July 13 - July 21: The Aquatennial. Minneapolis has the Twin Cities' major summer event with the Aquatennial, over 50 events such as parades, fireworks, and water-based racing, boating, fun and games. Highlights of the festival are the Milk Carton boat races on July 15, free Pre-parade party at Loring Park, and the torchlight parade on July 18, and the fireworks finale on July 21.
July 19 - July 22: Wannigan Days in Taylors Falls has street dancing, boat cruises, and family entertainment.
July 20 - July 22: Highland Fest in St. Paul has live music, carnival rides, food, a beer tent, a juried art fair, and plenty of entertainment.
July 20 - July 21: Rivertown Days the whole of Hastings celebrates with a music festival, parade, carnival, river races, sports events and fireworks.
July 23: Midtown Phillips Festival This community event has several musical acts, entertainment, puppet shows from In The Heart of the Beast, and sporting events. Free, at Steward Park.
July 21: Rondo Days Festival Thousands gather annual for this community festival in St. Paul, which has a grand parade, drill team competition, and family activities.