Rosefest in Roseville – June 24th to 30th and July 4th

Rosefest is Roseville’s annual community celebration, and this year’s dates are June 24th – 30th, plus July 4th.

Highlights include the Rose Parade, live music, Discover Your Parks activities, free indoor ice skating, theatrical performances, kids’ events, and much more. Visit their website for a complete schedule.

Rosefest celebrates the community traditions of health and wellness, arts and entertainment, fun and fresh air for people of all ages. Starting around the last week of June, there are Rosefest events for everyone, including the annual Rose Parade and culminating with the Party in the Park on the 4th of July. There are events for those who like to be active and events for those who like to watch. There are events for adults, events for kids and events for the whole family. There are events to learn, but especially there are events to just plain ol’ have fun!

Minnesota Vikings Tickets Available Through Groupon

Football season is just around the corner…did you know that you can get Minnesota Vikings tickets at a discount through Groupon?

You can easily filter by dates and/or opponent to find tickets for dates you’re sure you can make (and teams you want to see). You also can try out your seat virtually to see what the view from your seat will look like. Get your tickets HERE.

Dakota County’s Music in the Park

Whitetail Woods is one of our favorite parks, we have to remind ourselves just how close it actually is to the metro.  It’s usually quiet but it’s also a great venue for outdoor events.  Dakota County’s Music in the Park will be held there June 29th, July 27th and August 24th. FREE outdoor live music is a great way to savor summer nights that seem to go by way too fast.  Bring a chair or blanket as the performances take place 5-7pm. (Not the time change from last year)

2019 performance dates

  • June 29: Roe Family Singers (Good-time, old-time hillbilly band)
  • July 27: Riddle Brothers (Americana folk)
  • Aug. 24: Blue Groove Bluegrass (Traditional bluegrass with a contemporary vibe)


Weather cancellation

The event is rain or shine. In the event of severe or significantly rainy weather, event staff will determine if the event will be cancelled 2-3 hours before the event start time. Updates, including cancellation notices, will be posted as available on the Dakota County Parks-forever wild Facebook page, or you can call the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 651-554-6530.



Minnesota Orchestra: 50% Off Música Juntos Summer Concerts

Celebrate the music of Latin America this summer with Minnesota Orchestra’s Música Juntos festival! From July 6th to August 3rd you can experience Argentine tango, Mexican huapango, music influenced by the spirit of salsa, and more.

Plus, now through Sunday, June 30th you can use the coupon code STRBFYI to save 50% on tickets!

Concerts include:

  • Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert – July 6th and 7th
  • Vänskä Leads a Vocal Extravaganza – July 13th
  • A Musical Feast with Sarah Hicks – July 26th
  • La Pasión según San Marcos – August 2nd and 3rd
  • and more!



5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University- June 26th

This Wednesday is the 5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University.  You’ll enjoy a family-friendly FREE event filled with fun outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and most importantly a live puppet show showcasing Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour!   It’s been a tradition of ours to catch at least one Drive Way tour each summer, they are so much fun!  

5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza!

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Location: Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center

645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The festivities will go on rain or shine near the labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 pm the curtain will rise on the Open Eye Figure Theatre’s outdoor puppet production of “Ms. Marvels Sandbox Circus.” Ms. Marvel, the cat, is the madcap, merry-maker that lives and prowls in your neighborhood. Every summer, Ms. Marvel transforms the sandbox into an amazing circus where a cavalcade of antics, thrill, chills, and spills await. Step right up to Ms. Marvel’s Sandbox Circus and witness the Acrobatic Ants, the Daredevil Squirrel, the Caterpillar Catapult and the Earthworm Orchestra!

This event is FREE and open to ALL! Bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or [email protected].

Uptown Food Truck Festival – Sunday, June 23rd

I’m not sure where you’ll be eating lunch or dinner on Sunday (June 23rd), but I know where I hope to be – the Uptown Food Truck Festival! With 65+ 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. The event runs from 11 am – 9 pm on Lake Street between Hennepin and Dupont.

With 65-plus food trucks, the Uptown Food Truck Festival is the largest Food Truck Festival in the Midwest. Food offerings will range from global cuisines such as green papaya salad to crispy pork belly to American favorites such as gourmet mini doughnuts and wood-fired pizza. Organizers have increased the event space moving south of 31st on Hennepin, and enlarged the seating area with chairs and tables to enhance the experience for families of all ages and sizes.

In addition to the de-lish food trucks, you can experience a handful of unique businesses of four wheels. Fashion Trucks, Vintage Record truck, shoe shines & beard trims in a classic airstream trailer, photo booth truck and something just for your four legged friends from Blue Buffalo.

Other activities include life-size Jenga, mechanical bull, bean bag toss, henna tattoo artists and a psychic tarot reader.

The 10-hour Uptown Food Truck Festival features live music all day…

11-2PM Shirts & Skins
2:30-5:30PM Junk FM
6-9PM You Oughta Know

You’ll be able to enjoy handcrafted beers by Kona Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing & Goose Island. Other beverage options will also be available. The event is free, but a $2.00 wristband is required for those who are indulging in the brews. Proceeds from all wristband sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children to provide meals to impoverished families and children. Last year, over 44K meals were raised!

