St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 – Lake Phalen Park

St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 - Phalen Park

The 2017 Dragon Festival takes place this coming weekend July 8-9th at Lake Phalen and Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  If you’ve never been to it, the Dragon Festival is a great family friendly fun, artistic, and colorful event.  There is Free Admission – Free Performances – fun Children’s Activities.

Martial Artist Demonstrations

The Dragon Festival Planning Committee is committed to providing festival goers with a uniquely Asian and Pacific Islander inspired event. Martial arts performers provide festival goers with a multitude of experiences, performances and awesomeness. See a showcase of a variety of different types of martial artists from professionals to even people just like you. Our hope is to bring awareness to our attendees of the practice of Martial Arts from all different parts of Asia that are prevalent in our own community.
Children’s Activities

Dragon Festival comes alive for the young crowd!  From Boat Races on the lake, to Martial Arts demonstrations, Singing and Dancing at the performance stage, to all sorts of activities sponsored by our vendors and supporters.  Some of our sponsors offer activity challenges, with awards and prizes!  There are activities for kids of ALL ages!

Be sure to swing by the North side of the park again this year too!  We have the Bouncy Castles back!  Please note, the bouncy castles are not free, they do require the purchase of a ticket.  Tickets are available by the hour or all-day unlimited.

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!

Public Tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence

If you love history or are just curious about the inside of a famous house, then a public tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence is something just for you.   The inside of the residence is only open at certain times and reservations are needed.  If you want to tour the grounds and gardens you can find that information here.  To reserve the inside tour, you need to email and give your name. More specifics can be found here on the website.

The Governor’s Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! Tour dates are the following Tuesdays:

  • June 13 and 27 (Limited Availability)
  • July 11 and 25
  • August 8 and 22

What You Need to Know Before Your Tour Begins

Please review this important information before your tour begins:

  • Tours of the Residence are always free, and groups may not charge for them.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in public spaces. Please feel free to take photos!
  • Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening.
  • Visitors should dress accordingly to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors before entering the Residence.
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and on local side streets.

 

WaterFest 2017 at Lake Phalen Park

WaterFest is coming up this weekend.  A great family friendly free event that celebrates clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation.  WaterFest takes place this Saturday, June 3rd from 11-4pm. It will be held rain or shine at the Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  You can find more specific information here on the event page.  Some of the fun activities taking place include: 

  • Voyageur canoe ride
  • Water Games
  • Native Plant Giveaway
  • Live Music
  • Live Animals
  • Jump Castle

2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.

WHAT ELSE WILL I SEE AT THE FESTIVAL?

• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people

WHAT CAN I DO AT THE FESTIVAL?

• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!

Minnesota Children’s Museum Re-Opening Events

It’s no secret, the MN Children’s Museum in St. Paul has been quietly working on a remodel and becoming bigger and better.  We’ve all been patiently waiting for it to open back up.  We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, the day is almost here, we can once again enjoy one of our favorite indoor activities.

The bigger and better museum will have:  10 new exhibits, additional amenities that include a new cafe, an additional elevator, new box office, plus 35% additional visitor space. There are several opportunities to enjoy the new changes the museum has made:

The museum has been entirely reimagined. The new experiences include:

  • The Scramble: A four-story vertical adventure with climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40-feet high.
  • Super Awesome Adventures: Laser maze, carpet skates, balance boards and green-screen climbing wall
  • The Studio | Target Gallery: Tinker, make and create with real tools and authentic materials
  • Creativity Jam | Target Gallery: Lively and bright collaborative space with face-painting, loose parts and surprising materials
  • Forces at Play | 3M Gallery: Air-powered ball launchers and a wacky car wash
  • Sprouts: Joyful landscape of discovery for babies and toddlers
  • Our World | Best Buy Gallery: Vibrant Minnesota city with a fire station, hardware store, post office, food stand and more
  • Imaginopolis: Fantastical play space where children shape and share their own stories
  • Backyard: Quirky outdoor space for exploring the natural world
  • Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery: Outdoor space on the roof to see, hear and talk about the city

June 2-6: Sneak Peek Days. Non-members can purchase advance tickets here on their website, members check your email.

June 7th: Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, no reservations required.  Museum open from 9-5pm

June 17th:  Museum Free day and Block Party. although free a reservation is required. No reservation needed for block party

June 18th:  Target 3rd Free Sunday.  although free a reservation is required

 

 

 

 

Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day?  Perhaps a concert?  The Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert takes place at 1 pm at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.  The music schedule is: 

  • George Butterworth – Two English Idylls
  • Enrique Granados – Two Spanish Dances
  • Ruid Stephan – Music for Orchestra (1910)
  • Ernest Farrar – Heroic Elegy
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – “The Lark Ascending”
  • Brian Krinke, violin solo
  • Maurice Ravel – La Valse

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony always sells out their Mother’s Day concert as the music chosen for this event is always popular.  Bring your family for a beautiful and heartfelt concert.  For more information call 651-292-3063.

Free Angelica Choir Concert at the Ordway

What better to celebrate spring than by listening to beautiful voices at the Ordway.  The Free Angelica Spring Choir Concerts at the Ordway takes place tomorrow, May 7th at 1:30 and also at 4pm. It’s a free event with donations accepted.  The Angelica Cantanti consists of 5 different youth choirs with children ranging from grade 2-12.  You can find more information here on their website.

Annual Spring Concert
Featuring All Choirs
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Free
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert
No tickets are necessary, General seating

2017 Festival of Nations

This is a weekend you can travel without a plane ticket.  Traveling is almost all about the food, scenery and culture right?  Well the Festival of Nations might be missing out on the scenery, but the food is certainly plentiful.  The 2017 Festival of Nations has more food and activities than you can imagine.  It begins today May 5th and goes through Sunday May 7th, taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  You can find ticket information as well as a schedule here on the website.

For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.

In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.

12th Annual Craftstravaganza

It’s time for the 12th annual Craftstravaganza, taking place this Saturday April 29th at the MN State Fairgrounds.  This is one of my favorite craft shows, with over 90 vendors, all with handmade items.  Lot’s of fabulous unique items, a great place to buy gifts for friends or family and maybe even something for yourself.

About the Craftstravaganza

Craftstravaganza is a one-day art market for handmade goods. The 2017 St. Paul Craftstravaganza will be held in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center (a.k.a. Eco Experience Building) on April 29, 2017. This year is our 12th annual St. Paul event. The Craftstravaganza is hosted by Scuttlebug, LLC.

Plenty of free parking is located nearby on the street and Fairgrounds lots.

Event Details

The 12th Annual St. Paul Craftstravaganz

Saturday, April 29, 201

Open to the public from 10am-5pm

At the MN State Fairgrounds, Progress Center

Free workshops and activities throughout the day

Free Admission!