Summer is officially here! We know how special summertime is in Minnesota and the midwest. Every year after being bundled up during the harsh winters, it feels great to let loose and spend your days out on the lake, soaking up some sun on a hike, or checking out many of the great summer events taking place.
Basilica Block Party // July 12+13, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN
Hosted in the heart of downtown Minneapolis on the grounds of America’s first Basilica– The Basilica of Saint Mary, attendees flock from surrounding areas to enjoy Billboard 100 headliners, indie bands, and various vendors. The festival proceeds go towards restoring and preserving the century old architectural gem of the Minneapolis skyline.
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow-Wow // August 9-11, 2019 – Grand Portage, MN
If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience this summer look no further north than the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days! The rich history and culture of Grand Portage comes alive with historical re-enactments of the Great Lakes fur trade and Native American events. You can also discover historic crafts like blacksmithing, taste authentic Native American cuisine, and the headline event– the Lake Superior Chippewa Ojibwe tribe Pow Wow.
Festival of Sail // August 11-13, 2019 – Duluth, MN
All Aboard! Looking for a bit of unique lake fun? Set sail on the magnificent tall ships harboring in Duluth, MN for the Festival of Sail! The whole family can get in on the excitement to board, tour, and sail the waters of Lake Superior, as well as enjoy live music, fun eats, and catch sight of the world’s largest rubber ducky.
Offer A Helping Hand
Meals on Wheel Food Truck Rally // July 13, 2019 – Able Seedhouse & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
Even though summer can get crazy hectic juggling activities, we can set some time aside to help out those in need. The Meals on Wheels Food Truck Rally is a great event to both have fun trying delicious Twin Cities food & beverages as well as giving back to the community. The event is free for the public to attend and offers volunteer opportunities for those interested. $5 wristband proceeds go towards Meals on Wheels. Visit the event website to learn more.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Unique Markets Summer Pop-Up // August 11, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN
Discover an eclectic shopping experience at The Machine Shop in Minneapolis. The Unique Markets Pop-Up shops feature independent designers, artists, & emerging brands that sell high-quality, well-designed products in a range of categories including jewelry, clothing, home décor, art, apothecary, mens goods, stationery, kids items, pottery, food & more!
Sidewalk Days // July 10-12 Duluth, MN
Check out Downtown Duluth’s biggest summer shopping festival. Enjoy sunshine and shopping on Superior Street as well as dozens of food vendors, and fun activities for the whole family!
Unwind & Unplug
Take a Break in Taylor Falls, MN & The Saint Croix River Valley
Scenically situated on the beautiful banks of the Saint Croix River, Taylor Falls offers everything you could want to relax on a summer day. Hike the rocky bluffs along the river, find pristine pockets of wilderness and waterfalls, take a boat tour on the river, check out signature wineries famous for their French style wines, and more!
Be One with Nature in the BWCA
Our best recommendation to soak up summer in Minnesota – go to the lake! And no place better to do that than our incredible pristine Boundary Waters. This span of over a million acres provides some of the best canoeing, camping, wildlife sightseeing adventures to be had by family and friends of all ages. If you’re gunning for a true outdoor experience, the BWCA has it all.