Summer Tuesdays, Evenings in Stillwater

Summer Tue music

Looking for something to do this evening?  Summer Tuesdays in Stillwater is worth checking out.  Tonights music is Scottie Miller and the movie is  Spaceballs.  Sometimes the movies are PG and sometimes they are G. If you can’t make it this evening, maybe plan for another Tuesday evening this summer.  A Market, Music and Movies that all take place on the riverfront.

Summer Tuesdays


Market . Music . Movies

Each week we feature an eclectic vendor market, live music and movies in beautiful downtown Stillwater.  

No matter rain or shine, we’ll have Live Music! We’ll announce by 2:30pm if we will have the market and movie, but no matter what, we’ll have Live Music – if sunny we’ll be outside, if rainy, we move into Charlie’s Irish Pub!

Summer Tue movie

Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit – Duluth – Discount Tickets

Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit - Duluth - Discount Tickets
The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit, with up to 40 giant dinosaurs, is coming to the DECC in Duluth. Many of these fascinating creatures have an animatronic skeleton and warm mechanical heart beneath their piercing talons, striped plates, and crepe-like swaths of realistically painted skin. Those that don’t move are still plenty convincing, thanks to museum-quality construction and sets filled with roiling fog and dynamic light and sound effects.

Some of the dinosaurs are even arranged to let you tempt fate by sticking a hand into their mouths or patting their mighty flanks. And kids can actually climb atop a couple of them on Triceratops and T. Rex rides.

The exhibit will be open Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16. If you buy your tickets ahead of time through Groupon you can snag either of these deals:

  • $17 for single-day adult admission with a $5 voucher for the gift shop (up to $24 value)
  • $21 for single-day child admission, plus five tickets for either the mining or panning activity (up to $33 value)

Child admission includes access to the exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino coloring station, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides, mini golf, and inflatables. Socks are required for the inflatables.

Adult admission is valid for ages 13 and older. Child admission is valid for ages 2–12. Those younger than 2 are admitted for free.

Order your tickets HERE!

Where Exactly Was Wildwood Amusement Park Event in White Bear Lake, July 27th

White Bear Lake Library

Do you enjoy learning about local history?  There is an event this evening that sounds interesting.  “Where Exactly Was Wildwood Amusement Park”?  You can find out beginning at 6pm, at the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake.  FREE event but donations are welcome. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake.

Wildwood Amusment Park MN

Wildwood Park boomed on the southwest shore of White Bear Lake during the first part of the twentieth century. Join us as we set the scene with images and stories from the park’s heyday.  You can almost feel the streetcars rattling along the tracks!


Elm Creek Park Reserve Beach, Maple Grove

Elm Creek park Logo

Here is yet another option to enjoy summer at a beach. Previously we have highlighted other man-made swimming areas, they look like a lake with sand, but act like a pool.  Today we tell you about another one, Elm Creek Park Reserve Beach is located in the Maple Grove area. Hours for the beach are 9:00 AM–8:00 PM daily, May 23–Sept. 7. Admission is $4 a person or $15 for the season.

Elm Creek Beach

Lifeguard hours:

Noon–8:00 PM daily, Mon-Fri, June 6–Aug. 16

Noon–8:00 PM weekends & Memorial Day, May 23–Aug. 16

elmcreek beach buildings

Lowertown Blues Festival in St. Paul, Today July 25th

Lowertown blues

Looking for something to do today?  A great, free for all ages option is the Lowertown Blues Festival taking place in St. Paul. Music on two stages, including Elvin Bishop, Walter Trout, Jimmi and the Band of Souls, and Lisa Wenger and more. The times, schedule and line up can be found here. It takes place in the Mears Park area of St. Paul beginning at noon and going until 10pm.

Lowertown blues 1

The Mission of this Festival is to bring awareness to St Paul & St Paul Lowertown’s redevelopment, and showcase the vitality and beauty of Lowertown with music & the arts.
Coolers and Lawn Chairs are allowed. No alcoholic beverages allowed in please. Food, Ice Cream, Beer, Soda, and Water sold through our vendors. 

