Around the Twin Cities: Events you Can’t Miss in June

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Twin Cities! If you’re looking for something to do in the month of June, here are a few events we recommend you check out.

St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

June 2, 2018
Intersection of Como and Carter Avenues in St. Paul
10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Free
Event Website

The 49th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a free one day celebration of fine arts and community, featuring over 70 juried artists, delicious food, live music, a used book sale, a plant sale, art activities for children and adults, and other fun activities for all. The festival is a benefit for St. Anthony Park’s beautiful Carnegie branch of the St. Paul Public Library and supports the branch’s programming for all ages.

WaterFest

June 2, 2018
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phalen Regional Park
Free
Event Website

This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Start the day with a Water Parade or a Voyageur canoe ride, paddle a canoe, kayak or paddle boat, learn to fish, or participate in a fishing contest.

The fun continues with live music and dance, water games, a climbing wall, a jump castle, native plant giveaway, Passport Odyssey with great prizes, live animals, food vendors and more!

Grand Old Day

June 3, 2018
Grand Ave, St Paul
Free
Event Website

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul’s first act of summer and the place to be on the first Sunday of June. There is plenty for the entire family to do at the largest one day festival in the upper Midwest. With over 150 food vendors, family fun area, art district, and six festival gardens; this is a day you will not want to miss. Kick off the summer season with Grand Old Day!

St. Paul Summer Beer Fest

June 7, 2018
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Address: 1265 N. Snelling Ave St. Paul, MN 55108
Tickets: $10-$60
Event Website

St. Paul’s favorite beer festival dedicated to craft beers! St. Paul Summer Beer Fest will take place Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the MN State Fairgrounds – International Bazaar in beautiful St. Paul.

This outdoor craft beer festival will feature sampling from over 100 breweries in a commemorative tasting glass, live music, tasty food, educational seminars, a silent auction benefiting the YMCA of St. Paul, and the fun atmosphere of MN State Fairgrounds.

Music in Mears

June 7 – August 30, 2018
Every Thursday
All shows run 6-10pm
Mears Park
Free
Event Website

Music in Mears was founded in 2004 by Brian Horst (Details Style Lab) and Kyle Johnson (Top Tier Athletes). The series that started with just 4 shows in September grew to 12 weeks in 2006 and continues to add to the excitement of living, working or playing in Downtown St. Paul!

Open Streets Lyndale

June 10, 2018
11:15 AM
Lyndale Ave S from 22nd St W and 54th St W – Minneapolis, MN
Free
Event Website

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing. More than a street festival, Open Streets Minneapolis gives residents and visitors an opportunity to explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment.

Tangletown and Minnehaha Creek Walking Tour

June 14, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Washburn Library
Tickets: $10
Event Website

Explore the winding streets, impressive homes, and creek environment of the neighborhood originally known as Washburn Park. Learn about landmark sites such as the Washburn Water Tower, the Harry Wild Jones House, Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum (where Justice Alan Page Middle School now stands) and the Minnehaha Creek, parkway, bridges, woods and trails.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

June 15 – June 17, 2018
Free
Event Website

There is truly something for everyone at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque views in all of Minneapolis, over 250 artists gather to display their wares, alongside four performance stages featuring live music from many different genres, a car show, delectable food and beverages – perfect for Father’s Day Weekend.

Rock the Garden

June 16, 2018
Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center
Tickets: $74 General Admission
Event Website

Taking place in the Sculpture Garden at Walk the Garden, this popular summertime festival features some of the biggest names in indie music. 2018’s lineup includes acts such as Father John Misty, Feist, Kamasi Washington and Chastity Brown.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

June 21 – June 23, 2018
Mears Park
Free
Event Website

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a free family-friendly event attracting over 40,000 people to the vibrant, joyful sounds of jazz. Festival events are held in and around beautiful Mears Park in the heart of downtown Saint Paul’s historic Lowertown neighborhood.

Pinners’ Conference & Expo

June 22 – June 23, 2018
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center
Tickets: $8-$49
Event Website

For the first time, the Pinners Conference & Expo, where Pinterest comes to life, is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center. With more than 100 creative workshops and classes as well as 250 exhibitors, the conference invites fans to learn, create and connect with other pinners.

Workshops are presented by popular bloggers and skilled experts, and cover a gamut of categories, including: Beauty & Fashion, Crafts, DIY, Food Arts, Health and Fitness, Home Décor, Lifestyle, Photography and Quilting and Sewing.

Twin Cities Pride

June 24 – June 25, 2018
2021 E Hennepin Ave #402, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Free
Event Website

Show your support for our thriving LGBTQ community at the Twin Cities Pride festival. The celebration features a pride parade which draws crowds of nearly 400,000 people. In addition to the parade, festivities include a festival, Rainbow Run 5K, family picnic, beer dabbler and more at Loring Park in downtown St. Paul.

*image from Stone Arch Festival 

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