Summer Concert Series in Farmington

Photo from the Farmington Independent Newspaper

The Summer Music in the Park Series takes place on the last Thursday of the month in Farmington.  This means bring your chair or blanket and get ready to enjoy an evening of free music.  With some nice cool temps in the forecast this week, it just might be the perfect time to meet up with friends at the Rambling River Park.  You can find more information here.


Concert lineup:

• Thursday, June 29: Woodshop the Band, a skiffle or jug band from Minneapolis, will play old, new country, rock, punk and blues tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest and Farmington Liquors.

• Thursday, July 27: Darlene & The Boys band are back to bring the highest quality performance. Darlene performs on TV, radio and has delighted to give stage shows alongside stars from the Grand Ole Opry. The concert is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Liquors and Impact Auto.

• Thursday, August 31: The Bazillions band will perform kid-friendly rock ‘n roll tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Gymnastics Center, Park Dental and Xpress Coin Laundry.

Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown Mall

Do you know someone you who loves cars? Tomorrow, June 25th is the Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown Mall.  It takes place from 10am-3pm.  There’ll be live music, cars, food and more.   Fun for the whole family.   The event is free for spectators.

Northtown Mall is proud to sponsor the Blaine Festival Car Show to support Invisible Wounds Project on Sunday June 25th. There will be live music from Jack Knife and the Sharps (JKATS), food from Chili’s and fun for the whole family! All proceeds to benefit the Invisible Wounds Project charity. Trophies awarded to the Top 20 vehicles based on participant and spectator voting. Free to spectators.


REI’s Birthday Celebration & Prairie Burn Festival Roundup

The Bloomington REI Co-op is having a birthday celebration tomorrow June 24th, from noon-4pm.  They’ve decided to invite everyone to join them. You’ll have the opportunity to get discount tickets for the Prairie Burn Festival that takes place in September. You can find out more information here on their website.

Join REI as we celebrate the Co-op’s birthday and get you excited for the Prairie Burn Music Festival occurring September 16th. This outdoor event at REI Bloomington will have live music by local bands The Honeydogs and Hamdog, discounts on tickets for music and camping at Prairie Burn, K-Town Street Foods Korean fusion food truck, beer, wine and NA drinks, camp games, make your own sunglasses station and more! REI Members attending this event will receive a discount code for $5 off music tickets and $10 off music/camping tickets for the amazing Prairie Burn event at YMCA Camp St. Croix on September 16th. Check the link below to learn more about this family friendly music and camping festival. We hope you join us for a fun day outside to help us celebrate REI’s birthday with great music and great friends!

23rd annual Eagan Art Festival

I know our house could really use some new art on the walls or maybe even something for the yard.  I’m sure I can find many things at the 23rd annual Eagan Art Festival.  It takes place this weekend June 24th and 25th.  You can find more information here on the website.

This is a free, family-friendly event that includes a juried art show of 100+ artists, top-notch entertainment, great food and art activities for the entire family! “Imagination” is this year’s theme. All humans have the gift of imagination and it is the cornerstone of all things new, from new products, to new applications, to new artwork – Imagination plays a part.

Have fun! Kids will love creating art in the Children’s Activities Tent. See an artist demonstration and get creative with the annual community art project in the Art Experience tent.

Savor the selection of tasty treats. Choose from corn dogs, gyros, pies, ice cream and other traditional fare in a family-friendly venue. Enjoy your food selections at a picnic table or in the entertainment tent.

2017 Scandinavian Summer Fest

It’s time for the third annual Scandinavian Summer Fest, taking place this Sunday, June 25th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Lot’s of great family friendly fun.  The hours for the event are from 10-4 and you can find more information here.

  • Midsommar loppet run/walk at 9:30 am.
  • The handcrafters, demonstrators and vendors begin at 10:30 a.m.
  • The outdoor church service begins at 11:45 a.m. with the Midsommar Stång (maypole) raising directly following.
  • The afternoon program of dancing and singing begins at 1 p.m. with the coronation of Miss Svenskarnas Dag 2018 culminating the day’s exciting events and activities.

