With only a few precious months of nice Minnesota weather, many Downtowners want to make the most of events, festivals and activities that erupt over summer.
All the events listed in below take place from May to the end of August.
The events have been broken down into categories, such as Festivals and Family Activities, then further broken down into months. Not every event is listed under a month. Some events are listed from when they start.
Festivals usually run more than one day and have tons of things planned for people attending these events. Many are free, though some have fees for certain activities. The events to follow have specific schedules on their Web sites. These festivals should surely entertain and maybe even educate. (Some events are not suitable for all ages, so use discretion).
Women with Vision 2005 film series
Date(s): May 6-21, Location: Walker Cinema, 1750 Hennepin Ave. S., Cost: $6 (members), $8 (nonmembers), For more: www.walkerart.org/
Alive After 5
What: free after-work outdoor concerts, Date(s): Weekdays, June 1-30, Location: Peavey Plaza, South 11th Street & Nicollet Mall, For more: Check out www.d-an.org/alive.htm.
Minneapolis MOSAIC 2005
What: a citywide arts showcase, Date(s): June 2-Aug. 28, Location: Various Minneapolis arts venues. For more: For a complete listing of events, dates and locations check out www.minneapolismosaic.com.
Nature Valley Grand Prix and Great River Energy Bicycle Festival
What: a high-quality professional bike race that's free to watch. Date(s): June 10 Location: Throughout Downtown; best viewing spots are the finish line at South 10th Street & Nicollet Mall and the corner of 11th & Nicollet. For more: www.minnbikefestival.com
Stone Arch Bridge Arts Festival
What: a free neighborhood gathering and art fair. Date(s): June 18-19. Location: Southeast Main Street & Stone Arch Bridge. For more: www.stonearchfestival.com
What: a celebration of gay culture. Date(s): Festival, June 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and June 26, noon-8 p.m.; Parade, June 26, beginning at 11 a.m.; Block Party, June 26, 5-10 p.m. Location: Festival, Loring Park; Parade begins at 3rd Street & Hennepin Avenue and ends at Loring Park; Block Party is at 9th & Hennepin. More information: www.tcpride.org
Date(s): July 4, all day (10 p.m. fireworks). Location: Around St. Anthony Main and West River Parkway. For more: www.mpls4thofjuly.com
Basilica Block Party (Basilica of St. Mary)
What: Holy cow! Rock out at a church! Date(s): July 8-9. Location: 17th Street & Hennepin. For more: www.bisilicablockparty.org
What: Minneapolis' signature citywide celebration of summer. Date(s): July 15-24 . Location: All around Downtown and throughout the city. For more: www.aquatennial.org, when it's reactivated
22nd Annual National Night Out
What: neighbors and neighborhoods get together to meet and talk crime-fighting tips. Date(s): Aug. 2. Location: See event directory at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/
What: out-of-the-mainstream arts of all types, all over town. Date(s): Aug. 4-14. Location: Various Minneapolis theaters and other venues, check out www.fringefestival.org for shows, times, locations, etc.
6th Annual Loring Park Art Festival
What: as the name implies, a big art festival. Date(s): Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 1382 Willow St. For more: hometown.aol.com/loringartfest/myhomepage/index.html.