Free music at Kelly Park in Apple Valley, Tonight July 24th

kelly park musicLooking for something to do tonight?  Apple Valley has free music taking place at Kelly Park. Tonight the music is Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, who combine folk, rock, blues and bluegrass. It is an all ages free show outdoors.  The event is from 6-9.  Enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides. and there will be food and drinks available to purchase from Rascals and $5 Pizza.  Not far from the music is a great play area for kids, and it includes a splash pad.
Party penguins

Kelly park splash pad

Big Stone Mini Golf & Sculpture Garden, Minnetrista

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My husband and I ventured out for a date night last night and had a blast. Not a crazy loud concert or anything, but a quiet evening of mini golf and wandering through sculptures, even saw some goats and chickens. Our evening was at the Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden, located near Minnestrista. Apparently this magical place has has been around for over 10 years but this was our first visit to it. Playing mini golf through the sculptures sort of felt like we were in the world of Alice in Wonderland. Although we went for a date night, we will be bringing our kids back as it is very kid friendly as well. There is a website here, but I highly recommend the FB page for more updated info on the time it is open etc. I don’t see the cost on the website but I wrote it down when we were there. Very reasonable : $8/adult, $7/child. We happened to be there for a special event that we saw on the FB page, and it included, dinner and an evening movie about Art in Nature. We had a great conversation with the owner Bruce, and sounds like he might try to do more events, so like the FB page as he will post on there. big stone golf flowers

Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden was created by Bruce Stillman in 2004. It’s a wonderful place for people of any ages to enjoy miniature golf, animals, and art.

Big stone golf game

big stone golfing

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Discount Tickets – Save 50%

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You can tell we are nearing the end of summer because the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is only a few weeks away! If you think ahead and buy your tickets NOW, you can save a bunch! Through Sunday, 7/26, you can get Minnesota Renaissance Festival discount tickets at the price of only $11.50 each. Regular gate price is $22.95. The tickets are only redeemable the following weekends of the Festival: August 22-23, August 29-30 & September 5-September 7. While the sale lasts through 7/26, this deal often sells out early!

Webber Natural Swimming Pool, Minneapolis

webber_pool_aerialThe “official” grand opening for the Webber Natural Swimming Pool will be in 2016. However starting this weekend, July 24th and going through Labor Day Weekend, there will be swimming. Keep in mind it will be only open on weekends this summer.  The website has all the information.  The Webber Pool will be the first of it’s kind in United States, but similar pools are in various areas of Europe since the 80’s. Webber Pool uses filters and plants, not chemicals, to cleanse the water. There is no admission to the pool, however it only holds 500 people. Because of the unique filtration system there are some rules and tips that you may want to read, so you are prepared. The hours and dates of opening are also on the same page.


Construction of the Webber Natural Swimming Pool began in the fall of 2013. As of mid-July, 2015, major construction work is completed, however the pool’s unique water management systems need ongoing monitoring and additional specialized robotic equipment for maintaining the pool before the pool can open daily. The Grand Opening Celebration is slated for summer 2016.

Webber Pool view



Aquatennial Torchlight Parade in Minneapolis, July 22nd

Torchlight parade

Looking for something to do tomorrow night, July 22nd?  How about the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade? It is free and begins at 8:30pm in downtown Minneapolis. Join the community as they gather and watch great floats, displays and bands march through the heart of Downtown Minneapolis.

Aquatennial_night parade photo

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:   Come early! Area along the parade route fills up quickly, so bring a chair or blanket and find your place along Hennepin Avenue. During the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, a procession of Bands and entertainment units will march down Hennepin Avenue to light up the Minneapolis night.

The Aquatennial has partnered with the City of Minneapolis to bring Tap Minneapolis water fountains to the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. These water stations will be available on both sides of Hennepin Avenue at the intersections of 6th Street, 9th Street and Spruce Place/Laurel Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the event and utilize the many fountains along the parade route for refills. CenterPoint Energy will be handing out reusable water bottles to lucky parade-goers, so fill up along the route! CenterPoint Energy will also be handing out hoop toys to 2,000 parade goers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check back for more details leading up to the parade!

GETTING HERE:   Parking garages are located on both sides of Hennepin Avenue, and Metro Transit services the area through Light Rail Transit (Green Line to and from St. Paul, Blue Line to and from MSP International Airport/Mall of America) as well as bus routes connecting across the metro area.