For those wanting to get out of the sun and cool down, The Uptown Food Truck Festival has partnered with Calhoun Square, offering fair-goers an indoor respite before venturing back outside for one more.

For updates and more information, visit:

*IT’S BACK* Como Town Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

We grab this Como Town deal every year! It’s a great way to plan ahead for a fun summer day at both Como Zoo AND Como Town! Right now you can get 2 all-day wristbands and 2 temporary tattoos for $27.95 (a $55.90 value).

Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12.

Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Our family always has SO MUCH fun at Como Town. It’s a small park, but they pack a lot of fun into that small space. My favorite ride is the scrambler, but we all like the bumper cars too.

Plus, once you’re done at Como Town (or before) you’re right next door to Como Zoo where you can spend a few hours exploring the animal exhibits.


Scandinavian Summer Fest

Join in the fun at the tomorrow at the Scandinavian Summer Fest.  It takes place in south Minneapolis from 10-4:30.  You’ll find all sort of Scandinavian Fun and something for all ages to enjoy.  Here is the schedule for the day:

Come join us for a day filled with Scandinavian music, dancing, handicrafts, and the crowning of the 2020 Miss Svenskarnas Dag!
Order of events:
10:00am- Vendor booths open for business
10:30am- English/Swedish church service
Tjärnblom- between church service and majstång processional
11:45am- Barnetog (children’s parade) processional to the pole beginning near the rear of the stage
11:50am- Raising of the Majstång
12:30pm- Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers
12:45pm- Afternoon program begins
ASI Men’s Chorus
Vasa Junior Folk Dancers
Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers
Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
Ross Sutter
3:30pm- Queen’s Coronation- Crowning of the 2020 Miss Svenskarnas Dag and Junior Royalty

You can find the address here on the event page, also a place to check for updates in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.


Universe in the Park Summer Telescope Observing Program

The stars, planets, and all the things “out there” are sometimes difficult to see with the naked eye. Get a glimpse at the wonders of our solar system through the free Universe in the Park program hosted by the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics and area state and local parks.

At these events scheduled throughout the summer, you’ll hear a short public talk and see a slide show covering a variety of astronomical topics, then (weather permitting) you’ll have the opportunity to view the sky through a telescope. You’ll also receive a free star map and be able to ask the presenters any questions you like.

These events are free to the public, but note that a vehicle permit is usually required to enter the parks. Events are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays in June and August. Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10 or 11 pm, including telescope observing.

Here’s the schedule for Summer 2019:

  • June 21, Fri – Lake Maria State Park
  • June 22, Sat – Lowry Nature Center
  • June 28, Fri – Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • June 29, Sat – Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
  • July 5, Fri – Eastman Nature Center
  • July 6, Sat – Wild River State Park
  • July 12, Fri – Afton State Park
  • July 13, Sat – Lake Maria State Park
  • July 19, Fri – Father Hennepin State Park
  • July 20, Sat – Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
  • July 26, Fri – Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • July 27, Sat – William O’Brien State Park
  • August 2, Fri – Dodge Nature Center
  • August 3, Sat – William O’Brien State Park
  • August 9, Fri – Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • August 10, Sat – Tettegouche State Park

Visit the U of M website for more information.

Lunds & Byerlys Extra Extras Sale – Tuesday, June 25th

L&B Extras members can save at Lunds & Byerlys next Tuesday, June 25th with a special Extra Extras Sale! If you’re not already a L&B Extras member, it’s free to join and takes just a minute.

These special deals will be good Tuesday, June 25th only:

$2.99 Fresh 85% Lean Ground Beef
16 oz. | Limit 1

99¢ L&B Dill Pickle Hot Sauce
5 oz. | Limit 1

$1.99 Edy’s Ice Cream
1.5 qt | Limit 1

$1.99 Organic Girl Organic Salad Blends       
3.5-7 oz. | Limit 1

19¢/ea. Bicolor Sweet Corn
Limit 6

$1.99/lb. Lunds Original Potato Salad and Byerlys Original Potato Salad
Limit 1 lb.

$3.99/lb. L&B Salad Bar
No limit. Clear salad bar container must be used for redemption.

$3.99 L&B Cookies
13 ct | Limit 1

99¢ L&B Spring Water
15 pk | Limit 1

$9.99 White Claw Hard Seltzer
12 pk | Limit 2

$4.99 Bachman’s 5-Stem Sunflower Bouquet
Limit 2

Other L&B Extras deals good all week (through Wednesday, June 26th) include:

  • Lori Anne Peaches – $1.99/lb.
  • Buy Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars (9-12 oz), Get Our Family Marshmallows (10 oz) and Graham Crackers (14.4 oz) FREE – Limit 1 offer per day
  • L&B Granola (12 oz) – $1.99/lb. (Limit 2 per day)
  • L&B Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad – $4.99/lb. (Limit 1 lb. per day)