July is bursting with family festivals all month long – take notes with this handy July family festival list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each and admission is FREE unless otherwise noted:
Twin Cities July 2023 Festivals
June 15 – July 4, 2023: White Bear Lake Manitou Days
Highlights of this multi-week summer festival include a Grande Parade, beach dance, Marketfest (a weekly farmers market with live music downtown), a medallion hunt, children’s fishing contest, and 4th of July fireworks over the lake.
June 15 – July 27, 2023: White Bear Lake Marketfest
4701 Hwy 61 N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
The market operates Thursdays from 6pm-9pm. Visit to shop vendors and food, pick a themed week that interests you, and enjoy live music. We feature this market on our list of FAMILY FRIENDLY TWIN CITIES FARMERS MARKETS. Browse the guide for more.
June 30-July 4, 2023: Apple Valley Freedom Days
Johnny Cake Ridge Park East: 5800 140th St W, Apple Valley, MN
On the Fourth of July, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party.
June 29 – July 2, 2023: Hudson Booster Days
Lakefront Park, First Street, Hudson, WI 54016
Hit up the parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk. Lots to enjoy at our neighbor’s place across the border.
July 2-4, 2023: Coon Rapids 4th of July
Boulevard Plaza, 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd, Coon Rapids MN
Carnival, parade, live music & fireworks.
July 3, 2023: Bloomington Summer Fete
Normandale Lake Park, W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55437
Food vendors, live music and fireworks at dusk. Plus a kids carnival and kids stage for special entertainment. 5-10pm.
NORMANDALE LAKE PARK hosts live music during the summer months and is featured on our list of the BEST PARKS IN BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA, TO VISIT THIS SUMMER!
July 4, 2023: Forest Lake 4th of July
Carnival & entertainment each day; parade, fireworks on the 4th.
July 4, 2023: Rosefest July 4 Celebration
The Rosefest Parade, Party In the Park & fireworks all return in 2023.
Explore more in Roseville, Minnesota: Consult our list of the BEST PARKS IN ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA to find things to do this summer – best playgrounds, a wading pool, nature center and more fun.
July 4 & 7-16, 2023: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival
Start out with 4th of July fireworks and wrap up with a grand parade. Sweet treat alert: the festival’s free ice cream social is July 12 in 2023. FIND MORE TWIN CITIES ICE CREAM SOCIALS THIS SUMMER to enjoy a classic cool one.
July 5-8, 2023: Lindstrom Karl Oskar Days
Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor movie in the park, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.
July 6-9, 2023: Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days
Free ice cream, face painting, music and vehicle fair, parade & fireworks.
July 7-8, 2023: Andover Family Fun Fest
At this Twin Cities summer festival, look for family entertainment including magic & juggling shows, a street dance & fireworks.
July 8, 2023: Anoka Riverfest
Sidewalk chalk and spin art for kids – 9am-5pm, FREE.
July 16, 2023: Minneapolis Open Streets – Glenwood
Portland Ave S to 26th Ave S
The streets are closed to cars so pedestrians can explore businesses along the festival route. Many will have family-friendly activities to draw visitors in.
July 11-16, 2023: Centerville Festival of the Lake
So many fun things at this classic summer festival! Medallion Hunt, community bike ride, a water ski show on Centerville Lake, DJ, fireworks, parade, balloon animals, face painting, orienteering, and more. Most events are free for kids.
July 12-16, 2023: Hopkins Raspberry Festival
Family Day in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade.
Need more raspberries in your life this summer? Consult our list of TWIN CITIES PICK YOUR OWN BERRY FARMS – including farms that specialize in sweet summer raspberries. Start digging up your best jam recipe.
July 12-16, 2023: Maple Grove Days
12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN
Kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park, Big Truck Show, family game MAPLE GROVE CENTRAL PARK is a year-round destination for families with an amazing playground and splash pad for summer visitors and an ice skating loop for those who embrace the cold.
July 13-15, 2023: Mound Spirit of the Lakes Festival
Surfside Park, 2670 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364
Kids activities in the park both days, Lake Minnetonka historic boat tours FREE with festival button, and fireworks at dusk.
July 14-15, 2023: Chaska Fire & Ice Festival
Firemens Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
Live music, kids activities in the park and fireworks. CHASKA FIREMEN’S PARK boasts one of the loveliest beaches in the Twin Cities, complete with a curving boardwalk, splash pad, playground, paddle boats and concessions.
