Save the Date for Shakopee Summer 2022 Events

Save the date!  Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning a fun getaway to Shakopee.  Concerts, theme park thrills, horse racing, the country’s largest Renaissance Festival, and more—here’s a sneak peek at the Shakopee events you should add to your calendar this summer.

Live Racing at Canterbury Park

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 18-September 17, 2022

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing returns to Canterbury Park!  There are plenty of special events planned for the 2022 season, including Pepsi Family Days.

Dog Race Days at Canterbury Park

Sunday, June 5, 2022: Bulldog Races

Sunday, June 26, 2022: Basset Hound Races

Sunday, July 31, 2022: Corgi Races

Sunday, August 14, 2022: Wiener Dog Races

Sunday, September 4, 2022: Best in Show Finals

Cheer on your favorite dog breeds at Canterbury Park, with season’s worth of races featuring bulldogs, basset hounds, corgis, and weiner dogs.  The top dogs will advance to the best in show final, and dog race days also include horse racing and a Pet Fest with pet vendors and activities.

Valleyfair Opening Weekend

Friday, May 20-Sunday, May 22, 2022

The largest amusement park in the upper Midwest opens for the 2022 season with something for everyone, including eight coasters for thrill seekers and 16 kid rides at family-friendly Planet Snoopy.  Save with a season pass, which includes unlimited visits and free parking.

Rhythm on the Rails

Wednesdays, June 22-August 3, 2022

The free, six-week concert series will be held on Lewis Street in downtown Shakopee.  Enjoy live music from local opening acts and regional headliners, free kids activities, and local food and brews available for purchase.

Grand Carnivale 

Saturday, June 25-Sunday, July 10, 2022

The internationally-inspired Valleyfair festival includes a Spectacle of Color Parade with floats and street performers, tasty eats from around the world, kid-friendly craft booths, a scavenger hunt, and live music, dancing, and acrobatic performances.

Third Eye Blind: Summer Gods Tour 2022

Friday, July 1, 2022

The multi-platinum rock band is coming to the Mystic Lake Amphitheater with special guests Taking Back Sunday and Hockey Dad.

The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker

Monday, July 11, 2022

The rock band will be performing their iconic album “Shake Your Money Maker” in its entirety at the Mystic Lake Amphitheater, as well as their top hits. 

Twin Cities Summer Jam

Tuesday, July 21-Thursday, July 23, 2022

Held at Canterbury Park, Summer Jam features three days of performances from top rock, country, and pop performers.  The 2022 lineup includes Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Trace Adkins, Nelly, and 38 Special.  Single, two, and three-day tickets are available.

Univision MN Latin Days 

Saturday, July 23-Sunday, July 24, 2022

The Valleyfair festival includes live performances from local Latin music and dance groups (free with park admission), plus Latin foods.

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

Thursday, July 28-Saturday, July 30, 2022

Admission is free to this Mystic Lake event, which includes outdoor concerts and mouth-watering ribs.

Monster Jam Thunder Alley

Friday, August 12-Monday, September 5, 2022

Get up close to giant Monster Jam trucks at Valleyfair, including a chance to ride one through a freestyle-inspired course.  There will also be family-friendly play areas for young monster truck fans.  Activities are free with park admission.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, August 20-October 2, 2022

Live entertainment on 16 stages, a marketplace with over 250 artisan vendors, turkey legs, live armored jousting, family-friendly activities: there’s something for everyone at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  The largest Renaissance Festival in the United States is held at a permanent festival grounds inspired by a 16th century European village.


Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21, 2022

Held at Wacipi Grounds at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Wacipi (or powwow) includes Native American dancers, drum groups, and singers, as well as Native American artisans, crafters, and food vendors.

After attending a local event, spend the night in Shakopee!  Shakopee is home to Valleyfair (the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest), Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Book your stay in Shakopee today!

2 comments on “Save the Date for Shakopee Summer 2022 Events

  1. Gina Raether says:

    Are reservations required this year for valleyfair

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