10 Sensational Summer Events to check out in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Summer is just about perfect in the land of 10,000 lakes – swimming, paddle boarding, fishing, and boating are just a few of the ways Minnesota, as well as Minneapolis/St. Paul, celebrates summer. There are also plenty of events happening throughout the season that are the perfect way to discover how beautiful summer can be in the Twin Cities. And with new nonstop flights from T.F. Green Airport, it’s easy to plan a quick summer getaway.
Photo by Samantha Gades

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Here are 10 of our favorite Minneapolis/St. Paul happenings around town to check out this summer:

Music in the Parks: May – August

Every summer, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board hosts a series of free concerts that make the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy not only the summer sunshine, but local musical talent, too. In fact, there’s one nearly every day. Find the full lineup here.

St. Paul Saints: May – September

There’s something special about a Saints game. The team belongs to the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, and while it’s not technically the major leagues, gameplay is top notch. Better yet, it’s fun. From outlandish promotions to the quirky entertainment team known as “ushertainers” to the laid-back attitude and intimate setting of CHS Field, it’s a baseball experience like no other – and the venue, in downtown St. Paul, is easily accessed by light rail. (Oh, and they even have a new real-life pig mascot that gets named each season. The most recent few? Porknite, Alternative Fats, and Little Red Porkette.)

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Stone Arch Bridge Festival: June 14 – 16

This marks one of the first festivals of the season and is a great way to officially kick off summer. The festival is free to attend, and visitors can try out local food trucks, grab a cold beverage, listen to live music, get great views of the city, explore the car show, and more.

Basilica Block Party: July 12 & 13

What began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary (the first Basilica in the U.S.) has become the largest music festival in all of Minneapolis and proceeds from the event still benefit the Basilica. Each year features national headliners, and this year’s lineup is no exception with performances by Kacey Musgraves, Dawes, Semisonic, Jason Mraz, Hanson, Lissie, CHVRCHES, Metric, and more.

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Twin Cities Pride Festival: June 22 & 23

Pride festivals all over the country bring the greater community together, and Minnesota is no exception. Twin Cities Pride celebrates our state’s diverse heritage, fosters inclusion, and celebrate achievements towards equality through a two-day festival, concerts, and of course, a high-energy, spectacular parade.

Minneapolis Aquatennial: July 24 – 27

Minneapolis (which is known as the “City of Lakes”) celebrates the best days of summer and its many lakes with a multi-day, water-based festival, including water ski shows, canoe rides, the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota, as well as a fireworks display that ranks in the top five in the U.S.

Uptown Art Fair: August 2 – 4

Featuring more than 350 professional artists from Minnesota and around the world, this is an award-winning art fair not to miss. The work spans a multitude of media including sculpture, painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and more. It also has several beer gardens, food vendors, and great people watching.

Irish Fair of Minnesota: August 9 – 11

This three-day annual festival celebrates the heritage and culture of the Emerald Isle through music, dance, food, and drink. It’s free to attend (although you’re on your own for purchasing your own corned beef or Guinness), and with nearly 100,000 attendees each year, it’s also the largest free celebration of its kind in the nation.

Photo by Samantha Gades

Minnesota State Fair: August 22 – September 2

Affectionately referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”, this is not your average state fair. In fact, it’s the largest state fair in the United States in terms of average daily attendance. People from all over come to be entertained, get an up-close view at some of the best livestock, check out the best of local art and cooking, and, of course, eat (usually something on a stick).

Red Bull Flugtag: September 7

Meaning “flying day” in German, this entertaining event has teams that “fly” in handmade flying machines by “taking off” from a platform 30 feet above the water. Teams are judged not only on flight distance (most simply plunge to the river beneath the platform) but are also scored on their creativity and sportsmanship.

The best part? You can book a nonstop flight from T. F. Green airport to Minneapolis/St. Paul for as low as $99* one-way at suncountry.com.

*Fare is valid for one-way travel and is inclusive of all government taxes and fees. Must be purchased by May 20, 2019. 14-day advance purchase required. Additional baggage and other service fees may apply. Seats are limited and fare may not be available on all flights or dates within the travel range. Valid for new bookings only. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

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