And at just under an hour away, it makes the perfect day trip from the Twin Cities. A naturalist-led tour of the park’s glacial potholes will be held Sunday, June 5, from 12-1pm.
FEATURED TWIN CITIES PARK EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington), MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK and EASTMAN NATURE CENTER (Maple Grove). Explore the indoor exhibits while you’re at it. No reservations needed. June 5, 2022. 1-3pm. FREE.
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone will be screened in LAKE HARRIET PARK as part of the annual Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Park events. June 4, 8pm. Plan ahead for a screening with our mega-list of 2022 TWIN CITIES FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK. Pass the popcorn!
7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Attractions open Memorial Day Weekend include the park’s lawn bowling, paddle boats, ($20/45 min) and the putting course (they call it “golf in miniature”. $10/18 holes). Plus, you might get lucky and spot a member of the Edina Model Yacht club!
Explore your city parks by surrey, chopper, canoe, paddleboard and more. Rentals are open at the following locations Memorial Day Weekend (please visit the website for hours):
- Bde Maka Ska
- Lake Como
- Lake Harriet
- Lake Nokomkis
- Minnehaha Falls
- Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield
Cool off this weekend in the twin cities
Suppose the heat gets turned up this weekend – how to cool off family-style? We have the rundown of the best swimming beaches in the Twin Cities metro area. You can find them all in SPLASH HAPPY: 2022 GUIDE TO BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS IN THE TWIN CITIES.
Featured Twin Cities Beach: Lake Elmo Swim Pond
1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Our featured beach this weekend is the fantastic LAKE ELMO SWIM POND at LAKE ELMO REGIONAL PARK. It’s chlorinated, got a shallow sand bottom and comes equipped with lifeguards. The beach opens for swimming June 4, 2022. Admission is a $7 vehicle permit.
Featured twin Cities splash pad
4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129
This weekend’s featured splash pad is the spray zone at M HEALTH FAIRVIEW SPORTS CENTER in Woodbury. Located conveniently next to MADISON’S PLACE inclusive playground!
MORE IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES WITH KIDS
Want to make art with your kids?
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and pick up an art kit to take home. June 4, 2022, 10am-3pm.
2665 4th Ave #103, Anoka, MN 55303
Free art classes for the whole family (ages 4 and up) are back in person. Note: these classes have space limitations and may be sold out. June 4, 2022. 5-6pm.
GOT KIDS WHO LOVE BIG RIGS?
Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55429
The fair will display trucks and cars for kids and families to explore. Bring a camera for photo opportunities. FREE, but food shelf donations will be accepted. Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 10am-Noon.
always free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities
Free days are BACK at the museum and we’re super excited about it! Explore the exhibits, including the brand new Shipwreck Adventures admission-free the first Sunday of each month thanks to Securian Financial. Reservations required AND FILL FAST! June 5, 2022.
Always free to visit weekends:
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Weisman Art Museum
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
- Caponi Art Park
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden