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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable.

Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Red, White and Boom
Celebrate Independence Day at a two-day celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. More than 60,000 people come to the downtown Minneapolis riverfront for a kids' run, 5K, half marathon, a movie, live music, food, family-friendly activities and - the grand finale - fireworks on July 4.
Where: Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: FREE. Fees apply for some events.
Website: mplsredwhiteboom.com
Red, White and Boom
Celebrate Independence Day at a two-day celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. More than 60,000 people come to the downtown Minneapolis riverfront for a kids' run, 5K, half marathon, a movie, live music, food, family-friendly activities and - the grand finale - fireworks on July 4.
Where: Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: FREE. Fees apply for some events.
Website: mplsredwhiteboom.com
Renaissance Festival
Don't miss out on Ren Fest weekends Aug. 22-Oct. 4, plus Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day) and Friday, Oct. 2: King Henry and his court invite one and all to his 16th-century European village, featuring 12 stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes, including more than 500 engaging memorable characters. More than 250 artisans fill the festival marketplace to create a unique shopping experience. Themed weekends include Oktoberfest, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Highland Fling and more.
Where: Rural Shakopee
Cost: $22.95; $13.95 for ages 5 to 12. Advanced tickets are $11.50-$19.95. Buy online or at local stores to avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Groovin' in the Garden
This six-concert series lets grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities' best bands while the kids are entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games, all outdoors, all free: June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22 and Aug. 5
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin' Bonanza
This 35th-annual event features professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money and a championship belt buckle. Kids can take part in a kids' calf scramble and a stick horserace. Proceeds will benefit organizations in Hamel and the surrounding area.
When: 7:30 p.m. July 9-12 with a special family matinee at 1 p.m. July 11
Where: Corcoran Lions Park
Cost: $9-$18. All matinee tickets are $9.
Website: www.hamelrodeo.org
Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin' Bonanza
This 35th-annual event features professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money and a championship belt buckle. Kids can take part in a kids' calf scramble and a stick horserace. Proceeds will benefit organizations in Hamel and the surrounding area.
Where: Corcoran Lions Park
Cost: $9-$18. All matinee tickets are $9.
Website: www.hamelrodeo.org
Andover Family Fun Fest
Celebrate 20 years of festival fun with a variety of family-friendly events, including an all-ages Magic Bounce Fun Zone, a 5K and kids' run, a parade, a craft and gift show, a baby-crawling contest, food vendors, a beer garden and street dances both nights. Other attractions will include a zoomobile, a silent auction, a classic car show, covered-wagon rides, bingo and - new this year - a Ferris wheel.
When: Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. July 11.
Where: City Hall Complex, Andover
Cost: FREE. Some attractions are ticketed.
Website: www.andovermn.gov
Free Summer Concerts in Blaine
Enjoy free kids concerts every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. July 10 to Aug. 21.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Aquatore Park, Blaine
Cost: FREE
Website: blaineevents.com
Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin' Bonanza
This 35th-annual event features professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money and a championship belt buckle. Kids can take part in a kids' calf scramble and a stick horserace. Proceeds will benefit organizations in Hamel and the surrounding area.
Where: Corcoran Lions Park
Cost: $9-$18. All matinee tickets are $9.
Website: www.hamelrodeo.org
The Artery Experiment
Test out the proposed design of theArtery- the planned connection between the downtown Hopkins LRT station and Mainstreet - at a family-friendly event, featuring live music and dance performances; food; roving artists, including a 3D chalk artist; an art swap; free bike loaners to test out a protected bikeway; water play; free bike tune-ups; and arts and crafts.
When: 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Where: Eighth Avenue in downtown Hopkins
Cost: FREE
Website: www.hopkinsmn.com/events/artery
Art at St. Kate's
This juried outdoor art fair, featuring 100 artists of fine crafts and fine art, is produced by Artists' Circle, a nonprofit Minnesota arts organization, and Textile Center, a national center for fiber arts in Minneapolis. Strolling musicians and food trucks will accompany this eighth-annual festival.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: University of St. Catherine, Randolph and Cleveland avenues, St. Paul
Cost: FREE admission and parking
Website: www.artistscircle.org
Andover Family Fun Fest
Celebrate 20 years of festival fun with a variety of family-friendly events, including an all-ages Magic Bounce Fun Zone, a 5K and kids' run, a parade, a craft and gift show, a baby-crawling contest, food vendors, a beer garden and street dances both nights. Other attractions will include a zoomobile, a silent auction, a classic car show, covered-wagon rides, bingo and - new this year - a Ferris wheel.
Where: City Hall Complex, Andover
Cost: FREE. Some attractions are ticketed.
Website: www.andovermn.gov
Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin' Bonanza
This 35th-annual event features professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money and a championship belt buckle. Kids can take part in a kids' calf scramble and a stick horserace. Proceeds will benefit organizations in Hamel and the surrounding area.
Where: Corcoran Lions Park
Cost: $9-$18. All matinee tickets are $9.
Website: www.hamelrodeo.org
The Little Mermaid Jr.
Join Ariel, King Triton, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Scuttle, Flounder, Grimsby and, of course, the villainous Ursula, in this all-ages production of one of Disney's most beloved stories. Songs will include Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Part of Your World and more. Performances are June 26-Aug. 2.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $16
Contact: 952-979-1111
Website: stagestheatre.org
Groovin' in the Garden
This six-concert series lets grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities' best bands while the kids are entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games, all outdoors, all free: June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22 and Aug. 5
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org