We love small cities and summer celebrations! Each of these small towns are charming in their own way. From parades to other fun in the sun, these small town events capture the true essence of community spirit, togetherness and fun. Here are some of our favorite small city summer celebrations across the state of Minnesota!
Summer celebrations in a small town near you….
Russell Bandwagon Days – June 2-4, 2023
Okabena 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2023
Come out and celebrate the 4th of July in Okabena, MN with a kiddie pedal pull, parades, bean bags, and of course fireworks!
More Information: Okabena 4th of July Celebration
Two Harbors Heritage Days – July 6-9, 2023
Start the weekend off in Two Harbors, MN on Thursday with the first clue of the medallion hunt, kiddie games, and a band performance. Other Two Harbors Heritage Days events include a street dance, car show, parade, magician and so much more!
More Information: Two Harbors Heritage Days
Brooten Bonanza Valley Days – July 6-9, 2023
Kick off the Brooten Bonanza Valley Days celebration on Thursday with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Then, jump into Friday with a youth baseball tournament, craft show, and street dance. You’re going to need your energy for Saturday with garage sales, car and tractor show, sporting events, inflatables, petting zoo, street dance, and so much more!
More Information: Bonanza Valley Days
Sacred Heart Summerfest – July 12-16, 2023
The Sacred Heart Summerfest celebration is filled with small town fun! Whether you like city-wide garage sales, baseball games, the car show, or family fun, Sacred Heart Summerfest is the place to be. Don’t miss the Grand Parade on July 14 at 6 PM led by Sacred Heart Mayor and Grand Marshal Dan Agre.
More Information: Sacred Heart Summerfest
Hector Corn Chaff Days – July 10-16, 2023
The Hector Corn Chaff Celebration includes a full schedule with softball tournaments, 5k, car show, food vendors, parade, petting zoo, band, and much more!
More Information: Hector Corn Chaff Days
Hanley Falls The Good Old Days/Threshing Show – August 5-6, 2023
Stay tuned for more information on Hanley Falls Good Old Days and Threshing Show. If you like classic farm machinery, this is a can’t miss event!
More information: Pioneer Power Threshing Club on Facebook
Lake Lillian Fun Days (Centennial Celebration!) – July 29 – August 6, 2023
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lake Lillian with over a week long of activities! Activities include a Fallen Hero Memorial, National Night Out, 100th Birthday Party, Cornhole Tourney, parade, street dance, fireworks, and so much more!
More Information: Lake Lillian Fun Days
Elbow Lake Flekkefest – August 4 – 6, 2023
Come and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Grant County at the Elbow Lake Flekkefest. Watch the Flekkefest – Elbow Lake Facebook page for the schedule of activities.
More Information: Elbow Lake Flekkefest
Karlstad MooseFest – August 11-13, 2023
Enjoy the weekend with the Karlstad MooseFest with pedal pull, food vendors, and live entertainment. Other weekend events include breakfast, garage sales, parade bingo, band, and a four person golf scramble.
More Information: Karlstad MooseFest
Wood Lake Community Fair – August 23, 2023
Raymond Harvest Festival – August 26, 2023
The Raymond Harvest Festival Parade is Saturday, August 26 at 1:30 PM. Watch their Facebook page for the schedule of activities.
More Information: Raymond Harvest Festival
Tracy Boxcar Days & Fly-In Breakfast – September 4, 2023
Tracy Boxcar Days has its parade on September 4th at 1 PM. During the Boxcar Days celebration on Labor Day Weekend, the City holds a Fly-In pancake breakfast at the airport. Aircraft and other forms of transportation are welcomed. There is plenty of parking and plenty of pancakes.
More Information: City of Tracy, MN – Boxcar Days
DeGraff Labor Day Celebration – September 4, 2023
The Degraff Labor Day Celebration parade is on September 4th at 1:30 PM. Stay tuned for more details!
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit some of these small town celebrations and see what they have to offer. Whatever part of Minnesota you are in, there is bound to be a fun small city celebration that you can partake in this summer. For more events around Minnesota, check out Explore Minnesota all summer long!
Do you know of an awesome small town celebration in Minnesota that we should add to this list? Contact us here with information on your city celebration!