Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune


Cat Video Festival 2017

Aug. 8
6 p.m.
$10; $75 VIP.
Family Events, Festivals, Film

Summer in Minnesota just isn’t complete without a shitload of cat clips. Since 2012, the Cat Video Festival has drawn thousands of crazy cat people and celebrities alike (Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub have both attended in past years) to the Walker, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the festival’s current home, CHS Field. The evening is exactly as advertised: a celebration of cat videos. Funny, awkward, and just plain adorable, the festival’s mix includes classic feline shorts along with brand-new films nominated by local cat enthusiasts. Cats are (ironically) not allowed inside the festival grounds, because the evening will feature fireworks and other activities that will likely make your pets lose their minds. In addition to the main attraction, there will also be live music, a special kids’ zone, an artists’ alley, and concessions. The cat video screenings will kick off right around 8 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your finest cat sweatshirt or, if you’re a real cat person, just wear whatever because it’s all covered in cat hair anyway. Tickets and more info can be found at