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. Read more about Cities 97.1 presents the 25th Basilica Block Party
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. Read more about Aquatennial Celebrations
Come to Church of the Open Door from 3pm-7pm for DJ, Food Trucks, Games, and a Charity Fair featuring over 30 local non profits.
Then from 7:30-9pm join us for a special night of worship featuring The Church of the Open Door Worship Collective, Dove award winner Joel Hanson and local band favorite Family Three.
Charity Fair Activities from 3-7pm are FREE. Worship Concert is $15 online and $20 at the door. For more info go to https://www.coveyevents.com/bright-side-charity-event Read more about The Bright Side Charity Fair
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. Read more about Twin Cities Water Lantern Festival
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. Read more about Art of the Garden
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. Read more about Pride Parade and Festival
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. Read more about Wayzata Art Experience
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! Read more about Twin Cities Jazz Festival
This fantastical production featuring songs from the 1971 film will delight both children and the adults they bring along. Treat your family to 60 minutes in Roald Dahl’s sweet candy-colored world at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Read more about Willy Wonka at the Stages Theatre Company
This musical adaptation of the popular children’s book will blow the house down at Old Log Theater. You know the story of the Three Little Pigs, but will you listen to what the Big Bad Wolf has to say for himself? Read more about The True Story of the Three Little Pigs