Weekly Events in Minnesota

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Don’t miss the Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival at Mears Park in St. Paul, July 19-20 / Minnesota Blues Society

 

Event highlights this week include:

July 18-20, New Ulm
Bavarian Blast

July 18-21, Stillwater
Stillwater Lumberjack Days

July 19-21, Battle Lake
Art of the Lakes Studio Tour

July 18-20, Walker
Moondance Jam

July 20-21, Duluth
Duluth Airshow, presented by St. Luke’s

 

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Southern Minnesota

June 30 – July 21, Winona
Minnesota Beethoven Festival
The Minnesota Beethoven Festival offers a broad range of concerts to satisfy a variety of musical tastes. There are 11 concerts planned including headliner Joshua Bell. Other guest artists to perform include clarinetist Julian Bliss, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Parker Quartet, and 2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Various venues in Winona. 507-474-9055

July 5-20 (Fridays & Saturdays), Walnut Grove
Wilder Pageant
The Wilder Pageant is a family-oriented outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove. Nightly live performances feature all the characters from the Walnut Grove area. Laura narrates the story, reflecting on her life in Walnut Grove in the 1870s. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. 507-859-2174

July 17-21, Kasson
Dodge County Free Fair
The Dodge County Free Fair is Minnesota’s oldest county fair. The 162nd Dodge County Free Fair will feature carnival rides and games, the Bull Riding Challenge, Thunderbird Stock Car Races, truck and tractor pull, demolition derby, Kiddie Power Wheels Demo Derby, Dodge Mayhem Trailer Races, great fair food, a dance party, live music, and hula hoop, cow milking and other contests. Dodge County Free Fair grounds. 507-634-7736

July 18-20, New Ulm
Bavarian Blast
In its 14th year, Bavarian Blast returns to celebrate Bavarian heritage and culture. Surround yourself with all things German and enjoy a wide variety of German food, German-American music under big top tents, Schell’s Beer, 1919 Root Beer, the famous Bavarian Blast Parade and uniquely German contests such as the stein holding contest, sauerkraut eating competition and barrel rolling races. On Sunday, don’t miss the Polka Service. Brown County Fairgrounds. 507-233-4300

July 24-28, Madison Lake
Paddlefish Days
Madison Lake’s Paddlefish Days features a wide array of fun activIties and events including Bands & Burgers at Lucky Lure, Kiddie and Grand parades, Sheephead Fishing contest, a Foam Party, 5K race/walk, children’s games, car show, kiddie tractor pull, Kiss-A-Fish contest, street dance, live music by IV Play, food vendors and much more. 507-243-3216

July 26-27, Wabasha
Riverboat Days
Join in the fun at the biggest party of the summer on the Upper Mississippi! Highlights include live music acts, the Rubbery Ducky Derby, bouncy houses, parade, children’s activities, performance of Jack & the Beanstalk, the Grumpy Old Men Walleye Tournament, Yoga in the Park, Wabasha Sings, tractor pedal pull, volleyball tournament, 10K, 5K & 1K runs, firemen’s chicken feed, beer tent, farmers market and more. Heritage Park, under the bridge. 651-565-4158

July 26-28, Montgomery
Montgomery Kolacky Days – Czech Festival
Kolacky Days celebrates Montgomery’s Czechoslovakian heritage and culture by blending the Czech traditions of the past with today’s festival favorites. From authentic Kroj costumes, Czech dancing, Bohemian tractor pull and classic car show to a Grand Day Parade, U.S. National Prune Spitting Championships, Tour de Bun Bicycle Classic and 5K Bun Run Road Race, there’s something for everyone! Complete list of events. Memorial Park and downtown Montgomery. 507-953-0094

August 2-4, Red Wing
River City Days
Red Wing’s annual summer festival is tons of fun for all ages! Events include live entertainment by the Fabulous Armadillos and other popular bands, a large arts and crafts fair, 43rd annual Drive-In/Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, River City Ramble 5K & Kids’ Fun Run, River City Days Parade, Mystery of Chemistry Family Show, performances by the Royal Order of Klondike Kates, beer gardens, vintage car & truck show, antique boat & motor show, Cookies on the Cannon Valley Trail, Kids’ Treasure Hunt, sidewalk sales, Human Foosball Tournament, children’s games and activities, the Taste of Red Wing and fun activities such as archaeological dig boxes, dunk tank, climbing rock wall, goldfish pond, environmental games, dunk tank and so much more! Bay Point Park & Levee Park. 651-388-5934

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

March 1 – Sept. 28, Chanhassen
Mamma Mia!
One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. 952-934-1525

May 17 – Oct. 27, Minneapolis
The Vikings Begin
This extraordinary new exhibition features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves, organized by Uppsala University in Sweden and its museum, Gustavianum, which is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Viking and pre-Viking objects. The exhibition at ASI is the Midwest premiere of a collection that has never been outside of Scandinavia until this year, with many finds that are around 1400 years old. American Swedish Institute. 612-871-4907

