Summertime brings out the best of the festivals in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro. Get your fill of June family festival outings with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Most are free. If there is admission, it is listed. Family-friendly highlights are listed for each:
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Enjoy pulse pounding, high-energy live music, delicious food, lively games, and unique crafts. Take in the extravagant sights and sounds of our nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade, a glittering sensory spectacular of lavish floats, interactive street performers, and pulsing rhythms.
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2023 TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVALS
June 2-4, 2023: Edina Art Fair
50th & France district
Over 250 artists and crafters to shop and a Kids Zone with face painting, music and games.
June 2-4, 2023: Eden Prairie Schooner Days
Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Carnival, market, face painting, faux tattoos, delicious food, insane ice cream creations, clothing and accessories, gifts, art, pottery, and more.
June 3, 2023: Art in the Hollow
Parking: Saint Paul Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106
Over 50 visual & performing artists, many creating works on site. Note: you will need to park above the hollow and walk down into this park. 10am-5pm, FREE admission.
June 3, 2023: Brooklyn Park Tater Daze Parade
The parade features emergency vehicles, visiting royalty, live music, community organizations and the city mascot. 11am.
More family fun in Brooklyn Park: Visit historic HISTORIC EIDEM FARM with your kids this summer. Take a self-guided tour of the working farm, check for spring baby animals and watch farm demos. Open gate hours begin June 20, 2023.
June 3, 2023: Lake Phalen Waterfest
Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Featuring all kinds of fun activities on and around the water: Voyageur canoe and sailboat rides; watercraft check-out, fishing lessons and contest, water games, climbing walls, a jump castle, arts and crafts, face painting and lawn games. FREE!
June 3, 2023: Maple Plain Party in the Park
Veterans Memorial Park, 5050 Independence St, Maple Plain, MN 55359
Live music, food vendors and family fun.
June 3, 2023: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival
St Anthony Park neighborhood, Como & Carter Avenues, St Paul, MN 55108
Art sales and art activities, family activities, music and food in the highly walkable St Anthony Park neighborhood.
June 3-4, 2023: Union Depot Train Days
Train Days will include train equipment tours, a vendor marketplace, model trains, concessions, train photography exhibit, family friendly activities and more! Train fans will not want to miss this FREE summer festival. 10am-4pm.
More fun with trains: Where else does one go in the Twin Cities when they have little (or big) ones in the family who love trains? Try this: MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, A TRAIN LOVER’S DESTINATION.
June 4, 2023: St Paul Grand Old Day
The traditional St Paul summer street festival returns with its signature parade down the shopping and dining artery, live music tents and kids activities. 8:30am-6pm.
June 4, 2023: New Brighton Rhubarb Fest
New Brighton History Center in Long Lake Park, 700 Park Drive, New Brighton, MN 55112
The historic train depot formally known as the NEW BRIGHTON HISTORY CENTER will be open and delicious rhubarb treats will be available for purchase. Come jump aboard the caboose! 1-4pm.
June 7-11, 2023: Albertville Friendly City Days
Carnival runs Thu-Sun; Saturday Events for Kids including fire truck display, Kiddie Parade, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, and Toddler Town.
June 8, 2023: Burnsville Party on the Plaza
Free, all-ages event is free. Live music, food trucks, arts & craft vendors, games and more. 4-9pm.
More family fun in Burnsville: Are you aware that NICOLLET COMMONS PARK (host of Party on the Plaza) has an absolutely beautiful water feature for a centerpiece? Your kids won’t be able to resist it.
June 8-11, 2023: Spring Lake Park Tower Days
Parade Thursday, hay ride & puzzle contest Friday, live music and fireworks, Saturday; family festival at Lakeside Lions Park on Sunday features interactive lumberjack shows, bingo, outdoor movie, live music and other kids activities.
June 9-11, 2023: Hugo Good Neighbor Days
Hanfil Fields, 7032 137th St N, Hugo, MN 55038
Parade, carnival rides, petting zoo, live music and fireworks.
June 9-11, 2023: Champlin Father Hennepin Festival
651 West River Road. Champlin, MN 55316
Carnival, ice cream social, kids fishing, kids bingo, fireworks.
