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6 of the COOLest Outdoor Summer Concerts & Music Festivals in Minnesota

Posted on July 6, 2016Rick Welter

COOLest Outdoor Minnesota Summer Concerts 2016

Summer is in full swing in Minnesota and one pillar of enjoying the season to its fullest is enjoying great outdoor music.

From cities that hold weekly concerts at local parks to huge festivals that draw thousands, the summer of 2016 promises a fantastic lineup of awesome musical acts. Below you’ll find details for some of the COOLest Minnesota concerts that are yet to come this summer, featuring many of our own picks as well as some insights from our Facebook followers:

1. Music in the Zoo

Minnesota Zoo

(Photo Credit: Minnesota Zoo website.)

Upcoming Dates Include: July 9, July 13, July 15, July 20, July 21, July 25, July 27, July 29. July 30, July 31, Aug. 2, Aug. 7, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27.

Location: The Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Details: From Indie Rock to Country, the Minnesota Zoo’s Music in the Zoo concert series offers a musical acts for every taste. The series launched back in June, but there are still a number of concerts coming including: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Grace Potter, Har Mar Superstar, and many more.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://mnzoo.org/plan-your-visit/music-zoo/

2. The St. Paul Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party

(Photo Credit: Basilica Block Party Facebook page.)

Dates: July 8-9, 2016

Location: The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis

Details: For two days—across three stages—nearly two dozen acts will play under the sun and stars with the Basilica of Saint Mary serving as the backdrop. The outdoor music festival got started in 1995 as a way to raise funds to pay for the restoration of the Basilica. Today, in addition to using the funds to pay for restoration costs, some of the proceeds also go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://basilicablockparty.org/

3. Bayfront Festival Park Summer Concerts

Bayfront Festival Park

(Photo Credit: Bayfront Festival Park Facebook page.)

Upcoming Dates Include: July 9, July 16, July 31, Aug. 5, Aug. 6, Aug. 12-14, Aug. 25, and Sept. 10.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Details: Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park is stacked with concerts and festivals throughout the rest of the summer. Some of the coolest upcoming shows and festivals include: Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival (July 16), Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul with Tribe Society (July 31), Howling Moon Music Festival (Aug. 5), Bayfront Blues Festival (Aug. 12-14).

Tickets: Get ticket information.

Website: https://bayfrontfestivalpark.com/

4. Lakefront Music Fest

Lakefront Music Festival

(Photo Credit: Lakefront Music Festival Facebook page.)

Dates: July 15-16, 2016

Location: Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway S.E., Prior Lake, MN 55372

Details: The first night of the event is dedicated to Rock music, and the second to Country music. The first night’s lineup is Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans and O.A.R. The second night features Lauren Alaina, Love & Theft and Martina McBride.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://www.lakefrontmusicfest.com/

5. Irish Fair of Minnesota

Irish Fair of Minnesota

(Photo Credit: Gaelic Storm official website.)

Dates: Aug. 12-14, 2016

Location: Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul, 251 Plato Blvd. W.

Details:  Suggested by Michael K. on our Facebook page, the Irish Fair of Minnesota is the largest free Irish fair in the entire country, according to the organizers’ website. The musical lineup for this year’s event include the incredibly popular Gaelic Storm, as well as Irish fiddle player Eileen Ivers, The High Kings, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Sock in the Frying Pan, and Tim Malloys.

Tickets: Free admission

Website: http://www.irishfair.com/

6. The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Concert Series

Minnesota State Fair

(Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair website.)

Date: Aug. 25-Sept. 5, 2016

Location: Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St Paul, MN 55108

Details: The Minnesota State Fair is a local tradition for anything on a stick, but the annual event also features fantastic music throughout the grounds, as well as big concert acts at the Grandstand. This year’s Grandstand Concert lineup features Don Henley of The Eagles as well as a two-night show from the Dixie Chicks. Other acts include: Charlie Wilson featuring Fantasia, Happy Together Tour, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor, Weezer, Bonnie Raitt and a talent show.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://www.mnstatefair.org/

BONUS: Twin Cities Area Music in the Parks Events

There are a number of local cities that are hosting free summer concert series. Below is a collection of some of those events. Click on the name of the event to get more information.

There are literally hundreds of concerts happening throughout the state this summer. If you’re looking for other shows and tickets, check out concertful.com, which features a detailed list of concerts.

We truly hope you’re able to get out and enjoy some Minnesota music this summer. If you find your way to one of these concerts, we’d love it if you shared a photo or two with us on Facebook or Twitter.

And, of course, if you’re looking to stay cool in your home this summer, we’re here for you. If you’re in need of air conditioner repairs or just have questions, contact Welter Heating today.

