2023 Summer Festivals and Events in and Near Shakopee

This summer, Shakopee is your destination for concerts, festivals, racing, and more!  Here are all the details you need to save the date for a season full of fun in Shakopee.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Weekends August 19-October 1, plus Labor Day, September 4 and Friday, September 29, 2023

Live jousting, stage and street entertainment, a marketplace with 250 artisan vendors, and of course, giant turkey legs—head to the country’s largest Renaissance Festival for an immersive, fantastical trip to a bygone era.  Each weekend features a different theme with special entertainment, contests, tastings, and other events, so you can get a unique experience every time you visit. 

Check out these special events at Valleyfair, the upper Midwest’s largest amusement park!

Valleyfair Opening Day, Sunday, May 14, 2023—get the first peek at this season’s new entertainment, food, and more.

Grand Carnivale, select dates June 24-July 9, 2023—enjoy international music, food, and games, plus lavish floats and street performers at the nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade.

Latin Days, August 5-6, 2023—celebrate Latin culture with authentic food and performances by local Latin music and dance groups.


Concerts return to Canterbury Park this summer, with national acts in an intimate outdoor setting.

Night Ranger with Them Pesky Kids, Friday, June 2, 2023

The Marshall Tucker Band, Friday, June 23, 2023

Killer Queen, Friday, July 21, 2023

Smash Mouth & Spin Doctors, Friday, August 11, 2023

Randy Houser, Friday, September 8, 2023

Rhythm on the Rails

Wednesdays June 21-August 9, 2023

The free, seven-week outdoor concert series in downtown Shakopee features regional headliners and local opening acts, plus a free kids zone with family activities and food and drinks from local vendors. 

June 21, 2023—Neil! Martin Zellar’s Tribute to Neil Diamond

June 28, 2023—Rocket Club

July 12, 2023—Xpedition

July 19, 2023—Mallrats

July 26, 2023—Songs of the South: A Tribute to Alabama by Shane Martin

August 2, 2023—Fabulous Armadillos Party Band

August 9, 2023—Shakopee Community Spirit Night

3 Doors Down at Mystic Lake

Saturday, June 24, 2023 

The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rock band brings their top hits to the Mystic Showroom.

Rob Zombie With Filter

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Hard rock icon Rob Zombie will perform outdoors at the Mystic Amphitheater.

Lakefront Music Fest

July 14-15, 2023

With one night devoted to country and the other dedicated to classic rock, this outdoor music festival in Prior Lake is one of the largest in the Twin Cities.  This year’s event will include headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd and Darius Rucker, plus REO Speedwagon, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, and more.

One Night of Queen at Mystic Lake

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Cover band Gary Mullen & The Works pay homage to Queen with a rock and roll spectacle at the Mystic Showroom.

Daryl Hall and the Daryl’s House Band at Mystic Lake

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and solo fame performs hits from his five decade-long career at the Mystic Showroom.

Live Racing

Live Hores Racing at Canterbury Park

May 27-September 16, 2023 (select Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Canterbury Park is home to the best horse racing in Minnesota—place your bets and cheer on your picks as they race to the finish line!  

Dog Race Days at Canterbury Park

Canterbury is going to the dogs on these special race days, featuring dog breeds racing against each other to be crowned best in show.  These family-friendly race days also offer pony rides and face painting.

Bulldogs, Sunday, June 11, 2023

Bassets, Sunday, June 25, 2023

Corgis, Sunday, July 30, 2023

Wiener Dogs, Sunday, August 13, 2023

“Best in Show” Dog Days Championship, Sunday, September 3, 2023

Unicorn and Llama Races 

July 9, 2023

Watch unicorns and llamas race around the track, and then enjoy family activities including kids crafts, pony rides, face painting, and a chance to meet the llamas.

Extreme Day

July 16, 2023

You won’t believe your eyes as you watch ostriches, camels, and zebras race at Canterbury Park, plus you can enjoy family activities and photo opportunities.

Food & Drink

Pair live racing with delicious eats at the Taste of Canterbury Event Series.  Tickets include craft cocktail samples, two drink tickets, an appetizer pairing menu, and live music.

BBQ & Bourbon, June 3, 2023

Tacos & Tequila, July 1, 2023

Wings & Whiskey, August 5, 2023

Craft Cocktails & Charcuterie, September 2, 2023

Seltzer Fest 

June 10, 2023

Sample hard seltzers from the Twin Cities and across the country at Canterbury Park.



August 18-20, 2023

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s annual gathering is a contest powwow with dancers and drum groups, as well as Native American foods and arts and crafts vendors.

This summer, plan a getaway to Shakopee!  Shakopee is home to Canterbury Park, Valleyfair, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Book your stay in Shakopee today!