Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities or a unique date night, there’s an event in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities for you.  Parades, art, food, classic cars, and more: here’s a roundup of events in Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis, and St. Paul to add to your 2019 calendar for a summer’s worth of fun. Disclaimer: these are by no means all the events or the top events, but events worth checking out this summer. Enjoy!

Northern Spark

June 14-15, 2019

Night owls will appreciate the two-night arts festival that runs from sunset to 2:00 a.m. Three locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul will host temporary art installations, giant video projections, and experimental performances.  Food trucks will also be on hand.

IGH Food Truck Days

IGH Food Truck Days

June 12, July 10, and August 14, 2019

IGH Food Truck Days provides attendees a chance to sample meals and treats from a variety of food trucks.  The event is held in the Community Center Parking Lot at 8055 Barbara Avenue.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival

June 20-22, 2019

The largest free, live jazz festival in the Midwest is held in and around Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul, as well as 15 other St. Paul venues.  All performances are free and open to the public, with acts including nationally renowned headliners and a diverse range of local artists.

back to the 50s weekend

MSRA Back To The 50’s Weekend

June 21-23, 2019

The Minnesota Street Rod Association (MRSA) will be hosting its annual celebration of classic cars, with over 12,000 vehicles dating from 1964 and earlier.  The weekend’s festivities also include live music, a craft fair, swap meet, kids’ activities, and more.

little Mekong night market

Little Mekong Night Market

July 6-7, 2019

Inspired by the night markets of Southeast Asia, St. Paul’s Little Mekong Night Market is a street festival featuring food, performances, unique products, and arts and crafts that represent the neighborhood’s diverse Asian cultures. 

Irish fair

Irish Fair

August 9-11, 2019

Celebrate Irish music, dancing, food, and culture on the bank of the Mississippi River in St. Paul.  The free event is one of the most authentic Irish festivals in the country and offers family- friendly activities like mini golf as well as a Celtic marketplace with artisan goods.

summer beer dabbler

Summer Beer Dabbler

August 17, 2019

Sample over 400 craft beers from more than 130 different regional and national breweries at CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul.  There will also be live music, entertainment, activities, and ballpark eats.

Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 17-September 29, 2019

Step into a bygone era at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee.  The recreated 16th-century European village offers 16 stages with live entertainment, a marketplace with over 250 artisans, and live armored jousting. 

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

August 22-September 2, 2019

Live music, parades, exhibits, carnival rides, baby farm animals, deep-fried food on a stick—the Great Minnesota Get-Together truly offers something for everyone. Located halfway between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Minnesota State Fair attracts more than two million attendees over its 12-day run. 

Inver Grove Heights Days Classic Car Show

IGH Days

September 5-8, 2019

Inver Grove Heights Days is a weekend of fun for all ages, with events including a treasure hunt, bingo tent, and discounted bowling at Drkula’s 32 Bowl.  For kids, there’s a family fun night with giant inflatables and carnival games, plus a children’s treasure hunt for ages 1-12. Other highlights include a parade, fireworks, and community bike ride along the Mississippi River.

If you’re attending an event in Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis, or St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights hotels offer comfortable and convenient accommodations with complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, and parking.  Book your stay at Inver Grove Heights hotels today!