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!

 

1. Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival

Select weekends, April - May, 2020
Highway 169 & 109th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN

Kids love to meet fur babies, and there’s no better place than the Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival to introduce them to bunnies, chicks, lambs, goats, horses and calves. During select weekends in April and May, bring your kids to meet (and hold!) these adorable farm animals, go on pony rides and enjoy delicious food. The baby animals are inside, so there's no need to worry about April showers stopping you. The festival also features a corn seed pit, strawbale maze, hayrides and a play area. Check the schedule for goat races and the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the gate, and children 23 months and younger get in for free.


2. Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

Sautrday & Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2020 
Main Street Arbor Lakes
Maple Grove, MN

Ignite your imagination and creativity by attending Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, a free, two-day street art festival in Maple Grove. Actually, it's the largest chalk festival in the Midwest and this year marks the 5th anniversary! 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, 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.


3. Twin Cities World Refugee Day

Saturday, June 13, 2020 | 12 - 7 p.m.
Centennial Park
Brooklyn Center, MN

Experience Twin Cities World Refugee Day, a remarkable celebration of culture and life brings communities together to recognize and uplift the diverse gifts that refugees bring to Minnesota. Event-goers enjoy free live entertainment, food from around the world, children’s activities, a global bazaar, and ​​interactive educational displays. ​A cultural stage will profile cultural artists and groups representing a variety of nationalities through dance, music, spoken word and other unique performances. Bring your appetite because the festival highlights local food trucks that serve culturally diverse food options. 


4. Town Green Sounds of Summer 

Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, June - September, 2020
Town Green Bandshell, Maple Grove, MN

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.

 
5. Earle Brown Days

Thursday - Saturday, June 25 - 27, 2020
Centennial Park, Centerbrook Golf Course, and West Palmer Lake Park
Brookyn Center, MN

Be sure to check out Brooklyn Center’s Earle Brown Days 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.


6. Maple Grove Days

Thursday - Sunday, July 8 - 12, 2020 
Maple Grove Community Center, Town Green, Central Park, and other locations
Maple Grove, MN

During the height of summer, celebrate Maple Grove Days, featuring summery, family friendly activities throughout the city over the course of five days. The celebration also runs in conjuction with the Arbor Lakes Arts Fair. This year’s events included Capture the Flag, a street dance, inflatables, a petting zoo, silent auction, parade, fireworks and so much more. Get a team together and join one of the many tournaments like basketball, volleyball, pickleball, bean bag toss or the junior golf tournament.


7. Woof-a-Pawlooza

Saturday, August 1, 2020
The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove, MN


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? Rover.com recently named Minneapolis on their 20 Most Dog-Friendly Cities of 2019!


8. IgboFest

Saturday, August 8, 2020
North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN

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, presented by the Umunne Cultural Association of Minnesota. IgboFest showcases cultural activities with a full day of free family fun, drawing more than 5,000 adults and kids. 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 prizes with the raffle drawing. 


9. Maple Grove Triathlon

Saturday, August 24, 2020
Race starts at 8401 Dunkirk Ln N, Maple Grove, MN

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.


10. Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Select weekends, April - May, 2020
Highway 169 & 109th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN



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.


BONUS

Norwegian Christmas

December, 2020
Historic Eiden Farm, Brooklyn Park, MN

Historic Eidem Farm transforms into a winter wonderland for its annual Norwegian Christmas event. Enjoy carols, crafts, ornament making and a visit from Santa. The 19-acre farm invites visitors to travel back to the turn of the 20th century when the region was one of the top areas for growing potatoes. Enjoy hot cider as you walk around the Victorian house, meet the farm animals and put cloves in oranges to make scented pomander balls for Christmas.

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