Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

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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:

Twin Cities July Family Festival Calendar

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



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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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