2023 Summer What To Do

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Summers in Minnesota are all-too short, these warm and golden days that are to be savored and treasured after a long, cold winter. Residents here know not to squander them, we know to fill them with as much fun and activity as we can, and local communities are more than happy to help out by providing a multitude of festivals, fairs, and celebrations to fill these long, sun-soaked days.


Edina Art Fair
June 2 – 4 • 50th and France, Edina, MN

With approximately 250,000 – 300,000 visitors to this three-day festival, this top ranked art fair is not one to be missed!

Minnesota United FC Pride Night
June 3 • 7:30 PM • Alliance Field, St. Paul, MN

Show your Pride as the Loons take to the field against Toronto FC and show their support for the incredible diversity among their LGBTQ fans.

Grand Old Day
June 4 • Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

It’s back and better than ever! St. Paul’s kick-off to summer makes its return.

Saint Paul Saints Pride Night
June 8 • 7:07 PM • CHS Field, St. Paul

Dress in your rainbow best and come out to see the Saints take on Iowa!

Judy Garland Festival 2023
June 8 – 11 • Grand Rapids, MN

Grab your ruby slippers and travel the yellow brick road to Dorothy’s hometown…not Kansas, but the hometown of Judy Garland!

Excelsior Art On The Lake
June 10 – 11 • Water Street, Excelsior, MN

Enjoy perusing over 140 artists displaying original works alongside live music and a variety of food offerings.

Minnesota Twins Pride Night
June 16 • 7:10 PM • Twins vs. Detroit • Target Field, Minneapolis

Dress in your rainbow gear and cheer on the Twins as they celebrate the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community so prevalent in Twins Territory.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
June 17 – 18 • West River Parkway, Minneapolis

Join more than 200 artists and culinary artists for this festival along the river in our 28th year.

Minnesota Lynx Pride Night
June 22 • 7:00 PM • Target Center, Minneapolis

Come out and celebrate Pride Night as the Lynx take on the Connecticut Sun.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival
June 23 – 24 • Mears Park, 221 5th St. E., St. Paul

Join us to help us celebrate our 25th year!

Wayzata Art Experience
June 24 – 25 • Downtown Wayzata, MN

The jewel of Lake Minnetonka welcomes art lovers from across the Twin Cities to enjoy a celebration of art, music, food, and fun for all ages.


Minnehaha Falls Art Fair
July 14 – 16 • Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis, MN

Join us for a Zero Waste Event! Every booth will have at least some items under $30. Parking is very limited, so biking and public transportation are recommended.

Lakefront Music Fest 2023
July 14 – 15 • Lakefront Park, Prior Lake, MN

Rock music? We’ve got it. Country music? We’ve got that, too! Lynyrd Skynyrd, Darius Rucker, REO Speedwagon and more!

Stillwater Lumberjack Days
July 14 – 16 • Lowell Park, Riverfront, Stillwater, MN

Don your plaid and join us for the 86th Annual Stillwater Lumberjack Days filled with live music, a parade, a medallion hunt, vendors, contests ad Lumberjack competitions!

Loring Park Art Festival
July 29 – 30 • Loring Park, Minneapolis

A Twin Cities staple since 2000, this event features 140 visual artists showcasing and selling their work, strolling musicians, stage performances, children’s activities and numerous culinary options for everyone.

July 19 – 22 • Minneapolis, MN

A parade, fireworks, fun for all ages – this is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis!

North Star Regional Rodeo
July 29 – 30 • Gates open at 11 AM • Deadbroke Arena, Hugo, MN

Come out and enjoy competition between some of the best LGBTQ rodeo riders and competitors in the Midwest.

Minnesota Pottery Festival
July 29 – 30 • Masonic West River Park, Hutchinson, MN

Featuring 35 potters from all over the nation, you can browse racks of original, unique gifts from the weird to the wonderful. Demonstrations, free kids’ activities, food and beverage trucks and more.


Uptown Art Fair
August 4 – 6 • Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Uptown, Minneapolis

Produced by the Uptown Association, this juried fine arts festival has a reputation for being one of the most exceptional art fairs in the country.

Powderhorn Art Fair
August 5 – 6 • Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Come on out for the 32nd annual fine art and fine crafts event featuring over 150 artists, immersive art installations, food vendors and more!

Minnesota Fringe Festival
August 3 – 13th • Various venues

There’s something for everyone at the Fringe!

Bayfront Blues Festival 2023
August 11 – 13 • Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth, MN

One of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest hosts nearly 20,000 fans to more than 30 different acts on two stages.

LGBTQ+ Boundary Waters Trip
August 23 – 27 • $795 per person, with possible financial assistance based on need • Maximum of 8 in group •  Ely, MN

Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service is a gay-owned business that supports diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces, so this is a great opportunity to make new friends and meet interesting people in a beautiful locale! www.elyoutfittingcompany.com/lgbtq-boundary-waters-trip/

Minnesota State Fair
August 24 – September 4 • Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Pronto Pups, cheese curds, deep-fried everything on a stick, music, animals and hanging out with thousands of people? It can only be The Great Minnesota Get-Together!

NAGAAA Softball World Series
August 28 – September 2 • Various sites in the Metro Area

“Light Up the North” as one of the largest annual gay sporting events in the world returns to Minnesota! Over 200 teams from 45 cities across the US and Canada will take part in nearly 900 games at softball complexes in the metro area. Don’t miss out!

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