Hard to believe that August is almost here, and the summer is winding down. Never let it be said that Minnesota lets summer go by without a lot of celebration. The number of events around the state reaches a peak this month. There are some biggies, like the Renaissance Festival opening Aug. 16, and, of course, the Minnesota State Fair, opening Aug. 21.
Rondo Days, one of the largest African American festivals in the Twin Cities, takes place Saturday in St. Paul. Rondo Avenue, considered the “main street” of the vibrant African American community in St. Paul, was torn up in the 1960s to make way for Interstate 94.
The cities of Minneapolis and St. Cloud will be the sites of Somali independence day celebrations over the weekend. Local Somalis have planned the festivals to celebrate their homeland’s independence, and to pay homage to the United States — the country that has given refugees the opportunity to start a new life.
This is one of the quieter months for festivals in Minnesota. But never fear–as spring fully arrives with the promise of summer ahead, the busiest festival time of the year is not far away.
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to start planning some weekend fun. It’s a weekend of festivals in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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You don’t have to have Irish blood running through your veins to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day here in the Twin Cities.
At the start of each season, I like to make a list of things I want to attend, experience or taste before the next season makes its timely appearance.
Break out the lederhosen! Okotoberfest, that annual German-beer-drinking festival, is just around the corner and there are several events worth checking out.
Hopkins cozies right up to the Western side of Minneapolis, but you can’t mistake the small town, vibrant old main street feel of this tiny city of 17,000 people. Much of the town is still centered on Main Street just like it was in the 1950s. There are a variety of fun-filled family-friendly events and activities to enjoy in Hopkins.
With summer finally on the horizon, it’s time to get outside after being cooped up all winter long! What better to do enjoy this beautiful weather than spend some time in the park listening to music?
If your family is anything like mine, by mid-morning on Saturday you are going to be wishing you had planned something to get out of the house. Lucky for you, it’s that time of year in Minnesota when there’s a fest celebrating anything and everything every weekend. This weekend you’ll find festivals with a focus on art, music, water, and even Legos.