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Summer Fete - Tuesday, July 3!

Please join us for what has become the true "ringing in" of Independence Day in the Twin Cities: Bloomington's Summer Fete, every year on July 3 at Normandale Lake Park.

This year's fun starts with a carnival, includes two entertainment stages – the Kid's stage and the Main Stage – featuring a great lineup of performers, and as usual, culminates with a fantastic fireworks display just after dusk!

2018 Schedule

5 - 9 p.m.
Kids' Carnival Area

The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids' Carnival Area at 5 p.m. featuring more inflatable attractions than ever before with a few specialty attractions!

Wristbands: An inflatable-only wristband may be purchased for $15.

Tickets: One ticket may be purchased for $1. Tickets are an alternative to wristbands. All inflatables will require two tickets; other specialty attractions will require more.

5 - 8:40 p.m.
Music on the 84th Street Kids Stage

The 84th Street Kids' stage will once again feature the best in family entertainment.

  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam
  • 6:20 - 7:20 p.m. - Rachael Kroog's Summer Fun Show: Be ready to have fun and dance along with Rachael and her original songs!
  • 7:40 - 8:40 p.m. - Rachael Kroog's Patriotic Show: Rachael's various themes include the power of kindness, the value of respect, our spiritual connection to the earth and its animals, and the ability to make our dreams come true.

5 - 10 p.m.
Music on the Main Stage

The main stage at the Bandshell is headlined by the biannual favorite, the Bloomington Medalist Band.

  • 5:00 - 8:15 p.m. – Hornucopia
  • 8:40 - 10:00 p.m. – Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

    As one of Summer Fete’s traditional performers, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra performance has always been a great way to cap off an evening of celebration and fun.  


Topping off the evening is the annual Summer Fete fireworks display. It starts around dusk – shortly after 10 p.m.

The pyrotechnics this year promise to continue to be one of the best in the state. Bloomington's fireworks displays are one of the few to feature 10-inch shells.

The Fireworks display is visible from all around the event site. Look towards the Hyland Lake Ski Jump to see the aerial display launched from Chalet Road.

2018 Food vendors - coming soon!

Summer Fete will include many different options of food and beverages this year, including some old favorites and some new possibilities! Stop by every food area for totally new options!>

Vendor map for summer fete

Thank you to our sponsors - coming soon!

Detonation sponsors 

Stars and Stripes donors

Maps, closures and directions

Summer Fete Event Map

Directions to Summer Fete:

From the West:
Take 494 East and take the E Bush Lake Rd exit.  Take a left on E Bush Lake Rd and then left onto American Blvd.  Take a right onto Normandale Lake Blvd.  Follow the road and lane closures.

From the East:
Take 494 West and take the Normandale Blvd exit.  Take the first right onto 84th Street.  Follow the road and lane closures.

From the South:
Take 35W North and take the 494 West exit.  Then take the Normandale Blvd exit.  Take the first right onto 84th Street.  Follow the road and lane closures.

From the North:
Take Hwy 100 South past 494 where it turns into Normandale Blvd.  Take a right onto 84th Street. Follow the road and lane closures.

Please note that 84th St is down to one lane in both directions between France Ave and Normandale Blvd.


Sunday, June 24, 2018
Noon - 3 p.m.

Join Bloomington in celebration of our nation's birth! Bloomington kicks off Independence Day week with the annual Sandcastles party at Bush Lake Beach located at 9140 E. Bush Lake Road.

  • Sandcastle building contest – Prizes for the best sandcastle or sand sculpture will be up for grabs! Bring the family out to compete for one of the top prizes. There will be several categories based on age or entire family to break down the competition. Check back later for more information on available prizes.

  • Party games and contests – These will be held throughout the day for kids and adults alike, while beach party music will fill the air. Lifeguards will be on duty starting at 11 a.m.

If you park on site, a parking fee of $7.75 will apply, or you can buy a season pass for $39 for the first vehicle.

Help Support Summer Fete

Bring a few dollars to Summer Fete and pick up a t-shirt or button. Your donations and merchandise purchases help support Summer Fete. T-shirts are  $10 and buttons are $2.

If you'd like to donate to Summer Fete immediately, you can donate online!