Where can you enjoy a sambusa while watching a Sudanese dance troupe, watch street artists create larger than life 3-D masterpieces with chalk, and sip local brews on an immaculate golf course this summer? The answer is Minneapolis Northwest - the area representing Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. With several unique, family-friendly events in 2020, Minneapolis Northwest is your destination for culture, creativity and fun this summer. We hope you’ll consider including the below Minneapolis Northwest events in your summer event roundups – along with all the other fun things visitors can do while they’re here.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day – Brooklyn Center, June 13, 2020
This celebration of culture and life brings Minnesotans together to recognize and uplift the diverse gifts that refugees bring to our state. Event-goers will enjoy free live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, a community resource fair and ​interactive educational displays.

Chalkfest – Maple Grove, June 13-14, 2020
A free, two-day street art festival takes over Main Street with mind-boggling 3-D sidewalk chalk art created by professionals, amateurs and art enthusiasts from across the world. Watch firsthand as the chalk art comes to life and become a judge for the event’s ultimate prize: the 2020 People’s Choice Award. Public chalking areas will also be provided for families and budding artists, so bring your creativity along!

​Earle Brown Days Festival – Brooklyn Center, June 25-27, 2020
The 38th annual Earle Brown Days will kick off with an enormous 70-plus unit parade on Thursday. Friday, event-goers can tee off at the Golf Festival at Centerbrook Golf Course followed by the Red, White and Brew celebration in the evening, which features food, wine, craft beer and dueling pianos overlooking the beautifully manicured golf course. Saturday starts with the Run, Jump or Fly 5K, followed by a family festival in Centennial Park with non-stop entertainment, food trucks, activities for the kids and a community market. The festival culminates with a spectacular fireworks show.


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