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Everything You Must Do in the Twin Cities This Summer

Updated On 06/21/2018 at 04:06PM EST Updated On 06/21/2018 at 04:06PM EST
msp pride parade
Twin Cities Pride
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Metro-wide
The World Cup only comes around once every four years, making it a justifiable excuse to day drink and watch a lot of TV. Unfortunately, Team USA isn’t vying for a title this time, but don’t let that stop you from scouting a spot to watch Russia host 31 other teams from around the world. We suggest The Local, Brit’s and the rest of the best bars for “footy.”
Cost: The price of a few beers
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 23-24
Loring Park
Minneapolis has one of the largest pride celebrations in the country, so don your brightest rainbow gear and head to celebrate LGBTQ love and equality with hundreds of thousands of your neighbors. Loring Park will feature booths, food vendors, and music. On Sunday, the Ashley Rukes Parade down Hennepin is the crowning glory of Pride, with both family-friendly and skin-baring floats sure to get the crowd cheering.
Cost: Free
Saturday
Jun 30
Target Field
If you’re looking for an open-air show that screams “summer!” you won’t want to miss Jimmy Buffett & the Eagles at Target Field. Parrotheads can find Margaritaville (and margaritas at Barrio) while rockers can hear the revived Eagles perform Hotel California. Tickets are a little spendy, but the last time Buffett was here was 2013, and the last Eagles' outdoor show in Minnesota was 1978, so nostalgia may be driving ticket prices.
Cost: Tickets start at $150
Saturday
Jun 30
Harriet Island Park, St. Paul
Wanderlust puts on one-day events all over the world that combine a 5K run, outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation for what they call “mindful movement.” You’re guaranteed to get your sweat on and leave feeling awesome, so get on your mat, get set, and flow.
Cost: Tickets start at $45
basilica block party
Basilica Block Party
Wednesday
Jul 4
Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront
What’s the Fourth without fireworks? Red, White & Boom celebration has the best display in town, but be sure to stake out a spot early because prime blanket space goes fast with nearly 75,000 people lining the river.
Cost: Free
Friday - Saturday
Jul 6-7
The Basilica of Saint Mary
Witness a great outdoor music fest at Basilica Block Party’s two-day show, which features Third Eye Blind, BORNS, and and CAKE this year. Proceeds go to preserve the historic Basilica, so you can feel good partying for a purpose while you sip local beer and sample wares from a bunch of great food trucks.
Cost: Tickets start at $70
Saturday
Jul 7
Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, Maple Plain
Did you love summer camp as a kid? Well, now you can enjoy it in a whole new way as an adult -- with tons of pizza. Pizza Camp, appropriately named, is an overnight pie party where you stay in rustic cabins, go canoeing and hiking, have sing-a-longs, and learn how to make your own pizza in a woodfire oven. This year, they’re partnering with Fulton Beer and Glam Doll Donuts so expect primo beer and sugary treats, too.
Cost: $199
Sunday
Jul 8
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Wear a white T-shirt you never want to use as an undershirt again and prepare to get bombarded with every hue in the rainbow as you race the Color Run. Known as the “happiest 5K on the planet,” the start line is its own party with music, dancing, and giveaways before you even get going. Post-race, pose for your most colorful Instagram photo yet.
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Sunday
Jul 15
Barbette, Uptown
Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, and we can’t think of a better place to eat cake and drink champagne than Uptown’s Barbette. There will be live bands including Jeremy Messersmith, frites and brie from the restaurant, and the MN Nice Cream food truck for dessert. A portion of the proceeds also goes to benefit Be the Match.
Cost: Free
Wednesday - Saturday
Jul 18-21
Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront
The official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis returns downtown with the Torchlight Parade & 5K and, of course, Target Fireworks. Aquatennial has changed a lot in the 79 years since it began, but one thing remains the same: it always seems to fall during the hottest week of summer, so hydrate accordingly.
Cost: Free, $30 race registration
Thursday - Sunday
Jul 19-22
US Bank Stadium
ESPN’s X Games roll into US Bank this summer with more than 200 of the world’s best skateboarding, freestyle motocross, and BMX athletes competing for major prize money. Post-competition, Kaskade, Ice Cube, Brother Ali, and Zedd perform.
