When the weather heats up, so does the city's schedule of events. The entire Twin Cities region comes to life after the long winter and spring thaw, which means fun times ahead for locals and visitors with outstanding family-friendly fairs, festivals and events of all kinds. A few of the June highlights include St. Anthony Park's annual Arts Festival that features more than 70 artists, live music, art activities and food, and St. Paul's International Children's Festival, which is geared toward delighting kids of all ages with its interactive theater performances and live entertainment.
In July, everyone in Minneapolis heads to Eagan's Central Park, located about 15 miles from downtown, for the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highlands Games. But the fireworks at the Minneapolis Aquatennial is what consistently gets rave reviews — it is considered among the top five displays in the nation.
Once August rolls around, visitors are in for some of Minneapolis's biggest events, including its Renaissance Festival, which has been running for more than 45 seasons.
The entire family can immerse themselves in the world of knights, peasants, and royalty with dozens of performances, tons of vendors and even some medieval grub. This festival typically runs every weekend from mid-August through early October. Minneapolis bids goodbye to summer with its epic Minnesota State Fair, a 12-day festival leading up to Labor Day. Kids particularly love its amusement rides, live animals, exhibits, food on a stick, and plenty of people watching opportunities.