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Local Attractions

We all know Minnesota has the best summers with manageable temps and festivals around the city every weekend. The Loring Park area, being centrally located in Minneapolis, becomes very busy during the summer months. In addition to the critically acclaimed Loring Park restaurants surrounding the area, there are several Loring Park events throughout the year. Below are some of the popular festivals that call Loring Park home.

  • Rock The Garden
    Rock the Garden is an annual summer music festival organized by the Walker Art Center and The Current. Since its founding, this Loring Park music festival has highlighted national artists such as Wilco, Sonic Youth, MGMT, De La Soul, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Modest Mouse, and Decembrists and has featured a diverse range of local bands like Low, Fog, Iffy, Cloud Cult, Howler, Trampled By Turtles, and Doomtree.
  • Pride Festival
    Twin Cities Pride is a nonprofit Minnesota corporation that brings the greater LGBTQIA+ community together to commemorate the diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements of equality. This weekend-long festival is open and inviting to everyone in the community, by providing a safe environment in which individuals feel free to celebrate their relationships. The Minneapolis Pride festival is frequently rated in the Top 10 Pride Festivals in the US.
  • Loring Park Arts Festival
    The Loring Park Art Festival is produced by Artists for Artists LLP—an organization of experienced artists. This two-day event consists of 140 visual artists that display their original work, scheduled live music, children's activities, and food vendors. The art includes a variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, handmade paper, wood, jewelry, clay, sculpture, fiber, mixed media, and glass. Learn more about the Loring Park art fair here.
  • Holidazzle  Click here for more information. 
  • Acoustic Music Festival  You can get more information about this by clicking here
  • Large Cultural and Social Events  Learn more here

Trails and Recreation

The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and supports outstanding roads. The Grand Rounds is one of the country’s longest continuous systems of public urban parkways and has been the preeminent urban parkway system for more than a century.

The Grand Rounds encompasses natural features, including lakes, creeks, woodlands, riverbanks, and wetlands, as well as constructed features, like canals, lagoons, greenways and parks, playgrounds, parkways, trails, golf courses, athletic fields, picnic grounds, gardens, and bridges.

Originally conceived by Horace W. S. Cleveland and other visionaries in the early days of the Minneapolis Park System, the Grand Rounds is a unique example of a connected park system created for the benefit of the citizens and visitors of Minneapolis.

The Grand Rounds has been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

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