Updated Aug 10, 2023 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: Ed Sheeran, Irish Fair, Sneaker Con and more

Bagpipers perform for Irish Fair attendees.

Bagpipers perform for Irish Fair attendees. Photo: Andy Winters

This weekend in the Twin Cities, check out the Irish Fair in St. Paul, Sneaker Con in Minneapolis, Ed Sheeran at U.S. Bank Stadium and more.

🇮🇪 1. Celebrate Irish culture

Do a jig, drink Irish whiskey and eat corned beef and cabbage at one of the nation's largest Irish and Celtic culture festivals, the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

  • More than 150 acts include Irish dancing, music and stand-up comedy shows.

Why it matters: The Irish Fair is a nonprofit organization that invests all proceeds from its events into preserving Irish, Celtic and other immigrant communities in the state.

When: 3–11pm Friday, 10am–11pm Saturday and 10am–7pm Sunday

Where: Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul

Cost: Tickets start at $20. Discounts available for guests 55 and older; children under 13 get in free.

Of note: From 2pm Friday through Sunday night, traffic flow will be diverted.

  • Plato Boulevard between Wabasha Street and Water Street will be westbound only, Water Street will be eastbound only between Wabasha Street and Plato Boulevard. Find directions on the fair website.

🇮🇳 2. IndiaFest

  • Enjoy Indian food, live music, a bazaar, henna, Bollywood dancing and more at the India Association of Minnesota's 50th anniversary celebration. The family-friendly event is 11am–9pm Saturday at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds. Free.

👟 3. Sneaker Con

  • The largest sneaker show in the country is coming to Minneapolis for the first time noon–7pm Saturday. Buy, sell and trade your footwear. Plus, get your kicks authenticated by experts. Tickets start at $30.

🎶 4. Ed Sheeran

  • "Shape of You" and "Thinking Out Loud" hit-maker Ed Sheeran will be in town Friday and Saturday night at U.S. Bank Stadium. Tickets start at $49.

🍻 5. NershFest

  • Enjoy a day of local music, craft beer, food trucks, a silent disco and more at Inbound BrewCo noon–10pm Saturday. Free.
  • Kids are welcome until 9pm.

🎸 6. Lakeside Guitar Festival

  • Listen to musicians from near and far at Como Lakeside Pavilion Friday through Sunday. Free.
  • Ticketed shows benefit the Music Mission of Minnesota and Mexico. Tickets.

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