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The Best Twin Cities Outdoor Concerts to See This Summer

Updated On 05/30/2017 at 06:09PM EST Updated On 05/30/2017 at 06:09PM EST
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Jun 8 Thu

Grand Old Day Local and national bands such as 4ontheFloor and Charlie Parr play on seven outdoor stages along Grand Avenue from Dale to Prior.

Grand Avenue, St. Paul

Grand Old Day Grand Avenue, St. Paul Local and national bands such as 4ontheFloor and Charlie Parr play on seven outdoor stages along Grand Avenue from Dale to Prior.

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Event

Location

Jun 8 Thu

Minnesota Orchestra The beer makers joining forces with a few members of the Minnesota Orchestra might seem an unlikely pairing, but we find that free suds go quite well with classical brass.

Bad Weather Brewing

Minnesota Orchestra Bad Weather Brewing The beer makers joining forces with a few members of the Minnesota Orchestra might seem an unlikely pairing, but we find that free suds go quite well with classical brass.

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Event

Location

Jun 9 Fri

Willie Nelson and Family You know Willie. What you might not know is that the 84-year-old is touring behind his acclaimed 61st album, God’s Problem Child.

Treasure Island

Willie Nelson and Family Treasure Island You know Willie. What you might not know is that the 84-year-old is touring behind his acclaimed 61st album, God’s Problem Child.

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Jun 9 Fri

Dat Brass Doe Head out of the city for Champlin’s Father Hennepin Festival to see the parade and a performance by KDWB’s Dave Ryan and his brass band, which is comprised of loyal listeners.

Father Hennepin Festival

Dat Brass Doe Father Hennepin Festival Head out of the city for Champlin’s Father Hennepin Festival to see the parade and a performance by KDWB’s Dave Ryan and his brass band, which is comprised of loyal listeners.

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Event

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Jun 22-24

Twin Cities Jazz Festival Join more than 40,000 jazz fans who flock every year in this Lowertown park. This year’s lineup includes headliners McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, and Terence Blanchard, among many other greats.

Mears Park

Twin Cities Jazz Festival Mears Park Join more than 40,000 jazz fans who flock every year in this Lowertown park. This year’s lineup includes headliners McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, and Terence Blanchard, among many other greats.

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Event

Location

Jun 24 Sat

Mason Jennings The folk-pop singer-songwriter now tours nationally but began his music career in a Minnesota cabin. Jennings just finished his his 13th album and world tour with Jack Johnson, but you can catch him locally at Music in the Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo

Mason Jennings Minnesota Zoo The folk-pop singer-songwriter now tours nationally but began his music career in a Minnesota cabin. Jennings just finished his his 13th album and world tour with Jack Johnson, but you can catch him locally at Music in the Zoo.

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Event

Location

Jun 30 Fri

Ziggy Marley He’s best known as Bob Marley’s son, but Ziggy has talents all his own and eight Grammys to his name. Plus, nothing says summer like reggae in an amphitheater.

Minnesota Zoo

Ziggy Marley Minnesota Zoo He’s best known as Bob Marley’s son, but Ziggy has talents all his own and eight Grammys to his name. Plus, nothing says summer like reggae in an amphitheater.

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Event

Location

Jul 1 Sat

Journey Don’t stop believin’ that you’ll be hearing this song at karaoke all summer, so you might as well hear it done on-key.

Treasure Island Casino

Journey Treasure Island Casino Don’t stop believin’ that you’ll be hearing this song at karaoke all summer, so you might as well hear it done on-key.

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Jul 2 Sun

Go Fest ‘17 Party outside the Cabooze with Bleachers, Mutemath, the Naked and Famous, and more.

The Cabooze Plaza

Go Fest ‘17 The Cabooze Plaza Party outside the Cabooze with Bleachers, Mutemath, the Naked and Famous, and more.

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Event

Location

Jul 7-8

Basilica Block Party Praise the Loud, The Basilica Block Party returns for its 22nd year with 19 bands on three stages over two days, including the Shins, Brandi Carlile, Walk the Moon, and AWOLNATION.  

