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 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.
TWIN CITIES NORTHeast METRO SUMMER EVENTS 2021
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Maplewood nature playground
The nature center building is currently closed, but the public is welcome to come play in the 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. Update: Maplewood plans to reopen the nature center with limited programming beginning the Fall of 2021.
Maplewood summer festivals
Hosted at HAZELWOOD PARK. July 4. Fireworks show only in 2021.
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. CANCELLED FOR 2021.
Maplewood swimming & beaches
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.
Maplewood historic sites
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.
- Summer Exhibit Open Houses– select Sun/Mon, June-August, 2021.
- Dairy Day Ice Cream Social – Free admission & fun activities. June 24, 2021.
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 and the 2021 summer reading program page for more details.
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 Best Parks in Roseville to Explore This Summer.
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.
- Live @ The Rog! Performance Series – Ongoing Sundays starting June 13, 2021.
Roseville community parks
- Roseville Puppet Wagon – Tues-Thurs, June 22-Aug 19, 2021. 9:30-11:30am.
- Discover Your Parks – Family activities, refreshments and a bounce castle. Ongoing Wednesdays starting June 23, 2021.
Roseville nature play
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.
Roseville summer festivals
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 23-27, 2021. The parade, Party in the Park & fireworks will return in 2022.
Roseville swimming & beaches
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.
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.
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.
Distance: This is an easy trip of less than two miles.
Start: RESEVOIR WOODS 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.
Shoreview Parks – summer events
Shoreview Commons Park
- Concerts in the Commons start June 16, 2021. Ongoing Wed, 7pm. Free ice cream while supplies last!
- Kidz Concerts in the Commons – Wednesdays, 10am starting July 7, 2021.
Shoreview summer festivals
Held at ISLAND LAKE COUNTY PARK, the festival includes a parade and free kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide (July 24) & climbing wall. July 23-25, 2021.
Shoreview swimming & beaches
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.
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.
St Anthony Village
St Anthony Village parks – summer events
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 OnStage – Wednesdays starting June 23, 2021, 6:30pm.
- Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed – joins Ned as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Try art making with a take-home activity. June 13, 2021, FREE.
- Explore the outdoor sculpture trails.
St Anthony Village splash pads
Vadnais Heights parks – summer events
The lineup features 3 shows in 2021 at parks in Vadnais Heights: July 14, Bridgewood Park; July 28, Lily Pond Park & August 25, Bear Park. 6-8pm.
Vadnais Heights summer festivals
Offers a medallion hunt, kids parade, children’s activities, live bands and fireworks. Aug 9-15, 2021.
white bear lake
White Bear Lake nature play
What really shines at Tamarack is its glorious outdoor DISCOVERY HOLLOW & 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.
White Bear Lake community entertainment
Food trucks and art vendors in downtown, plus live music on 2 stages. Thursdays, July 1-Aug 5, 2021, 6-9pm.
White Bear Lake summer festivals
Annual festival events include the Grande Parade, a medallion hunt, beach dance, July 4th fireworks, and a kids fishing contest. July 1-11, 2021.
White Bear Lake swimming & beaches
The park has a good sized playground and several picnic tables throughout the park as well as a guarded beach during the summer months.