August 1 : Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival is a free event held on Wednesday evening at Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis. There will have lots of games and activities for all ages of children including canoe rides and a sandcastle building contest.
August 2 - 12: Minnesota Fringe Festival has over 100 shows and performances at venues across Minneapolis and St. Paul.
August 3 - 5: Old-Time Harvest Steam & Gas Engine Festival Tractor heaven in Jordan, south west of the Metro. Vintage farm equipment, demonstrations, animals, live music and a "Kiddie Tractor Pull". If your four-year-old doesn't have a tractor, you'll be pleased to hear that Festival is providing pedal tractors.
August 3 - 5: Uptown Art Fair is one of the top ten art fairs in the country, and the largest of three happening on this weekend. Last year $2.5 million in art was sold at the fair. This year, over 350 artists will be selling unique and limited edition items at venues around the Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue intersection in Uptown Minneapolis.
August 4: Hot Metal Pour About 45 minutes north-east of the Metro Area is the Franconia Sculpture Park, home of the annual Hot Metal Pour. (Most people know this event by the old name, the Iron Pour.) Artists will be making casts, and you can make your own castings, starting at $25. Food and beverages will be available, and there's live music in the evening.
August 4 - 5: Powderhorn Art Fair Art and fine craft fair held at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.
August 4 - 5: Loring Park Art Festival is the third art fair this weekend, with more art and fine crafts in Loring Park, near downtown Minneapolis.
August 4: Hanover Harvest Festival has a flea market, fireworks, sporting contests, pie eating contests, and more family entertainment.
August 5:: Paws On Grand. Lots of dog and pet related sales and activities on St. Paul's Grand Avenue.