School is out and summer has arrived in Minneapolis. This means there is going to be a lot going on throughout Minneapolis for you to enjoy. Here are some of our top picks for events going on throughout the city this summer.
The Vikings Begin Exhibition
May 17th-October 27th, 2019
American Swedish Institute
The Vikings Begin, one of the American Swedish Institute’s most significant exhibitions to date, is the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary collection of early Viking boat burial artifacts! The magnificent installation features Viking helmets, swords, jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with historical significance, that tell stories about the people buried with them and the society they belonged to.
Stone Arch Bridge Fest
June 14th-16th, 2019
Kick off the start of summer with us at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, one of the first outdoor festivals of the season! Located at one of the most iconic places in Minneapolis, the Festival is filled with people excited for the season.
Check out our recommendations of must see places around the celebration!
Uptown Food Truck Festival
June 23rd, 2019
Lake & Hennepin
Over 65 food trucks showcasing the best local and global dishes ranging from crispy pork belly and green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts and wood fired pizzas. Spend the entire day eating or see what else this popular festival has to offer including two separate stages featuring multiple live bands and DJ’s and multiple games and give-aways.
July 4th Marathon and Fireworks
July 4th, 2019
Sign up for the Red, White & Boom! marathon before you settle in for fireworks. Check out the detailed race information and registration, then take a look at our top places to watch Fourth of July fireworks and check back closer to the holiday for a list of our favorite events.
Basilica Block Party
July 12th-13th, 2019
The Basilica of St. Mary
The Cities 97 Basilica Block Party features 20 bands playing on 3 stages over a two day period in July. All proceeds from the event go to restoration of the historic landmark and to St. Vincent de Paul’s outreach program which provides services to those in need. This annual concert series is beloved by both visitors and residents who love live music and a good cause.
Loring Park Art Festival
July 27th-28th, 2019
Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it’s 20th year. Art lovers will have a chance to see and take home one-of-a-kind pieces, including oil paintings watercolors, handmade paper, sculpture, textiles, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, prints and more. Festival goes can also enjoy food, live music and unique entertainment for the whole family in the beautiful outdoor setting of Loring Park.
Summer X Games
August 1st-4th, 2019
X Games returns to Minneapolis with the world’s top action sports competition in Skateboard, BMX and Moto, and world-class musical performances. Once again, the Skateboard and BMX Vert events will be free and open to the public. Get your tickets now!
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
August 17th-September 29th, 2019 (only weekends)
King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day.
Minnesota State Fair
August 22nd-September 2nd, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Since 1859 the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state attracting more than 1.9 million guests annually. There’s something for every here. Foodies (anything and everything on a stick), art lovers, music fans, animal lovers, and more get together to experience the finest showcase of Minnesota’s agriculture, art, and industry.