Since we live in Minnesota and experience winter seven months out of the year, we have learned to appreciate the fact that we only get to see live music and events outside for less than half of the calendar year. There are plenty of live music and other festivals to pick from in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud metro areas from now until Labor Day.

It’s time to get outside, hear some music and enjoy Mother Nature as much as possible. After all, Christmas will be here before you know it!

Let’s start by looking at the top shows/events to go to in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Red, White & Boom (July 4th)

This seasonal festival takes place at the downtown Minneapolis riverfront near the Stone Arch Bridge. The Red, White, and Boom! TC Half Marathon, relay, and 5k begin at 6:30 AM. There will be live music, food and plenty of activities for people of all ages from 6 to 10 PM. The grand finale is the fireworks show at 10 PM. Make sure to bring a blanket and plenty of mosquito spray for the big show.


The Basilica Block Party (July 7-8)

This annual music festival is held every July at the stunning Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. It’s easy to find since it’s right off of Interstate 94 near the Hennepin Avenue exit. Cities 97 (97.1 FM) sponsors the show and helps bring in some of the top artists in the country. This year’s lineup includes The Shins on July 7 and Gavin DeGraw on July 8.

Lakefront Music Festival (July 14-15)

This Prior Lake event has brought some of the top acts in the country to the Twin Cities metro since 2010. This year’s music lineup includes popular Colorado band The Fray on July 14. The Fray are best known for their 2005 album “How To Save A Life.” Other acts include Billy Currington, David Nail and Brianna Alomar.


Minnesota Food Truck Festival (July 22 and August 19)

There will be more than 60 food trucks at this food festival in Anoka on July 22 and St. Paul on August. 19. The free event lasts from 11 AM until 9 PM. Bring your taste buds and appetite. There will plenty of delicious food to sample.


The St. Cloud area has plenty to look forward to as well. Let’s take a look to see what “The Granite City” has to offer:

St. Cloud Area Fireworks Show (July 4)

This annual fireworks show takes place over the Mississippi River in Wilson and Hester Parks. This year’s theme is “History, Celebration, Tradition.” The fireworks will begin around 10 PM. Just like for any fireworks show, make sure to bring a blanket, a few beverages, and the mosquito spray. That’s the Minnesota way.


Mick Sterling Present Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” (July 5)

Who doesn’t remember “The Boss” and his signature album “Born To Run”? Nothing screams red, white and blue more than Bruce Springsteen. Since this Summertime By George concert is a day after July 4th, it’s the perfect time to check out Mick Sterling pay tribute to it.

Jugfest in St. Joseph (July 7-8)

This two-day outdoor festival celebrates community, art, and local music. Just make your way down Highway 75 from St. Cloud and head over to Millstream Park in St. Joseph for plenty of live music, yard games, potluck food, and drinks. This year’s live music includes Feral Dogs, Fistful of Data and Whiskey City Tango.


David and Terri Church (July 25)

If you grew up on classic country music, this is the concert for you. This Paramount Theatre concert features David and Terri Church, who both have a passion for singing and playing traditional country music. You won’t hear any Kenny Chesney or Keith Urban, but if it’s Hank Williams you’re pining for, don’t miss this show!

St. Cloud Rox Games (all summer)

The Northwoods League team plays at Joe Faber Field all summer long and offers up fun for the entire family. Plus, you will see some of the Major League Baseball’s future stars as they find their way playing with wood bats for the first time. There are also plenty of giveaways during the season to pay attention to.


If you need a ride to any of these events, keep Pearl Limousine in mind. Call us at (320) 251-1101 today to make your reservation!