Twin Cities Northwest Metro: Things To Do This Summer

Twin Cities Northwest Metro Things to Do This Summer – Covering the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Andover, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, New Brighton, Otsego & Plymouth

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.

Get started planning your best summer!

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.

Family Fun Twin Cities Ultimate Guide to a Summer to Remember



Andover summer festivals

Andover Family Fun Fest

Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides. July 9-10, 2021.

Andover swimming & beaches


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 5-Sept 6, 2021.


Blaine parks – summer events

Performance in the Park at Town Square

Live summer entertainment in TOWN SQUARE PARK. Tuesdays (kids night) & Thursdays, 6pm starting June 15, 2021.

Blaine festivals

Blaine Festival

The includes family beach party, carnival, petting zoo, dance party. Aquatore Park. June 25-27, 2021.

Blaine Family Fun Night

FREE kids carnival games, safety vehicles on display, and inflatables. AQUATORE PARK, 2021 TBA.

Blaine swimming & beaches

Lakeside Commons Park

Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals. $5/non-res, residents FREE. – The beach opens June 1, 2021. Blaine anticipates opening all amenities but will comply with health and safety guidelines.

Family canoeing at Lakeside Commons Park in Blaine, inthe Twin Cities Northwest Metro
Lakeside Commons Park (image courtesy Twin Cities Northwest Metro City of Blaine)

brooklyn center

Brooklyn Center summer festivals

Brooklyn Center Days

Celebrates with a parade; CENTENNIAL PARK offers entertainment, food trucks, youth activities, community market, fireworks and more. Brooklyn Center’s website is in the process of a re-haul. Stay tuned for more details on the city’s annual summer festival.

brooklyn park

Brooklyn Park parks – summer events

Brooklyn Park Rec on the Go

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 21-Autust 12, 2021. Registration for a specific location is required in 2021. Free summer meals & snacks served to kids and families. Learn more about Rec on the Go in Brooklyn Park and register for your location.

Brooklyn Park community entertainment

Music on the Lawn

Concerts at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center. Tuesdays at 7pm, July 6-Aug 17, 2021.

Brooklyn Park summer festivals

Juneteenth Celebration

A free family event at Zanewood Recreation Center with games, a history scavenger hunt, a DJ, and a cookout. June 15, 2021, 3-6pm.

Family Summer Splash

At Zanewood Recreation Center with free family activities, games, prizes and music. July 9, 2021.

Tater Daze Festival

Community Parade, live music and fireworks. August 13-14, 2021.

Brooklyn Park historic sites

Historic Eidem Farm

Travel back and experience the historic farm through farm tours, hayrides, old-time demos. and special events during the summer.

Read all about our trip with the kids to the HISTORIC EIDEM FARM with kids.

Twin Cities Northwest Metro - Eidem Farms
Eidem Farms

Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids parks – summer events

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Coon Rapids summer festivals

Coon Rapids 4th of July

Held at Boulevard Plaza with a parade, carnival, live music & fireworks. July 3-4, 2021.

Coon Rapids swimming & beaches

Bunker Beach Water Park

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 $9-$15/pp taking into account a twilight special rate.


Fridley nature playground

Springbrook Nature Center

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.

Kids playing in the sand at Springbrook Nature Center
Springbrook Nature Center

Fridley community entertainment

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

In 2021, in place of the usual Family Art Day drop-in programs, Banfill offers monthly Family Art Day Kits. Reserve your kit monthly.

2021 Fridley Summer Community Concert Series

Concerts rotate between Springbrook Nature Center and Civic Campus – with on kids concert featuring The Jolly Pops on July 20th at COMMONS PARK.

community entertainment

Fridley summer festivals

Fridley ’49er Days

The annual summer event celebrates with a festival and parade. Unfortunately it has been CANCELLED FOR 2021. Look for it again in 2022.

maple grove

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.

Maple Grove Family Fun

Elm Creek Park Reserve

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 (Opens June 26, 2020), a huge playground, disc golf, archery and a variety of wildlife.

Elm Creek Play Area
Elm Creek Play Area

Maple Grove community entertainment


Central Park, Maple Grove
Central Park, Maple Grove

Maple Grove summer festivals

Arbor Lakes Chalkfest

Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music, food and sidewalk chalk art. Sept. 4-6, 2021.

Maple Grove swimming & beaches

Elm Creek Swim Pond

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 2021.


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. Check here for reservation requirements.

new brighton

New Brighton parks – summer events

Long Lake Regional Park

  • 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.
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New Brighton History Museum

New Brighton summer festivals

National Parks & Rec Month in New Brighton

Celebrate all that Parks & Recreation has to offer with a weekend full of fun events showcasing parks, trails, and programs. July 23-25, 2021.

New Brighton Stockyard Days

Aug 13-15, 2021.

Rhubarb Fest

A whole spread of rhubarb treats available for purchase at the historic New Brighton History Center. CANCELLED FOR 2021.

New Brighton swimming & beaches


The large beach makes our list of the Top 20 Beaches in the Twin Cities. Guarded daily between June 12 and August 15, 2021 from noon until 8 p.m.

Hammocks by Long Lake Regional Park Beach in New Brighton Minnesota
Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton


Otsego parks

PRAIRIE PARK Splash Pad is open Memorial Day through Labor Day – sunrise to sunset. Find more Twin Cities splash pads to cool off in this summer.


Plymouth community entertainment

Plymouth summer festivals

Happy Birthday America Parade

Join in the bike parade! July 1, 2021, 10 am–12 pm.

Plymouth Kids Fest

Activities include inflatables, games, face painting and other entertainment. Hilde Performance Center. Aug 5, 2021, 12am-9pm.

Plymouth swimming & beaches

French Regional Park

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.

French Regional Park newly upgraded playground. Image courtesy of Three Rivers Park District.
The newly upgraded playground. Image courtesy of Three Rivers Park District.

150+ things to do this summer in the twin cities with kids!


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