Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

Top 10 Events and Festivals in Minneapolis Northwest

Each year, Minneapolis Northwest hosts a number of entertaining events and festivals featuring music, art and family fun that are worth planning your next trip around. See what’s coming this year!


Town Green Sounds of Summer: Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, June-September

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to get out and enjoy music on warm summer nights. Grab your lawn chairs and a cooler full of snacks for the always popular Town Green Sounds of Summer concert series in Maple Grove. These live, outdoor music concerts are scheduled at the Town Green bandshell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Past performances include the Chris Hawkey Band, Plymouth Concert Band, the Rockin’ Hollywoods, Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble, and children’s concerts with the Splatter Sisters, Teddy Bear Band and more.

Fun fact: Town Green is also the venue for Movies by Moonlight, which are free to the public and take place on Fridays at sunset during the summer.

Location: Town Green, Maple Grove

Dragonfly Festival: Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Here’s another perfect all-ages opportunity to get into nature and learn about one of the most beautiful and fascinating insects. At the Dragonfly Festival, safely catch and release adult and nymph dragonflies and learn about their lifecycle. Seize the chance for a great photo opp when you take a photo with a giant drangonfly on a green screen! Also learn about the Minnesota Dragonfly Society. Drop into this event any time between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Eastman Nature Center.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, Dayton

Woof-a-Pawlooza: Saturday, August 3

Bring the furry four-legged member of your family to Woof-a-Pawlooza this August! This one-day event provides an opportunity to show off your pup and meet other dog-lovers, as well as support Good Karma Animal Rescue of Minnesota, a no-kill rescue organization that provides the highest quality of physical and emotional care to the dogs it rescues. Enjoy live music, raffles and merchandise for sale as you mingle with other dogs and owners. You can also enter your pet in the talent competition! And there will be an adoption section if you or someone you know is hoping to add a member to their family.

Did you know? recently named Minneapolis on their 20 Most Dog-Friendly Cities of 2019!

Location: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove

Maple Grove Triathlon: Saturday, August 24
Triathlon Kids Event: Friday, August 23

The Maple Grove Triathlon welcomes elite and enthusiastic triathletes, amateurs and everyone in between. Triathletes and spectators can expect the best from the Maple Grove Tri, with a course that spans Maple Grove’s charming landscape to the countryside of Plymouth and Corcoran. The race starts with a swim in Weaver Lake; next, racers bike the roads of surrounding scenic towns, which lead up to the finishing run around Weaver Lake. There are awards for male and female age groups and everyone gets to enjoy a post-race party. Participants receive an event t-shirt, locally-themed food, and a custom finisher medal.

Location: Race starts at 8401 Dunkirk Ln N, Maple Grove

Concert on The Lawn: Saturday, September 14, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Featuring four bands on one outdoor stage, Concert on The Lawn is the Northwest Metro’s newest live music event! Taking place on Central Park's Great Lawn, the setting will also feature multiple food trucks and cold beverages, giving everyone the perfect opportunity to celebrate Minnesota’s beautiful late summertime. Tickets are on sale now for this star-studded event. The spotlights will fall down on a lineup of favorite acts: Gear Daddies, New Power Generation, The 4onthefloor and Twin Cities' rocker Kat Perkins. Early-bird GA tickets are on sale now for just $20 (through June 14). 

Location: Maple Grove

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze: Open weekends, late September-October

What better way to celebrate harvest time in Minnesota than sleuthing your way out of the state’s largest corn maze on a beautiful fall afternoon? Visit Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze in Brooklyn Park for a true autumn experience. This festival includes a giant corn maze, a straw bale maze, petting zoo, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slide and a corn pit where kids can dive into a pool of kernels of corn. Fair foods and drinks will be available, such as mini donuts, cider and hot chocolate, and live music will be played throughout the grounds.

Location: Brooklyn Park

For some rainy day activities, check out our list of top museums to explore and our top picks for indoor fun. Take a look at more of the best events in Minneapolis Northwest every year here, and sign up for our monthly events newsletter to get the latest news about scheduled events directly to your inbox.  

As summer rolls along, so do our fun events. If you missed any of the ones below, no need to worry. These are annual events, so you can mark your calendar for next year!

Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes: June, 2020 (exact dates TBD)

Ignite your imagination and creativity by attending Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, a free, two-day street festival in Maple Grove - the largest chalk festival in the Midwest! It's the epitome of the start of summer as children and families witness the creation of giant chalk art pieces drawn right on Main Street in Arbor Lakes. Some are even 3D! There's also food, music and entertainment, and chalking areas reserved for kids and budding artists. Come both days to see how the magic unfolds and get some amazing photo opps with your friends and family.

Location: Main Street at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove

Tater Daze: Thursday-Saturday, June 11-13, 2020

Brooklyn Park’s annual Tater Daze celebration is packed with fun for everyone. At Tater Daze, locals and visitors gather to celebrate Brooklyn Park’s proud heritage. The three-day event has exciting activities scheduled such as fireworks, a 5K Spud Run, a parade, pancake breakfast, baseball and softball tournaments, live music and local vendors – plus lots to eat and drink! Fun fact: The name "Tater Daze" honors the area's early settlers who discovered that potatoes flourished in the flat, sandy soil of Brooklyn Park. The area then went on to become one of the nation's top potato producers.

Location: Brooklyn Park Community Activities Center and Noble Sports Park, Brooklyn Park

Earle Brown Days: June, 2020 (exact dates TBD)

Be sure to check out Brooklyn Center’s Earle Brown Days the weekend following Tater Daze for more community activities and entertainment. Throughout the course of three days, locals and visitors enjoy family games, arts and crafts, live music, food trucks, face painting, a parade and community market. Earle Brown Days also has a 5K and 1K Fun Run at Palmer Lake.

Fun fact: The Earle Brown Farm, which sits in the heart of Brooklyn Center, was used for pilot training during World War I, and was the first airfield in Minnesota. It later became the training ground for Minnesota Highway Patrol, founded by Earle Brown.

Location: Centennial Park, Centerbrook Golf Course, West Palmer Lake Park, Brooklyn Center

Firefly Festival: June, 2020 (exact date TBD)

If you’ve ever been mesmerized by fireflies, you won’t want to miss the Firefly Festival at Eastman Nature Center, located within Elm Creek Park Reserve. Safely catch and release fireflies and learn how you can make your yard firefly-friendly all summer long. Kids care invited to craft and participate at different leaning stations. Later on, adults are invited to experience some evening magic during the Firefly Prairie Hike for Adults!

Did you know? Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away.

Location: Eastman Nature Center, Dayton

Maple Grove Days: July, 2020 (exact date TBD)

This year marked the 31st celebration of Maple Grove Days, featuring summery, family friendly activities taking place throughout the city. This year’s events included Capture the Flag, a street dance, inflatables, a petting zoo, silent auction, parade, fireworks and so much more. Next year, get a team together and join one of the many tournaments like basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, bean bag toss or the junior golf tournament.

Location: Maple Grove Community Center, Town Green, Central Park, and other locations around the city

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