Twin Cities Northeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer

Twin Cities Northeast Metro: Things To Do This Summer – Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Maplewood, Roseville, Shoreview, St Anthony, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake.

School’s out and your family is just itching to explore beyond the backyard. We have the scoop on your community entertainment – live music in the parks, family festivals, swimming and splash pads, the puppet wagon, bike trails, library events and lots more to keep you busy this summer.

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Everything under the sun you need to know about family fun this summer in the Twin Cities. Beat boredom and fill your long school break days exploring the best the Twin Cities has to offer in the way of parks, swim spots, community entertainment and local festivals with our Ultimate Summer Events Guide.

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Please note that many of these venues will be closed for the 2020 season or are postponing their openings. Please makes sure to call ahead and check the schedule.




Maplewood parks – summer events

Celebrate Summer Events

  • Maplewood Summer Challenge – Afton Heights Park. June 10, 2020. CANCELLED
  • Touch A Truck – Maplewood Community Center. July 22, 2020. CANCELLED
  • End of Summer Celebration – Edgerton Park. Aug 19, 2020.

Maplewood nature playground

Maplewood Nature Center Nature Play Yard: The boulders and giant logs are particularly pleasing to scale, there’s a natural amphitheater for an impromptu performance, and the butterfly garden gives it a nice pop of color.

Maplewood festivals

Maplewood Light it Up: Hosted at Hazelwood Park. Family Fun activity station with A Touch of Magic, music, inflatables & fireworks. July 4, 4-10pm, FREE. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Ramsey County Fair: Highlights include the White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more. FREE admission, $3/parking. July 15-19, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Maplewood swimming & beaches

Phalen Park Beach: The northern curve of Lake Phalen resides in Maplewood though the big, sandy beach is technically in St Paul. Pop over during the summer for a swim & dash through the adjacent splash pad. The lake is also a site for sailing lessons, swimming lessons, and canoe & kayak clinics. 

Phalen Park Splash Pad

Maplewood historic sites

Bruentrup Heritage Farm: Operated by the Maplewood Historical Society, the farm is open during summer open houses and for special events. The public is permitted to walk the grounds and trails at any time. CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 2020.

  • Movie Nights at the Farm – June 16 (Rescheduled to Sept) & Aug 11, 2020.
Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Maplewood summer library events

The Maplewood Library is a branch of the Ramsey County Library system. It has a large area devoted to early literacy skills through play. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: More information coming soon.

Maplewood Library



Roseville  parks – summer events

Want to get out and play in Roseville parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: Roseville Family Fun: 10 Close-To-Home Parks to Explore This Summer.

Roseville Central Park: The 225 acre park is so large that it’s really more like 6 separate parks connected by walking paths and biking trails.  The green space encompasses Lake Bennett, two playgrounds, the nature center, an arboretum and several picnic shelters and ballfields.

Roseville community parks

Roseville nature play

Harriet Alexander Nature Center: Indoors, an impressively realistic floor-to-ceiling “tree” dominates the entrance to the nature center’s exhibits. There’s a library nook with children’s nature books, a back room crammed with tanks of turtles to observe, and a seasonal bee exhibit. Outside, explore the trails and boardwalks through 52 acres of prairie, marsh, and forest habitats.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

Roseville festivals

Rosefest: Festival activities include a free family skate at Roseville Skate Center, community theatre performances, a Great American Campout at Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Touch a Truck and children’s concert & parade. June 24-July 4, 2020.

Roseville swimming & beaches

Lake Johanna Beach: Just a few blocks away from Roseville in Arden Hills, the large sandy beach within Tony Schmidt Regional Park beckons to swimmers. We rate this beach one of the top for families in the Twin Cities.

Lake Johanna Beach, Arden Hills

Lake Josephine County Park: The sandy area of this beach is on the small side, but there are shady spaces where families could camp out close to the sand. There are also strategic spots where a parent could watch both the beach and the playground.

Lake McCarrons County Park: Park amenities include a playground and guarded beach. There is also space for picnics and fishing.


