Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

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Fill your plate with one family festival or more throughout the month of July with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:
Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

6/15-7/4: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake • Family highlights: “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”.

6/28-7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Family highlights: On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, Johnny Cake Ridge Park | FREE

6/30-7/2: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI | Family highlights: Parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk | FREE

7/2-7/4: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center | Family highlights: Parade & fireworks.

7/2-7/4: Richfield 4th of July | Family highlights: Family Night with kids parade (7/2), 4th of July Parade (7/4, 1pm) and fireworks follow.

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7/6-7/9: Whiz Bang Days, Robbinsdale • Family highlights: FREE ice cream, face painting, music and safety vehicle fair (7/7), FREE Three Rivers Parks activity sampler (7/9), parade & fireworks (7/9).

7/7-7/8: Andover Family Fun Fest | Family highlights: Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides.

7/7-7/9: 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).

7/8/17: Anoka Riverfest | 9am-5pm | Family highlights: Sidewalk chalk art and spin art for kids – both FREE.

7/8-7/9: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul • 10am-5pm • Family highlights: FREE Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen.

7/8-16: Hopkins Raspberry Festival | Family highlights: Family Day in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade | FREE

7/12: Maple Plain Days, Part 1 | Family highlights: Police v. Fire Softball Game, Dusk Movie Screening: Beauty and the Beast| FREE

7/12-16: 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.

7/12-7/16: Maple Grove Days | Family highlights: Kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park, Big Truck Show, family games and fireworks | FREE

7/12-7/16: 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.

7/13-7/16: Monticello Riverfest| Monticello| Family highlights: Sunday Parade, live music, kids games.

7/14-7/16: Highland Fest | St Paul | Family highlights: ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower (9am-5pm)!

7/14-7/16: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope | Family highlights: Home Depot kids workshop, kids parade and slacklining and live animals with Three Rivers Parks.

7/15: Nershfest |Inbound Brewco, Minneapolis | Family highlights: If we’re going to be honest, this is more of a kid-tolerated event, than a kid-friendly event. It consists of beer, food and music.

7/15: St. Paul Rondo Days | Rondo Ave, St. Paul | Family highlights: Grande Parade (10 AM), Free Metro Transit rides.

7/15: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park | 3-9pm | Family highlights: FREE balloon twisting, family crafts and origami (3-7pm) plus other activities for a small fee and cultural entertainment.

7/15-7/27: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | Ongoing Thursdays, 6-9pm

7/18: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park | 6pm | Family highlights: FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.

7/19-7/22: 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.

7/20-7/22: Crazy Days Fair & Festival | Excelsior’s annual sidewalk sale featuring bouncy houses, fun activities.  Saturday is Kids Day 9 AM – 3 PM. 

7/20-7/22: Discover Anoka Days & Food Truck Festival | Anoka | Family highlights:  Sidewalk Booths, including Anoka County Historical Society; Food Truck Festival on Saturday.

7/21/17: Summer Splash | Zanewood Recreation Center, Brooklyn Park | 5:30-7:30pm

7/21-7/22: 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.

7/21-7/22: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul | Family highlights: The largest free Blues Festival in the Twin Cities.

7/21-7/23: Rivertown Days | Hastings | Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade.

7/21-7/23: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park | Family highlights: Parade, daily Dock Dogs shows plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.

7/21-7/23: 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.

7/21-7/30: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount | Family highlights: Midsummer Faire in Central Park, and the Grand Day Parade; Thursday is Family Fun Night.

7/25-7/30: Anoka County Fair | Anoka

7/26-7/30: Scott County Fair | Jordan

7/27-7/29: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl  | Minneapolis  | A three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis.

7/27-7/30: Crystal Frolics | Family highlights: Family Festival (7/30) with kids scavenger hunt, Kidsdance DJ, and an interactive nature van.

7/28-7/30: Chaska River City Days | Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair, parades and fire department water fights.

7/29/17: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park | 1-5pm

7/29-7/30: 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.


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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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