Campfire Programs at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park – Saturday Evenings

Washington County Parks is beginning its summer campfire program season this Saturday, May 25th! These programs are FREE with park entry fee ($7/day or $30/year) and take place at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.

If you’re planning a stay at one of these locations, be sure to make this part of your weekend. Camping reservations are available but are NOT required to attend these programs.

Saturday evenings at 7:15 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, join area naturalists at outdoor park amphitheaters for a variety of engaging nature programs. Each program runs 45 minutes and will present live creatures, facts, and/or exhibits for hands-on, family learning. Program topics include animal adaptations, bats, bird banding, bugs, dragonflies, frogs, hawks, owls, snakes, raptors, wolves, and much more!

All campfire programs are free to campers and visitors with a vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual). Programs include a bonfire (when conditions allow). Bench seating and grassy areas are available, however, visitors are more than welcome to bring camp chairs and blankets for comfort.

These programs are held weekly from May 25 through August 31. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township.

Get $50 for Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer from Xcel Energy

Got an old, but still functioning fridge or freezer to get rid of? Through May 31, 2019, the Xcel Energy Refrigerator Recycling Program has increased the amount of their incentive to $50! (It’s normally $35.)

To participate in the program, you must:

  • Be an Xcel Energy residential electric customer
  • Have an account number
  • Own an operational* 10-30 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer to be picked up from the address listed on your account.

*Operational is defined as being capable of cooling/freezing.

To qualify for the bonus rebate, you must call (800-599-5795) or sign up online by May 31. Units must be picked up no later than June 30, 2019. You’ll need to plug in your fridge or freezer the night before the pickup date to show that it is operational.

Xcel will pick up your refrigerator or freezer and recycle it for free, and they’ll also throw in two free LED light bulbs for you to use in your home. Within four weeks after pickup, you’ll receive a $50 rebate check in the mail.

Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo

For those of you in central Minnesota, you might want to put the Sauk Centre Bike Rodeo on your calendar.  The fun event for kids takes place May 29th at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena.  One  week  today  means  you  have  time  plan  for  it.

From 4-6pm the free event will include:

* Bicycle safety course, ages 4-12. Bring your own bike. If you do not have one to bring, we will have some available for children of all abilities. Children must attend instruction at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. before riding the course.
* Helmet fitting with limited supply of free bike helmets
* Free meal
* Chance to win a new bike



Free Tuesday Nights at Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

Looking for something to do tonight and need to get out of the house? How about a visit to the Minnesota History Center? Tuesday afternoons and evenings are free from 3 – 8 pm.  If you can’t make it tonight, put it on your calendar for a different Tuesday evening.

If Tuesday evenings don’t work for you, admission is still quite reasonable and ranges from $6 – $12. Don’t forget that sixth graders get a FREE MN History Pass (but you’ll need to request it a few weeks in advance). The Minnesota History Center really is a great place for visitors of all ages.

Explore Minnesota through museum exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. At the Library, access the Society’s vast collections, uncover your house’s history, or trace your family’s heritage.

Richfield Outdoor Pool Season Passes – Up to 59% Off

Richfield Pool Discount Passes

Keep yourself and your family cool on hot summer days and save up to 49% on season passes at Richfield Outdoor Pool when you go through Groupon!

Plus, use the coupon code SALE3 through 5/22 to save an extra 20%!

Options include:

  • $61.60 $77 for Two Season Pool Passes with Two Totes ($30.80/pass)
  • $90.40 $113 for Three Season Pool Passes with Three Totes ($30.13/pass)
  • $119.20 $149 for Four Season Pool Passes with Four Totes ($29.80/pass)
  • $144 $180 for Five Season Pool Passes with Five Totes ($28.80/pass)
  • $172.80 $216 for Six Season Pool Passes with Six Totes ($28.80/pass)

The Richfield Outdoor Pool has been cooling off its swimmers since 1961. The pool stretches 50 meters, inviting customers to swim laps in the two 25-yard lap lanes, play a few bouts of water volleyball, or reenact the adventures of the Venetian merchant traveller Marco Polo. There’s even a diving board and a double water slide. And the main pool is just one of the highlights. A children’s wading pool with a zero-depth entry awaits youngsters, and a concession stand complete with umbrella-covered tables gives folks a place to refuel.

