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Summer in St. Cloud 2018: 11 Events to Check Out

By: Carlee

Looking for some activities this summer to get you and/or your family out of the house? Check out this curated list of activities for your enjoyment!!


Summer Events in St. Cloud

1. Under the Stars Movie Series

St. Cloud Parks and Recreation will be teaming up with Capital One to present this summer’s Under the Stars Movie Series. This is a free event is held once in June, July, and August at Whitney Park. The concessions, seating, and music will begin at 8pm, and the movies begin at dusk. The film will be shown in the Whitney Recreation Center Gym if it starts to rain.

This year, they want to give the community a chance to pick the movie shown in August! You can vote at Whitney Recreation Center and receive one free gym pass, or you can vote at the Capital One Cafe and receive a free coffee. Voting dates have not yet been announced.

Movie Schedule:

Friday, June 15th - Beauty and the Beast

Friday, July 20th - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Friday, August 10th - TBD Community Vote!

2. Granite City Days

If you live in St. Cloud, chances are you’ve heard of or been to Granite City Days. This is a jam packed weekend full of summertime fun! This year, Granite City Days runs from June 21st to June 24th. From the Lemonade Art Fair and Concert, to the Lake George Fishing Derby and Outdoor Expo, there is something for every family member to enjoy! Here’s an overview for all of the events happening that weekend:

Thursday, June 21st

  • 11:00am-9:00pm - Lemonade Art Fair and Concert: Vendors and artists gather at SCSU to show off and sell their items, and the evening is wrapped up by live music

  • 12:00pm-6:00pm - Lemon Twist Tour: A self guided tour through historic homes on the SCSU campus

  • 6:30pm-7:00pm - Opening Ceremonies on SCSU Campus

Friday, June 22nd

  • 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm - Beaver Island Canoe Trip: First meet at Beaver Island Brewing, and then a 1-2 hour trip down the Mississippi River on easy flowing, flat water. No experience necessary, however a reservation is required.

  • 5:30pm - 30th Annual Pop Rock Block Party: Hosted at Whitney Park, there will be music by The Buckinghams, BJ Thomas, and Herman’s Hermits.

Saturday, June 23rd

  • 10:00am - Granite City Days Parade: The route is located in downtown St. Cloud.

  • 5:00pm - Sing! St. Cloud Singing Competition: Competitors and singers compete at Lake George for big cash prizes.

Sunday, June 24th

  • 8:00am - StaFit/WJON/Scar Dolls 5k Run at Lake George

  • 8:00am-1:00pm - Civil Air Patrol Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast: All-you-can-eat pancakes featuring some classic cars and airplanes at the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

  • 10:00am-3:00pm - Lake George Fishing Derby/Outdoor Expo

  • 12:00pm-4:00pm - St. Cloud Family Fun Day: Some exciting changes are currently in the making, more information soon.

  • 12:00pm-4:00pm - Fred Yiran African Arts Day: Explore the African Arts with drumming, dance, storytelling, art, and much more at Lake George.

3. St. Cloud Rox Baseball Games

Who doesn’t enjoy soaking in the sun during the summer while enjoying a relaxing game of baseball? St. Cloud has their own collegiate baseball league that plays almost everyday all summer long. The first home game starts on June 1st and ends on August 10th. The home games are hosted at Joe Faber field in St. Cloud on these dates:

June - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th

July - 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 26th, 30th, 31st

August - 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th

For more information on the schedule or to by tickets click here:

4. Mental Health Walk 2018

This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be hosting one of their Mental Health Walks at Lake George to raise awareness and funds for local, regional, and state NAMI organizations. The 5k walk is for people of all ages and fitness levels. Registration is required, however, there is not a registration fee. People are encouraged to fundraise, and those who raise $100 or more will receive NAMIWalks T-shirts.

The 5k walk is hosted on May 19th, 2018, starting at 11:00am.

For more information visit

5. St Cloud Art Crawls

The St. Cloud Art Crawls are a great way to see the shops and eateries of Downtown St. Cloud while supporting your local artists. Once every few months, the downtown store owners open up their doors for local artists to show off and sell their pieces. From music, to paintings, to jewelry, to pottery, and more, there is a variety of art shows to see!

