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 2022 ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER EVENTS IN THE TWIN CITIES.
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO SUMMER EVENTS 2022
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Andover summer festivals
Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides. July 8-9, 2022.
Andover swimming & beaches
701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Much of the sprawling Bunker Hills Park lies in Andover; the BUNKER BEACH WATER PARK is located within the park though its address is technically Coon Rapids. The waterpark is Minnesota’s largest outdoor venue. Open June 10-Sept 5, 2022. 11am-7pm. $10-$16/pp.
Blaine parks – summer events
Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Live summer entertainment, many acts very kid-friendly. Tuesdays (kids night) & Thursdays, 6pm starting June 14, 2022.
Aquatore Park, 9191 Lincoln St NE, Blaine, MN 55434
The includes family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, dance party. June 24-26, 2022.
FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables. 2022 date TBA.
Blaine swimming & beaches
3020 Lakes Pkwy, Blaine, MN 55449
Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals. $5/non-res, residents FREE. The beach opens June 1, 2022.
Brooklyn Center Parks – Summer events
Brooklyn Center community parks
West Palmer Park, 7110 Palmer Lake Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Activities for kids followed by a puppet storytime in the park. June 8, July 13 & Aug 17, 2022. 5:30pm, FREE.
- BROOKLYN CENTER ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK – Live music in the park – bring your blanket and a picnic. Ongoing Mondays starting June 14, 2022. Amphitheater, Centennial Park. 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
- FAMILY PLAY DAYS – Music and backyard-type games for the family. June 16 & 23, 2022. 5:30pm.
- MOVIE IN THE PARK – Aug 12 & 19, 2022, 7pm.
Brooklyn Center summer festivals
Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
A family friendly day filled with activities, entertainment and food. June 18, 11am-7pm.
Brooklyn Center summer library events
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
The BROOKDALE LIBRARY is a branch of the Henenpin County Library system. We recommend this library for its creative castle-and-dragon theme. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.
Brooklyn Park parks – summer events
Brooklyn Park community parks
A free program at rotating parks for kids ages 5–18 (or younger with parents), offerings to include art, science, water days, sports, group games and slime. June 20-Aug 11, 2022. Free summer meals & snacks served to kids and families. Learn more about Rec on the Go in Brooklyn Park and register for your location.
8500 W Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443, USA 53443
Families will appreciate the small nature playground in the center of the plaza and the whimsical art installation. The park is one of Brooklyn Park’s Rec on the Go locations.
- BROOKLYN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL – Live music, arts activities and food trucks. June 25, 2022.
Brooklyn Park community entertainment
Brooklyn Park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443
- TUESDAY MUSIC ON THE LAWN – Ongoing concerts. July 6-27 & Aug 10-17, 2022.
- Kids might enjoy fishing in the stocked sunfish pond.
Brooklyn Park summer festivals
Featuring emergency vehicles, visiting royalty, live music, and community organizations. June 4, 2022.
A free family event at Zanewood Recreation Center with games, a history scavenger hunt, a DJ, and a cookout. June 17, 2022, 3-6pm.
At Zanewood Recreation Center with free family activities, games, prizes and music. July 8, 2022.
Brooklyn Park historic sites
Travel back and experience the historic farm through farm tours, hayrides, old-time demos and special events during the summer.
- BROOKLYN PARK HISTORY DAY – Self-guided tours and demos on the farm. June 4, 2022, 1-3pm. FREE.
- EIDEM FARM “OPEN GATE” HOURS – Help with chores, explore the gardens, see the animals and more. June 6-Sept 5, 2022. Mon-Thurs, 10am-7pm & Sat 10am-3pm.
- STORIES FROM THE PORCH – Tuesdays, June 14-Aug 30, 2022. 11am & 6pm. FREE.
- FAMILY CONCERTS AT THE FARM – July 14 & Aug 11, 2022.
Read all about our trip with the kids to the HISTORIC EIDEM FARM with kids.
Brooklyn Park summer library events
8500 W. Broadway Ave., Brooklyn Park , MN 55445
The BROOKLYN PARK LIBRARY is a branch of the Henenpin County Library system. We recommend this library for its creative play-and-learn area. See the library events calendar for upcoming summer programs.
Coon Rapids parks – summer events
9750 Egret Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
It’s always exciting to take a walk over the rushing dam! There’s also a visitor center to explore, a nature play area and playground equipment. Anoka County charges a $6 vehicle permit fee.
- SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at the park pavilion. Ongoing Thursdays, June 9-Aug 11, 2022.