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6 of the COOLest Outdoor Summer Concerts & Music Festivals in Minnesota

Posted on July 6, 2016Rick Welter

COOLest Outdoor Minnesota Summer Concerts 2016

Summer is in full swing in Minnesota and one pillar of enjoying the season to its fullest is enjoying great outdoor music.

From cities that hold weekly concerts at local parks to huge festivals that draw thousands, the summer of 2016 promises a fantastic lineup of awesome musical acts. Below you’ll find details for some of the COOLest Minnesota concerts that are yet to come this summer, featuring many of our own picks as well as some insights from our Facebook followers:

1. Music in the Zoo

Minnesota Zoo

(Photo Credit: Minnesota Zoo website.)

Upcoming Dates Include: July 9, July 13, July 15, July 20, July 21, July 25, July 27, July 29. July 30, July 31, Aug. 2, Aug. 7, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27.

Location: The Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Details: From Indie Rock to Country, the Minnesota Zoo’s Music in the Zoo concert series offers a musical acts for every taste. The series launched back in June, but there are still a number of concerts coming including: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Grace Potter, Har Mar Superstar, and many more.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://mnzoo.org/plan-your-visit/music-zoo/

2. The St. Paul Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party

(Photo Credit: Basilica Block Party Facebook page.)

Dates: July 8-9, 2016

Location: The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis

Details: For two days—across three stages—nearly two dozen acts will play under the sun and stars with the Basilica of Saint Mary serving as the backdrop. The outdoor music festival got started in 1995 as a way to raise funds to pay for the restoration of the Basilica. Today, in addition to using the funds to pay for restoration costs, some of the proceeds also go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://basilicablockparty.org/

3. Bayfront Festival Park Summer Concerts

Bayfront Festival Park

(Photo Credit: Bayfront Festival Park Facebook page.)

Upcoming Dates Include: July 9, July 16, July 31, Aug. 5, Aug. 6, Aug. 12-14, Aug. 25, and Sept. 10.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Details: Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park is stacked with concerts and festivals throughout the rest of the summer. Some of the coolest upcoming shows and festivals include: Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival (July 16), Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul with Tribe Society (July 31), Howling Moon Music Festival (Aug. 5), Bayfront Blues Festival (Aug. 12-14).

Tickets: Get ticket information.

Website: https://bayfrontfestivalpark.com/

4. Lakefront Music Fest

Lakefront Music Festival

(Photo Credit: Lakefront Music Festival Facebook page.)

Dates: July 15-16, 2016

Location: Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway S.E., Prior Lake, MN 55372

Details: The first night of the event is dedicated to Rock music, and the second to Country music. The first night’s lineup is Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans and O.A.R. The second night features Lauren Alaina, Love & Theft and Martina McBride.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://www.lakefrontmusicfest.com/

5. Irish Fair of Minnesota

Irish Fair of Minnesota

(Photo Credit: Gaelic Storm official website.)

Dates: Aug. 12-14, 2016

Location: Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul, 251 Plato Blvd. W.

Details:  Suggested by Michael K. on our Facebook page, the Irish Fair of Minnesota is the largest free Irish fair in the entire country, according to the organizers’ website. The musical lineup for this year’s event include the incredibly popular Gaelic Storm, as well as Irish fiddle player Eileen Ivers, The High Kings, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Sock in the Frying Pan, and Tim Malloys.

Tickets: Free admission

Website: http://www.irishfair.com/

6. The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Concert Series

Minnesota State Fair

(Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair website.)

Date: Aug. 25-Sept. 5, 2016

Location: Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St Paul, MN 55108

Details: The Minnesota State Fair is a local tradition for anything on a stick, but the annual event also features fantastic music throughout the grounds, as well as big concert acts at the Grandstand. This year’s Grandstand Concert lineup features Don Henley of The Eagles as well as a two-night show from the Dixie Chicks. Other acts include: Charlie Wilson featuring Fantasia, Happy Together Tour, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor, Weezer, Bonnie Raitt and a talent show.

Tickets: Buy tickets.

Website: http://www.mnstatefair.org/

BONUS: Twin Cities Area Music in the Parks Events

There are a number of local cities that are hosting free summer concert series. Below is a collection of some of those events. Click on the name of the event to get more information.

There are literally hundreds of concerts happening throughout the state this summer. If you’re looking for other shows and tickets, check out concertful.com, which features a detailed list of concerts.

We truly hope you’re able to get out and enjoy some Minnesota music this summer. If you find your way to one of these concerts, we’d love it if you shared a photo or two with us on Facebook or Twitter.

And, of course, if you’re looking to stay cool in your home this summer, we’re here for you. If you’re in need of air conditioner repairs or just have questions, contact Welter Heating today.

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