July 13-21, Hopkins
Hopkins Raspberry Festival
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival has become a Twin Cities institution as a family friendly event. Highlights include the Hunt for the Golden Raspberry, Raspberry Festival of Bands, street dance, marketplace and craft fair, children’s activities, big wheel races, ice cream social, car show, Grande Day Parade, Raspberry Run, fireworks and so much more! Sites throughout Hopkins. 952-931-0878

July 18-21, Stillwater
Stillwater Lumberjack Days
Stillwater Lumberjack Days is filled with fabulous events such as Lumberjack competitions and demonstrations, live music concerts by numerous bands, Grand and Little Lumberjack Days parades, medallion hunt, vendors, gondola, pontoon & helicopter rides, Karaoke contest, minnow races, petting zoo, fly fishing demonstrations, games and activities for all ages. Lowell Park/St. Croix Riverfront. 651-351-1717

July 19-20, Eagan
Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games
Visit Scotland in your backyard, where the “Highlands Meet the Prairie.” Enjoy everything Scottish such as Highland & Country Dancing, a living history area, Scottish vendors & clans, pipers, traditional athletic competitions, non-stop music, children’s activities & prizes, sheepherding demonstrations and hands-on curling activities. Great food, both ethnic and American, will also be available. Kids should bring their swimsuits and visit the splash pad. This fair and the parking are free. Eagan Central Park festival grounds. 952-994-8355

July 19-20, St. Paul
Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival
The Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival returns with a night of soul and funk on Friday, July 19, followed by a night of blues on Saturday, July 20. This is the Twin Cities’ largest free blues festival (with an extra dose of funk). Mears Park. 612-308-5785

July 19-21, Hastings
Rivertown Days
This citywide festival includes many great events including Rivertown Days carnival rides & games, Heavy Metal Rodeos sponsored by Extreme Sandbox, Machinery Hill, Rivertown Days Arts & Crafts Fair, Fishing for Life Trout Pond, River of Life Kiddie Carnival, Model Aircraft Flying demonstration, Bubble Park, Black Dirt Improv Show, Daisy Dillman Band, Rivertown Days Grand Parade, Giant Duck Race on the Vermillion River, Hastings Sings Competition, sidewalk sales, petting zoo and fireworks display. Levee Park and Jaycee Park along the Mississippi River. 651-437-6775

July 20, Chanhassen
American Soul – A Tribute to James Brown, Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers
This is the show that never happened, but should have! Get on up with the most electrifying tribute to soul music with Ty Stone! Celebrating the legendary Ray Charles, Blues Brothers and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Hear hits like “Unchain My Heart,” “Georgia On My Mind,””Soul Man,” “Living In America,” “Super Bad,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” and many more! Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. 952-934-1525

July 20, Burnsville
International Festival of Burnsville
The annual International Festival of Burnsville celebrates the city’s rich cultural diversity. Enjoy a wide array ethnic foods and vendor tents, ongoing performances and cultural displays. Kids’ Village will feature craft projects, games, crazy hair, face painting and henna tattoos. Nicollet Commons Park. 952-895-4509

July 20, Anoka
Anoka Food Truck Festival
More than 45 food trucks will be selling their special concoctions with global cuisines ranging from Indian to British to Japanese to locally grown pork. Also enjoy live music by various bands, games, give-aways and handcrafted beers. Proceeds from all wristband sales will benefit a local charity. Downtown Anoka. 763-220-2380

July 24-27, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival
Join in the fun during The Best Days of Summer and enjoy activities for the whole family, Minnesota’s largest night-time parade, the Top 5 Fireworks Display in the nation, Loring Park Art FestivalTwin Cities Carifest, AquaFest, Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides, Life Time Torchlight Parade After Party, Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show, Go Outside Trivia Night, great local food and so much more! Sites and venues throughout Minneapolis. 612-376-7669

July 25-27, Prior Lake
The Great Midwest Rib Fest
Summer sizzles as The Great Midwest Rib Fest returns with three days of food, music and fun! Get your groove on with free outdoor concerts by national and local acts. Bib up and chow down on ribs from the country’s top pitmasters competing for bragging rights and thousands in prizes. Mystic Lake Resort & Casino. 952-445-9000

July 26-28 & Aug. 2-4, Minneapolis
2019 Minnesota Family Fringe
Adventurous art, family-sized. Don’t miss this made-for-families festival of adventurous performance. With relaxed seating accommodations, accessibility services and more, all will enjoy the adventure of Fringe in an environment for adventurers of all ages. Shows are geared toward young people 12 and under and their families and caretakers. Barbara Barker Center for Dance on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus. 612-872-1212

July 26 – Aug. 11, St. Paul
Circus Juventas presents Twisted
Comedy, magic and romance abound this summer at Circus Juventas as the renowned youth circus presents Twisted – a return to the world of international fairy tales for the first time since 2011. Circus Juventas. 651-699-8229

