July is bursting with family festivals all month long – take notes with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. For our complete listing of Twin Cities Independence Day & Fourth of July events, please click HERE. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:
Thursdays June 18-July 30, 2020: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake | 6-9 pm | Vendors, activities and petting zoo.
TBA: Apple Valley Freedom Days | On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, Johnny Cake Ridge Park. (6/27/19-07/04/19)
TBA: Forest Lake 4th of July | Forest Lake | Carnival & Entertainment each day; Parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks on the 4th. (7/3-7/19)
TBA: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake | White Bear Lake | “50 Years of Fun in the Sun”. (7/1/19-7/4/19)
July 2-4, 2020: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center | Parade & fireworks.
July 2-4, 2020: Richfield Red, White & Blue Days | Family Night with kids parade (7/2), 4th of July Parade (7/4, 1pm) and fireworks follow.
July 3, 2020: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park | 5-10 pm | Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk.
July 4, 2020: Rosefest | Roseville | 1-10 pm | Carnival, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk (and toads, there are a lot of toads).
TBA: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI | Parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk (7/4/19-7/7/19)
July 4-11, 2020: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival | Start out with 4th of July fireworks and wrap up with a grand parade (7/8, 5:30pm).
July 8-12, 2020: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom | Celebrate Swedish heritage with a family bingo night, outdoor screening of Inside Out, live music, a parade, craft fair and fireworks.
July 8-12, 2020: Maple Grove Days | Kids parade and family entertainment in Central Park, Big Truck Show, family games and fireworks.
TBA: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood | FREE admission, $3/parking | White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more. (7/10/19-7/14/19)
July 9-12, 2020: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale | Free ice cream, face painting, music and safety vehicle fair, parade & fireworks.
July 9-12, 2020: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello | Sunday parade, live music, kids games.
July 10-11, 2020: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound | Kids activities in the park both days, Lake Minnetonka historic boat tours FREE with festival button, and fireworks at dusk.
July 11, 2020: Duk Duk Daze (New Name TBA) | Northwood Park, New Hope | Kid bounce houses, food trucks & beer garden, live music, bingo, craft market, and bean bag tournament.
July 11, 2020: Anoka Riverfest | 9am-5pm | Sidewalk chalk and spin art for kids – FREE.
July 11-19, 2020: Hopkins Raspberry Festival | Family Day in Central Park with art activities, fireworks and other entertainment and Grande Day Parade
July 14, 2020: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park | Aquatore Park | FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables.
TBA: Andover Family Fun Fest | Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides. (7/12/19-7/13/19)
TBA: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul | Free Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen. (7/13/19-7/14/19)
July 16-19, 2020: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival | Annual sidewalk sale featuring bouncy houses, fun activities. Saturday is Kids Day, 9am-3pm.
July 17-18, 2020: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul
July 17-18, 2020: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Eagan Central Park | 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).
July 17-19, 2020: Rivertown Days | Hastings | Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade.
July 17-19, 2020: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater | Daily lumberjack shows, kids activities and K-9 shows, children’s entertainment in Teddy Bear Park and the parade.
July 17-26, 2020: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount | Midsummer Faire in Central Park, and the Grand Day Parade; Thursday is Family Fun Night.
TBA: Chaska Fire & Ice Festival | Firemen’s Park | Friday nite Beach Bash, Fun in the Park (Sat) & free root beer floats (Sun). (7/19/19-7/21/19)
July 17-19, 2020: Highland Fest | St Paul | ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower (9am-5pm)!
TBA: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls | Kids parade through Taylors Falls. (7/19/19-7/21/19)
July 18, 2020: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park | FREE balloon twisting, family crafts and origami (3-7pm) plus other activities for a small fee and cultural entertainment.
TBA: St. Paul Rondo Days | Rondo Ave, St. Paul | Grande Parade (10 AM) (July 20, 2019)
TBA: Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha | Minneapolis, 11am-5pm (7/21/19)
July 21-26, 2020: Anoka County Fair | Anoka
July 22-25, 2020: Minneapolis Aquatennial | 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.
July 22-26, 2020: Scott County Fair | Jordan
TBA: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis | A three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis. (7/25/19-7/27/19)
July 23-26, 2020: Crystal Frolics | Becker Park, Crystal | Family Festival with kids scavenger hunt, Kidsdance DJ, and an interactive nature van. (Moving to Becker Park and expanding in 2020)
July 24-26, 2020: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park | Parade, plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall.
TBA: Chaska River City Days | Arts & crafts fair, parades and fire department water fights. (7/26/19-7/28/19)
ROAD TRIP: July 31-Aug 9, 2020: Day Out With Thomas | Duluth | Tickets: $20/pp | Children take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, explore the Railroad Museum, and much more! (also August 2nd-4th)
July 25-26, 2020: Loring Park Art Festival | Minneapolis | Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm | 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