13 Things To Do This Summer

Summer is finally here! That means long, hot summer days and time spent with the family. The kiddos are home from school for the summer, which means more time spent planning your days trying to keep them busy. And trust us, they are going to be complaining about how BORED they are. Don’t worry— we’ve created a list of Josh’s Place approved events. We’ve got something on the list for everyone and all budgets, so you have no excuse but to get out of the house. As always, be sure to let us know in the comments what events you’re excited about.


Twin Cities/Metro Area

Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival

The Aquatennial official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. This event features a 5k as well as a torchlight parade. Many of the events are free, and are open to the public.

When: July 24 - 27, 2019

Where: Minneapolis, MN

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center offers contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. Peruse through art by Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. The center now offers customized tours for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays and intellectual disabilities. These tours are free, and require you to book in advance.

Location: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Monday Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 11 am–5 pm
Thursday 11 am–9 pm
Friday, Saturday 11 am–6 pm

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Daily 6 am–12 midnight

International Festival of Burnsville

Celebrate diversity and enjoy a taste of different cultures at the International Festival! This family friendly event showcases dances from Native American heritage to South American.

Cost: Free
Location: Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337


Each year, Lakeville hosts a week-long event that celebrates the growth and progression of the city. Fancy a carnival ride? Or perhaps you’re more of a fireworks kind of person. Whatever your desire, Pan-O-Prog has something for everyone in your family. Get there early— parking is limited!

Cost: Free
Location: Miscellaneous locations in Lakeville- See website for additional details

Como Zoo

The Como Zoo recently welcomed their latest addition to the Zebra family—Minnie had her 3rd offspring. The baby, who has not been named yet, was born early on May 30th and is already on view to the public. If animals aren’t your thing, the Sunken Garden is sure to wow you. It’s the perfect place to snap a candid shot of your family!

Cost: Free, suggested donation pf $3 for adults and $2 for a child
Hours: Open every day of the year.
Summer hours (April – September)
10am – 6pm

Guthrie Theater

Explore your inner Shakespeare with a show at the Guthrie Theater! This summer the theater will feature, “Guys and Dolls,” and, “Floyds.”

“New York City’s infamous gambler Nathan Detroit has set his sights on the biggest craps game of his career while Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years, longs for a wedding. Master gambler Sky Masterson woos missionary Sarah Brown despite the obvious problems inherent in their relationship. Gambling in luck and love from Times Square to Havana, this classic musical boasts colorful characters and a brassy score, featuring “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” It’s a surefire win.”

Time: Showtimes vary


Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx are the second best in the WNBA. Show your support for the team and root on head coach Lindsay Whalen. Located in the Target Center, there’s concessions and fun at every turn. Your kids will thank us later!

Cost: Varies, $15-$75+
Location: 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Minnesota History Museum

The Minnesota History Center has many exhibits that are interactive and educational. Check out their latest exhibit, First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom (on display until May 3, 2020), or wander into the Gale Family library which has been collecting books since 1849. Oh, did we mention that admission to the museum is free on Tuesdays from 3pm-8pm?  

Cost: Adult  $12
Seniors ages 65+
College students $10
Children ages 5–17 $6
Children age 4 and under Free

Northland and Southern Minnesota

Hill Annex Mine, and Mystery Cave

These offer wheelchair-accessible tours to visitors. All three offer a refreshing experience that will be sure excite the entire family. Whether you’re interested in a cave tour or perhaps you’re curious about mining and the iron range—you’ll be sure to experience something new.

Cost: Price varies

Central Minnesota

Joetown Rocks

Parish Festival is one of the largest and best family- friendly event in Central Minnesota. With events like free concerts, fireworks and a parade, you don’t want to miss this. The kids can hop on a merry-go-round, or perhaps they would enjoy a train ride. For the adults, you can enjoy bingo, a cake walk or the handiwork & craft stand. Trust us—your family won’t want to leave. Good thing it’s a two day event.

July 3, 2019 - July 4, 2019
(every Tuesday and Wednesday)
5:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2019 Stars and Stripes Day

Bring your hunger and thirst to the 2019 Stars and Stripes day in Pequot Lakes. Enjoy a cold beer in the beer garden, then venture your way to the food area, or make your way to the free concert area. If you’re a pro at Bean Bags, consider entering their tournament and win big. Kids will enjoy many of the activities throughout the two-day event. Don’t forget to save some energy for the second day of events!

July 3, 2019
5:00pm – 10:30pm

July 4, 2019
7:00am – 12:00pm

Walker Community Farmers and Crafters Market

Occurring every Thursday from June 6 to September 19, the Walker Community Farmers and Crafters Market is your one stop shop for all things local. Purchase fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, hand-made jewelry and so much more. Support small businesses while enjoying a direct relationship with the vendor—there is not middle man here!

Time: 9:00AM-2:00pm

Location:  Green Scene Market, 617 Michigan Avenue W, Walker MN 56484

These are a few of our favorites, and we cannot wait to attend a few of these events. Which ones are you most excited for? If you end up attending any of these events, be sure to let us know!