Jun 10, 2022 - Things to Do

11 essential summer festivals in the Twin Cities

A group of people dancing in the street waving pride flags.

Twin Cities Pride is returning later this month. Photo By Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Image

It's peak festival season in the Twin Cities, and something big is happening every single weekend this summer.

  • Not sure where to start? Here are our picks to add to your calendar.


๐ŸŒ™ Northern Spark Festival (June 11) โ€” Stay up all night at the 9pm-5:30am art party in downtown St. Paul.

๐Ÿ™ Stone Arch Bridge Festival (June 18-19) โ€” This Minneapolis festival has entertainment on both sides of the river.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Twin Cities Pride (June 25 - 26) โ€” Loring Park hosts live music, vendors and a Pride march for this festival at the end of Pride month.


๐ŸŽ‡ Fourth of July celebrations (July 1-4) โ€” Fireworks, block parties and more will take over the metro for the long weekend.

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ Open Streets Franklin (July 10) โ€” Franklin Avenue will be closed to cars for this one-day street festival.

๐ŸŽธ Twin Cities Summer Jam (July 21-23) โ€” Blake Shelton and Kane Brown headline the Twin Cities music festival at Canterbury Park.

๐Ÿ–ผ Loring Park Art Festival (July 30-31) โ€” Spend the weekend surrounded by art at this festival across the street from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.


๐ŸŽจ Uptown Art Fair (August 5-7) โ€” This enormous art fair claims to be the second biggest event in Minnesota after the State Fair.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Irish Fair (August 12-14) โ€” Party Irish-style in St. Paul at this family-friendly fair and parade.

๐ŸŽ‰ Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi (August 19-21) โ€” Learn about indigenous culture and celebrate a PowWow at the Shakopee reservation.

๐ŸŽก The Minnesota State Fair (August 25-Sept. 5) โ€” I mean...do we need to explain?


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Twin Cities.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Twin Cities stories

No stories could be found

Twin Citiespostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Twin Cities.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more