Twin Cities August Family Festival Calendar

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August Family Festival Calendar

Kicking off with some neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash, August is ripe with family festivities:


8/1/18: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis | 5-8pm Family highlights: Free canoe rides, pony rides, kids games, face painting, hair painting, and Sports 5-in-1 Combination Bouncer, the wading pool will have an inflatable slide! FREE

8/2/18-8/5/18: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada | Family highlights: Ice cream social; kids activities & kiddie parade; fireworks & the Grand Parade.

8/3/18-8/5/18: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis | Family highlights: Stop by the Family Imagination Station hosted by Northern Clay Center. FREE

ROAD TRIP: 8/3/18-8/12/18 (weekends): Day Out With Thomas | Duluth | Tickets:  $20/pp | Family highlights: Children take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, explore the Railroad Museum, and much more! |

8/5/18-8/13/18: New Brighton Stockyard Days | Family highlights: Family activities in Long Lake Regional Park, a kiddie parade, petting zoo, and fireworks. FREE

8/10/18-8/12/18: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul | Family highlights: The Children’s Area of the Fair allows kids to meet Irish dogs, explore Irish instruments, take an Irish dance lesson, and craft  in the Art Tent. FREE

8/10/18-8/12/18: Twin Cities Polish Festival | Family highlights: Musical and dance entertainment, traditional foods, Polish fun! FREE

8/10/18-8/12/18: Rockford River Days | Family highlights: Carnival, fireworks & Grand Parade

8/11/18: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds | Family highlights: Music by Omission Republic and Boogie Wonderland | FREE admission, food available to purchase.

8/12/18: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport | 11am-7pm | Family highlights: Parade (11am), live music, inflatables and a balloon artist. FREE

8/17/18-8/18/18: Victoria Volksfest | Victoria | Family highlights: Music, arts & crafts booths, and fireworks. FREE

8/17/18-8/19/18: North Hudson Pepper Fest | $2-$3/button for events | Family highlights: Rides, games, Grand Parade.

8/17/18-8/19/18: Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park | Family highlights: Grande Day Parade, Kids Zone filled with games and a petting zoo, fireworks. FREE

8/16/18-8/19/18: Ki Chi Saga Days | Vilhelm Moberg Park, Chisago City | Family highlights: Music, craft fair and food vendors, fireworks, parade.

8/17/18-8/19/18: Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes | Family highlights: Movie in the Park: Wonder, parade on Lake Drive, petting zoo, bounce house, family picnic, Waldoch Farm tours. FREE

8/18/18: Fiesta Latina | CLUES, St Paul | 11am-4pm | Family highlights: A family-friendly community festival celebrating Latin culture through arts, health & wellness, fitness, food and entertainment. FREE

8/18/18: IndiaFest | Minnesota State Capitol | 11am-9pm |  Family highlights: Experience India in a day, parade, live music, children’s activities. FREE

8/18/18: Mounds View Festival in the Park | City Hall Park | 11am-Dusk | Family highlights: Parade, family fun fair, fireworks. FREE

8/18/18: St. Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park | Noon-10 pm | Family highlights: Music, games & giveaways | FREE admission, food available to purchase.

8/18/18-8/19/18: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days | Family highlights: Children’s games, bounce house and watermelon-eating contest, kiddie parade, and the Grande Parade. FREE

8/18/18-9/30/18: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee | Open weekends 9am-7pm | $13.50-$24.95 | Family highlights: Explore the Fairy Wing Forest and Mermaid Cove, take in a maypole dance, craft a wand or pirate hat, learn to juggle and much more.

8/19/18: Japanese Obon Festival (Lantern Festival) | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul | $3-5/pp, under 3 FREE | Family highlights: Traditional music, dance, taiko drumming, and lantern lighting at dusk.

8/23/18-9/3/18: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights | $9-$14/pp, under 5 FREE | Find Family Highlights in our Annual Guide to the Minnesota State Fair.

8/24/18-8/26/18: Woodbury Days | Family highlights: Buttons required for many events ($5/pp or $15/4-pack – children’s coin hunts, workshops and art activities), petting zoo, magic shows and Grande Parade.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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