July 14-16, 2023: Minnehaha Falls Art Fair
Minnehaha Regional Park, 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
An afternoon of artists, food vendors and community at beautiful Minnehaha Falls.
July 14-16, 2023: Monticello Riverfest
Sunday parade, live music, kids games.
July 14-16, 2023: Stillwater Lumberjack Days
Stillwater never misses the mark when it comes to a festival, summer or winter. Find lumberjack shows, a parade, live music, boat cruises and more.
July 14-16, 2023: Wannigan Days
Kids parade through Taylors Falls, Minnesota followed by 2-city parade (the festival is shared by St Croix Falls, WI, across the river) bouncy zone, music and entertainment, fireworks on Saturday. While in the area, do NOT miss our LIST OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN TAYLORS FALLS WITH KIDS! Rock climbing, canoeing, mini golf, a quirky sculpture park…the list goes on!
July 15, 2023: International Festival of Burnsville
Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
A special International Festival of Burnsville edition of Party on the Plaza, includes live music, food trucks, games, market vendors. Do NOT forget swimsuits for the kids because you’ll hardly be able to hold them back once they see the beautiful water feature in the park.
July 15, 2023: Minnesota Scottish Fair Street Party
Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N Suite #300, St Paul, MN 55104
All things Celtic: music, bagpipes, a Highland Dance competition, Scottish country dancing, and a marketplace. Adult tickets: $15/pp.
July 19-22, 2023: Minneapolis Aquatennial
Torchlight Parade will be held on the 19th, fireworks on the 22nd. You have questions about Aquatennial and we have answers. Find them all in our 2023 MINNEAPOLIS AQUATENNIAL GUIDE FOR FAMILIES.
July 20-23, 2023: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival
Annual sidewalk sale featuring bouncy houses, fun activities. Saturday is Kids Day, 9am-3pm.
July 21-23, 2023: Hastings Rivertown Days
Arts & crafts fair at Jaycee Park, carnival on the river at Levee Park and Rivertown Days Parade.
July 21-23, 2023: Slice of Shoreview Days
Take a closer look and find so much to do here: a parade, plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.
More family fun in Shoreview, Minnesota: Find the best parks, nature playgrounds and beaches: THE BEST PARKS IN SHOREVIEW, MINNESOTA, TO VISIT THIS SUMMER!
July 22, 2023: St Paul Food Truck Festival
Music, games & giveaways. Noon-10pm, FREE admission, food available to purchase.
July 22, 2023: Midtown Blues & Funk Fest
Dual Citizen Brewing, 725 Raymond Ave, St Paul, MN 55114
All ages and free blues music fest held on the outdoor stage.
July 22-29, 2023: Rosemount Leprechaun Days
2893 145th St W, Rosemount, MN 55068
Midsummer Faire in Central Park, and the Grand Day Parade; Thursday is Family Fun Night.
July 25-30, 2023: Anoka County Fair
3200 St Francis Blvd NW, Anoka, MN 55303
County fair fun! Kids will have a blast at the carnival, coloring contest and fireworks.
July 26-30, 2023: Scott County Fair
7151 190th St W #145, Jordan, MN 55352
Highlights for kids at the county fair: A carnival, animal shows, baby animals, activities for kids. While in Jordan, Minnesota, here are a few more ideas for family fun:
July 27-30, 2023: Crystal Frolics
Family Festival with inflatables, live music and entertainment and a Family Fun Festival on Sunday. Fireworks at WELCOME PARK on Friday.
July 28-29, 2023: St George Greek Festival
St George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Avenue, St Paul MN
July 28-30, 2023: Chaska River City Days
Arts & crafts fair, parades and fire department water fights.
July 29, 2023: Elk RiverFest
Families with young ones will definitely want to check out the Kids Zone in Orono Park with face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, skatepark show and more. 10am-2pm.
July 29-30, 2023: Loring Park Art Festival
1382 Willow St. Minneapolis, MN 55403
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. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Ever taken a dip in the LORING PARK wading pool? We recommend it to help with the heat during July in the Twin Cities. FIND MORE FREE MINNEAPOLIS WADING POOLS – perfect for littles who are just looking for a splashy time.
Cancelled Twin Cities Festivals
2020 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood MN
White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more. FREE admission, $3/parking. CANCELLED FOR 2023 – check for more Minnesota County Fair options.
Twin Cities Festivals Not Yet Announced
FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.
Do you know of any July family festival we missed?
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