July is bursting with family festivals all month long – take notes with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:
6/15/18-7/4/18: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake | Family highlights: “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”.
6/27/18-7/4/18: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Family highlights: On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, Johnny Cake Ridge Park
6/29/18-7/1/18: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI | Family highlights: Parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk
7/2/18-7/4/18: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center | Family highlights: Parade & fireworks.
7/2/18-7/4/18: Richfield Red, White & Blue Days | Family highlights: Family Night with kids parade (7/2), 4th of July Parade (7/4, 1pm) and fireworks follow.
7/4/18 & 7/12/18-7/15/18: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival | Family highlights: Start out with 4th of July fireworks and wrap up with a grand parade (7/8, 5:30pm).
7/5/18-7/26/18 (Thursdays): Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake
7/7/18-7/15/18: Hopkins Raspberry Festival | Family highlights: Family Day in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade
7/11/18-7/15/18: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom | Family highlights: Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor screening of Inside Out, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.
7/11/18-7/15/18: Maple Grove Days | Family highlights: Kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park, Big Truck Show, family games and fireworks.
7/11/18-7/15/18: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood | FREE admission, $3/parking | Family highlights: White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more.
7/12/18-7/15/18: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale | Family highlights: Free ice cream, face painting, music and safety vehicle fair, parade & fireworks.
7/12/18-7/15/18: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello | Sunday parade, live music, kids games.
7/13/18-7/14/18: Andover Family Fun Fest | Family highlights: Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides.
7/13/18-7/15/18: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope | Family highlights: Kids parade and carnival, live animals with Three Rivers Parks.
7/14/18: Anoka Riverfest | 9am-5pm | Family highlights: Sidewalk chalk and spin art for kids – FREE.
7/14/18-7/15/18: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul | Family highlights: Free Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen.
7/17/18: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park | Family highlights: FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.
7/18/18-7/21/18: Minneapolis Aquatennial | Family highlights: First, hit the Loring Park Family Fun Night. Then, onto the Torchlight Parade, performances by the Twin Cities River Rats and spectacular fireworks cap off the festival.
7/19/18-7/22/18: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival | Annual sidewalk sale featuring bouncy houses, fun activities. Saturday is Kids Day, 9am-3pm.
7/20/18: Summer Splash | Zanewood Recreation Center, Brooklyn Park | 5:30-7:30pm
7/20/18-7/21/18: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound | Family highlights: Kids activities in the park both days, Lake Minnetonka historic boat tours FREE with festival button, and fireworks at dusk.
7/20/18-7/21/18: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | NEW 2018 LOCATION: Eagan Central Park | Family highlights: Arts and crafts, music, story telling and children’s heavy game activities such as the Caber Toss, Sheep Toss, Haggis Hurl, and Stone Toss (come prepared for the park’s splash pad).
7/20/18-7/21/18: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul
7/20/18-7/22/18: Highland Fest | St Paul | Family highlights: ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower (9am-5pm)!
7/20/18-7/22/18: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls | Family highlights: Kids parade through Taylors Falls.
7/20/18-7/22/18: Rivertown Days | Hastings | Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade.
7/20/18-7/22/18: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater | Family highlights: Daily lumberjack shows, kids activities and K-9 shows, children’s entertainment in Teddy Bear Park and the parade.
7/20/18-7/29/18: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount | Family highlights: Midsummer Faire in Central Park, and the Grand Day Parade; Thursday is Family Fun Night.
7/21/18: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park | Family highlights: FREE balloon twisting, family crafts and origami (3-7pm) plus other activities for a small fee and cultural entertainment.
7/21/18: St. Paul Rondo Days | Rondo Ave, St. Paul | Family highlights: Grande Parade (10 AM),
7/22/18: Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha | Minneapolis, 11am-5pm
7/24/18-7/29/18: Anoka County Fair | Anoka
7/25/18-7/29/18: Scott County Fair | Jordan
7/26/18-7/28/18: Discover Anoka Days & Food Truck Festival | Anoka | Family highlights: Sidewalk booths, including Anoka County Historical Society; Food Truck Festival on Saturday.
7/26/18-7/28/18: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis | Family highlights: A three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis.
7/26/18-7/29/18: Crystal Frolics | Family highlights: Family Festival with kids scavenger hunt, Kidsdance DJ, and an interactive nature van.
7/27/18-7/29/18: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park | Family highlights: Parade, plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.
7/27/18-7/29/18: Chaska River City Days | Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair, parades and fire department water fights.
7/28/18: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park | 1-5pm
7/28/18-7/29/18: Loring Park Art Festival | Loring Park, Minneapolis | Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm | Family highlights: 140 artists, interactive art, family events, food, music and unique entertainment around the walking paths and duck ponds of Loring Park—an idyllic setting for an outdoor art festival.
More Fairs & Festivals: Twin Cities Festivals & Fairs: A Year-Round Minnesota Family Guide