Roseville bike trails

Start: Central Park Lexington Ave parking lot and bike your way around Bennet Lake to the Victoria West portion of the park. Pause for the big playground! Continue your route west to Dale Street through the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum.
Finish: Harriet Alexander Nature Center. Bikes aren’t allowed on the boardwalks so you’ll need to park yours to explore on foot.
This is an easy trip of less than two miles.

Start: Reservoir Woods Park trailhead parking lot. Bike the Trout Creek Trail west through the park until you reach McCarrons Blvd.
Finish: From McCarrons Blvd, you can choose to bike further west around the lake to Lake McCarrons County Park and hit the small beach, or bike north to Villa Park. There is a surprising amount of wildlife in these urban parks – see how much you can spot along the way!
Distance: This is another biking option under two miles, but the terrain is often rolling.

Roseville summer library events

The Roseville Library is the largest branch of the Ramsey County Library system. We recommend this library as one of the best for its creative spaces and extensive youth programming. Ramsey County recently announced that they will be enhancing the Children’s Reading Garden with interactive STEAM elements. Families can currently relax and read on the benches provided, picnic at the tables, or play in the prairie area. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: More information coming soon.



Shoreview Parks – summer events

Shoreview Commons Park

Shoreview festivals

Slice of Shoreview Days: Held at Island Lake County Park, the festival includes a parade and free kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall. July 24-26, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

Shoreview swimming & beaches

Snail Lake Regional Park: The beach is tucked away in a pocket of the north Metro, less populated, grassy, shaded and shallow with a sand-and-water play structure right at the shoreline. We only wish the unique playground equipment was closer to the water.

Snail Lake Beach - 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
Snail Lake Regional Park beach, Shoreview

Shoreview summer library events

The Shoreview Library is a branch of the Ramsey County Library system. The new location opened in 2017 with a large children’s area that includes a small, interactive treehouse play structure installed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: More information coming soon.

Shoreview Library - Ramsey County



St Anthony parks – summer events

Silverwood Park: Silverwood offers a combo of natural space and art for exploring at leisure. If you prefer guided exploration, there are regular free artist and naturalist led hikes.

Silverwood Park, St Anthony

St Anthony splash pads

Emerald Park, St Anthony



Vadnais Heights parks – summer events

Music in the Parks: The lineup features 3 shows at parks in Vadnais Heights: July 8, Bridgewood Park; July 22, Lily Pond Park & August 26, Bear Park. 6-8pm.

Vadnais Heights summer festivals

Vadnais Heights Heritage Days: Offers a medallion hunt, kids parade, children’s activities, live bands and fireworks. Aug 15-16, 2020



White Bear Lake nature play

Tamarack Nature Center: What really shines at Tamarack is its glorious outdoor Discovery Hollow and Garden, the ultimate nature playground for kids. Bring a change of clothes and prepare to spend hours if you’re able. Every Saturday, June – September, Tamarack hosts Drop-In Discovery Days at the interpretive center that are free, family-friendly, and based around nature and animals.

Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area, White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake community entertainment

Marketfest: A scaled-down version will be held in 2020 with live music on 2 stages, the car show and local vendors. Thursdays, July 30-Aug 20, 6-9pm.

White Bear Lake summer festivals

Manitou Days: Annual festival events include the Grande Parade, a medallion hunt, beach dance, and a kids fishing contest. Rescheduled to July 30-Aug 23, 2020.

Dragon Boat Festival: Races on White Bear Lake and family entertainment. Aug 8, 2020. CANCELLED FOR 2020

White Bear Lake swimming & beaches

White Bear Lake County Park: The park has a good sized playground and several picnic tables throughout the park as well as a guarded beach during the summer months.

White Bear Lake summer library events

The White Bear Lake Library is a branch of the Ramsey County Library system. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.

Summer reading program: More information coming soon.

Sticking close to home this summer? We’ve modified our usual summer bucket list to reflect what’s going on in our community. Many of these activities you can go about right in your backyard – or spend time getting and exploring your parks (safely, of course.) Summer fun does NOT have to be cancelled!


Drop us a comment if you are aware of something else in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro that we missed.  We will share it with the community.

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