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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. While most events have been postponed due to COVID-19, a few are still happening, now with a virtual component and with extra safety precautions. Remember, you can still jumpstart your 2021 travel plans with all the great events that will return next year!

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Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

Sautrday & Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2020
Main Street Arbor Lakes
Maple Grove, MN

Ignite your imagination and creativity by attending the VIRTUAL Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes! This two-day street art festival in Maple Grove is one of the largest in the midwest. Artists from around the world flock to Main Street in Arbor Lakes to tramsform the street into a massive work of art. Artists begin their creative process on Saturday and finish up their masterpieces on Sunday. Follow Chalkfest online this year! Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes will also feature an in-person mural project this year. 12 large murals will be scattered around Maple Grove from Aug. 15 through Sept. 30, so you and your family can view them at your own pace. 

Town Green Sounds of Summer 

Select Wednesdays through September, 2020
Town Green Bandshell, Maple Grove, MN

Grab your lawn chairs and a cooler full of snacks for the always popular Town Green Sounds of Summer concert series in Maple Grove. This years concert series is limited to select Wednesdays. While the concerts are free, tickets are required to ensure your spot. Town Green is taking extra precautions to ensure physical distancing among guests. These events are free but require a ticket. An usher will meet you and escort you to an area 6" away from other visitors. View the schedule of bands


Jumpstart Your 2021 Travel Plans!

Postponed events will be back in 2021, so you can start making your travel plans now. Take a look at the wonderful events throughout the year in Minneapolis Northwest. 

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival

Select weekends, April & May 2021
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! 

Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

June 2021
Main Street Arbor Lakes
Maple Grove, MN

Typically held in early June, Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes returns to an in-person street art festival! Come see the artists and their creations up close and personal, and get lots of great photo ops with your friends and family. The festival will also include food trucks, designated chalking areas for budding artists, music and entertainment. Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes truly is the perfect way to kick off your summer adventures! The event is FREE, and four-legged family members are welcome, too!

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

June 2021
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. 

Town Green Sounds of Summer

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June through August, 2021
Town Green Bandshell, Maple Grove, MN

Let the Sounds of Summer concert series be the soundtrack to your 2021 summer! Enjoy live music outdoors as the days grow longer and warmer. 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. Get ready to huddle under the stars with Movies by Moonlight on Fridays - movies start at dusk.

Earle Brown Days

June 2021
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.

Maple Grove Days

July 2021
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.

Woof-a-Pawlooza

August 2021
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!

IgboFest

August 2021
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 raffle prizes.

Maple Grove Triathlon

August 2021
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.

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Select weekends, September & October 2021
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

A Norwegian Christmas

December 2021
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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