There is an Art Crawl on Friday, June 8th, August 10th, and October 19th starting at 5pm. While there hasn’t been an exact map announced for these events, some of the businesses that host these artists are the Olde Brick House, Books Revisited, Jules’ Bistro, The Pickled Loon, The Red Carpet, Central Perk, and many more.

For updates on the map and other questions, click here:

6. Mudman Obstacle Course

Test your skills on the messy Mudman Obstacle Course hosted by Powder Ridge in Kimball, MN! You can choose between the 2k or 5k challenge, so anyone over the age of 7 is able to participate. The mud, foam, and terrain will challenge your determination. You can form a team to try and win team awards, including fastest team, largest team, and more.

This event is hosted on July 21st starting around 9:30am. Each ticket purchase includes a t-shirt, finishing medal, photos, and timing clip. Ticket prices vary depending if your racing as a team or single, as well as if you are participating in the 2k or 5k.

More information about pricing here:

7. Common Roots Festival

Last summer, St. Cloud held their first ever Common Roots Festival to support downtown businesses during the construction of 5th Avenue, while also supporting local music and art. It was such a hit that they decided to bring it back this year!

During August 23rd, 24th, and 25th, The Common Roots Festival will be hosting over 175 different musicians on 15 different stages throughout downtown. You can purchase a button for $10 or a tee shirt for $20 that gives you access to all shows throughout the weekend. From August 1st through labor day, your button or tee shirt gives you access to exclusive deals in downtown St. Cloud!

More information here:

8. Bikes Beer Burritos @ Beaver Island Brewery

Every Thursday from May 31st to August 30th, Beaver Island Brewing hosts an event called “Bikes Beer Burritos.” Bikers gather at the Beaver Island Brewery at 5:00pm, then place their burrito order before heading out on a pre-mapped route at 5:30pm. The route will lead back to the Beaver Island Brewery where you can choose your favorite pint of beer and enjoy your burrito courtesy of Bravo Burritos. It costs $10 on the day you want to participate and covers the beer and burrito.

9. Summertime by George!

This will be the 8th annual year that the St. Cloud Rotary Club has organized the Summertime by George! It is hosted at Lake George every Wednesday from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Check out the Middle Town Market where a number of different vendors that sell anything from food to hand crafted merchandise. Then head to the Eastman Tavern, which features craft beers, wine, and snacks. There’s even an area for your little ones to participate in physical activities or arts and crafts at Little Georgetown.

Every Wednesday, a live artist is featured on the main stage. The Johnny Holm Band will kick off this year’s Summertime by George, starting at 6:30pm on June 13th. Some of the other featured artists during the 12 week celebration are Matt Vee Family & Friends - Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond I Am… He Said, Free Fallin’ - A Tribute to Tom Petty, Collective Unconscious, the Fabulous Armadillos, and many more.

For more information on the lineup, vendors, and parking, click here:

10. Disc Golf

If you haven’t tried disc golf yet, the St. Cloud area has a few different courses to try it out! Disc golf is a great way to get outside this summer for some fun. First off, stop at Wiggy’s Disc Golf Today located on the corner of University Drive & 9th Ave. They have everything you’d need to start playing

  • Head to the Riverside Disc Golf course to enjoy a course right on the Mississippi River. Featuring scenic views, this course has 18 holes and is a good place to start. The Riverside Park is located at 1800 Kilian Blvd SE.

  • Next, check out the Calvary Hill course in St. Cloud. This is also an 18 hole course within a little bit of woods, and brush, an well as mowed grass, roads, and the parking lot as obstacles. This course is located on Traverse Road in St. Cloud.

  • From there, check out the other disc golf courses around the St. Cloud area including River’s Edge in Waite Park, Mayhew Creek in Sauk Rapids, Northside Park in Sartell, Millstream in St. Joseph, and Hidden Lake in St. Augusta. A map of the different courses is located here:

11. Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Quarry Park! Opened January 1st, 1998, the Quarry Park has grown to include 20 different quarries, each with their own uniqueness. There will be a celebration for the 20th Anniversary on June 16th. Some of the activities featured there are fishing, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, biking, geocaching, observing wildlife, and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

The swimming quarries are one of the most visited quarries, with one being 116 feet deep, and the other being 40 feet deep. There is plenty of picnic and overlook areas, and so much history to learn about. Daily permits are $5 per day, however you can purchase a season pass for only $20.


Now get out there and have some fun!!

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