Special Events

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Inver Grove Height's Parks & Recreation strives to provide a variety of fun and engaging special events to connect our community members to one another, keep our community active, provide a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors and share the many great amenities and features the City and Parks & Rec has to offer!

Weather Impacts to city-led programs and events

IGHs Weather Hot Line (651-450-2595) is the only place to check the status for city-led program and events due to inclement weather. We strive to update by 4:30 p.m. After hours, it is up to the coaches and instructors to make the final decision.

Simple Steps Walking Program  I  April 1-July 31  I  FREE!

THIS EVENT IS CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION. Active participants can visit Dakota County's page to learn how to log activity and qualify for prizes.

IGH Food Truck Days  I  Second Wednesday of the month, June-Aug.  

Taste different delicious dishes from local food trucks! Bring the family and the neighbors for this tasty event! The event is free to attend, but the food trucks will charge for their menu items. 

  • Wednesday, July 10 - VMCC Parking Lot (8055 Barbara Ave. E)
  • Wednesday, August 14 - New Location Rich Valley Athletic Complex (1841 105th St E)

For more information, visit: www.invergroveheights.org/foodtruckdays.

St. Paul Farmers Market  I  Sundays, June 16-Oct. 13  I  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shop for fresh and locally grown fruits, vegetables, seasoning, salsa, honey, flowers and more at the Saint Paul Farmers Market! The event is free to attend, but the vendors will charge for their items. Each event will be in the VMCC Parking Lot at 8055 Barbara Ave. E.

More information: http://stpaulfarmersmarket.com/

Terrific Tuesdays  I  Select Tuesdays June-Aug.  I  FREE!*

From storytime in the Park to magicians, a pop-up Petting Zoo and a Penny Carnival, these Tuesdays are sure to delight. Most events are free*, although the Penny Carnival activities cost 1-5 cents. View and print a postcard here

Come celebrate with us on these free, fun family days! No need to register, just come!
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  • July 30: Penny Carnival @ 4:30 p.m. at VMCC
  • Aug. 6: Storytime in the Park @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • Aug. 13: Alpha Bits @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • Aug. 20: Happy Tails Petting Zoo @ 5 p.m. at South Valley Park

Call the Weather Line at 651-450-2595 to check status of event in case of inclement weather.

Inver Hills Community Band Summer Pops Concert Series  I  Sundays, June-August  I  Free!

The Inver Hills Community Band Summer Pops concert series is back for summer 2019, which features Music in the Park. Check them out on Sundays at local spots in IGH and find out why Parks & Rec sponsors this entertaining band! 

  • Sunday, July 14: Church of St. Patrick, 3535 72nd St. E., IGH; 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 4: Oakwood Park, 78th St. E. and Clayton Ave., IGH; 7 p.m.

Concerts always feature a great variety of music from: Classic Marches, Big Band Swing, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Movie and Broadway Hits, Latin and Patriotic favorites. Special Vocal and Instrumentalist soloist's are featured. Bring a lounge chair and a friend for an evening of great musical entertainment.

For additional dates and locations (outside of IGH), directions, maps and other important information, visit the band's website at: www.inverband.org.

Night to Unite  I  Tuesday, August 6  I  FREE!

Let us help your neighborhood celebrate! Parks & Recreation, police and/or Fire staff will come to your party and pass out some freebies while visiting with you and your neighbors. But you must apply! Pre-registration is required by July 31.

Learn more and submit a form at: www.invergroveheights.org/nighttounite.

IGH Days: City-Wide Garage Sale – Aug. 22-24

Come to shop or come to sell! The IGH Days City-Wide Garage Sale will be held Aug. 22-24.  his event is hosted by the IGH Days Committee. IGH Parks & Recreation Department helps support this event.

Host a Garage Sale

If you are interested in having a garage sale, download a registration form at www.ighdays.org. Registration forms and payment are due by August 1 in order to be included on the map. 

IGH Days: Sept. 5-8

This four-day community celebration is back for 2019! Hosted by the IGH Days Committee, many events and activities are planned to engage and entertain community members of all ages! The City of Inver Grove Heights staff from Fire, PD and Parks & Rec turn out to help and participate in the celebration. Look forward to treasure hunts, street dances, many games and family-themed activities, as well as a Parade and Fireworks show! Visit the website for all the details, including purchasing IGH Days Button: www.ighdays.org.

Not finding the event you were looking for?

Parks & Rec has several divisions, which host events and are categorized for registration under those areas, including:

Some events are not hosted by Parks & Recreation, but the department supports and participates. If you do not see an event listed on this page or in the other Parks & Rec pages (listed below), visit the Community Events page.