Calendar: Summer 2023 Events in Minnesota and Beyond

Festivals, shows, and community get-togethers this year cover beer, peonies, music, and cannabis

June 2

Minnesota Monthly‘s CannaFest

It couldn’t be timelier for CannaFest to launch this year. Happening the day before we host GrillFest (see below), the new event features CBD and THC businesses from Minnesota. Expect cannabis-infused beverages, foods, healing products, and more at CHS Field.

June 3

Iowa Craft Brew Festival

Des Moines, Iowa

Enjoy live music, local food trucks, unlimited samples of craft beer and cider, and more at this 13th annual event.


Photo by Darin Kamnetz

June 3-4

Minnesota Monthly’s GrillFest

St. Paul, Minnesota

Taste your way through grilled foods and sample wines, specialty beers, and cocktails at this kickoff to summer at CHS Field. Test out the hottest grills, gather recipes, and learn how to barbecue like a pro.


June 8-13 

Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival 

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Shop and create artworks, join a yoga session, buy a selection of flowers, and enjoy food, beverages, and music at this third annual event.


June 9 

Uptown Summer Nights

Monticello, Iowa

Listen to local music and get to know the community while enjoying food and drinks at this annual festival.


June 9-11 

Walleye Weekend

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Enjoy live music, children’s shows and activities, sports tournaments, and more at this all-day, family-friendly event.


June 10 

Kayak With the Naturalist

Hartford, Wisconsin

Join a scenic guided tour by kayak to learn about the plants and animals of the Oconomowoc River from a naturalist.

Chalkfest aerial shot - Experience Maple Grove
Chalkfest in Maple Grove


June 10-11 


Maple Grove, Minnesota

This annual street art festival features creations by professional and amateur artists along with live music and food vendors.

Davina and the Vagabonds


June 23-24 

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

St. Paul, Minnesota 

This weekend of free performances and fun anchored out of Mears Park in St. Paul celebrates its 25th year with dozens of concerts at nearly 20 different venues.

June 24 

Gammel Dag Fest

Peterson, Minnesota 

Celebrate Scandinavian culture at this annual event that offers food, hayrides, hidden gnomes, and other adventures.


June 24-25 

Wayzata Art Experience

Wayzata, Minnesota

This event features art, music, food, and fun on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

July 1-4 

Fourth of July Celebrations 

Throughout the region

Watch as the night sky comes to life in brilliant colors during several Fourth of July celebrations.


July 6-8 

Vicki’s Camp N Country Jam

Redwood Falls, Minnesota

This smaller, more intimate event of fewer than 5,000 attendees highlights live country music and camping in a serene country setting in Redwood Falls.


July 9-16 


Lakeville, Minnesota

The Panorama of Progress, or Pan-O-Prog, is a weeklong celebration that includes fireworks, a parade, food vendors, shops, music, entertainment, games, and more.


July 13 

Minnesota Monthly’s Fine Spirits Classic

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sample and sip special drinks and cocktails created by top mixologists, meet local vendors, and indulge in small bites at this annual event at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis.

Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo”
Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo”

Photo by MajaPrgomet

July 13-16 

Cirque du Soleil’s “Corteo”

St. Paul, Minnesota

This performance tells the story of a clown imagining his burial attended by angels.


July 14-16 

Lumberjack Days

Stillwater, Minnesota

The 86th annual festival includes live music, a parade, a medallion hunt, and other fun.


July 19-23 

Minnesota Original Music Festival

St. Peter, Minnesota

Discover new music spanning jazz to indie rock at the free concerts and workshops hosted by Minnesota artists.


July 24-30 

EAA AirVenture

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

The annual weeklong event by the Experimental Aircraft Association is the largest aviation-related gathering in the nation.