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Music in the Parks

Are you interested in applying for the 2017 Music in the Parks season? Check out the Get Involved tab to find out more!

Swing, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Classical and much more.  The MPRB summer concert season fills the air daily with music at six concert venues running Memorial Day through Labor Day:

Loring Park
Wednesdays: noon

Lake Harriet Band Shell
Monday-Saturday: 7:30 pm
Sundays: 2 pm and 5:30 pm

Nicollet Island Park
Mondays: 7 pm

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park
Tuesdays: 7 pm

Minnehaha Park
Wednesday-Friday: 7 pm

Bryant Square Park
Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 pm

Upcoming Music

The Music in the Parks series for 2016 has concluded. 


Movies in the Parks

The Movies in the Parks series runs from early through late August.  The mobile program takes place Monday through Saturday evenings and travels to more than 30 parks throughout the summer, which includes a partnership with the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. 

Upcoming Movies

The Movies in the Parks series for 2016 has concluded.

Get Involved

Booking Policies

  • All venues provide a full sound system and are staffed by professionally-trained sound technicians except for Bryant Square Park.
  • MPRB DOES NOT PAY any Artist(s) for Music in the Parks performances.
  • MPRB reserves the right to offer any Artist(s) any date to meet program needs. MPRB also reserves the right to determine Artist(s) suitability for initial or continued performance in the program. We do not guarantee that every group, even returning artists, will be able to perform in the 2017 series.
  • All performances must prominently feature live music in addition to any visual performing arts and must reasonably fill the allotted 90 minute timeslot for the show.
  • Submitted applications will be considered until all concert dates are full. Booking is subject to the availability and remains at the discretion of the Concert Coordinator and the MPRB to meet program needs.
  • All concerts are subject to City of Minneapolis Noise Ordinance volume levels.
  • Cancellations due to weather will not be made up. If interested, artists may request to be placed on the “On Call” list for spots that open up later in the summer.
  • MPRB will not provide individual artist/band sponsor listings in any MPRB sanctioned promotional material nor provide space at concert venues for such sponsors without prior authorization. Sponsorship questions can be addressed on a case by case basis.
  • Applications from performing artists of all genres are welcome. Please be sure to include audio and/or video samples of your work if no EPK or website is available, per the application.

 The booking process is as follows:

  1. All artists must fill out the 2017 Music in the Parks Application along with an input list and/or stage plot and submit by March 1, 2017 to or via mail: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Attn: Molly Murray, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
  2. Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed, and the applicant will be contacted by the Concert Coordinator no later than March 31, 2017 to confirm the status of the application.
  3. If selected to perform as a part of the 2017 Music in the Parks, a Performance Agreement will need to be completed and returned to Concert Coordinator.

Questions or concerns? Contact Molly Murray at or 612-230-6442.


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Since 1892, the MPRB has been hosting Music In Parks to provide park users and residents with FREE entertainment in their community. The 2016 Music In The Parks series will run seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day at six venues. The performance lineup includes an eclectic mix of music for all ages and styles, from gypsy jazz, orchestral, rock and folk.

Help support this great Minneapolis summer tradition by sponsoring the 2016 Music in the Parks Series.  For more information about Sponsorship see below.

6 Venue Locations

Lake Harriet Bandshell
Nicollet Island Park
Father Hennepin Bluff Park  
See below to get involved with Food Truck Tuesdays
Minnehaha Falls Park
Bryant Square Park
Loring Park

Mon-Sat: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm & 5:30 pm
Mondays: 7 pm
Tuesdays: 7 pm

Wednesday-Friday: 7 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:30 pm
June 1 & 8, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17: 11:30 am


Help us support free, family-friendly entertainment in parks this summer.

Program sponsorships allow you to connect with thousands of Twin Cities’ residents and music lovers while showing your support for our local community. We offer multiple sponsorship opportunities to help you to reach your target audience.

Email Erica Chua at or call 612-230-6479  to become a sponsor.

Food Truck Tuesday

Get involved in the 2016 Music in the Parks series by participating in Food Truck Tuesdays.  The application process is now open for interested food vendors that would like to sell items at our music and movie combo nights at Father Hennepin Park along the downtown Minneapolis Riverfront.  Please complete the below application and if you have any questions please contact Erica Chua at or call 612-230-6479

Food Truck Tuesday Application [PDF]


Since 1892, Music in the Parks has provided residents and families the opportunity to gather and enjoy local entertainment throughout the summer.

For more than 120 years, we've hosted free concerts in Minneapolis parks at six of our beautiful venues, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Minnehaha Park Bandstand, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Bryant Square Park and Theodore Wirth Park. Every summer, local Minneapolis artists and bands put on a show every day for their residents and neighbors. Concerts vary from classic rock, gypsy jazz to concert bands, plus many more genres of music to please all ears.

The Movies in the Parks series was created in 2007 to provide safe, fun and free entertainment to residents and park users. The movie series rotates daily among the neighborhood parks, and shows more than 60 movies with six different movie themes to choose from.