*Events starting at 10 am are free.

Uptown Food Truck Festival!

I’m not sure where you’ll be eating lunch on Sunday (June 25th)  but I know where I hope to be.  The Uptown Food Truck Festival!  With over 60 different food trucks scheduled, it means we can all go out to eat and each find something that we like.  We may even live dangerously and have dessert before lunch, just because we can. There will also be live music and activities for the kids.  Lunch of Dinner or Linner as we like to call it when it falls in between, t sounds like the place to be.  It takes place between 11am-9pm.

Free Event with over 60 different food trucks!

One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events – The Uptown Food Truck Festival– located at Lake & Hennepin on Sunday, June 25th.

You’ll be able to celebrate with us all day long, from 11am-9pm!

Each beer sold will benefit Feed My Starving Children by providing a meal to someone in need.

2017 Dan Patch Days

The 2017 Dan Patch Days in Savage begins this week.  Dan Patch Days takes place June 22-25th.  A packed schedule with a parade, music, princess tower, inflatables fireworks and more.  Check out the full schedule here.  If you aren’t familiar with Dan Patch, you can read a bit about him here.

Dan Patch Days provides a great opportunity to experience all the fun, festivities and food of a family vacation this summer – all in our own backyard of Savage! Dan Patch Days, June 22-25, is a family-focused event that offers something for everyone. Join us at Community Park in Savage to enjoy tasty food, fantastic entertainment, spectacular fireworks, kids activities and much more!


Prince or Princess Dress-Up Wednesdays at Como Town

Do you have a little one that loves to dress up?  it’s time to find the princess or prince outfits and save some money. Como town has a special promotion taking place Wednesdays in June.  If your child goes to the park on June 21st or 28th dressed in a royalty theme costume from 10am – noon you will be able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for only $13.95, (saving $8).  What a fun idea!

Be a prince or princess for a day!

Every Wednesday in June from 10am – noon is dress-up day at Como Town. Come to the park dressed like royalty and collect a bounty! You will receive an unlimited ride wristband for $13.95 ($8 savings).

If your child tries to put on their Halloween costume multiple times a year, now they can! Dress them head to toe in their favorite royal garments and come to Como Town. Our face painters can complete their look with fun, eye catching designs.

Get the costumes washed and ready for June 7, 14, 21, and 28. We look forward to seeing you and your royal clan at Como Town!

Book It to the Parks

Books, Parks and Little Free Libraries, three of my favorite things.  Our girls love Little Free Libraries and we try to have books on hand to trade with the libraries when we spot one.  They are so much fun, all with their own variety of books and characteristics. On June 21, Minneapolis parks will open more than 50 new Little Free Libraries at various parks.  You can see the full list of locations here, and the special events at each one.

Love reading, summer, Minneapolis parks, and Minnesota Public Radio? Join us at Book It to the Parks!

Book donations are welcome – help stock your neighborhood’s newest Little Free Library.On Wednesday, June 21, Minneapolis parks will open more than 50 new Little Free Libraries—a gift from The Minneapolis Foundation to local families in honor of Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary. MPR hosts, local authors, and other guest readers will celebrate by reading children’s books at story times in parks all over the city, from sunrise to sunset on summer’s longest day.

Bring your kids and Book It to the Parks!

Stay up late for Midnight Scoops!

It’s time to Stay up late for Midnight Scoops!   Scoops Ice Cream Shop in Bloomington will be open until midnight tomorrow.  On a rare occasion they will stay open until midnight just to have some fun.  Check out the summer midnight events:

Here is our entire Midnight Scoops series for the 2017 summer:

  • Saturday, June 17th: Celebrate the Summer Solstice!
    • Open until midnight
    • Starlit summer lights go on at 9:30
  • Monday, July 3rd: Happy Independence Day Eve!
  • Satuday, July 15th: National Ice Cream Day Eve
    • Open until midnight
    • We can’t wait to celebrate National Ice Cream Day so we’re starting early!
    • Stay tuned for the fun (seriously) we have planned for National Ice Cream Day, Sunday July 16th!