FrOm FAirS And FeStivAlS tO cOncertS And FAmily Friendly
eventS, there’S SOmething FOr everyOne.
grAnd old dAy June 7
powderhorn Art fAir
loring pArk Art fAir
Kick off summer at the largest
August 1 & 2
August 8 & 9
one-day festival in the Midwest,
White tents filled with the work
Set in the idyllic Loring Park, this
with fair foods, craft beer sam-
of regional and national artists
juried festival features more than
pling, parades, live music, inter-
dot Powderhorn Park’s 66 acres.
140 visual artists displaying their
active games and activities for all
Artists present work in varying
works in a variety of media, rang-
spread across Saint Paul’s pictur-
disciplines, with awards given to
ing from ceramics and printmak-
esque Grand Avenue.
main exhibitors and community
ing to sculpture and painting.
There are also strolling musicians,
twin Cities JAzz
stage performances, activities for
festivAl June 25-27
Dubbed “the best days of summer,”
irish fAir of
kids and food and drink vendors.
This festival takes place in down-
the festival, now in its 76th year,
MinnesotA August 7-9
town Saint Paul’s Mears Park and
celebrates Minneapolis with a
You’ll think it’s St. Patrick’s Day
features world-class musicians
myriad of events that take place
with all of this Irish pride. This
celebrating the past, present
throughout the city. Flagship
is the largest celebration of the
August 22-October 4
and future of jazz. Best yet, the
ones include the Star Tribune
culture in the nation, attracting
Dukes, knights, serfs and the like
festival is free. Just bring a lawn
Beach Bash, featuring milk car-
some 100,000 attendees. Hear
will enjoy the festivities here; it is,
chair and enjoy the music.
ton boat races; the CenterPoint
live music, try Gaelic sports,
after all, the largest renaissance
Energy Torchlight Parade, which
shop a Celtic marketplace, see
festival in the country. Some
illuminates downtown with
Irish dancers and more.
300,000 visitors flock here each
bands and floats; and the Target
year, attending in their best 16th
twin Cities polish
century getups for medieval fun.
festivAl August 7-9
Learn about “all things Polish,”
July 30-August 9
including the huge part the culture
Featuring nearly 170 shows,
has in Minnesota’s history. With
none of which are more than an
Poland holding a reputation as one
twin Cities pride
hour long, and presentations from
of the world’s most hospitable cul-
festivAl June 27 & 28
diverse artists—actors, directors,
tures, attendees of all backgrounds
This annual festival and parade
playwrights, dancers, designers
will enjoy this celebration, which
celebrates the area’s LGBT com-
and more—Minnesota Fringe is
includes folk dancing and other
munity with art shows, live music,
meant to connect adventurous art-
entertainment, food, beer and
a beer dabbler and garden, hun-
ists with adventurous audiences.
cultural and educational displays.
dreds of exhibitors and more filling
Loring Park with colorful fun.
MinnesotA stAte fAir
uptown Art fAir
August 27-September 7
BAsiliCA BloCk pArty
The “Great Minnesota Get-
July 10 & 11
This is not only the largest of
Together” is just that: great.
Now in its 21st year, this two-
the summer art festivals, but it’s
Our annual end-of-the-summer
night music bash began as a way
second in statewide attendance
celebration draws an attendance
to raise funds for the structural
with nearly 400,000 attendees.
of nearly 1.8 million, making it
restoration of the Basilica of
Of course the artwork takes
one of the region’s most popular
Saint Mary. Today, big name
center stage, with hundreds of
tourist destinations. Join us for
artists come to play across
artists from around the world
entertainment, music, animals,
three outdoor stages, with the
presenting in a variety of medi-
agriculture, rides, games and
stunning Beaux Arts basilica
ums. Plus, there’s other enter-
more food-on-a-stick than you
serving as a backdrop.
tainment, food, drinks and more.
could ever eat.
pride Brooke ross PhotograPhy; AquAtenniAl richard Westley Wong; loring pArk sher stoneman; uptown PhotoPixels.com; stAte fAir courtesy of the minnesota state fair
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