FFTC’s 2021 Guide to FREE Summer Concerts in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer.  Every corner of the metro is full of FREE summer concerts! What could be better for an impromptu family night out? Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music, pack a picnic dinner and sometimes catch a movie afterwards.

Where possible, we provided a basic schedule, but we 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.


 FREE (unless listed as otherwise) concerts, family movies, theater productions and more. Find more details at the link.

Free Summer Music in St. Paul Parks


While some concerts will still be virtual this year, catch live Jazz at Mears Park on Wednesday evenings at 4:30pm-6pm through September 1st.  Bring your own seating and picnics are encouraged. Find the concert schedule here.

FREE concerts and activities in front of the conservatory, Wednesday evenings in July. Some food and beverages will be available to purchase. Concerts will take place in visitor center if it rains. 6pm-8pm.

Bonus Fun: Como Zoo is open until 6pm.  Make a reservation and have a day at the zoo before the concert. Or just pack a picnic and enjoy some fun playground time.

The museum will not be open during concerts this year, but music will be offered ongoing Tuesdays in July, 5:45-8pm.

Family-Friendly Favorite: Roe Family Singers on July 6th.

Enjoy Wednesday lunch hour concerts on Landmark Center’s Market Street Porch. Bring a Lunch and a lawn chair. Wednesdays at 12pm, July 14-August 4.

More Family Fun: The Landmark Center is fully re-opened, so pop inside to visit the free museums – The American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art and the Schubert Club Music Museum (which has had a recent makeover).

On the plaza at West 7th place
A free outdoor concert series with  lunchtime and happy hour concerts on the plaza.

  • Thursday, July 22nd @ 12pm: Full Circle Theater Company
  • Thursday, August 5th @ 4:30pm: Ready Freddie: A Queen Experience
  • Thursday, August 12th @ 12pm: Legacy Arts Group
  • Thursday, August 12th @ 4:30pm: The Champagne Drops
  • Wednesday, August 18th @ 4:30pm: Grimm & Cruz
  • Thursday, August 19th @ 4:30pm: MsArnise
  • Wednesday, August 25th @ 4:30pm: Victor Zupanc
  • Thursday, August 26th @ 12pm: TaikoArts Midwest
  • Thursday, September 9th @ 4:30pm: Annie and the Bang Bang
  • Friday, September 10th @ 12pm: Ben Cook-Feltz
  • Thursday, September 23rd @ 4:30pm: The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

Print a PDF Calendar from the Minneapolis Park’s website. 

Lake Harriet Park Movie Night
Sometimes FREE summer music is followed by a FREE Movie.

Find More Information on our Festival Calendars (links below), but here is a list of some of our favorite summer festivals with FREE concerts:



Performance in the Park | Tom Ryan Park
Heavy on the family-friendly, find all your favorite kids bands at this series on Tuesday nights. Thursdays are geared toward a wider audience. See websites for dates and bands – FREE. 

Family Friendly Favorites: Tuesday Night Kids Bands.

Brooklyn Park

Music on the Lawn  | Community Activity Center
Live music and food trucks Tuesday evenings in July and August. 7pm.

Family Friendly Favorite: July 27 – The Roe Family Singers.

Eidem Homestead

Concerts at the Farm  | Historic Eidem Farm
Live music and food trucks select Thursday evenings in July and August. 7pm.

Family Friendly Favorite: July 22 – The Jolly Pops.

Maple Grove

Sounds of Summer | Town Green Park
Themed weeknights and special events early June through August. Find the full schedule at the link on page 6.

Family Friendly Favorites: Kids Bands Thursdays at 10:30a.m.

Town Green Park, Maple Grove


Splash & Play Tuesdays | Prairie Park
Cool off in the park’s splash pad and enjoy kids entertainment on Tuesdays as well as select evening events. Find the line up on pg. 15 at the link.  June 8-July 27, 2021: Ongoing Tuesdays, 10am


Entertainment in the Park | Hilde Performance Center
A full line up of concerts, community theater & movies throughout the summer. 

Family Friendly Favorites: June 20 – Dollipops Concert; August 5 – Kidsfest with the Bazillions.


Teddy Bear Band Flyer
Image Courtesy of the Teddy Bear Band

Live at The Rog! Performance Series | Frank Rog Amphitheater, Central Park.  June 13- Aug 15, 2022: Select Sun, Tues & Thurs. 6 or 7pm

Family Friendly Favorites: June 22 – Tricia and the Toonies; Jun3 27 – Teddy Bear Band.


Free Wednesday Concerts at Shoreview Community Center.  7pm All Ages. 10am Kids. Concerts in the Commons – June 16 – Aug 18, 2021: 7pm

Family Friendly Favorites: Kidz Concerts – July 7 – Aug 11, 2021: 10am 

Bonus Fun: Have an indoor playdate at Tropical Adventures Indoor Playground.Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

Tropical Adventures Indoor Playground
Tropical Adventures Indoor Playground (Image courtesy Shoreview Community Center)

St. Anthony

Shakespeare in the Park Performance at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota

Silverwood On Stage | Silverwood Park
Parking fills up fast at these concerts. We recommend arriving early and exploring the park. Ongoing Wednesdays, 6:30pm.

