TC Weekend | Basilica Block Party, Midtown Greenway Bike Fest, Dragon Fest, Bastille Day and more!

Updated 7/13/2014 1:25 a.m.

The Fourth of July fireworks may be behind us, but there's plenty of summer fun ahead! This weekend presents a diverse range of festivals in the Twin Cities -- the big Basilica Block Party, and a number of smaller, free festivals around town. See this weekend’s spirited lineup below:


Basilica Block Party, July 11 - 12

The 20th Annual Basilica Block Party is here with another dynamic lineup of performers to rock the block! Sponsored by Cities 97, the concert features headliners Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Train, as well as performers Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others. The long-running event serves as a fundraiser for Basilica Landmark. Go here for ticket and schedule info.

N. 16th Street at Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Art at St. Kate’s, July 12  

The grounds of St. Catherine University marks the spot for the 7th annual outdoor art festival, an art show run by artists for artists and open to the public. The show will feature over 100 juried artists with fine arts ranging from watercolor to sculpture, and fine crafts including clay, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and more. 

2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free; Free parking is available.


Midtown Greenway Community Bike Festival, July 12


Free outdoor movies and concerts in the Twin Cities

Movies (movies usually begin at dusk):

July 11
Grease - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Mulan Northwest Como

July 12
The Lorax - Stewart Park

July 13
Zombieland - Solera Restaurant (rooftop)


Sommerfest: Free Music (July 11 - 25)

Minneapolis Music in the Parks (until Sept. 1)

Saint Paul Music in the Parks, (until August 31)

Curious about those green Nice Ride bikes? Come to the Midtown Greenway Community Bike Festival and enjoy free Nice Ride bike demonstrations, bike tune ups and bike decorations, the festive sounds of Salsa del Soul, and iced tea and coffee courtesy of Peace Coffee and Freewheel Bike.

2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis (On the Greenway across from Freewheel Bicycle)

Noon to 5 p.m.


Northeast Folk Festival, July 12

Folk music lovers unite! The 16th Annual Northeast Folk Festival takes place Saturday, with an impressive line up of folk artists. Bring a friend and come on out enjoy an afternoon of free local music.

Grumpy's Northeast

2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis

Starts at 12 p.m.





For the Love, A Community Celebration, July 12

Lowertown is showing love for the local hip-hop community with an all-day and all night celebration featuring DJs, rappers, spoken word artists, dancers and more.  Chris Styles from KMOJ, and Rob of the Thank You Rob Podcast are among the hosts for the event. Bring your dancing shoes and your love of local hip hop and join the fun.

213 East Fourth St., St. Paul

Starts at 2 p.m. and goes to the wee hours



Dragon Festival, July 12 – 13

Honoring Pan Asian culture and spirit, the Dragon Festival, now in its 11th year, showcases Asian performance art, children’s activities, food, Taiko drumming, and the popular Dragon Boat race, with the gorgeous Lake Phalen serving as a backdrop.

1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days)

Free (including free parking at Lake Phalen and Gustavus Adolphus Church)


Bastille Day Block Party, July 13

Featuring performances by GRRRL Party, Hippo Campus, Black Diet, Heiruspecs, the Clock Ox and more, this rain or shine block party is back with a lineup that is sure to please.  In addition to music, the event, now in its 12th year, offers organic picnic food and a local artist market, with a portion of proceeds benefitting People Serving People. Eureka Recycling, a non-profit waste-reduction organization, is partnering with Barbette to ensure the block party is a zero waste event. Organizers recommend leaving dogs at home as this is a hot asphalt event.

1600 West Lake Street, Minneapolis 

3 p.m. - 10 p.m.



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(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.