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:
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7/1-4: Apple Valley Freedom Days • Family highlights: Cub Foods Family Fun Night (7/3). On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, 6-10pm, Johnny Cake Ridge Park.
7/1-5: Hudson Booster Days @ Lakefront Park, Hudson WI • Family highlights: Parade (7/2, 11am), kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks (7/3) at dusk. FREE.
7/2-4: Coon Rapids 4th of July @ Boulevard Park • Family highlights: Parade (7/2), fireworks.
7/2-4: Richfield 4th of July • Family highlights: Family Night (7/2) with kids parade and FREE 9pm movie in the park. 4th of July Parade (7/4, 1pm) and fireworks follow.
7/4-10: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival • Family highlights: Start out with 4th of July fireworks, move on to Art on the Lawn (7/8-9), FREE birdhouse building (7/9) and wrap up with a grand parade (7/9, 5:30pm).
7/6-10: Karl Oskar Days • Family highlights: Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor screening of Inside Out, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.
7/7-10: 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 (7/10).
7/7-27: Marketfest, Downtown White Bear Lake • Ongoing Thursdays, 6-9pm
7/8-9: Andover Family Fun Fest • Family highlights: Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides.
7/9: Anoka Riverfest @ YMCA Community Center Fieldhouse • 9am-5pm • Family highlights: Sidewalk chalk art and spin art for kids – both FREE.
7/9-10: Dragon Festival @ Lake Phalen Park, St. Paul • 10am-5pm • Family highlights: FREE Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen.
7/9-17: Hopkins Raspberry Festival • Family highlights: Family Day (7/16) in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade (7/17). FREE.
7/12-16: St. Paul Rondo Days, Rondo Ave, St. Paul • Family highlights: Grande Parade (7/16)
7/13-17: Maple Grove Days • Family highlights: Catch the Choo Choo Bob Show at Town Green & Pierre Bottineau Parade (7/14), kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park (7/15) Big Truck Show, family games and fireworks (7/16). FREE.
7/13-17: Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood • $3/parking • Family highlights: White Bear Ave Parade (7/13), 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more – FREE.
7/14: Blaine Family Fun Night @ Aquatore Park • 6pm • Family highlights: FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.
7/14-16: Rails to Trails Festival, Watertown • Family highlights: Catch a flick in Pocket Park (7/14), duck races, and Grand Parade with fireworks (7/16).
7/15-16: 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 (7/16, reservations required), and fireworks at dusk.
7/15-17: Highland Fest, St. Paul • Family highlights: ArtStart activities (7/16-16), live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower (9am-5pm)!
7/15-17: Rivertown Days, Hastings • Family highlights: Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade (7/17, noon).
7/15-17: 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 (7/19).
7/15-17: Duk Duk Daze @ Northwood Park, New Hope • Family highlights: Birdhouse building with Home Depot (7/16), kids parade (7/16) and slacklining and live animals with Three Rivers Parks.
7/16: 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.
7/20-23: Minneapolis Aquatennial • Family highlights: First, hit the Loring Park Family Fun Night. Then, onto the Torchlight Parade (7/20, 8:30pm). Twin Cities River Rats perform 7/21-22 and spectacular fireworks (7/23) cap off the festival.
7/20-23: Crazy Days Fair & Festival • Excelsior’s annual sidewalk sale. 2016 Kids Day will feature bouncy houses, fun activities. • Saturday is Kids Day 9 AM – 3 PM.
7/22-23: Lowertown Blues Fest @ Mears Park, St. Paul
7/22-24: Slice of Shoreview Days @ Island Lake County Park • Family highlights: Parade (7/23, 10am), daily Dock Dogs shows plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.
7/22-31: Rosemount Leprechaun Days @ Central Park, Rosemount • Family highlights: Midsummer Faire (7/29-30) in Central Park, and Grand Day Parade (7/30, 11am).
7/26-31: Anoka County Fair, Anoka
7/27-31: Scott County Fair, Jordan
7/28-31: Crystal Frolics • Family highlights: Kids, Cops & Firefighters Fair (7/29) and Family Festival (7/31) with kids scavenger hunt, Kidsdance DJ, and an interactive nature van.
7/29-31: Canadian Days @ Spooner Park, Little Canada
7/29-31: Center City Days • Family highlights: Both a kids mini-parade and full-length community parade (7/30), arts and crafts fair, and cultural entertainment.
7/29-31: Chaska River City Days • Family highlights: Saturday: Kids Games & Activities, Walking Tour of Center City, Pig Roast, Music, Family Movie.
7/30: Owamni Falling Water Festival @ Father Hennepin Bluff Park • 1-5pm
7/30-31: Loring Park Art Festival @ Loring Park, Minneapolis • Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm • Details: 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.
But please don’t let us rush your summer – we’re not even halfway through all the Twin Cities-area festivals to be had in June! Visit the link below for the lineup: