1914 Town Hall Open House

Have you ever wondered how the city of Eagan got it’s name?  This Thursday during the 1914 Town Hall Open House you can learn that and more.   It takes place from 4-6pm.   The Town Hall is only open for special events, so put this on your calendar and learn a bit about Eagan.

Visit the 1914 Town Hall and learn about Eagan’s history. Hear stories of our past, view photos from Township days, tools and pictures from our farming past, look at maps showing how the community has developed through the years and much more. Kids will enjoy a scavenger hunt and be rewarded for their efforts.

Lebanon Hills Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Hopefully by now, you’ve heard about the upcoming Eclipse taking place on Monday.  Eclipses happen about every size months, and for the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon’s shadow passes through the continental United States.  We might not see a full 100% eclipse here in MN but we’ll hopefully see it come close.  If you’re looking for a place to enjoy it, you can join others on Monday for the Lebanon Hills Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. The event is open to all ages, and is free.  The fun begins at 11 and goes until 3.  There’ll be shadow art, crafts and more.

Join us to view the partial solar eclipse at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Have fun making your own eclipse projection viewer from 11-11:30 a.m. The eclipse itself starts at 11:43 a.m., maximum eclipse coverage is at 1:06 p.m., and it wraps up at 2:29 p.m. Park naturalists will be on hand for you to learn more about this amazing event and how to view it safely from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids activities include solar bracelets, planetary geocaching, shadow art and more! Eclipse glasses provided. Limited quantity available. All ages.

St. Paul Food Truck Festival

I love to see so many different food truck festivals popping up this summer.  One of our favorite places to head for dinner or lunch. With so many options, it’s the perfect place to take a family.  The St. Paul Food Truck Festival takes place tomorrow August 19th, and begins at noon.  With over 40 different trucks scheduled, there has to be something for everyone!  Live music and fabulous food, sounds like the perfect day to me!

Free event to feature 40+ Food Trucks, Beer, Live Music!

One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events – The St. Paul Food Truck Festival – will invade Mears Park on Saturday August 19th.

You can sample food truck delicacies for lunch and/or brunch or dinner, with fair hours of 12PM – 10PM.

More than 40 food trucks will surround Mears Park selling their special concoctions with global cuisines ranging from Indian to British to Japanese to locally grown pork.

$5 Pair Share: Each food truck will offer at least one signature dish at $5 to increase the epicurean opportunities for you and a friend.

Live music will be adding to the atmosphere, featuring local artists and Goose Island handcrafted beers. Alex Rossi Music will be headlinging at 7PM. Other beverage options will also be available. Proceeds from all water bottle sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children

 

 

Firehouse Drive-In 2017

There are just a couple of Drive in Theaters left in MN.  Typically there’s isn’t one in Cologne but once a year you can find one. The The Firehouse Drive-In is an annual fund-raiser to support the Cologne Fire Department in it’s quest to refurbish their 1924 LaFrance Engine.  It takes place this weekend August 18-19th.  With two movies showing each night, it’s a great event for all ages. You can find the movies, schedule and other important information here on the website.

The Firehouse Drive-In began in 2009 as a fundraising idea to assist in the renovation of the Cologne Fire Department’s original 1924 Brockton-LaFrance fire engine. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the premier family-friendly events of the summer! In addition to the feature films, the Firehouse Drive-In features two nights of events with fun for the whole family!


PRE-MOVIE ACTIVITIES

The fun doesn’t just start when the movies do. The Firehouse Drive-In has many family and kid’s activities to do before the movie starts. And best of all, the activities are ALL INCLUDED with the price of your parking pass. Kid’s activities this year include: Bounce houses, Smoke house training simulator, Fire truck rides, Pony rides, Full Playground & More! So come early for all the activities, and stay for the shows! Gates open at 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


FULL CONCESSION STAND

What’s a movie without the popcorn and a soda? Well, the Firehouse Drive-In has that and MORE! Enjoy hamburgers, pork burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, candy, soda, malts, cotton candy and more! There are also glow toys for the kids (and adults), as well as other merchandise available for purchase. Concession stand is open ALL NIGHT so arrive hungry!


VIP PARKINGS FOR CLASSIC CARS

At the Firehouse Drive-In, we are all about the classic cars! We encourage EVERYONE who has one to drive it down to the drive-in, and you’ll get access to the front row VIP Parking area! Come down early and hang out with other classic car enthusiasts! Gates open Friday and Saturday at 6pm. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm).


FIREWORKS BOTH NIGHTS

Now there is even ANOTHER reason to come out and stay at the Firehouse Drive-In. Back for this year’s Firehouse Drive-In will be a fireworks display between the first and second movies – BOTH NIGHTS! Sit back and enjoy the fireworks display from an up close and personal vantage point, as you wait for the next movie to start!

Mounds View Festival in the Park

This coming Saturday, August 19th is time for the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  A fun filled day for all ages.  Some of the activities planned are:

  • Parade
  • Bingo
  • K9 Demo
  • Car Show
  • Music
  • Fireworks
  • More fun….