Basilica of St. Mary’s

Basilica Block Party Basilica of St. Mary’s Praise the Loud, The Basilica Block Party returns for its 22nd year with 19 bands on three stages over two days, including the Shins, Brandi Carlile, Walk the Moon, and AWOLNATION.  

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Event

Location

Jul 8 Sat

Hippo Campus, Polica, Low Sure, it’s a trek from the Cities, but we’d be remiss not to mention this stacked bill of Minnesota favorites.

Bayfront Park, Duluth

Hippo Campus, Polica, Low Bayfront Park, Duluth Sure, it’s a trek from the Cities, but we’d be remiss not to mention this stacked bill of Minnesota favorites.

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Event

Location

Jul 14 Fri

Weezer Sing along to “Buddy Holly,” “Hash Pipe,” and “Beverly Hills,” outdoors at The Island, with Cold War Kids supporting.

Treasure Island

Weezer Treasure Island Sing along to “Buddy Holly,” “Hash Pipe,” and “Beverly Hills,” outdoors at The Island, with Cold War Kids supporting.

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Event

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Jul 22 Sat

Rock the Garden Thankfully, after a year hiatus due to construction, The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the actual garden (the Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden) this year. Bon Iver headlines, with The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, and Margaret Glaspy supporting.

Walker Arts Center

Rock the Garden Walker Arts Center Thankfully, after a year hiatus due to construction, The Current’s Rock the Garden returns to the actual garden (the Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden) this year. Bon Iver headlines, with The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, and Margaret Glaspy supporting.

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Event

Location

Jul 23 Sun

Dr. Dog The next concert collaboration between First Avenue and Surly Brewing is this off-the-wall indie rock group, which recently toured with My Morning Jacket.

Surly Brewing

Dr. Dog Surly Brewing The next concert collaboration between First Avenue and Surly Brewing is this off-the-wall indie rock group, which recently toured with My Morning Jacket.

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Event

Location

Jul 23 Sun

Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton Two classic rock icons join forces for a night that dads will love.  

Treasure Island

Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton Treasure Island Two classic rock icons join forces for a night that dads will love.  

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Event

Location

Jul 28 Fri

Billy Joel Probably the most-talked about outdoor concert of the summer among the 40-and-up set belongs to Joel, who will perform for his largest Twin Cities crowd to date.

Target Field

Billy Joel Target Field Probably the most-talked about outdoor concert of the summer among the 40-and-up set belongs to Joel, who will perform for his largest Twin Cities crowd to date.

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Event

Location

Jul 29 Sat

Backstreet Boys, Nelly, Florida Georgia Line It’s like an Elvis sandwich (peanut butter, bacon, and banana). You wouldn’t expect the three ingredients to work, but put them together and you’ve got something special (maybe).

Target Field

Backstreet Boys, Nelly, Florida Georgia Line Target Field It’s like an Elvis sandwich (peanut butter, bacon, and banana). You wouldn’t expect the three ingredients to work, but put them together and you’ve got something special (maybe).

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Event

Location

Jul 30 Sun

Steve Earle and The Dukes Steve Earle has been around the block and then some during his 30-plus year career, playing country, rock, folk, and, most recently, the blues.

Minnesota Zoo

Steve Earle and The Dukes Minnesota Zoo Steve Earle has been around the block and then some during his 30-plus year career, playing country, rock, folk, and, most recently, the blues.

Los Lonely Boys | TDC Photography/Shutterstock

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Event

Location

Aug 3-5

WE Fest Dust off your cowboy boots, pack the cooler, and head northwest to one of the biggest country parties in the nation. This year, the 35th-annual WE Fest includes headliners Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and Lady Antebellum.

Soo Pass Ranch

WE Fest Soo Pass Ranch Dust off your cowboy boots, pack the cooler, and head northwest to one of the biggest country parties in the nation. This year, the 35th-annual WE Fest includes headliners Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and Lady Antebellum.