The pool will be open June 7 – August 25, 2019. Infants under 1 year are free. You can pick up your pass and tote from May 28 – June 6. Get your Groupon HERE!

Witch’s Hat Water Tower open to visitors


Typically you’ll find an iconic Minneapolis landmark open to visitors just once a year, the famous Witch’s Hat Water Tower.  Built in 1913, one of only a few water towers of it’s kind left in the area.  The tower opens to visitors just once a year, the Friday evening after Memorial day.  This year that falls on May 31st.  The tower will be open from 5:30-8:30, coinciding with the Pratt Ice Cream Social.

Photo credit: John Cushing

The Witch’s Hat Water TOWER

The “Witch’s Hat” water tower is in Prospect Park, (known as Tower Hill park), the highest natural land area in the city of Minneapolis. Along with the Kenwood and Washburn water towers in Minneapolis, the Prospect Park water tower is one of the few original water towers standing today in the Twin Cities area.

The 110-foot Prospect Park Water Tower was built in 1913 with a holding capacity of 150,000 gallons. It was also built to be a bandstand; however, there was only one concert in the band shell because the musicians experienced difficulty in carrying their instruments up the inside spiral staircase. Today it houses city first-responder telecommunications equipment in the roof.

Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park – Saturday, May 25th

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors this weekend with the 31st annual Kiwanis Kite Fly in St. Louis Park! It’s happening this Saturday, May 25th from 12 – 4 pm at Louisiana Oaks Park.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your lawn chairs, and watch the kites take flight. Or you can bring your own kite and fly it with members of the Minnesota Kite Society. They’ll have free kites for kids while supplies last.

The Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival – Discount Tickets

Love craft beer, wine, and/or cocktails AND the Minnesota Twins? Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th for the Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival at Target Field!

Plus, if you grab your tickets NOW through Goldstar you can get them at a discount! Early bird admission is normally $39.95, but through Goldstar you’ll pay $29.95 + a service fee. Choose from Session 1 (12:30 – 4:30 pm) or Session 2 (7 – 11 pm).



Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of craft beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a keepsake sampling glass, live entertainment, games, and more! Plus, you’ll get TWO Twins games tickets with each festival registration you purchase! These Twins games tickets are valid for select Twins games on June 25, August 6, August 20, September 8, September 10-11, September 16-18, and September 22. (More information will be in the email you receive after making your purchase.)

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, will be the host for Minnesota’s largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever featuring hundreds of different brands at the iconic Target Field! Guests will be treated to unlimited samples of hundreds of amazing craft beer, wine, and cocktail brands from around the world that will be showcased throughout the ballpark, enjoy multiple live entertainment & DJ’s, receive a keepsake sampling glass, enjoy tons of games (think giant Jenga, Connect Four, Cornhole, Hula Hooping, and much more), receive tickets to a 2019 Twins game*, a free ride to/from the festival from MetroTransit, free admission to the official after party, sampling glasses, giveaways, activities, other all-star product vendors, and expedited super-quick entry through the gates! Plus, you will also be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the ballpark like never before by being able to walk the warning track around the entire playing field and get a professional photo in The Twins dugout!

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Memorial Day Weekend at The Landing

Yesterday we mentioned the upcoming events happening at Fort Snelling.  Memorial Day Weekend at The Landing is another event and place that let’s you step back in time and is great for the whole family.

Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal “Decoration Day” ceremony with brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. Enter at the west entrance. Drop-ins welcome or you can purchase in advance here.  Tractor-drawn wagons provide transportation through the park

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

You can find additional information about “The Landing” here on the Three Rivers Park website.

Teen Takeover at the Walker Art Center – Friday, May 24th

Teen Takeover at the Walker Art Center is this Friday, May 24th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. This event is FREE.

Come hang at the Walker’s totally free night just for high school students! Spend the evening in the museum with musical performances, art-making, free food, free gallery admission, and a good time. The Walker Art Center is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Activities and performances include:

6:30–9:30 pm
Art-making with Highpoint’s Access/Print and snacks

6:30 pm
DJ Rowsheen

7 pm
Last Import

7:45 pm
Bruise Violet

8:45 pm