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Summer Fete

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!

2015 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 p.m.
Music on the 84th Street Kids Stage

The 84th Street Kids' stage, celebrating its seventh big year, will once again feature the best in family entertainment.

  • 5:00 p.m. – Tricia and the Toonies

    The Toonies’ vision is to create an interactive and entertaining environment where kids and their families share joy, laughter and love. The puppet characters along with Tricia, share life’s experiences with big helpings of kindness, encouragement, support and humor! Tricia, Pete and The Toonies share their life-lessons, always encouraging audiences to be helpful, kind and confident, and, of course, to follow their dreams!

  • 6:20 p.m. – Rachel Kroog

    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 American Legion Post 550 Stage

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

  • 5:00 p.m. – The Resonators

    This Twin Cities based rockin’ blues band has been together for over 20 years playing a variety of rock and roll, Chicago blues, Southern rock, Texas blues, and even some old country.

  • 6:30 p.m. – Power of 10

    Established in 1996 and with more than 1,400 performances, the band features three dynamic vocalists, and a 3 piece awe-inspiring horn section specializing in a mix of timeless and current hits.  Power of 10 brings you the power of Otis Redding, the passion of Stevie Wonder, the electricity of Michael Jackson, and the freshness of Adele.

  • 8:40 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.

Maps, closures and directions

Map for Summer Fete 2015

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.

Sandcastles

Sunday, June 28, 2015
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 will apply, or you can buy a season pass for $35 for the first vehicle.