Upcoming Twin Cities’ concerts and performances include: 
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, July 19
Backstreet Boys at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, July 20
Khalid Free Spirit World Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, July 23
Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Xcel Energy Center, July 25
Jon Bellion at The Armory in Minneapolis, July 28
Tony Bennett – The I Left My Heart Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, July 28
Fiddler on the Roof at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, July 30 – Aug. 4
O.A.R. at Mystic Amphitheater in Prior Lake, Aug. 2
Santana: Supernatural Now at the Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 3
Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Aug. 3
John Mayer at the Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 5
Justin Hayward – All the Way at Ames Center in Burnsville, , Aug. 6
Kid Rock at Treasure Island Ampitheater in Welch, Aug. 10
Queen + Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 10
Zakk Sabbath at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Aug. 13
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Aug. 14
Rent (Touring) at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, Aug. 14-18
Bill Maher at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Aug. 17
Reba McEntire at Treasure Island Ampitheater, Aug. 17
Small Town Murder Podcast at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, Aug. 17
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Aug. 18
The Stray Cats – 40th Anniversary Tour at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Aug. 18
Tickets are available through Hennepin Theatre Trust and Ticketmaster

Central Minnesota

July 18-21, Sauk Centre
Sinclair Lewis Days
Sinclair Lewis Days is four days of fun for everyone with parades, fireworks, a craft fair, Family Day in the Park, ice cream social, 5K and kids’ one mile run, Miss Sauk Centre Pageant, soap box derby races, raffle and more. Sinclair Lewis Park. 320-352-5201

July 19-21, Battle Lake
Art of the Lakes Studio Tour
The Art of the Lakes Studio Tour is a scenic, drive-yourself tour of 56 artists in 24 studios on curvy, hilly roads around lakes and through valleys with views that go on for miles. Many of the artists are tucked away on gravel roads scattered throughout Ottertail, Douglas and Grant counties. Look for the yellow signs to help guide you to your destination. Not all studios are open on Sunday. 218-864-8606

July 20, St. Joseph
HIKE@Night
There is nothing like viewing nature at night, especially with glow sticks, bonfires and specialty s’mores! Explore a Stearns County Park through night vision and enjoy a night out for less than the cost of a movie and popcorn! Kraemer Lake and Wildwood Park.

July 25-28, Glenwood
Waterama
Glenwood Waterama, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnewaska, features a 100-unit parade, kiddie parade, lighted pontoon parade, water shows, pageants, dances, sporting events, running races, great food, Crazy Days sales, an arts & crafts fair, fireworks and more! Learn why this is the largest community celebration of its kind in West Central Minnesota. Glenwood and Lake Minnewaska. 320-634-3636

July 26-28, Hutchinson
Orange Spectacular
The Orange Spectacular is considered the largest all Allis-Chalmers tractor show in the world, and it is dedicated to preserving the Allis-Chalmers name and its legacy. Don’t miss the many field demonstrations, lawn and garden demonstrations, all Allis-Chalmers Tractor Pull, seminars, swap meet & flea market, toy farm scene displays, large toy vendor show and children’s activities area. McLeod County Fairgrounds. 320-587-5252

Aug. 2-4, Pennock
Pennock Fun Days
Pennock Fun Days festivities include a hog roast, street dance, Movie in the Park, Grand Parade, antique tractor pull, craft show, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, vendors, musical entertainment, children’s activities, classic car cruise-in, tractor parade, beer garden, scavenger hunt, bingo and more. 320-599-4546

Northwest Minnesota

July 17-21, Thief River Falls
Pennington County Fair
The very popular Pennington County Fair includes a concert by Hairball, huge midway, Thunder On Hooves P.B.R. Bull Rides, the demolition derby, parade, fireworks display, grandstand acts, Talent Show, Beard & Mustache competition, chainsaw sculpting, raffle, wide variety of food and vendor booths and much more. Pennington County Fairgrounds. 218-681-5922

July 18-20, Walker
Moondance Jam
Moondance Jam is a classic rock and roll music festival held annually on the 300-acre Moondance Fairgrounds. This event features open festival seating, camping, well-kept facilities, two indoor regional stages, excellent security and an organized staff so fans are treated to great music and camping in a clean, safe and friendly atmosphere. Headliners for the 2019 Moondance Jam include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train, Rick Springfield, The Sweet, Skillet, Goo Goo Dolls, Gov’t Mule and Molly Hatchet! Moondance Fairgrounds. 218-836-1055

July 20-21, Bemidji
Art in the Park
Art in the Park features over 100 artists, live entertainment and a dozen food vendors, all within walking distance of downtown art galleries, including the premiere Watermark Art Center. This juried fine arts and craft fair is held on the shores of Lake Bemidji in the beautiful, tree-lined Library Park. 218-444-7570

July 26-27, Nevis
Nevis Muskie Days Music Festival
This annual celebration honors the big lunker that once ruled the waters of Lake Belle Taine. Highlights include music on three stages, parades, the 5K Muskie Race, fish fry, inflatables, children’s games, kids’ money dig, kids’ fishing contest, street dance, beer garden, lots of food stands and more. 218-652-3115

