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Summer Fete - Monday, 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!

2017 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. – Rachel Kroog's Summer Fun Show

    Rachel’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.

  • 6:20 - 7:20 p.m. - Rachel Kroog's Patriotic Show

    Celebrate America's Independence with this fun and interactive kids show!

  • 7:40 - 8:40 p.m. - Normandale Community College Jazz Ensemble

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. – Pop ROCKS

    Pop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor!

  • 8:40 - 10:00 p.m. – Bloomington Medalist Band

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

Dusk
Fireworks!

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.

2017 Food vendors 

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!>

ZONE 1 - West side of the Bandshell

  • O'Neil Amusement - Cheese curds, corn dogs, hot dogs, deep-fried pickles
  • Minnesnowii - Twenty different flavors of Hawaiian style shaved ice, water
  • Blue Loon Concessions - Corn dogs, cheese curds, buffalo cheese curds, four flavors of cream cheese wontons, s'more wontons, pop, water
  • Teddy B's Popcorn - Butter popcorn, cheesy popcorn, caramel popcorn - all are gluten free, non GMO, peanut free, and popped in coconut oil

ZONE 2 - 84th Street West of pedestrian bridge

  • Big Bell - Ice cream novelties
  • Potter's Pasties - Savory and sweet pasties and pies, ginger lemonade
  • Xstream Cuisine - Chicken/red bean/rice wraps, goat cabbage carrots, water, pop
  • Tot Boss - Tater tots plain or loaded with fixings, dipping sauce, pop, water (includes gluten free options)
  • MyBurger - Burgers and fries, veggie burgers (gluten free buns available)
  • Purple People Feeder - Pulled pork, burgers, wings
  • Nate Dogs - All natural, locally sourced wieners without hormones or antibiotics, gourmet chips, pop, water

ZONE 3 - 84th Street East of pedestrian bridge

  • Sweet Clouds - Gourmet colors and flavors of cotton candy
  • Drew's Concessions - Mini donuts, bottled beverages
  • Cranston Concessions - Hot dogs, Chicago dogs, chips, pop, water
  • Diventuri Concessions - Deep fried garlic mashed potatoes on a stick, deep fried mac & cheese, crab ragoons, chicken strips, deep fried ravioli, corn dogs, deep fried candy bars, burgers, deep fried pickles, funnel cakes, cheese curds, loaded French fries, lemonade
  • Kettle Korn Factory - Kettle korn, sparkling water, water
  • Minnesnowii - Twenty different flavors of Hawaiian style shaved ice, water

ZONE 4 - Normandale Blvd South of 84th Street

  • Blue Loon Concessions - Corn dogs, cheese curds, buffalo cheese curds, four flavors of cream cheese wontons, s'more wontons, pop, water
  • Carnival Concessions - Cheese curds, mini donuts, corn dogs, cotton candy, fruit smoothies, water, pop
  • Aunties Wendy's - Kettle corn

Vendor map for summer fete

Thank you to our sponsors

  • American Legion Post 550

Detonation sponsors 

  • American Legion Post 550
  • Richfield-Bloomington Credit Union
  • Nickelodeon Universe
  • Mall of America
  • State Farm's Case Charlson
  • Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Stars and Stripes donors

  • Plekkenpol Builders
  • Everett McClay VFW Post #1296
  • Chu Vision Institute
  • David Fong's
  • Jimmy John's
  • Raindance Sprinkler Systems
  • Gyropolis
  • TRIA Orthopedic

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.

Sandcastles

Sunday, June 25, 2017
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 $7.50 will apply, or you can buy a season pass for $37 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!