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Thanks to the vaccine and the reduction in COVID-19 infections, this summer you can nod your head, snap your fingers and dance in front of your favorite band like no one is watching.

Let’s take a look at the festival that will take place again this summer.

If you like the country: WE Fest

The famous festival of country music is preparing for its 37th year. From Thursday, August 5th to Saturday, August 7th, the festival for young and old takes place in the rain. Tickets can be purchased with a 1-day ticket or a 3-day ticket. Book a campsite to stay close to the action. If you want to get to know your friends, be sure to come along. There is no need to save a specific campsite in advance. This year’s line-up includes Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton.

Bonus: Another Camp Out Country Fest will take place in Winstead from August 20th to 21st. Winstock will be headlining by Sam Hunt and Luke Combs. The campsite fills up quickly early.

If you like jazz: Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back with a live face-to-face event scheduled September 17-18 at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. Details will be announced at a later date. However, TCJF has already moderated several live shows and offers even more services via the live stream Jazz FestLive. You can either check out their Facebook page or book your location with one of their upcoming CrowdCasts. And they accept donations, all of which are free.

If you like soothing music: Shangri-La

If you want to get in touch with nature and shake it, Shangri-La might be the perfect choice. The outdoor festival at Harmony Park on Labor Day weekend features a lineup of different genres such as Wookiefoot, Trevor Hall, The Reminders, and Lowdown Brass Band. Camping is an important part of the festival, as is efforts to keep the event clean and green. Please visit the event website for guidelines on reducing waste. One of the changes this year is that you must be at least 18 years old to participate.

If you like funk: Lowertown Blues and Funk Fest

Instead of a big event in Mears Park this year, the Lowertown Blues and Funkfest continues as a concert series at Dual Citizen Brewing in St. Paul. It’s too late to talk about the June show, but you can see Good, Bad, Funky on July 10th or Bernard Allison on August 14th. Both events are suitable for all age groups and donations are generally free of charge. To the organization here.

Bonus: Lowertown Blues and Funk Fest also have a daytime show in Mears Park on Sunday. Check out the latest line-up on our Facebook page.

If you like variety: on the riverside

Pack your garden chairs and head to Rochester Mayo Park every Sunday starting July 11th for a free and one-of-a-kind music experience. Down by the Riverside is another event that takes the form of a series of concerts rather than a weekend show, but misses out on this upcoming lineup of things like Lindsay El, Chastity Brown, Smash Mouth, and Polycarbonate. They do not want.

Bonus: The Minnesota Fringe Festival, held online August 5th-15, has all kinds of performances, including great local music.

If you like rock: Moon Dance Jam

When you’re ready to rock and camp, head to Walker, Minnesota’s Moon Dance Jam July 22-24. Headliners include Halestorm, Cheap Trick and Todd Rundgren. You can choose from a variety of ticket packages, and tickets and passes purchased at last year’s canceled event are also valid for this year’s show.

If you like the blues: Bayfront Blues Festival

Enjoy the refreshing breeze from the blue waters of Lake Superior as you enjoy more than 20 artists at this blues festival. The festival takes place August 13-15 at Bayfront Festival Park. Here, too, you can choose from a large number of ticket packages. Buy early and get a one-day general admission ticket for $ 59. Headliners include Fabulous Thunderbird, Tab Benoit and CJ Chénier.

If you like classics: Northern Lights Music Festival

For almost a month in July, the festival is marked by a series of concerts, performances and lectures at several locations around the Iron Range. Tickets can be bought online or directly. The line-up includes not only international artists, but also award-winning young artists.

If you like big bands: Vintage Music Festival

There are many horns ringing at this festival on July 31st in Northfield. 11 bands will perform in Bridge Square downtown for 12 hours. Many bands have jazz and swing, as well as big bands, so bring your own dancing shoes. The event is free and you have the option to donate. Bring brass!

If you like bluegrass: Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival

The festival takes place in Richmond’s El Rancho Magnana, runs August 5-8 and features great music and workshops. Tickets featuring High 48’s, Sam Bush Band, Sideline and more are currently on sale and are free for children under 12. If you have your own banjo, violin, bass, guitar, or mandolin, bring it with you and learn new things from the workshops held during the festival. Or just in case someone nearby wants to join an impromptu jam.

Bonus: If you need more activity at the festival, head to the Boat and Bluegrass Festival at the Prairie Island Campground September 23-25. As the name suggests, there are boats! The line-up has not yet been announced, but tickets are on sale now – free for children under 16. This festival focuses on having fun and keeping the area clean after the fans leave. Be sure to read the rules before you go.