June 10, 2023: Open Streets East Lake
East Lake Street from 2nd Ave S to 22nd Ave S East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408
The streets are closed to motor vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists to explore area businesses (many of which will have some kind of family-friendly activity to draw you in.)
June 10-11, 2023: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes
More family fun in Maple Grove: Arbor Lakes is just a skip and a jump (definitely walkable) to CENTRAL PARK OF MAPLE GROVE. This park, boasting an awesome playground, makes the list of our 10 BEST PARKS IN MAPLE GROVE, MINNESOTA. Check it out!
June 10-11, 2023: Excelsior Art on the Lake
Water Street, downtown Excelsior
More family fun in Excelsior: While shopping Art on the Lake, take a break and jump on the historic EXCELSIOR STREETCAR LINE at Water Street for a trolley ride. The ride is about 15 minutes long and costs $3/pp to ride. All aboard!
June 10-11, 2023: Deutsche Tage
301 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
A sampling of German food (not free), culture, music and games. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales: Medieval to Modern. Feel encouraged to dress up! Typically, the German model trains on the top floor of the Summit Avenue estate are running during this summer festival.
June 11-18, 2023: Buffalo Days
Wed-Sun: Carnival, Thu: Kiddie Parade (6:30). Fri: Fireworks (dusk); Sat: Grand Parade (6pm).
More family fun in Buffalo, Minnesota: There’s plenty – a downtown splash pad, giant musical instruments in the park, and a nice swimming beach. We recommend 6 THINGS TO DO IN BUFFALO, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS.
June 15-17, 2023: Faribault Heritage Celebration
Highlights of the city’s annual summer festival include a carnival, soap box derby, live music, and the Saturday parade.
June 15-17, 2023: Fridley ’49er Days
Commons Park, 555 61st Avenue Northeast, Fridley, MN 55432
June 15-17, 2023: Rockin’ Rogers
Thursday Family Night has a kid band, a local band, carnival, and kid games. Parade Saturday at noon. Don’t miss all the summer festival fun in Rogers.
June 15-18, 2023: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest
Kingston Park, 9195 75th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
So much to do at this summer festival: a car show, carnival, fireworks, petting farm, strawberry-pie eating contest and more fun.
June 15-July 4, 2023: White Bear Lake Manitou Days
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Activities at the festival include a beach dance, fireworks over White Bear Lake, a kids parade, medallion hunt and more.
June 15-July 27, 2023: White Bear Lake Marketfest
Downtown White Bear Lake, Thursdays only
Farmers market and live music weekly.
June 16-20, 2023: St. Louis Park Parktacular
Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Grand Day Parade, concert, art hunt and expo.
June 17, 2023: Midsommar Celebration
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Crafts, courtyard fun, dancing around Midsommar pole, concerts. $15 adult, $10 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and students with ID.
More family fun: Can’t make it to the Midsommar Celebration? AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE is fun for families year-round. Especially during the KIDS AT THE CASTLE program, typically held one Friday per month. Please consult ASI’s website to confirm upcoming dates.
June 17, 2023: Brooklyn Center Juneteenth Festival
Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Celebration with live entertainment, food, vendors and activities for all ages.
Where else can your family celebrate? Try our roundup of TWIN CITIES JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS.
June 17-18, 2023: Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge Festival
West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN
A weekend of art and music on the Minneapolis River Front. Family activities area. A Father’s Day weekend tradition!
More family fun: There are myriad attractions near the STONE ARCH BRIDGE, including Mill City Museum, St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, and Mill Ruins Park. Super easy to eat up a day and super fun, too.
June 21-25, 2023: Columbia Heights Jamboree
Huset Park, 3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Jamboree, carnival and a parade. Fireworks on Saturday evening.
More family fun in Columbia Heights: Make sure to bring your kids’ swimsuits if you decide to attend this summer festival at HUSET PARK. They won’t be able to resist the colorful splash pad!
June 22-24, 2023: Oakdale Summerfest
Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale MN
Live music, kids events, food trucks, parade & fireworks to cap off the summer festival.
June 22-25, 2023: Farmington Dew Days
Downtown Farmington, MN 55024
Tons of free family activities to celebrate summer at this festival.
June 22-28, 2023: Roseville Rosefest
Touch A Truck, Kids Garage Sale, Medallion Hunt, Superhero Carnival, Family Free Skate, Backyard Campout, Teddy Bear Band Concert. Parade, July 4th Party & fireworks are on July 4, 2023.
