Sun Family Living: Summer Sensations Calendar of Events 2017

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 the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. If there are events you feel should be listed, send them to [email protected] More event information, stories and updates to the calendar will be at:

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 18, Lakeville Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Rotary’s major fundraising event for local and international community projects includes food, wine and live music from Twin Cities singer-songwriter Dave Hudson. Live and silent auctions are also held. Visit for more information.


Rosemount Citywide Garage Sale – May 18-20. This event is coordinated by Rosemount Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit

Burnsville Community-Wide Garage Sale — May 19-20. Event will be held rain or shine. The city will create a map with all registered sales, which will be available at City Hall, the City Maintenance Center and online in mid-May.

Holz Farm Spring Festival – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 21, Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Drive, Eagan. Celebrate spring at this 1940s restored park featuring food, music and activities for all ages. More is at

Story Walk — May 25-29. The City of Burnsville and Dakota County Libraries invite community members to visit Sunset Pond Park, 3350 W. Burnsville Parkway, to a self-guided walk to read from picture book pages of “Monarch: Come Play with Me” by Ba Rea displayed along the trail.


I Love Burnsville Week – June 3-9. A chance to celebrate the city of Burnsville with friends, family and neighbors. The events include the grand opening of Minnesota Riverfront Park, groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 improvements to Burnsville City Hall and Burnsville Police Department, sports activities, evening movie, bird watching, ice cream social, and an essay contest for third-graders with the topic “Why I Love Burnsville.” More is at

Music in the Zoo – June-August, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. Tickets 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 at Highlights includes Ziggy Marley, Bo Deans, Natalie Merchant, B-52s, Indigo Girls, Gear Daddies and more.

Eagan Market Fest – 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 30, and 3-7 p.m. Sept. 6-27,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

Apple Valley Farmers Market — 7100 W. 147th St. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 10 – Oct. 28. To find out what’s in season, go online to

Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks – June 10-Aug. 26, seating at 7:30 p.m., show begins at dusk, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. June 9: “The Mighty Ducks” (PG) part of I Love Burnsville Week’s Friday Fest; June 23: “Sing” (PG); July 14: “A Dog’s Purpose (PG); July 28: “Finding Dory” (PG); Aug. 11: “Shall We Dance” (PG-13) part of Adult Night Out; Aug. 25: “The Great Gilly Hopkins” (PG). For event updates and cancelation notices visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. More is at

Music in Kelley Park – Each summer, Apple Valley hosts a series of free outdoor music concerts 6 p.m. Fridays in Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St. Parking for these concerts is available on nearby streets, and there is an adjacent playground near the outside stage. More is at and

Wednesday Farmers Market – noon-5 p.m., June 14-Oct. 25, 208th and Holyoke, Lakeville. To find out what is in season, go online to what’s in season:

Thursday Rockin’ Readers – 11 a.m., June 15-Aug. 17, 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 6. A list of readers will be posted at For event updates and cancelation notices visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts – noon, June 15-Aug. 17, Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Geared toward preschool-aged audiences. There will be no concert July 6. For event updates and cancelation notices visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A list of performances will be available at

Farmington Dew Days – June 13-17. The city’s annual summer celebration includes music, food, bed races, a parade, activities and entertainment for young and old. More information is at

Rosemount Farmers Market – Opens on Tuesday, June 13, and runs 1-5 p.m. each Tuesday through Sept. 26 in the Rosemount Community Center parking lot, 13885 S. Robert Trail. Operated by the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. Due to construction, starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, the market will move to Central Park, 2893 145th St. W. (next to Splash Pad). More information is available at 651-227-8101.

Saturday Farmers Market – 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 24 to Sept. 30, Lakeville Area Arts Center parking lot. To find out what’s in season, go online to

ArtBlast – Typically held the last week of June. Variety of music, performance and visual arts events along with classes in locations throughout Rosemount. More information is at

Wednesdays in the Park –  June 28-Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Burnsville’s Civic Center Park, Civic Center Parkway, east of Nicollet Avenue between 130th and 134th streets. Performances by artists including rock ’n’ roll, children’s music and much more. If the weather is undesirable, the concerts will be held at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. If you donate a non-perishable food item you can receive a Pepsi-product in exchange. The Burnsville Senior Center will also sell popcorn for $1. June 28: The Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue (doo-wop, rockabilly and rock and roll); July 5: Gravel Road (traditional country); July 12: Dakota Valley Summer Pops & Chorale (orchestra and chorus); July 19: Ecuador Manta (music of the Andes and Latin fusion); July 26: Jack and Kitty (acoustic music for kids and families); Aug. 2: Remembering the King (an Elvis tribute featuring Steve Marcio). More is at

Eagan Art Festival – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 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, July 2-Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Free concerts with weekly performers to be announced at For event updates and cancelation notices visit the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Apple Valley Freedom Days – Series of events in days prior to and on 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 and more information at SunThisweek/tag/Freedom-Days-2017.

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 3-9. Events and activities are scheduled including a classic car cruise, grand parade, lots of food and music and fireworks on the Fourth of July. More information can be found at

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Summer Performance Series – 6:30 p.m. Sundays in July and August, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Events in the Theater in the Woods. Admission is $5 per person. Highlights: Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra, Sunday, July 9; Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue & Chinelos San Pablo Apostol, Sunday, Aug. 6, Aztec dance and music; Kevin Kling & Simone Perrin, Sunday, Aug. 20, folk music and storytelling. Full schedule is at

Bluegrass and Beer — Friday, July 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. musical performance by the Rosemount connected Sawtooth Brothers, beer by Urban Growler Brewing Company, food by New Bohemia Wurst + Bier Haus, $10 presale tickets, $12 at the door.

International Festival of Burnsville – 3-9 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Nicollet Commons Park. Celebrates diversity through music, entertainment, cuisine, and cultural exhibits promoting tolerance and diversity. More is at

Rosemount Leprechaun Days – July 21-30. The city’s largest annual festival includes about 60 events with a 100-unit parade, which will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 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 and SunThisweek/tag/Leprechaun-Days-2017.


Dakota County Fair – Aug. 7-13, Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th Street W., Farmington. Tickets will be available starting in July at the Dakota County Fair box office in Ahlberg Hall. The fair includes a midway with carnival rides, food, exhibits, music, grandstand events, and more. More information is at 651-463-8818,

Food Truck Festival – Friday, Aug. 18, Eagan Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Features food truck fare, local craft beers and entertainment. More information is at

Southern Cruzers Summer Spectacular Car and Craft Show –  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington. Includes swap meet, 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


Burnsville Fire Muster —  Sept. 5-10. 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

Ramble Jam – Sept. 15-17, Dakota County Fairgrounds. Country rock music festival organized by Farmington Rotary Club. Headlining acts will be released in June and July. More is at

Lakeville Art Festival — Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days, Lakeville Area Arts Center grounds. More is at