Salo Park Concert Series 
This series (usually every Thursday in the summer) has been cancelled for 2021. However, we did happen to catch a band this year during a bike ride. Check out the park’s recently-resurfaced trail and maybe you’ll get lucky, too.


Apple Valley

Kelley Park Apple Valley
Image courtesy of the City of Apple Valley. Click here to learn more.

Music in Kelley Park
Music, food available for purchase, prizes and a splash pad for the kids to cool off in.

  • Starts June 18, 2021: Ongoing Fridays, 6-9pm.


Nicollet Commons Park - Splash Pad
Join a Rockin' Lunch Hour


Eagan Rotary Band Shell, Central Park, Eagan Minnesota - Home of Marketfest.
Bandshell at Eagan Central Park

Eagan Market Fest | Eagan Central Park Festival Grounds

The grounds buzz with weekly concerts and themed nights.

  • Concerts: June 23- Aug 18, 2021: Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-8pm


Performance & Event Series | Huber Park
Starts June 3, 2021 Ongoing Thursdays, 7pm

Family Friendly Favorites: July 22nd The Bazillions

Huber Park Playground, Shakopee Minnesota
Huber Park Playground



Crowd watching a summer concert at the Lake Normandale Bandshell in Bloomington Minnesota
Normandale Lake Bandshell (image courtesy City of Bloomington)

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

Family Friendly Favorites: Monday Morning Kids Series: June 7 – Aug 9, 2021 | Moir Park,10:30am

Music on the Hill | Hyland Hills 
Bring family, friends and your dancing shoes. Seating is outdoors; bring a blanket. Food and beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

  • June 23 | The Belfast Cowboys
  • Aug. 11 | The Good, the Bad and the Funky


Concerts in the Park
Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Thursday nights from June 30th through August 25, 2022.

Family Friendly Favorite: June 16th will be part of Buffalo Days and include a carnival, kiddie parade at 6:30pm and Movie at 9pm.


Old National Bank Summer Concert Series | Center Park Plaza 
Thursday evening concerts & concessions at 7pm June 10-August 5, 2021 (no concert July 1).

Family Friendly Favorite: The Teddy Bear Band plays July 29th at 11am.

Eden Prairie

Variety of Community Entertainment at Staring Lake Amphitheater throughout the summer. See the City Calendar for dates and details.

Family Friendly Favorites: Kidstock Concerts on Tuesdays at 10:30am.

Staring Lake Amphitheater —->


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.

Family Friendly Favorites: Tuesday Kids Concerts at Maezold Amphitheater. Tuesdays, 12pm.

Bonus Fun: There is so much to explore at  Centennial Lakes Park.

Performance on the Plaza (P.O.P.) – Free concerts every Friday night from 4pm-7pm at the plaza at 50th & France. June 4th-August 7th.


Excelsior Concerts in the Park | The Commons 
Concerts begin at 5pm. 2021 Dates: July 14 & 28; August 4 & 18; September 1 & 15.

Golden Valley

GOLDEN VALLEY: Golden Valley Concerts in the Parks | Brookview Park
June 7-Aug 9, 2021: Ongoing Mondays, 7pm

Brookview Park


Art in Hopkins, MN

Hopkins Sunset Series | Downtown Park
June 10- August 11, 2021: Thursdays, 7pm

Bonus Fun: Talke a walk down “Art Street” to explore the public art of Hopkins.


Entertainment in the Park | Minnetonka Civic Center Amphitheater

  • Music in the Park ongoing Tuesdays, June 22-August 24th


Entertainment in Augsburg Park
Evening Series: June 8 – Aug 3, 2021′ 6:30pm

Family Friendly Favorites: Kids Shows: June 8 – July 27, 11am

St. Louis Park

Summer Concert Series
Free performances at Wednesdays: June 8 – August 25, 2021: 6:30pm; Open Mic Night Thursdays, June 17-August 19, 2021. All at Wolfe Park

Family Friendly Favorites: Kids Summer Concert Series Wednesdays from 10am-11am, June 16-August 11, 2021 also at Wolfe Park.

Wolfe Park Playground


WAYZATA: Wayzata Summer Concert Series | Depot Park



Free music in Hidden Spring Park on Centerville Lake (1601 LaMotte Drive). Music at 6:30 p.m. Food truck & dessert table on site for fee.

  • July 13, 2021 – Cindy Jo & Dirt Road Dixie
  • July 20, 2021 – Steve Poynter
  • July 27, 2021 – Doo Da Day
  • August 10, 2021 – Tim Cheesebrow
  • August 17, 2021 – Soundfall

Check Facebook page for weather related events prior to attending.


Stillwater Summer Tuesdays | Lowell Park

  • Ongoing Tuesdays June 29-August 10, 2021: 6pm


White Bear Lake Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake

  • Ongoing Thursdays July 1-August 5, 2021, 6-9pm

What We Are Watching:

COON RAPIDS: Summer Concert Series | Coon Rapids Regional Park performance pavilion. Ongoing Thursdays June 4 – August 6, 2020: 7pm, FREE (no vehicle permit)

NORTH ST. PAULMusic in the Parks Summer Concert Series | Casey Lake Park 

CHASKA: Free concerts and entertainment at Firemen’s Park & City Square Park

WOODBURY: Performance in the Park | Central Park Amphitheater

  • July 1- & Aug 7, 2020: 7pm

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