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Event

Location

Aug 8 Tue

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Four-time Grammy winner Benatar takes the stage with guitarist Giraldo, her partner in music and life, to belt out big hits like “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”

Minnesota Zoo

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Minnesota Zoo Four-time Grammy winner Benatar takes the stage with guitarist Giraldo, her partner in music and life, to belt out big hits like “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”

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Event

Location

Aug 9 Wed

Los Lonely Boys Brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza bring their “Texican Rock”-- combining rock, blues, soul, country, and Tejano -- to the zoo.

Minnesota Zoo

Los Lonely Boys Minnesota Zoo Brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza bring their “Texican Rock”-- combining rock, blues, soul, country, and Tejano -- to the zoo.

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Event

Location

Aug 12 Sat

BoDeans Known primarily as the band that produced the theme song to Party of Five, the Bodeans are known for their high-energy alt-rock performances.

Minnesota Zoo

BoDeans Minnesota Zoo Known primarily as the band that produced the theme song to Party of Five, the Bodeans are known for their high-energy alt-rock performances.

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Event

Location

Aug 19 Sat

Father John Misty Singer-songwriter Josh Tillman brings his unpredictable, over-the-top showmanship to Surly Field.

Surly Brewing

Father John Misty Surly Brewing Singer-songwriter Josh Tillman brings his unpredictable, over-the-top showmanship to Surly Field.

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Event

Location

Aug 19 Sat

Tour de Fat The Record Company headlines this early evening of Fat Tire beer, circus performers, comedy, and more.

The Cabooze Plaza

Tour de Fat The Cabooze Plaza The Record Company headlines this early evening of Fat Tire beer, circus performers, comedy, and more.

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Event

Location

Aug 24 Thu

Nickelback and Daughtry What better way to enjoy some oversized food on a stick than with the multi-platinum, Canadian rockers?

Minnesota State Fair

Nickelback and Daughtry Minnesota State Fair What better way to enjoy some oversized food on a stick than with the multi-platinum, Canadian rockers?

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Aug 25 Fri

Five for Fighting In the State of Hockey, you have to appreciate an act named after the sport’s major penalty. Head to the Zoo to catch singer-songwriter John Ondrasik play his hits “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and “100 Years” backed by a string quartet.

Minnesota Zoo

Five for Fighting Minnesota Zoo In the State of Hockey, you have to appreciate an act named after the sport’s major penalty. Head to the Zoo to catch singer-songwriter John Ondrasik play his hits “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and “100 Years” backed by a string quartet.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 26 Sat

Brad Paisley Paisley playing outdoors will feature a steady flow of alcohol at The Island. Bring your straw cowboy hat and make sure to hydrate.

Treasure Island

Brad Paisley Treasure Island Paisley playing outdoors will feature a steady flow of alcohol at The Island. Bring your straw cowboy hat and make sure to hydrate.

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Event

Location

Aug 27 Sun

Toby Keith It’s a shame Keith’s I Love This Bar in St. Louis Park shut down a couple years ago, but at least he’s back to take the stage at the State Fair with opener 3 Doors Down.

Minnesota State Fair

Toby Keith Minnesota State Fair It’s a shame Keith’s I Love This Bar in St. Louis Park shut down a couple years ago, but at least he’s back to take the stage at the State Fair with opener 3 Doors Down.

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Event

Location

Aug 29 Tue

John Mellencamp The ‘Camp coming to the Fair is a pairing so good it hurts.

Minnesota State Fair

John Mellencamp Minnesota State Fair The ‘Camp coming to the Fair is a pairing so good it hurts.

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Event

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Aug 31 Thu

Usher Yeah! Try to mimic Usher’s dance moves to burn some calories in the stands after you’ve eaten all that fried food.

Minnesota State Fair

Usher Minnesota State Fair Yeah! Try to mimic Usher’s dance moves to burn some calories in the stands after you’ve eaten all that fried food.

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Sep 4 Mon

Sam Hunt The former college quarterback closes the fair with his slew of recent country hits, like 2017’s “Body Like a Back Road.”

Minnesota State Fair

Sam Hunt Minnesota State Fair The former college quarterback closes the fair with his slew of recent country hits, like 2017’s “Body Like a Back Road.”