July 27-28, East Grand Forks
Cats Incredible Catfish Days
The 32nd Annual Cat’s Incredible Catfish Days will once again be held on the banks of the Red River of the North in East Grand Forks. The tournament is a two day event with cash paid to the top 15 teams. There will also be door prizes, beer gardens, food vendors, live entertainment and a Kids’ Fun Zone. Great fun for participants and spectators alike! Downtown East Grand Forks, adjacent to Cabela’s. 701-746-0444

Aug. 1-3, Detroit Lakes
WE Fest
WE Fest is considered by many to be America’s best camping and country music festival! Headliners for this year’s WE Fest include Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Jake Owen, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington and Jimmie Allen. Soo Pass Dude Ranch. 800-493-3378

Northeast Minnesota

July 19-21, Ball Club
Mii Gwitch Mahnomen Days Traditional Pow Wow
Just some of the highlights of the Mii Gwitch Mahnomen Days Traditional Pow Wow include Grand Entries, Flag Raising Ceremonies, parade, the open fire frybread contest, parade contest, Rez Car contest and walk/run. Ball Club, west of Deer River. 218-335-8395

July 20, Duluth
Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival
The 14th Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival showcases internationally touring performers, along with ethnic foods, beverages and a variety of artisans displaying their wares. This celebration of world music whose artists spread the message of love, hope and equality for all people worldwide — bring your flag and wave it proudly! Bayfront Festival Park. 218-525-8099

July 20, Pine City
Art Fest 2019
The annual Pine City Art Fest is a unique outdoor arts and crafts fair. In addition to quality artwork and hand-crafted items, enjoy a Children’s Corner, music by Freeway Jam, a petting zoo and great fair food. Robinson Park and downtown Pine City. 320-322-4040

July 20-21, Duluth
Duluth Airshow, presented by St. Luke’s
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headline the largest airshow in Minnesota! Arrive early to take in all of the static displays, a host of other aerial acts, and rides such as a 36′ inflatable turbo shuttle slide, an inflatable aircraft carrier obstacle course, a Blue Angels bounce inflatable and the extreme air power jump ride at the Duluth Airshow Kids Zone! Additional charges may apply. Duluth International Airport. 218-628-9995

July 26-28, Ely
Blueberry Art Festival
This three-day event in beautiful Ely features more than 260 artists and crafters, 30 food vendors, activities for the children, a variety of musical entertainment and fresh blueberry pies. Whiteside Park. 218-365-6123

July 26-28, Grand Rapids
Northern Minnesota Car Show & Swap Meet
This car show & swap meet is considered the largest in Northern Minnesota with lots of vendors, morning breakfasts and free admission at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. On Sunday, July 28, don’t miss the 35th Annual Northern Cruisers Weekend of Wheels Car Show at the IRA Civic Center. 218-326-6470; 218-259-3799

July 31 – Aug. 4, Grand Marias
Fisherman’s Picnic
The 88th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic is filled with crazy days sales, a craft show, daily contests and prizes, live music, food trucks, children’s activities and so much more! Also enjoy Cutest Puppy, log rolling and loon calling contests, demonstrations, the Fish Toss and the Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run 5K. Downtown Grand Marais & Harbor Park. 218-387-2524

4th of July Firework Shows

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Fireworks during the Spicer 4th of July Celebration, July 4-7

 

Event highlights this week include:

July 3-4, Worthington
Beach Bash & Old Fashioned 4th of July

July 4-14, Lakeville
Pan-O-Prog

July 3-4, Pequot Lakes
Stars & Stripes Days

July 4, Park Rapids
Hometown 4th of July

July 4, Ely
July 4th Parade & Fireworks

And be sure to check out Where to Watch Fireworks in Minnesota!

 

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Southern Minnesota

June 28 – July 4, Austin
Freedom Fest
Celebrate our Independence Day with parades, sporting events, games, food, an arts and craft fair, vendors, live music, fireworks display, contests, street dance, Hog Jog 5 Mile Run, Mini Piggy Fun Run, 25-mile bike race, free kids’ fishing contest and more! Band Shell Community Park. 507-437-4561

June 30 – July 21, Winona
Minnesota Beethoven Festival
The Minnesota Beethoven Festival offers a broad range of concerts to satisfy a variety of musical tastes. There are 11 concerts planned including headliner Joshua Bell. Other guest artists to perform include clarinetist Julian Bliss, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Parker Quartet, and 2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Various venues in Winona. 507-474-9055

July 1-4, Cannon Falls
Cannon Valley Fair
The Cannon Vally Fair 4th of July celebration features a midway, grandstand demolition derbies, harness races, 4-H and Open Class competitions, livestock exhibits, and all the things you would associate with a real hometown fair. The Cannon Valley Fair culminates with traditional fireworks at dusk on July 4. Cannon Valley Fairgrounds. 507-263-3548

