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Minneapolis Northwest Summer Music & Movies Schedule

Live music and fun movies are best experienced outside on warm summer nights, and Minneapolis Northwest is proud to host a variety of outdoor music and entertainment events throughout June, July and August. Check out the schedules below and make plans to enjoy the sunset and stars peeking out as you groove to live music or watch your favorite film.

Town Green Sounds of Summer

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy outdoor music. Head to the always popular Town Green Sounds of Summer concert series at the Town Green Bandshell in Maple Grove.

Usher in the Week – Mondays at 7 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of music genres including jazz, bluegrass, rock, country and 80’s pop, and you won’t want to miss Minneapolis-based artist Kat Perkins as she makes her debut at Sounds of Summer. The nationally recognized singer/songwriter and finalist of NBC's The Voice performs on July 30.

Find the Joy – Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Kick back with more great bands and styles of music like a capella, swing, and performances by the Maple Grove Marching Crimson and St. Louis Park Community Bands. Get excited for Hornucopia, which specializes in horn-driven rock covers, and a performance by the Cromulent Shakespeare Company. 

Celebrate Family – Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Give your kids a musical treat on Thursday mornings with great children's groups like Kidsdance, Heebie Jeebies, Wendy’s Wiggle Jiggle and Jam, and everyone’s favorite – Teddy Bear Band. Kids are encouraged to move and dance down by the front of the stage!

Movies at Sunset – Fridays at dusk
Sing along to La La Land, root for Wonder Woman, and laugh through The Lego Batman Movie when you head to Movies at Sunset. On August 17, grab extra snacks for a special double feature of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, beginning with the 2017 live-action movie starring Emma Watson, followed by the 1991 classic animated film.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays | June 14 through August 31

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7991 Main Street North, Maple Grove

Sounds at Sunsets

Rush Creek Golf Club‘s gorgeous stone patio is one of the best in the Twin Cities. With fire pits and hanging lights, this outdoor paradise overlooks the rugged terrain of the course as the sun sets behind the hills. Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer you can enjoy this spectacular ambiance with live music during Sounds at Sunsets. Order craft cocktails and nibble on appetizers from Highlander Restaurant as you relax on the elegant terrace and listen to performances by local musicians.

Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. │ May 30 through September 5

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7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove

Summer Faire

Head out for a stroll at Arbor Park in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes to hear live music during Summer Faire, an annual music tradition for families and couples. Listen to modern rock and country by local performers like Tim Mahoney, and tribute bands covering classic hits by The Beatles and the Bee Gees. And kids can have fun with free face-painting while you take advantage of special deals in the nearby stores.

Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. │ July 5 through August 16

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12459 Elm Creek Boulevard North

Entertainment in the Park

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for Brooklyn Center's Entertainment in the Park, held at Centennial Civic & Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in the heart of the city. Clap along with local groups like The Castaways or cuddle with your kids under a blanket to watch Paddington 2. Also check out entertainment from Taiko Arts Midwest as they produce spectacular taiko performances – heart-pounding drumming with infused movement. Picnics and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome and movies begin Fridays at dusk.

Tuesdays | June 12 through August 15

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6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

Music & Movies in the Park

Osseo’s Music & Movies in the Park series offers musical entertainment and family friendly movies at Boerboom Park. If you’re visiting on Tuesday evenings in June, July or August, join us for all-ages concerts, performances and movie screenings (movies are planned for every second and fourth Tuesday). Have fun with a visit from the Wildlife Science Center or Snake Discovery before watching Jumanji or Peter Rabbit, and purchase treats from local nonprofit organizations. Make a day of it and come early for the Osseo Farmer’s Market, open 3-7 p.m., July 10 through September.

Tuesdays, music at 7 p.m., movies at dusk | June 12 through August 28

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Central Avenue & 4th Street, Osseo

Live Music and Entertainment at Maple Grove Days

Maple Grove Days is one of Minneapolis Northwest’s largest festivals. With more than 40 events during the five-day festival, you and your family and friends are sure to find entertainment you’ll love. Don’t miss: Maple Grove Days Parade, the Duct Tape Fashion Show, Bed Races, Car Show, Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Saturday night fireworks, an abundance of activities and games for kids, and so much more. The festival is packed with live music like A Billy Joel State of Mind tribute and children’s band Tricia & the Toonies.

Wednesday through Sunday | July 11 through 15

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7991 Main Street North, Maple Grove

Live Music at The Lookout Bar & Grill

The Lookout Bar & Grill is a locally owned hidden gem that plays host to live music year-round, and in the summer months you can listen outside on the gigantic patio on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s never a cover charge and always fun to be had when hanging out in the Lookout’s tropical atmosphere – we’re talking palm trees! Friday specials include broasted chicken and a $12 fish fry, and on Saturday you can take advantage of the steak special from 5-9 p.m. before the music starts. The Lookout also hosts volleyball leagues with daily games for added entertainment.

Live music | Fridays and Saturdays (and sometimes Thursday), 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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8672 Pineview Lane North, Maple Grove

Live Music at Claddagh Irish Pub

For a taste and sound of the Irish, you can’t beat the authenticity of Claddagh Irish Pub, which features live music on Saturday nights and select Thursday nights. Often times you’ll be serenaded by Too Broke Blokes – an Irish and bluegrass inspired rock band – and local acoustic favorite, Bobby Burns, who performs covers and originals from a variety of genres, perfect for rambunctious crowds or a laid-back evening. Bonus tip: See if you can spot the fairy gardens on the Claddagh’s patio.

Thursdays 6-9 p.m., Saturdays 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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7890 Main Street North, Maple Grove

Live Music at Maple Tavern

Broken Road Collective performs at Maple Tavern every other Sunday from 5-8 p.m. This acoustic and electric duo brings lots of great new tunes that don’t follow the beaten path. Expect to toe-tap, dosie-doe and head-bang. They also provide laughs via unique weather reports and lots of jokes. Maple Tavern’s large patio can accommodate groups of all sizes, so bring your friends and make an afternoon of it. Try the tavern’s renowned Bloody Mary or its exciting Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita.

Every other Sunday, 3-5 p.m.

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819375 Deerwood Lane North, Maple Grove


For great ideas on how to spend long summer days and nights, head to our Summer Solstice blog. Also read our top picks for Minneapolis Northwest’s best patios, along with the best breweries and art galleries. For family friendly fun, check out our favorite things to do with kids this summer.

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