Save the Date for Summer Events and Festivals in Shakopee

Save the date! Summertime in Shakopee means concerts, festivals, and special events. Here’s your guide to the can’t-miss entertainment of 2024.

Dog Race Days at Canterbury Park 

Cheer on adorable pooches as they race around the track at Canterbury Park. There will be dedicated race days for bulldogs and frenchies (May 26), bassets (June 23), wiener dogs (July 4), miniature poodles and doodles (July 28), and corgis (August 18), plus a “Best in Show” Dog Days Championship (September 1). 

Taste of Canterbury 

Come hungry to Canterbury Park’s summer food festivals! Tickets include live racing admission, cocktail sampling, two drink tickets, and appetizer pairings. Get ready for Wings & Whiskey (June 1), Martinis & Tapas (June 15), BBQ & Bourbon (July 6), Cocktail Carnivale (August 3), Brunch & Bubbly (August 25), and Tacos & Tequila (September 7).

Rhythm on the Rails

June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31, 2024

Experience live music in downtown Shakopee, with a free six-week outdoor concert series featuring local opening acts and regional headliners. Attendees can also purchase food and beverages from local vendors, and the event features family-friendly games and activities.

Concerts at the Park 

See acclaimed acts in an intimate outdoor setting at Canterbury Park’s Concerts at the Park series. The 2024 lineup includes Night Ranger (June 7), Hairball (June 14), 38 Special (August 2), Craig Morgan (August 16), and Charlie Berens (September 13).

Mystic Lake Amphitheater 

Mystic Lake’s outdoor venue will be hosting exciting concerts and events all summer long, with upcoming shows including country group Lady A (June 13) and boy band New Kids on the Block (June 23).

Rock and Rockets at Mystic Amphitheater

July 4, 2024

Celebrate Independence Day with a free celebration at Mystic Lake featuring live bands, local food trucks, and awe-inspiring fireworks.

Lakefront Music Fest 

July 12-13, 2024

Lakefront Park in Prior Lake hosts one of the Twin Cities’ largest music festivals, with one night devoted to rock and another focused on country. The rock lineup features Berlin, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and headliners Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The country lineup includes headliner Dierks Bentley plus Elle King and Morgan Evans.

Canterbury Park Rodeo

July 19-20, 2024

Watch professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in events including bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and calf roping. Arrive early to enjoy a pre-party with live music, a family zone with kid-friendly games and activities, pony rides, and more.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest at Mystic Lake 

July 25-27, 2024

Chow down on delicious ribs from top pitmasters and enjoy live music at Mystic Lake’s annual outdoor barbecue celebration.

Latin Days at Valleyfair

August 3-4, 2024

Pair your favorite theme park rides with a weekend filled with Latin music and delicious Latin cuisine. Performances by local musical acts and dance groups are free with park admission.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi 

August 16-18, 2024

Experience Native American culture at the SMSC Wacipi, a contest powwow with dancing, religious ceremonies, and drumming. Visitors are welcome, and there will also be vendors selling Native American handicrafts and foods.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Weekends August 17-September 29, 2024 plus September 2 and September 27, 2024

Step into a fantastical realm of merriment and mirth at the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. From live jousting to artisan vendors, delicious eats to hilarious live entertainment, there’s something for everyone, including kid-friendly attractions and activities.

After you’ve enjoyed a local concert, festival, or special event, skip the drive home and stay in Shakopee! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair, Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. It’s also conveniently located to area attractions like Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

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