July 3-4, Worthington
Beach Bash & Old Fashioned 4th of July
On July 3, don’t miss the Beach Bash at Centennial Park with fun activities, games, great fair food, beer garden and country music by The Chris Hawkey Band! On July 4, see history come to life at Pioneer Village’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Pioneer Village is a historical attraction located next to the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Also on the 4th, enjoy a Boat Parade near the old power plant on the east end of Lake Okabena at 8:30 p.m. Decorations and lights are encouraged. Then at dusk, “ooh and aah” during the fireworks display over Lake Okabena! 507-372-2919

July 4, Mankato
Red, Hot & Boom! – Mankato
Celebrate the 4th of July in Mankato and enjoy a giant fireworks display, as well as performances from City Mouse and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra! Free admission. Vetter Stone Amphitheater. 507-385-6660

July 4, Luverne
4th of July at the Lake
Enjoy a great day at the lake during Luverne’s 4th of July celebration. Festivities include games for children, fair food, beer garden, triathlon, log-rolling, a dock dog contest, sand castle contest, bingo, Quaddleball tournament, inflatables and a fireworks display! The lake at West Edgehill Street and Walnut Street S. 507-283-4061

July 4, St. Peter
Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
St. Peter’s old-fashioned 4th of July celebration includes a 90-unit parade on Washington Ave., live music, 8K run and 5K walk event, food vendors, beer tent, children’s games and activities in Minnesota Square Park from noon until 4 p.m., and a fireworks display at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds at 10 p.m. 507-934-3400

July 5-20 (Fridays & Saturdays), Walnut Grove
Wilder Pageant
The Wilder Pageant is a family-oriented outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove. Nightly live performances feature all the characters from the Walnut Grove area. Laura narrates the story, reflecting on her life in Walnut Grove in the 1870s. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. 507-859-2174

July 12-13, Madelia
Madelia Park Days, Blues Festival and Arts & More Fair
Family fun in Madelia! Highlights include a kick-off Grande Parade on Friday, followed by live music, fireworks and more live music. Saturday features all-day fun with 70-plus vendors at the 5th Annual Rivers Edge Art & More Fair, the 7th Annual Watona Park Blues Festival, 7th Annual Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Zone, giant inflatables, food vendors, Schell’s Beer & Wine Wagon, Carp Classic Fishing Tournament, bean bag tournament, Kids’ Tractor Pull and much more! Watona Park on the Watonwan River. 507-642-8822

July 12-13, Edgerton
Edgerton Dutch Festival
The 70th Annual Edgerton Dutch Festival features two parades, a fun run, fishing contest, kids’ mutton busting, helicopter rides, street dance and a concert by Hairball! 507-442-7891

July 18-20, New Ulm
Bavarian Blast
In its 14th year, Bavarian Blast returns to celebrate Bavarian heritage and culture. From the moment you arrive at this weekend-long festival you will be surrounded by all things German. This festival has something for everyone with its wide variety of German food, German-American music under big top tents, Schell’s Beer, 1919 Rootbeer, the famous Bavarian Blast Parade and uniquely German contests such as the stein holding contest, sauerkraut eating competition and barrel rolling races. On Sunday, don’t miss the Polka Service. Brown County Fairgrounds. 507-233-4300

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

March 1 – Sept. 28, Chanhassen
Mamma Mia!
One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. 952-934-1525

May 17 – Oct. 27, Minneapolis
The Vikings Begin
This extraordinary new exhibition features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves, organized by Uppsala University in Sweden and its museum, Gustavianum, which is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Viking and pre-Viking objects. The exhibition at ASI is the Midwest premiere of a collection that has never been outside of Scandinavia until this year, with many finds that are around 1400 years old. American Swedish Institute. 612-871-4907

May 25 – Sept. 2, Apple Valley
Llama Trek
You ‘herd’ right… Llamas are at the Minnesota Zoo! This summer, get a taste of South America right here in Minnesota. Llama Trek is an immersive outdoor experience that gives you the chance to walk freely among some of the coolest characters of the Andes Mountains. Get up close and wander, without barriers, among free-roaming llamas and some of their mountain dwelling neighbors. Located along the Northern Trail, Llama Trek also features guinea pigs, flightless birds known as rheas, and highlights conservation efforts being made to help endangered wild chinchillas. Llama Trek is included with general Zoo admission. Minnesota Zoo. 952-431-9200

July 2-4, Chanhassen
City of Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration
Head to Chanhassen for this three day, fun filled event for the whole family. Event highlights include Midwest Carnival rides and concessions, pony rides, Family Night at the Carnival, the Taste of Chanhassen, a street dance featuring the Fabulous Armadillos, kids’ fishing contest, The Medicine Show featuring Vaudeville, 4th of July parade, live music, face painting, Wacky Hair, Fireworks Spectacular and more. City Center Park & Lake Ann. 952-227-1100

