Out & About


Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Music in the Zoo Concert Series
An exceptional lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from The Okee Dokee Brothers to Pat Benatar. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo
Twin Cities Pride Festival
The 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 4 stages with music and entertainment, 40 food and beverage booths, and 400,000+ visitors participate in this free celebration of the LGBTQ community. The Pride Family Picnic is on June 17 in St. Paul, the Pride Festival is on June 23-24 in Minneapolis and Ashley Rukes Pride Parade is on June 24, also in Minneapolis.
Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: tcpride.org
Dairy Weekend
Discover how farmers cared for their dairy cattle in the mid-19th century versus today and meet the cattle of the 1860s and cows of 2018. Help make butter and cottage cheese in the historic house kitchen and sample ice cream and cheeses made in the visitor center's Learning Kitchen.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org
10th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day
Red Bull Day began in 2008 as a way to honor the men and women of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls". It has since become a tradition to honor all our armed forces and veterans and is now recognized as "Red Bull Military Appreciation Day". It includes food; silent auctions; kids games/inflatables; historical military vehicles; major car show; MN National Guard; military support organizations; and much more.
Where: Central Park, North Branch
Cost: FREE
Website: csoaf.com
Blaine Festival
A weekend full of great family-friendly events including the RAD Zoo, a Bag Tournament hosted by a BOB FM radio personality, live music all weekend, festival food concessions and a refreshment garden, a crafter and business fair, a petting zoo and kids' games, carnival and magic shows, plus many more demonstrations & performances by local organizations.
Where: Aquatore Park, Blaine
Cost: FREE
Website: blainefestival.org
The Wall That Heals
Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative of Twin Cities PBS - TPT, will be bringing The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2018. The Wall That Heals exhibit is free and open to the public 24 hours each day, allowing Minnesotans the opportunity to remember, honor, understand and heal at their own pace.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol grounds, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: mnvietnam.org/thewallthatheals/
Summer Soda Making Workshop
Midwest Supplies' brewing experts will guide you through the magic of soda making using their own facilities. Let your inner mad soda scientist play at our extract and flavoring bar, where you can mix and match a six pack of your very own soda creation. Blueberry cola? Cinnamon-ginger soda? The sky's the limit in this creative, family-friendly new class.
Where: Midwest Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park
Cost: $25 registration (includes complete take-home kit)
Website: eventbrite.com/e/new-pop-shop-tickets-45946419979
Back to the '50s Weekend
More than 10,000 custom, classic and restored cars - all dated 1964 and earlier - cover the fairgrounds, along with entertainment, live music, games, food, crafts and more as part of the Minnesota Street Rod Association's annual event.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights
Cost: $12 for adults ($10 in advance at Napa Auto stores) and free for ages 12 and younger with a paid adult; cash only at the gate
Website: msrabacktothe50s.com
Summer Solstice Campfire
Come to the Dodge amphitheater for some family campfire time. Roast some marshmallows and venture out on a hike with your family to explore the prairie, forest, and ponds.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $7 per adult, $7 per child, and $20 per family
Website: DodgeNatureCenter.org
Stories in French
Storytellers from Normandale Elementary French Immersion School will tell stories and encourage interactive dialogue in French. Kids will be divided into two groups: those entering K-grade 2 and those entering grades 3-5.
Where: Edina Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.org
Anansi, Br'er Rabbit and Other Smart Characters
Learn about colorful characters from African and African-American folktales in this lively performance by Master Storyteller Nothando Zulu. For children entering pre-K-grade 6.
Where: Washburn Library, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.org
Help Paint the Wright's Lake Park Community Mural
Come help paint the Wright's Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from Wright's Lake Park. Smocks/t-shirts will be provided, as well as free chalk for sidewalk art and popsicles or snacks at some events. All ages welcome!
Where: Wright's Lake Park
Cost: FREE
Website: bloomingtonmn.gov
Learn Together: Scratch Foam
Ages 3-5. Draw lines, shapes and patterns into Scratch foam to create high-contrast pictures. Prints will then be dipped into ink to create prints that will be made into a zig-zag book to bring home. Materials provided.
Where: Maple Grove Library
Cost: FREE, but registration required
Website: hclib.org
Siama Congo Music
Take a musical journey to Central Africa with fun rhythms, spirited harmonies, and evocative music played on the mbira (thumb piano). Siama will have you clapping and singing along in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili. Appropriate for all ages.
Where: Roseville Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Live Show: Norm the Reading Magician
Enjoy a fun-filled "Reading Magic Show" that will have you laughing and amazed! Reading Magician Norm Barnhart uses magic tricks to get kids excited about reading.
Where: Golden Valley Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.org