Summer Sensations 2014: Dakota County Calendar of Events

In an effort to prevent people from having to use multiple sources to find summer events throughout the six cities in the Sun Thisweek and Dakota County Tribune coverage area, the newspaper staff has compiled this listing.

While not every event is listed here, the newspaper feels this the most comprehensive listing specific to these communities. If there are events you feel should be listed, send them to [email protected]. This listing will be posted online at and be modified throughout the year.

The events are listed in chronological order. For events lasting more than one day or over a series of months, the event is listed only once under the month in which it begins.


Taste of Lakeville – 5-9 p.m. May 15, Lakeville Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Rotary’s major fundraising event for local and international community projects includes food, wine and live music. Live and silent auctions are also held. Visit for more information.

Rosemount Citywide Garage Sale – May 15-17. This event is coordinated by Rosemount Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit

Holz Farm Spring Festival – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 18, Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Drive, Eagan. Celebrate spring at this 1940s restored park featuring food, music and activities for all ages. More is inside this edition and at

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Spring Open House – 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Event will have a bluegrass background as young people will have a chance to make instruments and everyone will be able to hear music from local musicians. More is at

I Love Burnsville Week – May 31-June 8. A chance to celebrate the city of Burnsville with friends, family and neighbors. The events include a community-wide garage sale; golf, softball and disc golf tournaments; a mountain bike race; evening movie; 5K running race; family music and book festival and an essay contest for third-graders with the topic “Why I Love Burnsville.” More is at


Music in the Zoo – June 2-Aug. 13, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 26, and are available through; the Minnesota Zoo’s box office sells available tickets after 6:30 p.m. the night of each concert. Tickets for most of the shows are in the $40-$70 range. The full concert schedule is here and at

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Family Fun Tuesdays – 10 a.m.  June 8-Aug. 17, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Events in the Sculpture Garden aim to examine Earth and its people through various music, dance, storytelling, and puppetry. Admission is free with a $4 per person suggested donation to support the series. More is here and at

Eagan Market Fest – 4-8 p.m., Wednesdays, June 4-Sept. 24, Central Park’s Festival Grounds and Eagan Rotary Band Shell at the Eagan Community Center. Farmers market and community event features produce, hand-crafted artisan items, activities, concerts and entertainment. More is at

Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks – June 6-Aug. 22, seating at 7:30 p.m., show begins at dusk, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. For event updates and cancelation notices call the Recreation Hotline at 952-895-4507 or visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A list of performances is here and at

Music in Kelley Park – 6 p.m., June 6-Aug. 8, Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St. The Apple Valley Arts Foundation hosts this series of free outdoor music concerts. Parking is available on nearby streets, and there is an adjacent playground near the outside stage. There will be no concerts on June 27 or July 4. More is at and

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Summer Performance Series – 6:30 p.m.  June 8-Aug. 17, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Events in the Theater in the Woods will feature Shakespeare, orchestral pops music and ethnic dancing. Admission is free with a $5 per person suggested donation to support the Performance Series. More is here and at

Wednesday Farmers Market – noon-5 p.m., June 11-Oct. 29, Market Plaza, Lakeville.

Thursday Rockin’ Readers – 11 a.m., June 12-Aug. 21, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Prior to Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts, elementary principals from Independent School District 191 will read books geared toward elementary and preschool children. There will be no reader event July 3. A list of readers will be posted at For event updates and cancelation notices call the Recreation Hotline at 952-895-4507 or visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts – noon, June 12-Aug. 21, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Geared toward preschool-aged audiences. There will be no concert July 3. For event updates and cancelation notices call the Recreation Hotline at 952-895-4507 or visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A list of performances is inside this edition and available at

Lake Fest – June 14, Eagan. Celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month with fishing (equipment provided), fish art, visits with natural resource experts and more. Fishing license not required for this event.

Second Annual RE/MAX Results AttaBoy Ride – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 15, Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount. Fundraising bicycle ride to raise money in support of the fight against men’s cancers. Open to all ages and abilities. Routes of 5, 10, 20 and 40 miles. For information see

Farmington Dew Days – June 20-21. The city’s annual summer celebration includes music, food, bed races, a parade, activities and entertainment for young and old. More information is at

Saturday Farmers Market – 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 21 to Sept. 27, Lakeville Area Arts Center parking lot.

