Weekend Wildcard August 2 & 3 - August in the Twin Cities
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. That’s what sunflowers do. - Helen Keller
August - Summer continues
Sunflowers stand tall and the air is sweet with the scent of Stargazer Lilies. Area gardens fulfill the promise of spring as local Farmers Markets burst with colorful vegetables and fruits artfully displayed to tempt our palates. August, with its hot days and nights, has arrived!
It’s a very busy month in our Metro! Summer is half over and only a few weeks remain before our kids return to the classroom so we want to enjoy every moment, stay active, be outdoors and have fun! It’s a month filled with art, theater, music, and celebration of heritage and culture from other parts of the world.
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Chose from 169 plays performed at 19 venues around the Twin Cities Metro. At a mere $12 a ticket, this is an inexpensive way to see some great theater that is not available anywhere else! It is theater 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 Festival website.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – Shakopee
No TIme Machine? No worries! You can still take a journey back in time to medieval England when you visit the Renaissance Festival. 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.
Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul
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.
Festa Italiana Minnesota – Island Lake Park, Shoreview
Eat some pasta, compete in the bocce ball tournament, and listen to some great music. Celebrate all things Italian this weekend and pretend you are in Naples or Venice! Established in 2010, this event has been gaining in popularity each successive year and this year the festival is planning the best event yet!
Annual Uptown Art Fair
It’s happening where Lake Street meets Hennepin Ave. It’s an event eagerly anticipated by Metro art aficionados each summer. This event is second only to the Minnesota State Fair in attendance and one of the finest juried art fairs in the country! 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!
August 8-10 - Irish Fair of Minnesota – Harriet Island
Experience a bit of The Emerald Isle right here in our own Twin Cities Metro this weekend! Enjoy Irish music from Celtic to Rock, watch some sheep herders in action, sample Irish foods and beverages and dance an Irish jig! There are children’s activities and workshops and so much more! Did I mention admission was free?
Finn Fest – Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
The 21st Century Twin Cities Metro has become the largest Metropolitan area of Finns in the USA. However, you don’t have to be Finnish to celebrate this weekend event filled with the sights and sounds of Finland! There are 2 days of lectures, panels and music with the third day of the event planned for family fun. The schedule of programs and events is truly impressive!
Mounds View Festival in the Park – Mounds View City Hall
This is an annual celebration and this year it will be kicked off with a 5K Fun Run and a Family Walk. It starts at 7:30 am so set that alarm clock and be ready for an activity and fun filled day with the family. Highlights include a Parade and Car Show. There will be arts and crafts booths, games, music and food!
North American Festival of Wales – Minneapolis
The North American Festival of Wales is held in a different location each year, in either the US or Canada on the shared Labor Day holiday weekend. Sample Welsh culture for yourself for four full days of song, merriment and camaraderie. Meet old friends and make some new ones as you celebrate the life, heritage and culture of Wales in Minneapolis. This event includes concerts, seminars, workshops, competitions and tours. Immerse yourself in all things Welsh and enjoy!