Carver County Summer Fun

Free Things to Do in Carver County - Free Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Carver County Summer Fun

Free Events in Carver County, MN ─
Movies, Music, Magic and More in
Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria and Waconia

Looking for fresh ideas for summer fun? Check out these FREE events in Carver County:

FREE Admission to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for Carver County Residents

Chanhassen, Carver County Day
Friday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Special events include:

  • 10 a.m. – Program & refreshments with city, county and Arboretum officials
  • 10:30 a.m. – Bees & Trees themed story time for kids in the Oswald Visitor Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – noon – Docent-led walking tour of the gardens
  • 8 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Tour the Treehouse exhibit, Robert Anderson’s Gardens of Kaleidoscopes and/or take the free BeeLine Shuttle to the Bee Center for interactive exhibits

NOTE: The Arboretum also offers FREE admission on the third Mondays of the month from April to October.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Arboretum’s summer exhibit of “Amazing Spaces, Places and Escapes, Re-Imagining Tree Houses” is open through October 1. Featured here is “The Birdhouse of Arthur J.E. Wren” complete with homey antiques and decor.

FREE Movies

  • Chaska: Free Movie Mondays at the Chaska Community Center, showings at 10 a.m.
    • July 17 – Turbo
    • July 24 – E.T.
    • July 31 – The Karate Kid
  • Victoria: Movies in the Park at Victoria Lions Park, movies begin at “dark”
    Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks – rain out is at the Victoria Rec. Center.

    • July 21 – The Lego Batman Movie
      Plus Family Fun Night from 7 – 8 (Bounce house, face painting, music, crafts, Kona Shaved Ice and the Victoria Library StoryWalk at 7 p.m.)
    • August 25 – Grease
    • September 15 – Beauty and the Beast
      Come dressed as your favorite prince or princess for this enchanted evening
  • Waconia: Movies in the Park at City Square Park; movies begin at 8:30 p.m.
    Bring a blanket or lawn chair, popcorn is available for $1

    • July 21 – Secret Life of Pets
    • August 25 – Finding Dory

FREE Concerts in the Park

Events in Carver County - Charlson Thun Community Bandstand

Events in Carver County include free concerts at Victoria’s Charlson Thun Bandshell – a great venue to enjoy outdoors with family and friends.

  • Chaska: Clayhole Concerts at Chaska Firemen’s Park; Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
    Concert Special 10% off purchase at The Crooked Pint

    • July 12 –  Calhoun Brass (Brass)
      AOA All America Pie Social,  6 p.m. (55 + )
    • July 19th – Vinnie Rose (Rock/Pop/Country/Jazz)
    • July 26th – Traveled Ground (Folk/ Blues/Roots Rock)
      Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (following)
    • August 2nd – Acoustic Rain (Pop/Classic Rock/Folk)
    • August 9th – Alpersterne (German Folk Songs)
      Bark in the Park at 6 p.m.
    • August 16th – Bill & Kate Isles (Acoustic Duo)
  • Chanhassen: KleinBank Summer Concert Series at City Center Park Plaza; Thursdays at 7 p.m.
    • July 13th – Memories of Elvis (Tribute)
    • July 20 – MN Valley Community Band (Big Band)
    • July 27 – Kids Power with Rachael (Children)
    • August 3 –
      • 11 a.m. – noon – Wonderful World of Woody (Children)
      • 7 – 8 p.m. – Blue Groove Bluegrass (Bluegrass)
      • August 10 – Big Island Band (Variety)
  • Victoria: Concerts in the Park at Charlson Thun Community Bandstand
    1730 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Bring a lawn chair or blanket! *Indicates Classic Car Nights

    • July 12* – Stimulus Package
    • July 19 – Singleton Street
    • July 26*– American Bootleg
    • August 2 – WestWing Big Band
    • August 9* – Farmer’s Daughters
    • Lunch Time Tunes
      Wednesday, August 9, noon – 1 – featuring Jack and Kitty
  • Waconia: Music in the Park at City Square Park, Thursday at 7 p.m.
    • July 13 –  Fab 50’s Family Show
    • July 20 – Sidewalk Café (Gypsy Jazz Style Music)
    • July 27 – The Retro Soul & The Westside Horns (Music from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s/R&B/Rock & Roll)
    • August 3 – The Castaways

FREE Carver County Library Programs

  • July 13 – Robert the Magician, Waconia Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • July 14 – Robert the Magician, Norwood Young America Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • July 14 – Robert the Magician, Watertown Library, 1 p.m.
  • July 17 – The Noise Guy, Victoria Library, 1 p.m.
  • July 17 – Tween STEAM Maker Labs, Chanhassen Library, 1:30 p.m., ages 9 – 12
  • July 18 – The Noise Guy, Chanhassen Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • July 19 – The Noise Guy, Chaska Library, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • July 19 – Tween STEAM Maker Labs, Waconia Library, 1 p.m., ages 9 – 12
  • July 19 – Magic The Gathering Tournament, Chanhassen Library, 5-8 p.m., ages 13 – 18
  • July 20 – The Noise Guy, Waconia Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • July 21 – The Noise Guy, Norwood Young America Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • July 21 – The Noise Guy, Watertown Library, 1 p.m.
  • July 24 – Bill the Juggler! Victoria Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • July 24 – Brodini Comedy Magic Show, Chaska Library, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 25 – Bill the Juggler! Chanhassen Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • July 25 – Tween STEAM Maker Labs, Chaska Library, 1:30 p.m., ages 9 – 12
  • July 26 – Bill the Juggler! Chaska Library, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • July 27 – Bill the Juggler! Waconia Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
  • July 28 – Bill the Juggler! Norwood Young America Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • July 28 – Bill the Juggler! Watertown Library, 1 p.m.
  • August 8 – Author Keith Pickering, Victoria Library, 6:30 p.m.

FREE Classic Car Nights

  • Victoria: Classic Car Nights in Downtown Victoria, alternate Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.
    Enjoy great food, drinks, shopping and live music in family friendly downtown Victoria!

    • July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 6 & 20

FREE Admission — Carver County Events

  • July 21 – July 23 – Chaska Fire & Ice Festival at Chaska Firemen’s Park
  • July 28-30 – Chaska River City Days in Downtown Chaska
  • August 19 – 21 – Victoria’s Volksfest in Downtown Victoria
  • August 24 – Yappy Hour at Minnewashta Regional Park Off-Leash Dog Area, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; “ A casual gathering for pups and their people”, featuring FREE park entry, live music and refreshments

Other Local Events (Admission fees apply)

Summer is almost halfway over — it’s time to make the most of what’s left. Print the list above and highlight opportunities of interest. Then, call some family members or friends and make plans to take advantage of some free events in Carver County!

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