More family fun in Roseville: Before heading out to the summer festival, arm yourself with our list of the 10 BEST PARKS IN ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA, TO VISIT WITH KIDS.
June 23-24, 2023: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Free live jazz shows, perfect for a summer evening. There are two outdoor stages at Mears Park and one outdoor stage next to the Farmers Market.
June 23-25, 2023: Blaine Festival
Aquatore Park, 9191 Lincoln St NE, Blaine, MN 55434
Family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, dance party and parade.
June 23-25, 2023: South St Paul Kaposia Days
Parade, Kaposia Kids Stuff, kids fishing clinic, kite fly, pancake breakfast and fireworks.
June 24, 2023: Minnetonka Summer Festival
Minnetonka Civic Center Campus, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Inflatables, live music, food trucks and fireworks. All activities are free except food! 4pm-10:30pm.
June 24, 2023: Midsommar Dagen
Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073
Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrate the long days of summer! Building Tours are FREE. Kids will delight in searching out the colorful Swedish Dala horses around the property.
June 24, 2023: Ramsey Elmcrest Art Fair
Elmcrest Park, 16303 Quicksilver Street NW, Ramsey, MN 55303 (10am-4pm)
Family-Friendly: Free Family Art Sample Classes 11-11:45am or 1-1:45pm, plus live music, artist demos and a beautiful park and playground.
June 24-25, 2023: Afton Strawberry Festival
3418 St. Croix Trail South, Afton, MN 55001
Food, live music and fun activities for the entire family in Afton Town Square Park. For more strawberry fun, see below.
More family fun in Afton: Did you know that June is typically a spectacular month for strawberries in Minnesota? AFTON APPLE ORCHARD has a sweet strawberry patch that we visit every couple years to pick our own. Find the BEST STRAWBERRY PATCHES IN MINNESOTA TO PICK YOUR OWN.
June 24-25, 2023: Eagan Art Festival
1501 Central Parkway, Eagan Festival Grounds
Art for sale in all mediums, live entertainment and food for purchase.
June 30, 2023: Richfield Lil’ Sparkler Celebration
Veterans Memorial Park Bandshell, 636 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423
Friday Family Night with a kids dance, vehicle fair and laser light show and a wreath laying ceremony on the 4th of July.
There is so much to enjoy at RICHFIELD VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK: a miniature golf course and bike rentals from WHEEL FUN RENTALS, a weekly farmer’s market during the summer and kids entertainment, a large playground and an outdoor dining destination. FIND MORE OUTDOOR MINI GOLF COURSES IN THE TWIN CITIES FOR THIS SUMMER!
June 30-July 4, 2023: Apple Valley Freedom Days
Saturday is Family Fun Night 5pm-9pm: petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, kids dance & games, touch a truck.
More Fourth of July fun: Plan ahead for this exciting holiday with our 2023 GUIDE TO INDEPENDENCE DAY & FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS, especially where to find the parades and dazzling fireworks displays!
TBD or Cancelled for 2023
Blackhawk Park, 1629 Murphy Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122
All kinds of water-related activities at this summer festival: try canoeing and fly-fishing, listen to live music, view watercraft safety vehicles and do crafts. (June 4, 2022)
BLACKHAWK PARK makes our list of the 10 BEST PARKS IN EAGAN, MINNESOTA, TO VISIT WITH KIDS. After visiting Lakefest, check out some of the other area parks on our list!
Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Rd NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Free celebration of aviation – donation requested to cover parking. (June 11, 2022)
See more planes: The official aircraft viewing area for the MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT can be fun for kids and flying buffs alike! And yes, it’s FREE.
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park, 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Performances, raising of Midsommar Pole and crowning of Midsommar Queen. Swedish foods and crafts for sale. (June 26, 2022)
More family fun in Minnehaha Regional Park: There is so much to do at this beautiful urban park! Follow the waterfall downstream to find the perfect place to wade on a hot summer day. Grab lunch at Sea Salt Eatery, on our list of the BEST PLACES IN THE TWIN CITIES FOR OUTDOOR SUMMER DINING WITH KIDS. We also like to bring our bikes for a pedal around the Grand Rounds trail.