It’s summertime in Burnsville, Minnesota, and living is easy with tons of fun things to do. Located just a few miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Burnsville’s rich and diverse mix of culture, arts, shopping, dining and attractions makes the city a worthwhile visit. Add to that its vibrant festivals, variety of concert series and an outdoor scene that doesn’t go on summer vacation, and you’re in for a cool getaway that’ll leave you feeling completely rejuvenated, especially in the hot summer months. Get your sunshine on, and explore our list of some of the best things to do this summer in Burnsville, Minnesota.
June 3-9, 2017
Community meets, delicious eats and fun feats define this treasured city tradition. This year marks the 10th anniversary of I Love Burnsville Week when, every June, the city hosts a weeklong celebration of everything that makes the community a great place to live, work and play. Check out the week’s events:
The festivities kick off Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 a.m. with an Adventure Run and Hike at Buck Hill, a trek that’ll give you the chance to see gorgeous views of the city. On Sunday, bring your bicycle, scooter or other nonmotorized vehicle to explore the trail at the Minnesota Riverfront Park Grand Opening. Check the schedule to learn details about other events throughout the week
including YMCA Open House, Intro to Pickleball, City Hall/Police Department Groundbreaking, Senior Health and Fitness Day, Intro to Birdwatching, Burnsville Senior Ice Cream Social, Mountain Bike Races at Buck Hill, Skateboard Summer Series, Friday Fun Fest and Flicks on the Bricks.
Some activities are fresh and exciting, and others are perennial favorites. These events are all about community appreciation, and I Love Burnsville Week invites you to extend random acts of kindness to your neighbors as an easy way to continue the love all year long.
Mountain biking at Buck Hill is the perfect way to fill the gorgeous summer season with adrenaline-infused action. On Thursdays from May 11-Aug. 4, the family bike shop, Penn Cycle, hosts mountain biking competitions including advanced, recreational and fat bike races ($10) at 6:30 p.m.; a beginner race ($5) at 7:30 p.m.; and a kids’ bike race (free) at 7:45 p.m. These Thursday evenings are filled with loads of door prizes, plenty of eats and beverages, plus more fun activities. And for mountain biking instruction, check out Buck Hill’s Downhill Divas, a skills clinic for women on select Wednesdays; Macho Mondays, a skills clinic for men; and Action Sports Kids Camps, weeklong day camps for children.
If you’re craving even more downhill excitement, prepare to break out your skis, snowboards and tubes Monday, June 19. Buck Hill’s artificial slope will officially open, creating the opportunity for year-round action. The slope features Neveplast—a synthetic mat that perfectly simulates real snow conditions. You can purchase a summer season pass, which will give you full access to artificial snow fun from June until the winter snow season begins. Neveplast allows novices to easily snow plow, enthusiasts to practice their favorite discipline any time of the day, and competitive athletes to train exactly as they do on snow. And if you’re interested in getting your little ones involved in summer day camps, check out Buck Hill’s Action Sports Kids Camps including snowboarding and skiing options.
And to ease into your summer weekends, check out Buck Hill’s Friday Night Live Music Series at Black Diamond Restaurant June through August. Entertainment is always free of charge and, if the weather’s permitting, concerts are held outside on the deck. Eat, drink and be merry.
International Festival of Burnsville
July 15, 2017
Every year in July at Nicollet Commons Park, this culture fest celebrates Burnsville’s vibrant diversity. This year’s celebration is marked for Saturday, July 15, when you can plan to bring your dancing shoes and an appetite to enjoy the variety of music, dance groups and food representing cultures around the globe. A sneak peek of the day’s lineup includes New Orleans-style tunes from the McNasty Brass Band, a Chinese lion dance by Ha Family Entertainment, Rince Na Chroi Irish dance and more. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The festival features an art exhibition and kid-friendly activities too, like henna tattooing, face painting, balloon twisting and Japanese origami to name just a few.
Sept. 6-10, 2017
Established in 1980, the Fire Muster is Burnsville’s longest-running tradition, and for the first year ever, this four-day event will be free of charge. The festivities kick off Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Heart of the City Park with a Burnsville City Block Party featuring lively entertainment and delicious food. Over the following three days, the celebration continues with activities like craft beer tasting, a vintage car show, the Heart of the City 10K-5K-1K Run, firetruck displays and exhibits, a business expo, a food and beer garden and more.
Friday Nights, June 9-Aug. 25, 2017
Enjoy free-of-charge Friday night movies at Nicollet Commons Park, where seating begins at 7:30 and the show begins at dusk. Movies will include “The Mighty Ducks” (PG), “Sing” (PG), “A Dog's Purpose” (PG), “Finding Dory” (PG), “Shall We Dance” (PG-13) and “The Great Gilly Hopkins” (PG).
Wednesday Nights, June 28-Aug. 2, 2017
Warm, open air paired with live music makes for a perfect summer evening. This summer concert series takes place at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Park Amphitheatre. You can purchase popcorn there for $1, and bring a nonperishable food item to donate in exchange for a soft drink. Music themes range from rock ’n’ roll, traditional country and orchestra to chorus and Latin fusion and more.
Sunday Nights, July 2-Aug. 6, 2017
Can’t get enough music? Sway to free live tunes on Sundays starting in July at Nicollet Commons Park, sponsored by New Spaces and King and Companies. There’ll be symphonic, jazz, rockin’ brass bands and more.
What did we miss? Share with us your Burnsville summer favorites, and be sure to make the most of the season by checking out the full events schedule on our website.