ArtBlast – June 23-28, Rosemount. Variety of music, performance and visual arts events along with classes in locations throughout Rosemount. Includes the Bluegrass Americana Festival, which has been held the past four years during Rosemount Leprechaun Days in July. This year, the festival will move to June 27 and 28 and feature a square dance Friday night with the Rosemount resident Craig Evans’ Eelpout Stringers and on Saturday the bluegrass bands start at 5 p.m. with the Fly Rite Girls, No Grass Limit, The Fish Heads and Sawtooth. More information is at

Wednesdays in the Park –  June 25-Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Burnsville’s Civic Center Park, Civic Center Parkway, east of Nicollet Avenue between 130th and 134th streets. Performances by artists including orchestral, rock ’n’ roll, children’s music and much more. A list of performances is inside this edition and available at

Eagan Art Festival – 9a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 28, and 10 a.m.-5p.m., Sunday, June 29, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Coordinated by the Dakota Center for the Arts, this juried art show and sale also has art activity tents. Free admission and parking. More is at

New Spaces Heart of the City Music Festival – Sunday Night Concerts, June 29-Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Free concerts with weekly performers to be announced at For event updates and cancelation notices call the Recreation Hotline at 952-895-4507 or visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Eagan July 4th Funfest – July 3-4. Features the Eagan Ambassador program, a carnival filled with rides and games, live entertainment, parade and fireworks. More information is at

Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog – July 4-13. Lakeville’s annual summer festival features more than 50 events and activities, such as the grand parade, classic car parade, fireworks, street dances and more. There is something for all age groups and food for all tastes. More information is at

Apple Valley Freedom Days – Series of events in days prior to and on Friday, July 4. Freedom Days Parade 1 p.m. July 4 follows route from Pennock Avenue at Fireside Drive north to 145th Street west to Hayes Road north Apple Valley High School. The event also includes Dancin’ ’n’ Cruisin’ classic car show and street dance and fireworks. A full schedule can be found

International Festival of Burnsville – July 12, Nicollet Commons Park. Celebrates diversity through music, entertainment, cuisine, and cultural exhibits promoting tolerance and diversity. More is at

Rosemount Leprechaun Days – July 18-27. The city’s largest annual festival includes about 60 events with a 100-unit parade, which will be moved from the second weekend to the first weekend and be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, carnival, live music, fireworks, and food mostly centered around Central Park. To volunteer, donate or plan an event, email [email protected] More information is at


Dakota County Fair – Aug. 4-10, Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th Street W., Farmington. The fair includes a midway with carnival rides, food, exhibits, music, grandstand events, and much more at the, (651) 463-8818,

Block Bash –  6-11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15, Market Plaza, Lakeville. Features music by the The Killer Hayseeds, food trucks, beer and spirits. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend. Organized by the Downtown Lakeville Business Association,

Southern Cruzers Summer Spectacular Car and Craft Show –  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 23, Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington. Includes swap meet, bluegrass music, car corral. Cost: $5 per person and children under age 12 admission is free with a paying adult. Portion of proceeds donated to charity. More information is at

RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride – Aug. 9, starts and ends at the Eagan Community Center. One-day bicycle event with 12-, 23-, 35-, 42- and 65-mile options to raise money for two breast cancer charities. A picnic lunch, beverages and entertainment is provided at the start/stop location. Riders and volunteers are being sought. More is at


Burnsville Fire Muster —  Sept. 4-7. Features wine tasting, beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, children’s activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and parades. More is at

Harvest of Art – 1-5 p.m., Sept. 7, Eagan Art House. Art show includes the opening of annual community art exhibit, outdoor pottery firing, artist demonstrations and more. More is at

Ramble Jam – Sept. 12 and 13, Dakota County Fairgrounds. Country rock music festival organized by Farmington Rotary Club. Lineup of acts has not been released yet, but last year’s headliners were Jerrod Niemann and Rodney Atkins. More is at

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Bluegrass Festival – Sunday, Sept. 14, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. The festival lineup includes the Okee Dokee Brothers, Monroe Crossing, Roe Family Singers and The Blackburn Trio. Tickets are $20 for those 13 and over, with children 12 and under being admitted for free. More is at

Perk’s MessFest presented by RE/MAX Results – Saturday, Sept 20, MN Pro Paintball course in Lakeville. Youth and family slopstacle course event with 1- and 2-mile options. There will be 10 slopstacles over the course of 2 miles. Participants and volunteers are being sought. More is at

Lakeville Art Festival – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 20 and 21, Lakeville Area Arts Center, at 20965 Holyoke Ave. Each year, the festival hosts approximately 60 exhibitors who show and sell their work in many forms and media including visual, performing, and literary. The event includes a featured artist exhibit, artist demonstrations, Youth Art Tent, performing and literary artists, and food. For more information, visit

Lone Oak Days – Sept. 20-21, Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Drive, Eagan. Go back in time to the early 1940s as this family friendly includes hay rides, pie eating contests, games and activities for all ages to enjoy. More is at

Food Truck Festival – September (times to be announced), Eagan Festival Grounds located in Central Park. Food trucks, music. More will be posted at