About Our Summer Festival

Your Ticket to Enjoyable Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for an affordable family get together?  Be sure to attend the Crookston Ox Cart Days August 14th-19th in Crookston Minnesota.  This is your ticket to the year’s hottest summer get together.  Now in its 29th year, this community event is a celebration of tradition, honor and fun that only our community can deliver.  It is also the best way to make new friends, catch up with old ones and check out the many businesses and entities our city has to offer.  We will host events at the beautiful University of Minnesota Crookston Campus, Highland Park Complex, the Downtown Square and Central Park to name a few.

We welcome you to check out the many sights and sounds of Crookston as you attend our craft and vendor show and continue on to check out the sidewalk sales at the many unique shops we have in town. 

A summer festival would be nothing without great food and ice- cold beverages and we will be hosting a mouthwatering Rib Fest contest, a corn and brat feed along with great food vendors and a beer garden to keep everyone satisfied.

Parades, Contests, and More

Marvel at the display of vintage cars as we join the Classic Cruisers in Central Park on Saturday. There is something for every member of the family at Ox Cart Days; a kiddie parade, duck races, bouncy house bonanza, build a stuffed buddy workshop, kids bean bag toss, lip sync contest, tractor pull and much, much more! We have a Saturday evening parade that is the best around, followed by an amazing fireworks display and a street dance featuring the Minnesota cover band Junk FM.

Honor and Tradition

The Crookston Ox Cart Days serves not only as a way to celebrate with friends and family, but also to honor our community heroes. Each year we have a ceremony to pay tribute and honor our local Veterans.  There will be the traditional pancake feed hosted by our local police and  firefighters at the Fire Hall as they encourage families to tour their facility.


Having your class reunion this Ox Cart Days? Let us know your Alum year and Schedule of Events and we will post it here for you to share.



For more information about our summer festival, call us today at 218-289-3199. We welcome sponsors, donations, and volunteers.