You can find the schedule and list of all the activities taking place, here on the festival website.

 

Minnesota Bat Festival

The Minnesota Bat Festival is coming up, August 19th.  It takes place at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.  It’s a free event and open to all ages.  Some of the activities at the event include:

  • Exhibits
  • Games
  • Speakers
  • Live Animals
  • Presentations

Our first bat festival ever in Minnesota! Celebrate the unique role of bats in ecosystems as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world.

The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.

Additionally, please join us later that night, from 8 PM to 10 PM for Science Night at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge to watch bats emerge at sunset!

Food Truck Festival in Eagan

The Food Truck Festival in Eagan takes place this Friday, August 18th.  It begins at 4 and goes until 8:30.  With at least 25 different trucks planning to participate, there’ll be plenty to choose from and something for everyone.  Not only will there be food trucks, there will also be live music.  You can find the list of food trucks, live music information as well as directions and parking info on the city of Eagan website.

Friday, August 18 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy the Twin Cities tastiest food truck fare, local craft beers and entertainment at the Eagan Food Truck Festival. The event promises to be a flavor-filled Friday evening with more than 25 trucks representing tastes from across the globe. There will be music by Boogie Wonderland and Omission Republic to make you move and stay hungry for more.

Eagan Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Parkway

Wacipi Exhibition at Mall of America

If you have the calendar out, planning some last minute things to do with the kids, put the Wacipi Exhibition at Mall of America on it. It takes place this coming Thursday August 17th. There’ll be two sessions, one at 2pm and then again at 5pm. This is a free event in the Rotunda area of the Mall.

Location: Mall of America rotunda

Exhibition Sessions: 2pm & 5pm

Experience Native American dancers from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and other Indian nations at the SMSC-sponsored Wacipi Exhibition. A whirl of colors, sights and sounds will fill the halls as the Rotunda is transformed into a Wacipi arena, complete with a Master of Ceremonies and invited drum groups.

Invited Native American dancers of all ages in full regalia will enter the arena to perform with live Wacipi music in two separate performances. Mall visitors will experience a Native American Grand Entry, learn about the various dance styles, and have the opportunity to join the dancers and participate in the Intertribals and Round Dance.

 

 

 

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night at Centennial Lakes

Hard to believe it’s already the middle of August.  Tomorrow evening (August 13th), you can enjoy an outdoor concert at Centennial Lakes. and savor a beautiful summer evening. The Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night is named for the more than 200 torches and lanterns that light up the park and its walkways. This is a free concert and event, come a little early and check out the area.  The free fun will be begin at 6pm and the actual concert starts at 8:30.

Centennial Lakes Park hosts the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band in the most anticipated event of the season!

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night will begin at 6 p.m., with an array of things to see, including antique cars, vintage piano-playing, and a “mechanical man” movement performance. The Edina Model Yacht Club will be lighting up the water with their remote-controlled boats throughout the night. At approximately 7:45 p.m. the Sousa Fifes & Drums will process to the Maetzold Amphitheater in preparation for the much-anticipated 8:30 p.m. performance of the First John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band. As always, we will have drinks and popcorn available in our concession stand, but watch the walkways for other fun snacks and treats! There will be balloons for a nickle and ice cream available for a quarter (while supplies last). Fireworks will be set off near the end of the band’s performance, to the song The Stars and Stripes Forever.

This event is free to the public and a wonderful addition to anyone’s summer calendar! Come early to get a seat, enjoy the activities and stay for the concert!

Irish Fair

We aren’t quite close enough to drive to Ireland for the day, but the Irish Fair can sure make us feel like we are there.  Head to St. Paul this weekend for the Irish Fair that takes place August 11th-13th.  It’s the largest FREE Irish Fair in the country. You’ll find more music, food and fun than you can imagine.  It’s a great event for the whole family and takes place rain our shine on Harriet Island. You can find the schedule, parking information and other information on the website.

Dates and Hours

The 2017 Irish Fair of Minnesota will run Friday, August 11: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, August 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, August 13: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Values

  • Authentic. We believe the more Irish we are, the more universal our appeal becomes.
  • Relevant. We strive to preserve a rich heritage of traditions that are relevant to today’s audiences.
  • Fun. Creating a fun experience for volunteers and audiences alike is our top priority.
  • Quality. Maintain a high standard in Fair programs and operations.

Please consider supporting our long-range goals by contributing to the Legacy Fund.

Festival History & Information

Join us on the banks of the Mississippi River for a celebration of Irish heritage with music, dance, family activities and good craic!

Since 2001, beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul has hosted Irish Fair of Minnesota. The festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide and an amazingly great time by the 100,000 people who attended last year’s festival. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and even enjoy a pint or two!

The Irish Fair of Minnesota is dedicated to supporting the Irish community in Minnesota. Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.