Get ready to benefit the preservation of our historic Basilica by rocking its socks right off. The positive and poppy Jason Mraz, Scottish electro-pop stars CHVRCHES and Semisonic of “Closing Time” fame promise an eclectic but fully danceable weekend.
Arts & Performance
Kick off the week of celebrations with Minnesota’s largest nighttime parade along Hennepin Avenue, marvel at the Twin Cities River Rats as they perform entertaining tricks on the water, up your fitness game and partake in the Torchlight 5k or sit back and watch in awe at one of the top five annual firework displays in the nation on Saturday evening. With a wide range of events, there is something fit for all shapes and sizes.
2:00 pm - Jake Nelson Music
4:30 pm - WBL Drumline
5:30 pm - Pandora's Other Box
8:00 pm - Fireworks & National Anthem
- Community Performances
- Car Show
Food trucks, bouncy houses, family-friendly activities, and a silent auction – what more could you ask for on a Sunday in early fall? Come out to Southwest Park in Mahtomedi for the Family Fun Festival to support Aaron’s Playground, a memorial playground to be built in the park early next year. Entrance is free!
One Voice Mixed Chorus presents Resistance and Resilience on June 29 and 30 at the Ordway Concert Hall. Through song and spoken word the concert portrays the strength of spirit and toughness that has been so fundamental to the struggle for human rights in the LGBTQ+ and African American communities.
Light up the night at this peaceful, yet memorable outdoor event. Design your lantern and set it free on the still water, delve into delicious food from a range of local food trucks, jam to music and more.
The natural world has always inspired art. The Minnetonka Center for the Arts will exhibit works for the garden or inspired by gardens, from sculpture to paintings. Purchase a new garden piece or be inspired by these homages to nature.
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the heart of Loring Park with nearly 400 exhibitor booths, 40 delectable food vendors and four stages equipped with a live music and a variety of performances.
On the north shore of Lake Minnetonka, see not only over 100 art vendors but also enjoy food trucks, beer and wine and sailboat rides as part of the Lake Minnetonka Summer Splash event.
Catch dozens of performances in Mears Park and surrounding downtown venues. Headlining this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival are saxophonist James Carter, Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon, modern Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco and many others. Attend youth performances, clinics and masterclasses—all for free!