Check out free concerts from various artists and bands in Peavey Plaza on 11th & Nicollet every weekday until June 24. Land O’ Lakes Tunes at Noon runs 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and Alive After 5 runs 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Along the riverfront, the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts will feature 250 artists on four performance stages June 18 and 19. Their artwork ranges from photography and ceramics to sculpture and jewelry. The festival also features Art of the Car, displaying classic, import and restored cars that may spark particular interest over Father’s Day weekend.
Dubbed 2011’s “gayest city in America” by The Advocate magazine, Minneapolis hosts the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival and the Pride Parade, one of the largest parades in the upper Midwest. The June 26 parade will run along Hennepin Avenue starting at 11 a.m. and end at the festival in Loring Park. The festival runs 10 a.m.–10 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. June 26. Festival admission is free and beer garden entry is $5 per day.
1980s teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson — who now goes by Deborah and incorporates Broadway show tunes into her act — headlines Pride in Concert. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. June 25, with tickets going for $15 at the gate and $10 in advance.
Entertainers, marching bands, community royalty, Shriners Clubs and community organizations will march for the 82nd annual Northeast Parade 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. June 21. Food vendors will also line the 13-block parade route along Central Avenue between 28th and 14th avenues.
In celebration of Minneapolis’ cultural traditions, Minneapolis MOSAIC showcases local talent through dance, film, music, visual arts and theater. Events run throughout the summer, including a hip-hop choreographers’ evening 8 p.m. June 18 and 19 and 6 p.m. June 20 at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Kicking off with the Aquatennial block party July 15 at 5 p.m. on Nicollet Mall, the Minneapolis Aquatennial features dozens of events, including a sand castle competition, milk carton boat races, live music, a tennis invitational and one of the country’s largest firework displays. Also known as the Best Days of Summer, the celebration runs from July 15–23.
In its second year running, the July 4 Red, White & Boom Twin Cities Half Marathon allows community members to engage in a fun holiday run starting in Northeast. Participants may form teams of two for $20, five for $50 and 10 for $100. The race begins 6:30 a.m. at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St. S.E.
For those with short attention spans, the Ten Second Film Festival will show multiple 10-second films starting at 10:15 p.m. July 4 at the Soap Factory on 514 Second St. S.E. Presenting 100 films, the festival starts right after the final booms of the city’s annual fireworks celebration. (Due to the mature content of some films, the festival is recommended for adults, only.
The Basilica Block Party, one of the region’s premier music festivals, will host 20 different bands July 8 and 9, including David Gray, the Jayhawks and Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs. The annual block party is a fundraiser for The Basilica of Saint Mary. Tickets range from $40 to $80.
The Minnesota Fringe Festival Aug. 4–14 is one of the largest theater festivals in the country, featuring various performers selected by lottery. Shows run 60 minutes or less and are held in venues in Uptown, the West Bank and Northeast.
Enjoy the backdrop of the Walker Art Center while admiring the work of more than 140 artists in the Loring Park Arts Festival Aug. 6 and 7. The festival is comprised of visual artist booths, musicians, youth activities and food booths in Loring Park.
— Raya Zimmerman