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.


  • 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.

Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration

It’s time to celebrate the restoration and remodel of the Minnesota State Capitol.  The celebration and festivities take place this weekend August 11th-13th.  Lot’s of fun to be found at the mostly free event.  There will be a few, ticket only events and you can more information about those here.  Visit the website for more information on all of the fun to be found.  There will be:

  • Entertainment
  • Tours
  • Yoga and Breakfast on the Capitol Lawn
  • Kid Zone area



The Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration is a three-day long event being held August 11-13 at the fully restored State Capitol in Saint Paul. The celebration commemorates the completion of the Capitol Restoration Project and welcomes ALL Minnesotans back to the “People’s House” at a nearly cost-free weekend-long event.

Visit us online at for more information about Grand Opening weekend, daily event schedules, ticket sales, directions, maps and more!

Minnesota Garlic Festival


Saturday is the day to enjoy and learn about all things garlic.  Games, music, and of course food can all be found at the Garlic Festival.  The 12th annual event takes place this Saturday, August 12th in Hutchinson.  Rain or shine so be prepared to enjoy the day.  You can purchase tickets in advance or when you arrive, we found a BOGO deal for this event here

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

We’ll continue our tradition of unique entertainment, with festival favorites returning, plus some new acts. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including the popular kite flying attraction, the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade, and old-style country picnic games.

MN Garlic Festival is a ZERO WASTE event! We make a concerted effort to produce no trash – if you can’t take it home, it’s recycled, re-used or composted.

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale


One of our favorite stores for finding birthday gifts is Creative Kidstuff.  There are now several locations sprinkled around the twin cities. Our favorite section of the store is the games, with at least a couple out to try.  It’s a great store, if you’ve never been, add it to your summer bucket list.

This week there’s a big reason to check out Creative Kidstuff.  It’s time for their giant warehouse sale. It starts Wednesday, August 9th and goes through Sunday.  Located in Minneapolis at the headquarters.

Oh my!! This is a sale beyond sales. We are clearing out the actual Creative Kidstuff warehouse. There are so many buried treasures – you have to see it to believe it! There will be deals upon deals and a lot of surprises.

Join us on Wednesday, August 9 to shop a day early! Get a head start on shopping for just $3 cash admission. It will be worth your purse change, we promise!

Shop, then shop again. On Sunday, August 13 anything remaining will be an ADDITIONAL 50% off!

Sale Hours:
Wednesday, August 9 –– 4pm to 7pm ($3 cash admission)
Thursday, August 10 –– 10am to 2 pm
Friday, August 11 –– 10am to 2 pm
Saturday, August 12 –– 10am to 2 pm
Sunday, August 13 –– 10am to 2pm

Sale Location:
(parking in back – follow the signs)
Creative Kidstuff Headquarters
3939 East 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Fine Print:
The $3 admission on Wednesday, August 9 is cash only (exact change appreciated). We accept cash and credit/debit. Unfortunately we cannot take personal checks. All sales are final. Public restrooms are not available.

Kids are welcome to attend! We recommend strollers if that’s age appropriate, and all kiddos must stay with their adults at all times. Our warehouse is just that – a warehouse – and was not designed with the safety of children in mind. We’ll do our best to kid-proof the place, but keep those little ones close!

Edible Hike – Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point

Edible Hike - Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point

At one time or another, most of us have wondered what plants and berries we can eat when we are out hiking.  Is that pretty flower poisonous, or what is that bright red berry, can we put it on our salad?  Tomorrow evening you can join the edible hike and find some answers.  It takes place in Eden Prairie, at the Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point.  You can register here on their website if you would like to attend.

Date: Tuesday, August 8th

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point (12800 Gerard Dr., Eden Prairie)

Join us for Discovery Point Edible Hike the Sequel! We’ll sample a few new plants, and some familiar ones, as we learn responsible urban foraging techniques. You will also leave with a few recipes and resources to increase your confidence in your foraging skills.

Candyland 85th Anniversary Celebration

Candyland is celebrating 85 years in business this year.  That’s quite the accomplishment, and with four locations you can find one close by to join in the fun.  There’ll be special events and pricing on many of their goodies Augusts 9th and 10th.

Join all four Candyland locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul & Stillwater) August 9th & 10th, 2017 as we celebrate our 85th year of Business! Thats right, 85 years of sweet treat & deliciousness! Day 1 we’ll be having raffles, games & $.85 specials on select fudge & sweet treats in the store! Day 2 (August 10th) we’ll be offering our $.85 Popcorn Special! A small Cheese Popcorn, Caramel Popcorn, #CandylandChicagoMix®, & Regular Seasoned popcorn are only $.85! Limit 3 bags per customer, per purchase

Slime Sunday at Michaels

Last spring I started to hear all about slime, kids were making it and bringing it to school to share with friends.  Michaels is hosting a Slime Sunday event tomorrow from 1-3.  It’s a free event, no registration needed but it is first come first serve, so keep that in mind.

Join us Sunday, August 6 from 1 – 3 pm local time in our classroom to customize slime. We’ll provide the supplies, including pre-made slime!
Age 3 and up welcome
All Michaels locations (please check with your local store for alternative day if they are closed on Sunday)

Dakota County Fair

The Dakota County Fair begins and August 7th and runs through August 13th.  Most days there’s an admission fee, however on August 7th it’s free admission a day beginning at noon.  If you can’t make it on Monday, check out the other ways to get in for a discount. The fair is located in Farmington, you can find the hours and schedule here on the website. Lot’s of great free and inexpensive entertainment to be found.

During the fair, Dakota City comes to life with costumed interpreters and activities of 100 years ago. Open to the public at no additional charge, Dakota City is a 1900 era rural village of twenty-two buildings, including a blacksmith shop, newspaper office, schoolhouse and millinery shop, representing the business and social center of a rural community.

You may also enjoy threshing demonstrations, bucket brigade demonstrations, or roving musicians through the village. Visit the Ahlberg Heritage Center to see our new museum exhibits and agricultural displays. Fun for all ages can be had at Dakota City Heritage Village. Come and see!

Taco Tour on Lake Street 2017

This Sunday, August 6th is the 4th annual Taco Tour.  It takes place on Lake Street in Minneapolis from 11-5:30.  There are a few different options to enjoy the event.  You can register and take the shuttle, you can bike or walk.  This year not only will 10 restaurants be participating, there’ll also be entertainment and art along the way.  This is a family friendly event for all ages.


Welcome to the fourth annual Taco Tour on Lake Street! Discover the spicy flavors of the Latino food district on Lake Street by touring 10 authentic restaurants offering their own versions of the iconic Mexican specialty: TACOS! Last year more than 3,500 people participated in the wildly successful Taco Tour 2016.

In addition to thousands of tacos with many diverse flavors, this year’s event will include several artists expressing their art through music, dance and other ways, adding to the many surprises you will encounter as you tour.