July 2-4, Coon Rapids
Coon Rapids 4th of July Community Celebration
Enjoy the 2019 Coon Rapids 4th of July Community Celebration featuring family fun for everyone. A parade kicks of the celebration on July 2. Other highlights during the festival include carnival games, rides, live music, bingo, a car show, the Firecracker 5K, 10K and Kids’ Sparkler Dash, food trucks and drink vendors, and some of the best fireworks in the Twin Cities. 763-767-6582

June 2 – Aug. 18, Minneapolis
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists 2019 Beadwork Show at MIA
Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs — from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino — display astonishing innovation and technical mastery. The New York Times calls this exhibition “much-anticipated” and ArtForum says it’s “groundbreaking.” Minneapolis Institute of Art. 612-870-3000

July 3, Bloomington
Bloomington Summer Fete
Summer Fete is a family-fun festival that kicks off Independence Day in the Twin Cities. This year’s fun starts with a Kids’ Carnival Area, live music at the Kid’s Stage and Main Stage featuring a great line-up of performers, a wide array of food vendors and food trucks, and of course, a fantastic fireworks display just after dusk. Normandale Lake Park. 952-563-8877

July 3-4, Eagan
July 4th Funfest
Be sure to bring friends and family to the July 4th Funfest for thrilling rides, carnival fun, the colorful parade, live music by The Gear Daddies and Transit Authority, DJ music throughout the day, the Royal Brain Freeze, a car show and more. And don’t miss the region’s largest display of fireworks at dusk on July 4th. Central Park Festival Grounds. 651-675-5546

July 4, Afton
Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Afton’s annual 4th of July celebration is bursting with fun for the whole family. In addition to the parade, enjoy live music, a bounce house, food vendors, crafts, vendor tents and a beer garden tent. Free trolley rides will be offered within the Village of Afton during the day. Afton’s Town Square Park. 651-436-8883

July 4, Minneapolis
Red, White and Boom
Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. This annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, the Red, White & Boom TC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks! Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront. 612-230-6400

July 4, St. Paul
Independence Day Celebration
Spend the United States’ birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music and much more. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question “What does freedom mean today?” Historic Fort Snelling. 612-726-1171

July 4-14, Lakeville
Pan-O-Prog
This festival begins with 4th of July fireworks. The following week includes numerous events including a carnival, Beer, Brats & Bingo, dances, the Grande Parade, picnics, classic car show, talent contest, car show, 32nd Annual Cruise Night, golf tournament, contests and more! Historic downtown Lakeville. 952-985-4400

July 7, Prior Lake
Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan
Celebrated artists and enduring forces in popular music Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan are bringing their co-headlining tour to the Mystic Showroom. McDonald’s solo career took off with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” and the James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There.” Chaka Khan blazed onto the music scene as a solo artist with hits “I’m Every Woman” and “What Cha Gonna Do For Me?” She propelled to superstardom with the chart-topper “I Feel For You.” Mystic Lake Hotel & Casino. 952-496-6563

July 10-14, Maple Grove
Maple Grove Days
Maple Grove Days, a five day city festival hosting over 40 events for all ages, includes a car show, races, business expo, parade, live music, coronation, children’s run, kids’ parade, diaper derby, outdoor movie, inflatable rides, fishing, paddle boarding, Zumba workouts, garden tours, and much more. Various locations in Maple Grove. 763-494-5985

July 12-13, Minneapolis
Basilica Block Party
Don’t miss this two day line-up of premiere music with headliner acts such as Kacey Musgraves, Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Jason Mraz and CHVRCHES. The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. The Basilica of Saint Mary. 612-333-1381

July 13, Anoka
Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair
The 21st Annual Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair will be held in historic downtown Anoka with over 130 juried artisans and crafters, live music, plenty of food and much more. 763-421-7130

July 13-21, Hopkins
Hopkins Raspberry Festival
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival has become a Twin Cities institution as a family friendly event. Highlights include the Hunt for the Golden Raspberry, Raspberry Festival of Bands, street dance, marketplace and craft fair, children’s activities, big wheel races, ice cream social, car show, Grande Day Parade, Raspberry Run, fireworks and so much more! Sites throughout Hopkins. 952-931-0878

Upcoming Twin Cities’ concerts and performances include: 
3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, July 2-7
Kidz Bop World Tour 2019 & Fireworks at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, July 3
Carly Rae Jepsen at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, July 5
Billy Idol at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, July 6
Ozzy Osbourne at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, July 6
Ariana Grande at the Xcel Energy Center, July 8
Patton Oswalt Live: 2019 Tour at the Historic State Theatre, July 11
Chelsea Handler at the Historic State Theatre, July 13
Premier Boxing Champions at The Armory in Minneapolis, July 13
Tiffany Jenkins: This Show Is Awkward at Ames Center in Burnsville, July 14
The Raconteurs at The Armory, July 15
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, July 19
Backstreet Boys at the Xcel Energy Center, July 20
Khalid Free Spirit World Tour at the Xcel Energy Center, July 23
Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Xcel Energy Center, July 25
Jon Billion at The Armory, July 28
Tony Bennett – The I Left My Heart Tour at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, July 28
Fiddler on the Roof at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, July 30 – Aug. 4
Santana: Supernatural Now at the Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 3
Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Aug. 3
John Mayer at the Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 5
Justin Hayward – All the Way at Ames Center, Aug. 6
Tickets are available through Hennepin Theatre Trust and Ticketmaster

