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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!

2016 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. – Sticks and Tones

    The fun and exciting Sticks and Tones provide a familiar blend of rock songs! Bring your dancing shoes!

  • 6:20 p.m. – Rachel Kroog's Summer Fun 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.

  • 7:40 p.m. – Rachel Kroog's Patriotic Show Celebrate America's Independence with this fun and interactive kids show!

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 p.m. – The Castaways

    The group behind the smah hit "Liar, Liar" joins Summer Fete with a variety of sounds from Springsteen to Righteous Brothers.

  • 6:30 p.m. – Hornucopia

    An innovative tribute show, Hornucopia pays tribute to many bands and artists that feature horn sections in the rock era!

  • 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.

2016 Food vendors 

  • Coming soon!

Maps, closures and directions

  • Coming soon!

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 26, 2016
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 $7.25 will apply, or you can buy a season pass for $36 for the first vehicle.

Help Support Summer Fete

Bring a couple dollars on July 3 to purchase a T-shirt or button to help support Summer Fete! Or pre-order a T-shirt or buttonw using the form below. (COMING SOON!)

NEW THIS YEAR - Donate online by clicking here! No username needed!