NE Dog Parade – North-East Minneapolis

Bring a dog, borrow a dog or just mark your calendar to watch all the dogs.  It’s time for the NE dog parade.  It takes place this Friday, July 28th in North-East Minneapolis from 5-7.  You can find more details on the event page.

On Friday, July 28th, dogs will be taking over the streets of Northeast once again! Join us for the annual NE Dog Parade.

Dogs, please bring your humans and meet across from Wilde Cafe at 5:00 for socializing, tail wagging, and activities. At 6:00 Officer Elliot Wong will take us for a walk through the business district, and then we will circle back to the riverfront for more doggy camaraderie. There will be prizes for best trick and a costume contest, so it’s time to dust off those capes and tutus and start training your humans!

Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha

We love the Open Street Events that take place in Minneapolis.  We don’t live in Minneapolis, so it gives us a chance to explore different areas.  If you have’t been to any of them, the Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha is coming up.  It takes place this coming Sunday, July 23rd from 11-5.  The road will be closed to cars, and open to pedestrians, bikes and etc.  Part of this area has had some construction so missed out on the Open Street events for a few years.  This will be the first one since 2013.

Back again (and for the first time on Minnehaha since 2013), Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha!

Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

Open Streets offers a number of fun, family-friendly events put on by local businesses and event partners! From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids play zones; there’s something for everyone at Open Streets!

What will YOU create on the street at Open Streets?

Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 11:00am – 5:00pm
From Elliot Avenue to Minnehaha Ave; along Minnehaha Ave until 46th St.


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.

4th Annual Kid Fest at Lake Harriet

The fourth annual Kid Fest hosted by Minnesota Parent, takes place this Saturday June 17th at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.  Its a free family friendly event from 10-1.  Enjoy some fun activities and music.  Here is the music schedule for the event:

10:00 a.m. — Davey Doodle & the Red Hots
10:30 a.m. — Kids’ Yoga
11:15 a.m. — The Bazillions
12:15 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band

Kid Fest and its activities are geared toward families with children under 10 years, with a strong focus on activities for children under 5. Our exhibitors will each have child-friendly activities to enjoy, such as prize wheels, balloon giveaways and craft projects, including a Summer Solstice Creation Station hosted by ARTrageous Adventures.


National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.


Free Movies at Target Field Station


Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Downtown Council

We all wonder if the warm weather will come back, the snow lingers and then comes the rain but the warm weather is here.  It’s time to enjoy some evening activities in the evening.  There’s a great line up of Free Movies at Target Field Station this year. Some great family friendly movies.  Check out the great list:

  • June 8: Footloose (1984)
  • June 29: The Parent Trap (1961)
  • July 13: Inside Out
  • August 10: Finding Dory
  • August 24: Free Willy

On select Thursdays at 7pm throughout the summer, you can enjoy outdoor movie nights at Target Field Station. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, find a spot on the green grass outside the Twins’ ballpark and enjoy an evening watching a movie under the stars and the downtown skyline.


4th Annual Minnesota Pet Expo

It’s almost time for the 4th Annual Minnesota Pet Expo.  The Expo takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 10-11th. A great event filled with resources for the pet you have, or find out about new pets.  The schedule and additional information about the Expo can be found here on the event website. You can even, bring your pet to this fun filled free event. (Please note that all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations, please) 

  • Tons of Exhibitors
  • Fabulous Prize Giveaways & Fun for both the Two-Legged AND Four-Legged
  • Adopt! Dozens of Rescue Groups and a  Mega-Adoption Event
  • Discounted Vaccinations, Microchipping and Heartworm & Flea Preventatives
  • Free Nail Trims

  • Live Entertainment, Obedience Demonstrations, Author Readings/Book Signings
  • The Latest & Greatest Pet Products
  • Learn About Pet Care, Volunteerism, Grooming, Pet Behavior & Training, Traveling with your Pet,  How YOU Can Make a Difference, Different Types of Pets/Breeds, Veterinarian FAQ, Fun Activities for You & Your Pet


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Grand Reopening

It’s time for the highly anticipated Grand Reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Located near the Walker Art Center, it’s a place to wander and enjoy many different aspects of art.  This is a place I’m excited to see just what changes and additions have been made.  The Grand Reopening event takes place Saturday, June 10th from 10-6. You can find more specifics here on the event page.

Join us to celebrate the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with a daylong festival for all ages! Guided tours, food trucks, DJs, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, and Walker giveaways will be offered throughout the day.

  • Performance: Black Market Brass, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
  • Showing: Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 4:30 pm
  • Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, 12 noon
  • Activity: Extrapolation Factory, 10 am–6 pm
  • Art-Making: Mix Up, 10 am–3 pm
  • DJs: Micagrimm and Los Boogie 11 am–6 pm
  • Artist-Designed Mini Golf, 10 am–6 pm
  • Free Walker Art Center Gallery Admission: June 2–10

Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street

The Cinco de Mayo on Lake Street takes place tomorrow, May 14th from noon-7pm.  This is an event you don’t want to miss if you love music and food.  This is the largest Latino event in Minnesota.  There’ll be food, music, kids activities, and much more. With great weather on the way, it sounds like the perfect event to attend.  Live music, food and fun!  


East Lake Street, Between Second Avenue and Portland Avenue, on May 14 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. food, drink, activities for children, traditional dancers and music to can be enjoyed through out the day .
Community event, Cinco de Mayo celebrations since 1997.

Art in Bloom

With our recent days filled with beautiful weather, we have to think it’s finally spring here in in MN!   Spring also means it’s time for the annual Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Art in Bloom is a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, and it takes place April 26-29.  There’ll be tours, lectures, demonstrations, fashion show, a family event and much more.  Check out the schedule and more specific information here on their website.

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom—a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!