Hang Out at These Summer Events in Saint Paul

Hang Out at These Summer Events in Saint Paul

Don’t sit around this summer; make it memorable. Stop by these festivals in Saint Paul.

If we aren’t at a brewery, in the lake or on a patio, we’re having a great time at one of these events.


Brunch, music, and local beer—what more do you need to know? Join GetKnit Events on June 3 for a one-of-a-kind outdoor festival at Upper Landing Park, and indulge in delicious brunch food provided by Blue Door and Hi-Lo Diner. Tickets available at

Grand Old Day

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul's famous summer kick off. The biggest one day festival in the upper Midwest is Sunday, June 4, with all 30 blocks of the avenue shut down for a parade, beer garden, food vendors and other activities that attract more than 300,000 annually. June 4.

Flint Hills International Children's Festival

World-class theatre from around the world comes to downtown Saint Paul for the Flint Hills International Children's Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. In this popular event sponsored by the Ordway, 65,000 people come to celebrate art from every corner of the world, and some of the most imaginative acts from around the globe pass through Saint Paul to perform for the audiences.  Family Weekend: June 3-4.

Music in Mears

Start every weekend (Thursday nights count, right?) with outdoor live music. Music in Mears is a popular Thursday night concert featuring different local acts, and the artists, restaurants and spectators truly bring the romantic park to life. Thursdays, June 8-August 24.

Rhythm in Rice

If Thursday nights in Mears weren't enough, head over to Rice Park on Friday to listen to various global genres between 6:30-9:30 p.m. The free concerts in Saint Paul's historic park seek to highlight music from around the world.  Fridays, June 9-August 25.

Little Mekong Night Market

This three-block nighttime festival celebrates Southeast Asian culture through food, dance, lights and more. This year, the Little Mekong Night Market will collaborate with Northern Spark—an all-night art event comprised of several "hubs" along the green line that has drawn upwards of 40,000 attendees in previous years. June 10-11.

Deutsche Tage

Join the Germanic-American Institute on their beautiful Summit Avenue grounds for Deutsche Tage, which translates to German Days. The 59th annual celebration of German heritage and community will feature art, music and delicious food. June 10-11

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival spans across the city, but most of the action is in Lowertown and downtown. In this three-day musical extravaganza, national headliners and local legends will attract about 90,000 attendees. Headliners include McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen, Eric Kamau Gravatt and Oskar Stenmark. June 22-24.

Dragon Festival

Best known for its boat races on Lake Phalen, the Dragon Festival showcases performance art and traditional dances from across Asian cultures. Each country in Southeast Asia will have its own dances and music to share at the Phalen Golf Course. July 8-9.

Rondo Days

The development of I-94 destructed most of the Rondo neighborhood, but the spirit of the community lives on during Rondo Days. Parades, vendors, live music, entertainment and the Frank Adams 5K will all contribute to commemorating the memory of this predominantly African-American neighborhood in the festival's 34th year. July 11-15.

Highland Fest

Now in its 34th year, Highland Fest is a celebration of the Highland Park neighborhood that marks the midpoint of summer. Thanks to wiener dog races, petting zoos, wine tastings, truck shows, fireworks and more, there are plenty of reasons to scope out what’s going on. July 14-16.

Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest

Held in Mears Park, the Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest is the largest free blues festival in the Twin Cities. The two-day event will feature 16 concerts featuring regional and national acts. July 21-22.

Cat Video Festival

Cat lovers, rejoice. Everyone's favorite feline video festival returns to CHS Field this summer. August 8. 

Irish Fair

Watch out, Harriet Island. The nation’s largest Irish Fair happens in Saint Paul, and step dance, traditional group dance, Gaelic sports, Celtic marketplace, cultural displays, native Irish dog shows and traditional tea rooms are a small sampling of what you’ll find. August 11-13.

Como Zoo’s Japanese Lantern Festival

The event is reflective of the Obon holiday, a way in which the Japanese honor the dead, and the Japanese Lantern Festival at Como Zoo immerses festival-goers in traditional culture through taiko drumming groups, shakuhachis (bamboo flutes), martial arts, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), origami demonstrations and more. Take the most stunning photo of the summer at dusk when the lanterns are lit in the Frog Pond. August 20.

India Fest

IndiaFest returns to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds this summer to celebrate the rich heritage, traditions, diversity and culture of India. The festival features internationally acclaimed dance and theatre groups, as well as a variety of tasty Indian cuisine. August 20.

Summer Beer Dabbler

Although a St. Paul Saints game is one of the best reasons to go to CHS Field, the Summer Beer Dabbler is a great excuse, too. More than 100 breweries will sample over 300 beers on the diamond in the event's 9th year. Jam to live music and stay to watch the fireworks while you’re sprawled out on the turf. We mentioned 100 breweries, right? August 26.

Minnesota State Fair

Of course, you need to make it to the Great Minnesota Get-Together at the end of the summer. For 12 days, eat cheese curds, enjoy live music, ride through the sky and watch people be people at the Minnesota State Fair. It’s been voted one the top of the 10Best fairs in the country, and Princess Kay of the Milky Way is waiting for her selfie with you. August 24-Labor Day, Sept 4.

It’d be silly if you didn’t check out at least one of these events. Let us know when you’re around on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL.