18 Amazing Things To Do In Minneapolis In August

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Things to do Minneapolis August

The dog days of summer are here!

With temperatures rising, now is the perfect time to relax in the sun or grab a bite to eat in that sweet, sweet A.C. Here’s a quick list of events to check out and places to eat in Minneapolis this August.

1. Head to Music and Movies in the Park!

The annual Music and Movies in the Park event series lights up Minneapolis parks with movie showings and live music. All movies start at dusk for an optimal viewing experience. Check out the calendar here for a schedule of events and locations, and enjoy these wonderful free events all through August until Labor Day.

2. Check out the Minnesota Fringe Festival

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is among the oldest and largest of America’s fringe festivals. This year’s edition features both virtual and in-person shows, from puppetry to storytelling to improv. Check out all the 2021 events, on view between August 5 and 15, here.

3. Jam out at Nershfest

On Friday, August 7 at Inbound BrewCo, the one-day festival %22%7D”]Nershfest will include performances by General B & The Wiz, Feed The Dog, and China Rider, alongside craft beer from Inbound, and food trucks including It’s 7AM Somewhere, KCM Eggrolls, and Over the Coals. 

4. … while you’re there (and every weekend!) check out the Minneapolis Craft Market

On Friday, August 7, the Minneapolis Craft Market will be at Inbound BrewCo alongside Nershfest starting at noon. The rest of the month, you can find out where this travelling makers’ market will be each weekend by keeping up with their Facebook page.

5. Check out the Emiliano Zapata Day celebration

[Image source: Minneapolis Council on Latino Affairs Facebook]

This community event on Saturday, August 8 from 1pm to 5pm celebrates Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata with live music and dance performances. This is also a perfect opportunity to learn more about Minneapolis’s sister city, Cuernavaca, Mexico. The performances will include Aztec and folkloric dancers and live mariachi music. You can read more about the sister city relationship between Minneapolis and Cuernavaca on the Camino Sister Cities website.

Find it at the northwest corner of Chicago & Lake, in south Minneapolis.

6. Wander through the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival


Take a stroll through this free celebration of street art downtown from August 12 through 14. You’ll get to watch incredible artists at work while enjoying music, activities, and food. Check out the festival schedule here.

7-12. Try out these super-Instagrammable desserts!

Most Instagrammable Desserts Minneapolis

From perfectly decked-out cones to lavish cakes, these photo-worthy desserts will add a little sweetness to your day and your Instagram feed.

13-17. Grab a slice at each of these delicious Minneapolis pizzerias.

There’s a slice for everyone in our pizza roundup, from the fusion creations at Pizzeria Lola to the Detroit-style squares at Wrecktangle. Create your own pizza tour by trying a slice at all of them.

18. Grab a lunch deal or hit social hour at Central N.E. Eat & Drink!

Central NE warehouse restaurant Minneapolis

Lunch deals at this locavore spot will run you $10, provided you make it between 11am and 2pm. Social hour runs from 11am until 6pm, during which time you can grab $3 rail and draft drinks (including lots of local spirits and brews) and $5 wine glasses.

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