Central Minnesota

July 3-4, Pequot Lakes
Stars & Stripes Days
Celebrate Independence during Stars & Stripes Days, and enjoy fireworks, a Grande Parade, live music and entertainment, games, fair food, beer garden, craft fair, water wars, bungee trampoline, kids’ climb, Money in the Haystack, Golden Bobber hunt, kiddie parade and other family-friendly events! Trailside Park. 218-568-8911

July 4, Hill City
Hill City 4th of July Celebrations
Enjoy small town 4th of July festivities in Hill City. Featured activities include a parade, all-day flea market, pudding eating contest, turtle races, Lefty’s Kids’ Games, 5K Fun Run, saw dust pile, children’s events, comedy acts, and of course, a fireworks display. 218-326-9607

July 4, Brainerd
Brainerd Fireworks & 4th of July Celebration
Just some of the highlights during Brainerd’s 4th of July Celebration include a parade, live music acts such as Salute to Kansas & Foreigner and A Tribute to Journey, and fireworks synchronized to music. Don Adamson Field. 218-829-2838

July 4-7, Spicer
Spicer 4th of July Celebration
Spicer’s popular 4th of July Celebration is filled with activities for all ages including an arts and crafts fair, amusing flea market, volleyball, basketball and softball tournaments, kiddie pedal tractor pull, a competitive 12-mile running race, and a street dance for ages 21 and older. On the 4th, enjoy a Grande Day parade including over 100 participants with lots of entertainment and candy. Venues throughout Spicer. 320-796-8066

July 5-7, Brainerd
33rd Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go
The 33rd Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go includes Muscle Car Series drag racing, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) road racing, a classic car show, fireworks display, on-site camping and live music. Brainerd International Raceway. 218-824-7223

July 6, Crosslake
Celebrate America 49th Annual Fireworks Display & Original Craft and Flea Market
Enjyo unique shopping opportunities at Crosslake’s Original Craft and Flea Market located at the intersection of County Roads 3 and 103. Later that day, head to the shores of Cross Lake to view the fantastic fireworks display from Sand Island beginning at dusk. Other highlights include Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye, the Ideal Farmers Market and outdoor music at Town Square. 218-692-4027; 612-597-1827

July 11-14, Isle
Isle Days
This city celebration is filled with fun events including a boat parade, street dance, Kiddie & Grand parades, kids’ 1 mile fun walk, craft vendors, car show, arts and crafts, flea market, launch rides, food stands, beer gardens and more. Various locations in Isle. 888-708-3669

July 13, Pierz
Pierz Freedom Fest
Four great country bands will perform at this year’s Pierz Freedom Fest, with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as the headliner! Much more than a music festival, Pierz Freedom Fest is committed to giving back to Pierz and the surrounding communities! Genola Ball Park. 320-468-6925

July 18-21, Sauk Centre
Sinclair Lewis Days
Sinclair Lewis Days is four days of fun for everyone with parades, fireworks, a craft fair, Family Day in the Park, ice cream social, 5K and kids’ one mile run, Miss Sauk Centre Pageant, soap box derby races, raffle and more. Sinclair Lewis Park. 320-352-5201

Northwest Minnesota

July 3-5, Warroad
4th of July Festival
Warroad celebrates the 4th like never before with an amazing fireworks display over the Warroad River at Kakaygeesick Bay, water wars, a street dance, kids’ foot, gunny and 3-legged races, a parade, inflatables, live music, pancake breakfast, food vendors, movie night, AC/DC Tribute Band and so much more! Rainbow Park. 218-386-3543

July 4, Detroit Lakes
Fireworks Display
Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display at dusk at the mile-long, city beach along Detroit Lake. Before and after the fireworks, check out the many fine, local restaurants, as well as live music in Detroit Lakes. Detroit Lakes city park and beach. 218-847-9202

July 4, Park Rapids
Hometown 4th of July
This classic 4th of July Celebration will feature dawn to dusk events and entertainment. Enjoy the Firecracker Foot Race, boat parades, picnics, pie baking contest and auction, Grande Parade, pre-fireworks concert and a fireworks display over the Fish Hook River. Main Avenue, Red Bridge Park and Heartland Park. 218-732-4111

July 5-6, Remer
Bigfoot Days
The annual Bigfoot Days celebration has been growing since Remer declared itself the Home of Bigfoot in 2016! Events include a family picnic, BBQ Contest, bingo, 5K run, information from the Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team, a pancake breakfast and more. Downtown Remer. 218-566-1680

