No matter what they call them, cities and towns across the area are gearing up fro community-wide gatherings.
FAMILY FUN FEST: Craft and car show, parade. Fireworks July 12. July 11-12. Andover City Hall, 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW. 763-755-5100. www.ci.andover.mn.us.
RIVERFEST AND CRAFT FAIR: More than 140 juried crafters and artisans display and sell their wares; live music, food vendors, family activities and boat rides. Held in downtown Anoka. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12. City of Anoka, 2015 1st Av. N. 763-421-7130. www.anokariverfest.com.
ANOKA COUNTY FAIR: Midway, live music, 4-H demonstrations and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 22-26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 27. $4-$9. Anoka County Fairgrounds, 3203 NW. St. Francis Blvd. 763-427-4070. www.anokacountyfair.com.
AVIATION DAYS: Vendors and exhibitors offering the latest in aviation products, pilot safety seminars and aviation programs. Also kids activities, hangar dance and aircraft rides. Free, $8-$12 for hangar dance at 8 p.m. June 1. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. May 31-June 1. Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Road NE. 763-568-6072. www.discoveraviationdays.org.
BLAINE FESTIVAL: Demonstrations, seminars, craft show, vendor fair, entertainment, family activities. 5 p.m. June 27;
9 a.m. June 28-29. Free. Aquatore Park, 9191 NE. Lincoln St. www.blainefestival.org.
EARLE BROWN DAYS: Parade, golf tournament, kids fishing contest and family activities. Fireworks at 10 p.m. June 28. 6:30 p.m. June 26; 9 a.m. June 27; 10 a.m. June 28. Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy. 763-569-3400. www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org/index.aspx?nid=104.
TATER DAZE: Dress-the-spud contest, button drawing, diversity and history fair, parade and family entertainment. Fireworks at dusk, June 14. 5-11 p.m. June 12-13; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 14; noon-5 p.m. June 15. Noble Sports Park, 4701 97th Av. 763-493-8013. www.brooklynpark.org/tater-daze.
AFRIFEST: A multicultural outdoor festival with artisans and family entertainment. Noon-9 p.m. Aug. 2. Free. North View Junior High, 5869 69th Av. N. 612-276-1571. www.afrifest.org.
FATHER HENNEPIN FESTIVAL: Medallion hunt, ice cream social, cycling family fun ride, business expo and more. Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. June 7. June 6-8. Free. Mississippi Point Park, 651 West River Road. www.fatherhennepinfestival.com.
KI-CHI-SAGA DAYS: Family activities, parade and vendors. Fireworks, Aug. 16 at dusk. Aug. 14-17. Moberg Park, 10656 Railroad Av. 651-257-4162. www.ci.chisago.mn.us.