For 19 years, the Loring Park Art Festival has combined the beauty of creative expression and community to develop an engaging event for all. Featuring a Lakes & Legends Beer Garden, a variety of tasty foods and 140 visual artists, there is something for every eye and taste bud to enjoy.
Arts & Performance
Two cute kids, a criminal grandma and one stay-at-home dad is a recipe for both disaster and the humanity of parenting in Stinkers. Writing and directing are Josh Tobiessen and Sarah Rasmussen, the duo behind 2017’s small-town comedy Lone Star Spirits.
Larger-than life greats of rock, pop and country will shake Shakopee’s Canterbury Park for a crazy three-day weekend of summer jams. Lineup includes Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, REO Speedwagon and Soul Asylum. Go for a day or sing to the tunes all weekend.
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.
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.
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!