Cost: Tickets start at $20
Saturday
Jul 21
Target Field
The ballpark is busy this summer hosting live music, and the combo of Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt is sure to bring fans in cowboy boots. Bryan is fresh off judging American Idol and his “What Makes You Country” Tour will stop at some of the biggest sports stadiums in the country, including ours. Hunt’s new singles should play well, too.
Cost: Tickets start at $45
Saturday
Jul 28
Midtown Greenway
The Greenway is an artery through the city for bikers, and the Glow is the trail’s largest fundraising event to keep it clean, well-maintained, and safe. The evening event consists of a free arts festival and 10 mile bike ride (registration required.) Afterward, bike ride participants receive two beers from Eastlake Brewery, two tacos from Taco Cat, and a water bottle.
Cost: Free, $49 for bike ride
food truck festival
Uptown Food Truck Festival
Friday - Sunday
Aug 3-5
Uptown
Over 350 artists and 25 food stands will stop traffic at Hennepin and Lake for this massive three-day art fair, which also includes beer gardens, live music, and family activities. Always popular is the Culinary Competition, which pits local chefs against one another to create dishes that are visually dazzling.
Cost: Free
Saturday
Aug 4
Smack Shack, North Loop
You’ve probably been to a fish boil if you were born and raised in Minnesota, but what about a crayfish (aka "crawfish," depending on your preference) boil? Smack Shack dreamed up an all-you-can-eat crayfish, burger, and brat fest, along with all-you-can-drink beer and hurricanes for a price that’s a lot better than you’d find on the coast. Don’t miss the crayfish eating contest, where onlookers cheer contestants to “suck the heads” in order to win with the least amount of meat.
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Sunday
Aug 5
Northeast (other neighborhoods as well on different dates)
Every year, a group called Our Streets Minneapolis bans traffic for a few blocks in walkable neighborhoods so residents can mingle. Last year, more than 100,000 people came to the event in eight different areas- this year’s locations include Lake & Minnehaha, West Broadway, U of M, Nicollet, Franklin, and Northeast. Past Open Streets have featured live music, dancing, food trucks, and most recently, a wrestling match.
Cost: Free
Wednesday
Aug 8
US Bank Stadium
Bey and Jay are back in town during their On the Run Tour II, and the setlist includes mashups of their individual songs as well as duets and hits from their latest album under The Carters moniker, Everything Is Love. After recently renewing their vows, it’s said the power couple is stronger than ever both on and off-stage.
Cost: Tickets start at $50
Saturday
Aug 18
Lowertown, St. Paul
If you’re fan of getting your food from various kitchens on wheels, look no further than the annual Food Truck Festival. With more than 40 vendors from ice cream to beer to Indian food, you can find it all here -- without leaving the parking lot. This year, there are also fests in Uptown and Anoka on different dates, and all of them have live music and family-friendly activities.
Cost: Calories in the form of fried food
Thursday - Monday
Aug 23-Sep 3
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
You’re not doing summer right without a trip to the great Minnesota get-together. Whether you’re going to eat the insane fried food, or listen to this year’s grandstand acts like Sugarland, The Beach Boys, or Old Dominion, there’s truly something for everyone.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 kids
Saturday
Aug 25
CHS Field, St. Paul
The 10th annual Summer Beer Dabbler returns with more than 100 craft breweries sampling over 300 beers, including hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind kegs. CHS Field will also offer live music, games for kids, and festival fireworks. Your ticket gets you unlimited samples, so come thirsty.
Cost: Tickets start at $50
Thursday
Aug 30
Brit's Pub, Minneapolis
Saying “om” under the downtown Minneapolis skyline is a great way to wrap up your summer. Brit’s plays host to YogaFit Studios, where instructors will lead a complimentary all-levels class to the beat of a live DJ on the roof. Post-savasana, the pub will provide drink and food specials. No registration needed, so just grab a mat and your best bud.
Cost: Free
Friday - Saturday
Aug 31-Sep 1
US Bank Stadium
Taylor Swift stops in the Twin Cities for two nights on her Reputation tour with openers Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. Expect mostly modern pop from the singer off last Fall’s album by the same name, along with standout costumes and sets. The show is T-Swift’s first time back in town since 2015.
Cost: Tickets start at $50