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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.

Swimmy
Being a different color doesn't stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think outside the box. In fact, his uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger in this Theatre for the Very Young production, a beautiful tale based on the Caldecott-honored book by Leo Lionni. Aug. 4-19
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10 for all ages; lap passes are free for infants less than 1 year old.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Kubb Lessons
Learn how to play this Swedish lawn game, described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes, with lessons by the St. Paul Kubb Society. Grab a bite at one of the rotating food trucks featured during each class. Wednesdays: July 19-Aug. 16, excluding July 5 and July 12
Where: The Commons, downtown Minneapolis by U.S. Bank Stadium
Cost: FREE
Website: commonsmpls.com
Rhythm on the Rails
This new, free summer concert series will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors and more. Acts include Church of Cash, a Jonny Cash tribute band (July 19), The Outer Vibe (July 26), Chris Hawkey (Aug. 2), Lost Highway (Aug. 9) and Martin Zellar (Aug. 16). 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays July 19-Aug. 16
Where: Lewis Street, downtown Shakopee
Cost: FREE
Website: downtownshakopee.org
Eagan Market Fest
This award-winning farmers market event features 60-plus vendors, free art projects for kids, a Power of Produce kids' club and concerts in the park (at the adjacent bandshell), plus theme nights (family night is June 21). 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays June 7-Aug. 30 and 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays in September
Where: Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: cityofeagan.com/marketfest
Summer Faire
Grab a lawn chair and enjoy sounds from Minnesota's favorite musicians, including Aimee & Boyd Lee, Keri Noble, Shane Martin, Ryan Liestman's Reggae Revival Duo, Martin Zellar, American Bootleg and GB Leighton. 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 6-Aug. 17
Where: Arbor Park courtyard, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove
Cost: FREE
Website: shoppesatarborlakes.com
Swimmy
Being a different color doesn't stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think outside the box. In fact, his uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger in this Theatre for the Very Young production, a beautiful tale based on the Caldecott-honored book by Leo Lionni. Aug. 4-19
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10 for all ages; lap passes are free for infants less than 1 year old.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Swimmy
Being a different color doesn't stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think outside the box. In fact, his uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger in this Theatre for the Very Young production, a beautiful tale based on the Caldecott-honored book by Leo Lionni. Aug. 4-19
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10 for all ages; lap passes are free for infants less than 1 year old.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Swimmy
Being a different color doesn't stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think outside the box. In fact, his uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger in this Theatre for the Very Young production, a beautiful tale based on the Caldecott-honored book by Leo Lionni. Aug. 4-19
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10 for all ages; lap passes are free for infants less than 1 year old.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Greek Summer Festival
Take a weekend getaway to Greece without leaving Minnesota with Greek food, kids' games and activities, plus live music and dancing with the Greek Dancers of Minnesota and free hourly tours of the church sanctuary. Proceeds will benefit the Focus MN Twin Cities Mobile Health Clinic.
Where: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul
Cost: FREE; food tickets can be purchased in advance online for $10.
Website: stgeorgegoc.org
Renaissance Festival
King Henry and his court invite one and all to his immersive 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. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends Aug. 19-Oct. 1, plus Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and Sept. 29 (Festival Friday); go early in the day for a kid-friendly atmosphere and easier parking. Buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Where: Rural Shakopee
Cost: $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older and $23.95 for adults.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Renaissance Festival
King Henry and his court invite one and all to his immersive 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. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends Aug. 19-Oct. 1, plus Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and Sept. 29 (Festival Friday); go early in the day for a kid-friendly atmosphere and easier parking. Buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Where: Rural Shakopee
Cost: $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older and $23.95 for adults.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Greek Summer Festival
Take a weekend getaway to Greece without leaving Minnesota with Greek food, kids' games and activities, plus live music and dancing with the Greek Dancers of Minnesota and free hourly tours of the church sanctuary. Proceeds will benefit the Focus MN Twin Cities Mobile Health Clinic.
Where: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul
Cost: FREE; food tickets can be purchased in advance online for $10.
Website: stgeorgegoc.org
Lutz Railroad Garden
Visit Conductor Bud and his charming railroad garden, offering open houses on the third Sunday of the month, June through September (weather permitting). 1-4 p.m. June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17
Where: 2960 Egan Ave., Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: lutzrailroadgarden.net
Japanese Oban Festival
Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, food and other aspects of Japanese culture are at the heart of this annual family-friendly event, which includes a traditional lantern-lighting ceremony at dusk.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: In years' past, admission was $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12.
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Eagan Market Fest
This award-winning farmers market event features 60-plus vendors, free art projects for kids, a Power of Produce kids' club and concerts in the park (at the adjacent bandshell), plus theme nights (family night is June 21). 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays June 7-Aug. 30 and 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays in September
Where: Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: cityofeagan.com/marketfest