Minneapolis Northwest hosts a number of entertaining events and festivals featuring music, art and family fun that are worth planning your next trip around. Many of the festivals highlight a wide variety of cultures so you can experience and learn about new music, dance and foods from all over the world.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day
Experience Twin Cities World Refugee Day, a remarkable celebration of diversity, art, culture, family, good food, and so much more. In partnership with the City of Brooklyn Center, the event brings communities together to recognize and uplift the diverse gifts that refugees bring to Minnesota. Event-goers enjoy free live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, a community resource fair, and interactive educational displays. Sunday, June 11,12–5 p.m, Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center.
If you'd like to watch last year's event that profiled local speakers and artists/groups representing many different nationalities through music, dance, poetry and storytelling, here is a link to the video, 2022 Twin Cities World Refugee Day Virtual Event. The Twin Cities World Refugee Day is presented by CAPI USA, a local immigrant-led nonprofit that does amazing work connecting community members with food resources, housing assistance, education and other resources.
Brooklyn Park's Walk in the Park
Welcome the return of summer! Meet some neighbors. Enjoy the trails and park in the Trinity Garden neighborhood.
Saturday, June 10 from 9-11 a.m. in the Trinity Gardens Neighborhood in Brooklyn Park. This is a non-competitive, family-friendly neighborhood walk and play event.
- 1- and 2-mile marked circular route
- Join in at any point along the route and at any time between 9 and 11 a.m.
- Accessible for strollers, wagons and wheelchairs
- Walk at your own pace
- Bring your dogs, kids, neighbors and guests
- Play in the park along the way, enjoy trail trivia and face painting
- Win great drawing prizes like gift cards to local restaurants
- Visit with the Fire and Police Departments, Rec on the Go, scavenger hunt, ring and bean bag toss, selfie station, candy, water and more!
Golf Tournament at Centerbrook Golf Course
Putting contest, various shotgun start times, prizes, food and more. Friday, June 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Festival at Centennial Park
Entertainment, food, vendors, activities for all ages. Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Open to all Brooklyn Park residents, the Juneteenth Celebration will feature food, fun, and an immersive educational experience.
Special guest Dr. Joy DeGruy will headline the event. DeGruy is an internationally renowned academic, researcher, and author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.
Saturday, June 17, 1-7 p.m., North Hennepin Community College, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park
Historic Eidem Farm Events
Travel back in time at Historic Eidem Farm in Brooklyn Park. See what it was like living on a farm during the 1890s, get a tour of the grounds from costumed guides, and participate in a craft. This year the live music is back. Adult happy hour events are in the planning stages for later in the summer.
IgboFest Gala Night
IgboFest is a cultural event that showcases the rich Igbo heritage as well as other cultures. This two-day event kicks off with a Gala night. IgboFest is organized by the Umunne Cultural Association in Minnesota, and sponsored by North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis Northwest Tourism and the City of Brooklyn Park.
Friday, August 11, 5 p.m.–Midnight. Tickets are $50 and provide dinner, a talent show, a beauty contest and live performances from E’Major, Sir Warrior AJ Ajuzieogu and Obi Original and the Black Atlantics. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igbofest-2022-tickets-303227671127?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
Did you know that 1-in-5 residents of Brooklyn Park was born outside of the U.S.? Come celebrate the area's cultural roots at IgboFest. IgboFest showcases cultural activities with a full day of free family fun, drawing more than 5,000 adults and kids to the area. Activities include tasting traditional African dishes and trying your hand at African crafts, enjoying a variety of dance performances and processions, and chances to win raffle prizes.
Saturday, Aug 12, noon-6 p.m. IgboFest is a vibrant outdoor festival and free for the whole family! Sample African food, shop for jewelry, gorgeous African apparel, watch entertaining performances and dance to the music. There is ample, free parking at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park.
Entertainment in the Park
Centennial Park is Brooklyn Center's great outdoor gathering space. Located on the grounds is an amphitheater, beautiful nature vistas and a peaceful fountain. Visit the park June 13-August 15th and have a picnic while enjoying the live music. For the music entertainment calendar visit Entertainment in the Park.
- June 13 - Craig Clark Band
- June 20 - Innocent Reggae Band
- June 27 - Monroe Crossing
- July 11 - Joyann Parker
- July 18 - Power of 10
- July 25 - The Collectives
- Aug 1 - The Capri Big Band
- Aug 8 - Heatwave and Landman
- Aug 15 - Salsa Del Soul
Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. throughout the summer at Centennial Park Amphitheater.