July 12 - July 13
The Basilica of Saint Mary
Witness a great outdoor music fest at Basilica Block Party’s two-day show, which features Kasey Musgraves, Dawes, Hanson, and Jason Mraz. Proceeds go to preserve the historic building, 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 $60
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 Foxy Tann & Mark Mallman, 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.
Take in a bucket list concert at the first-ever Twin Cities Summer Jam
July 18 - July 20
Tim McGraw, Pitbull, and Aerosmith walk into a park. What sounds like the start of a bad joke is actually the inaugural Twin Cities Summer Jam. Each night of the three-day fest will combine rock, pop, and country -- and, for it being the first year, organizers scored some pretty big acts. Thursday, catch Rascal Flatts and REO Speedwagon, then Aerosmith and Buckcherry on Friday, with McGraw and Pitbull headlining Saturday. There’s already a lot of buzz about this, and the mashup lineup ensures there’s something for everyone.
Cost: Tickets start at $149
The 4th annual Beer and Bacon Classic returns to the Twin Cities this summer with an all-star lineup of barbecue joints and breweries coming to CHS Field. Festival goers can enjoy meat snacks from more than 30 local restaurants, craft beer from nearly 100 breweries, and one-of-a-kind experiences like riding a bacon see-saw and cheering on the most gluttonous guests in the bacon-eating contest. Sign us up.
Cost: Tickets start at $75
Xcel Energy Center
Alright! Everyone’s favorite ’90s boy band continues to stay relevant more than two decades later, with its 2019 album DNA debuting at number one on the charts. BSB’s tour stop in St. Paul is already selling quickly, so get your group together and snatch up some tickets if you want it that way.
Cost: Tickets start at $84