Coon Rapids summer festivals
11000 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Held at Boulevard Plaza with a parade, carnival, live music & fireworks. July 2-4, 2022.
Coon Rapids swimming & beaches
701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Can brag of its title as Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park. The fun features include a wave pool, lazy loop river, twisted towers and an adventure pool. Admission is $10-$16/pp taking into account a twilight special rate. June 10-Sept 5, 2022.
Fridley nature playground
100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432
The centerpiece of the new nature playground is a sandy play space kids can pump their own water into. Dress for a mess. Plan to spend time in the nature center exploring the exhibits.
Fridley community entertainment
North Suburban Center for the Arts (f/k/a Banfill-Locke)
110 77th Way NE, Fridley, MN 55432
During the last year, the art center underwent a name change and move. Take-home family art kits are currently offered in place of monthly family events. Families can visit the galleries Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm and until 8pm on Thursdays.
Concerts are held at Springbrook Nature Center, commons Park and Civic Campus – with a kids concert featuring Kids Power with Rachel on August 5th at 11am at Springbrook. The remainder of the concerts are on Tuesdays at 7pm.
Fridley summer festivals
The annual summer event celebrates with a festival and parade. June 16-18, 2022.
Maple Grove parks – summer events
Want to get out and play in Maple Grove parks this summer? Try starting with our list of the best: Maple Grove Family Fun: 10 Close-To-Home Parks to Explore This Summer.
12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Elm Creek has it all. The largest in the Three Rivers Parks system, it contains a nature center, miles of hiking and smooth biking trails, a sand-bottomed swimming pond, a huge playground, disc golf, archery and a variety of wildlife.
- EASTMAN NATURE CENTER – Hands-on exhibits for kids, a puppet theater and costumes. 13351 Elm Creek Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369.
- ELM CREEK PLAY AREA – One of two largest playgrounds in the state!
Maple Grove community entertainment
- SOUNDS OF SUMMER 2022 concerts include kids shows on Thursdays. Town Green, 7991 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN.
- MOVIES AT SUNSET – Fridays at dusk July 15-Sept 30, 2022.
Maple Grove summer festivals
Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music, food and sidewalk chalk art. June 11-12, 2022.
Maple Grove swimming & beaches
12420 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Located within the sprawling ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE, the pond is chlorinated, guarded and has a sandy bottom and beach. No charge to enter the park, but $5/pp to swim. Opens Memorial Day Weekend in 2022.
12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
The outdoor pool is open during the summer months. Water park features include a lazy river, tumble buckets, log walk, tot slide and water sprays outside and an indoor pool as well. $8/pp or $32/family.
New Brighton parks – summer events
Summertime means MORE time to explore! If you’re looking for something to do in New Brighton parks with kids, start with our list of the BEST PARKS IN NEW BRIGHTON and surrounding communities!
- Home to the NEW BRIGHTON HISTORY CENTER MUSEUM – visit the restored train depot and let your kids climb aboard the caboose. June thru September the museum exhibits are open weekends from 1-4pm and are free. 700 Park Drive, New Brighton, MN 55112.
RHUBARB FEST – A whole spread of rhubarb treats available for purchase at the historic New Brighton History Center. June 4, 2022.
- New Brighton History Museum
New Brighton summer festivals
Celebrate all that Parks & Recreation has to offer with a weekend full of fun events showcasing parks, trails, and programs. July 9, 2022.
New Brighton’s largest community-wide event includes a grand parade, duck races, fireworks and a youth fun zone. Aug 11-13, 2023.
New Brighton swimming & beaches
1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton, MN 55112
The large beach makes our list of the Top 20 Beaches in the Twin Cities. Beach season is Memorial Day – Labor Day, 2022. FREE.
Plymouth community entertainment
- ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARKS – Hilde Performance Center, Thursdays starting June 9, 2022. 3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth MN.
- SUMMER BEACH SERIES includes a bonfire at EAST MEDICINE LAKE PARK (June 3), a water ski show at PARKERS LAKE PARK (June 27) and a night of music at Medicine Lake (Aug 12) 2022.
- MUSIC IN PLYMOUTH – July 6, 2022
Plymouth summer festivals
Join in the bike parade! June 30, 2022, 10 am–12 pm.
Activities include inflatables, games, face painting and other entertainment. Hilde Performance Center. Aug 4, 2022, 5-9pm.
Plymouth swimming & beaches
12605 Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN 55441
Along the north shore of Medicine Lake, the park offers an award-winning play area, a swimming beach, fishing and lighted trails. Entrance to the park and beach are free.