July 7, Nevis
Nevis Pig Races
Pig racing has quickly become a crowd pleaser, and Gary Dauer knows how to put on a humerous and engaging show! Sponsor a pig to run in the race — each porker will be adorned in “dashing” capes. Besides the pig races, enjoy the beer garden, children’s activities, face painting, hamburger sliders, french fries and snow cones. Muskie Park, a.k.a. Muskie Downs. 218-652-3115

July 9-14, Hackensack
Sweetheart Days
The ever-popular Sweetheart Days is filled with activities for kids of all ages. Festivities include the Fabulous Fireworks display, Kids’ Fishing Contest, children’s games, Sweetheart Days Parade, 4th Annual Sweetheart Days Dachshund Derby, Sacred Heart flea market, Test Your Trivia, Spaghetti Dinner, horse racing at the Hackensack American Legion, Josh Duffee and His Big Band, Cornhole Tournament, Sweetheart Days Car Show and much more. Downtown Hackensack. 218-675-6135

July 13, Bagley
Bagley Art in the Park
Bagley’s 32nd Annual Art in the Park includes a wide variety of items created by many local artists, as well as food vendors, live stage entertainment and art projects for children. Bagley City Park. 218-533-0120

July 18-20, Walker
Moondance Jam
Moondance Jam is a classic rock and roll music festival held annually on the 300-acre Moondance Fairgrounds. This event features open festival seating, camping, well-kept facilities, two indoor regional stages, excellent security and an organized staff so fans are treated to great music and camping in a clean, safe and friendly atmosphere. Headliners for the 2019 Moondance Jam include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train, Rick Springfield, The Sweet, Skillet, Goo Goo Dolls, Gov’t Mule and Molly Hatchet! Moondance Fairgrounds. 218-836-1055

Northeast Minnesota

July 3-4, Nashwauk
Nashwauk 4th of July
No one does the 4th of July like a small town! Head to Nashwauk for live music by numerous bands, children’s activities, a flea market, rummage sales, craft fair, Grande Parade, Red Rock Run, races, car show and fireworks. 218-326-9607

July 4, Duluth
Fourth Fest 2019
Duluth’s annual Fourth Fest at Bayfront Festival Park is a free, family-friendly celebration of Independence Day. The evening will feature live music including headliner Junk FM, food, beverage and craft vendors, plus the spectacular fireworks display at 10:10 p.m. Bayfront Festival Park. 218-722-4011

July 4, Crane Lake
4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Celebrate Independence Day in Crane Lake with their famous parade at 7 p.m. beginning at Voyagaire Lodge. At dark, spectacular fireworks will be lit from a barge. Enjoy by boat or on shore at Voyagaire Lodge. 218-993-2901

July 4, Ely
July 4th Parade & Fireworks
The July 4th Parade is a true small town parade with a variety of floats, vehicles, music and more! Young Life will provide food and activities in the park, and there will be a flyover from the 148th Fighter Wing, live music during the afternoon at the Whiteside park band shell, and live music during the evening at the new Semers Park Picnic Pavilion. After sunset, join the town in celebrating July 4th with festive fireworks at Miners Lake. Venues throughout Ely. 218-365-6123

July 5 & 6, Chisholm & Side Lake/French Township
Northern Lights Music Festival: Girls Night Out & Music On The Beach
Don’t miss the Girl’s Night Out concert celebrating the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann at the Chisholm High School on July 5. And on July 6, enjoy Music On The Beach featuring fantastic choral and folk music concerts, as well as spectacular views on the beach at McCarthy Beach State Park. 218-780-2292

July 11-14, Two Harbors
Two Harbors Heritage Days 2019
Two Harbors Heritage Days is an annual 4 day event offering an arts and crafts show, stage entertainment, a street dance, two parades, medallion hunt, children’s activities, bungee jumper & slide, 5K run, car show, pancake breakfasts and more. Downtown Two Harbors. 218-834-6200

July 13, Duluth
Taste of Duluth
The 3rd Annual Taste of Duluth will be held at Bayfront Festival Park and features a wide array of amazing dishes, as well as live music, products and services, crafts, beer and many displays of interest. Taste of Duluth is taking on a new look and sound for 2019 with culture and cuisine at the forefront. Mainstage performers will reflect many of the ethnic origins that are a rich part of Duluth’s history, with plenty of ethnic and American food offerings, including sample sizes. Bayfront Festival Park. 218-727-1177

July 13, Grand Rapids
Grand Jam 2019!
Grand Jam 2019! is a music festival featuring We Ain’t Cowboys, Coyote Wild and country stars Little Texas! Camping passes are available. Itasca County Fairgrounds Midway. 218-327-5780

July 20, Duluth
Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival
The 14th Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival showcases internationally touring performers, along with ethnic foods, beverages and a variety of artisans displaying their wares. This celebration of world music whose artists spread the message of love, hope and equality for all people worldwide — bring your flag and wave it proudly! Bayfront Festival Park. 218-525-8099