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Celebrate Somali independence in Minnesota. Image courtesy event organizers

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Somali Independence Day Festival

June 30
1-8 p.m.
Free
Benefits,Parties,Receptions, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Music

Celebrate the vibrant Twin Cities Somali community at the annual Somali Independence Day festival, part of Somali Week taking place in various locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Organized by Ka Joog, the festival showcases Somali culture through food, sports, arts, and entertainment. Meet farm animals, take in musical acts and performances, and participate in arts activities. The event takes place on Lake Street, and welcomes both Somali and non-Somali folks. Some highlights include a traditional hut and other objects on display from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, contemporary art from Soomaal House of Art, henna stations, and a clinic offering free health screenings. There’s also a soccer tournament, a mobile library, face painting, and carnival games to discover. For a complete schedule of events, visit somaliweek.org.