August Rushes In - Twin Cities Loving the Summer
Hot August night and the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet- Neil Diamond
August is the last hurrah of summer. The kids head back to their classrooms in a few weeks as we hear a large collective sigh of relief from parents throughout the Metro. But before that happens, we have the entire month of hot August days and nights ahead of us. Summer celebrations continue across Minneapolis and St. Paul, with some of the summer’s most popular events happening this month.
Many people look forward to August for The Fringe Festival and the State Fair, two great events that occur in the Twin cities and are nationally recognized. For others, August is about squeezing the last drop out of summer by playing golf every weekend, listening to one last concert in the park or taking that day trip to the Eagle Refuge in Wabasha you had planned.
Just in case your August bucket list is not full, here is a sampling of art, music, and fun going on in our beautiful Twin Cities Metro this month.
July 30 – August 9th
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Choose from 174 shows performed at 19 venues around the Twin Cities Metro. At a mere $14 a ticket, this is an inexpensive way to see some great live theater that is not available anywhere else! It is the theater experience that pushes the envelope and takes some risk and in so doing draws you into some very unusual plays. For complete information on performance dates, times, and locations visit the official Fringe website.
August 8th & 9th
Catch a St. Paul Saints baseball game at CHS Field in, where else, St Paul. With ticket prices ranging from $5 to $18, this is a relatively inexpensive way for a family to see live, professional baseball in the Twin Cities. The Saints will be hosting the Winnipeg Goldeye with game time at 7:05 PM on Saturday and 5:05 PM on Sunday. A friend of mine recently attended one of these games and said all had a great time. Lots of great information on the Team’s official website.
August is a great month for Art since there are 3 Fairs to visit from August 7 – 9.
It’s happening where Lake Street meets Hennepin Ave. This event is second only to the Minnesota State Fair in attendance and one of the finest juried art fairs in the country! The Uptown Art Fair is the winner of over 120 International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle Awards. Check out local artist’s booths featuring media that includes sculpture, painting, jewelry, ceramics and wood. While you’re there eat and drink and watch live art performances on stage. You will even have an opportunity to win some prizes! Visit the Uptown Art Fair website for details.
August 15 & 16
Catch the Circus Juventus at the Performing Arts Center in St. Paul. Youth performers will be rendering their interpretation of that famous tale 1001 Nights through a series of stunts, acrobatics, and movement. Included will be fine arts, high-wire and aerial acts. Sounds like a fantastically fun event for the entire family! Everything you want to know about this event can be found on the website.
Attend the live horse races at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. They run every Saturday and Sunday until August 31st, at 12:45 PM. Built in 1984 on 355 acres, there are many special activities and themed events throughout the summer. Bet on your favorite horse and enjoy the excitement as they run around the one-mile oval race track. Questions? Check out the Canterbury Park website of course.
August 22 – Oct 4
You don’t need a time traveling machine to take a journey back to medieval England. The Renaissance Festival is in town! Attend a jousting match or a Gypsy Acrobat Circus. Eat Ham off the Bone, or Scotch Eggs, or try your luck and skill at a Carnival game. As you stroll the grounds you will meet damsels and princes and even the Royal Family! There is something for all ages and a great way to spend a day experiencing medieval history. Visit the Renaissance Fair website for all the skinny on this popular yearly event.
Japenese Lantern Lighting Festival
Here’s something unique! Get a taste of Japan in St. Paul when Como Park Zoo & Conservatory places host to this unique Japanese Event. Sample the art, music, food, and cultural traditions of Japan at this family-friendly celebration styled after Japan’s annual Obon holiday. Festivities culminate at dusk with the lighting of hundreds of floating paper lanterns throughout the Japanese Garden pond.
August 27 – Sept 7
The Minnesota State Fair
For many folks in the Twin Cities and beyond this is the highlight of the summer. Deep fried, wrapped, served on a stick, there are 450 different foods available at 300 food concessions! The fair is also about Agriculture, exhibitions, competition, and a great midway! It is music and theater, concerts and stages that feature over 100 different acts during the 12 day fair. More than 1 million people attend the fair annually making it the single largest State of Minnesota yearly event. Performers scheduled for the grandstand this year include Keith Urban, Def Leppard, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Lynard Skynyrd, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson. You can also catch our home grown Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. See the Minnesota State Fair website for all the details.
Whatever you do this month, enjoy every minute of it. Don't forget to check your local community website to see what is going on in your own city as well. Be safe and happy out there and have an awesome August!