FFTC’s 2019 Guide to FREE Summer Music in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer.  Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better?  Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music.

Where possible, we provided a basic schedule, but we highly recommend checking the websites – especially if the date falls near a Holiday. Times and schedules are subject to change and most events are weather dependent.


05/16/2019 – 09/21/2019: Music & Entertainment in the Parks, St. Paul| Daily with FREE concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Acomplete listing of events & locations is available to download at the link.

05/27/2019 – 09/02/2019: Minneapolis Music in the Parks, 6 venues presenting music nightly. Note: While the music is free, you may need to pay for parking. While more and more pay slots take credit cards, not all do.

06/05/19-07/24/19: Groovin’ in the Garden | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
FREE concerts, a climbing wall, bounce house, and lawn games for kids, and food available for purchase. Ongoing Wednesdays @ 6pm

06/20/19-06/22/19: Twin Cities Jazz Fest | Mears Park, Lowerton & other St Paul venues

07/02/19-07/30/19: Bands on the Boulevard | Minnesota History Center
Ongoing Tuesdays in July, 6:30pm. Remember, admission to the highly kid-friendly History Center is FREE Tuesdays from 3-8pm!

08/09/19-08/11/19: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island, St Paul
Free admission & live Irish music. Note, parking is paid and sometimes difficult to find.

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BLAINE: Performance in the Park | Town Square & Aquatore Park
Heavy on the family-friendly, find all your favorite kids bands at this series. See websites for dates and bands – FREE 

  • 06/12/19-08/21/19: Town Square Park: Wednesdays, 7pm 
  • 07/12/19-08/16/19: Aquatore Park:  July & August – Fridays, 10:30am; Select evenings, 6pm

COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion
Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/6/19 thru 8/8/19, 7pm, FREE

MAPLE GROVE: Sounds of Summer | Town Green Park
Themed weeknights and special events 06/10/19-08/23/19. Download the full schedule at the link.

  • 06/10/19-08/19/19, 7pm – Usher in the Week Mondays
  • 06/12/19-08/21/19, 7pm – Find The Joy Wednesdays
  • 06/3/19-08/22/19, 10:30am – Kids Have Character Thursdays

NORTH ST. PAUL: Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park

OTSEGO: Splash & Play Tuesdays | Prairie Park | Starts 6/11/19, 10 am

PLYMOUTH: Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center Concerts, community theater & movies. Mostly Thursdays, but download a full schedule at the link. Starts 6/13/19 thru August 2019.

ROSEVILLE: Live @ The Rog! Performance Series | Frank Rog Amphitheater, Central Park
Ongoing Sundays starting 6/9/19-8/11/19 and other special concerts.

SHOREVIEW: Free Wednesday Concerts at Shoreview Community Center

ST ANTHONY: Silverwood On Stage | Silverwood Park
Parking fills up fast at these concerts. We recommend arriving early and exploring the park. Ongoing Wednesdays 6/5/19-8/28/19 @ 6:30pm.


APPLE VALLEY: Music in Kelley Park
Ongoing Fridays starting TBA with FREE music 6-9pm, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.

BURNSVILLE: Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour & Rockin’ Readers | Nicollet Commons Park |
Ongoing Thursdays starting 6/6/19 through 9/5/19, plus enjoy the landscaped splashpad.

CHASKA: Free Concerts and Entertainment at Firemen’s Park & City Square Park

EAGAN: Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds |
The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights including one devoted solely to families. Ongoing Wednesdays starting 6/5/19, 4-8pm, FREE

SHAKOPEE: Performance & Event Series | Huber Park
Ongoing Thursdays starting 5/30/19, 7pm


BLOOMINGTON: Arts in the Parks at Moir Park & Normandale Bandshell. All schedules at this link.

  • Monday Morning Kids Series – Starts 6/12/19 thru mid-Aug | Moir Park,10:30am
  • Tuesday Evening Performance Series – Starts 6/11/19 | Normandale Lake Bandshell, 7pm
  • Wednesday Midweek Music & Market Series – Starts 6/10/19 | Bloomington Civic Plaza, 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday Night Blockbuster Series – Starts 6/13/19 | Normandale Lake Bandshell, 6:30pm


  • 06/14/19-06/23/19 Eden Prairie Players Presents: State Fair @ Staring Lake Amphitheater; Fridays & Saturdays @ 7 p.m. & Sundays @ 6 p.m.
  • 06/18/19-08/13/19 Kidstock @ Staring Lake Amphitheater, Tuesdays @ 10:30am.
  • 06/27/19-08/08/19 Starring at Staring Concert Series @ Staring Lake Amphitheatre; Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays. See the City Calendar for dates and details.

EDINA: 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.

  • 06/04/19-08/27/19 Tuesday Kids Concerts @ Maezold Amphitheater, Tuesdays @ Noon

EXCELSIOR: Excelsior Concerts in the Park | The Commons | Select Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm.

GOLDEN VALLEY: Golden Valley Concerts in the Parks | Brookview Park | Ongoing Mondays 6/3/19-8/12/19 @ 7pm

HOPKINS: Hopkins Sunset Series | Downtown Park | Thursday evening from June 20th – August 15th (excluding July 4th), 7pm

MINNETONKA: Entertainment in the Park (PDF)| Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater include Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays TBA.

RICHFIELD: Kids Entertainment in Augsburg Park | Kids Shows: TBA; Evening Shows: TBA.

WAYZATA: Wayzata Summer Concert Series | Depot Park | TBA


STILLWATER: Stillwater Summer Tuesdays | Lowell Park | Ongoing Tuesdays beginning 7/9/19-8/20/19, 6pm

TAYLORS FALLS: Music at Franconia | Franconia Sculpture Park | Saturdays: 6/22/19, 7/27/19, 8/31/19 (Expect to pay to park on concert days)

WHITE BEAR LAKE: White Bear Lake Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Thursdays: 6/13/19-7/25/19, 6pm

WOODBURY: Summer Concert Series at Woodbury Lake | Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center | Wednesday Kids Concerts 10am-11am; and Thursday All Ages 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | 7/10/19-8/8/19





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