Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

If you don’t live near Bemidji, it might be time to plan a road trip.  The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival takes place July 31st- August-3rd.  This is a great family friendly event that includes:

  • Cultural events
  • Food
  • Races
  • Kids activities
  • Plus a whole lot more

You can find the full schedule of events as well as a map here on the event page.

The organizers say, “We’re excited to have you join us at the 14th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival – July 31st-August 3rd, 2019! From the exceptional viewing area, energizing races, extraordinary team villages, excellent kids activities and evening entertainment, we have something exciting for the whole family.”


Highland Park Water Tower Open House, July 20-21

Highland Tower

The Highland Park Water Tower is only open to the public twice a year. The tower is located at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway in St. Paul.  

This weekend July 20-21 is one of the two weekends. It’s a free opportunity to climb 151 steps and see a rare panoramic view.  The tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  If you cant make it this weekend, mark your calendar for the other weekend, October 12-13. 

"People check out the view from the top of the water tower Sunday. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi) "

“People check out the view from the top of the water tower Sunday. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi) “

Additional History of Highland Park Water Tower: 

The tower, which was designed by Clarence Wigington, was completed in 1928. Wigington, a city of Saint Paul architect from 1915 to 1949, also designed many other important structures in the area, including the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse (1929), the Saint Paul Public Safety Building (1929–30), and Como Park Pavilion (1934).
The construction of the Highland Water Tower includes facings of Kasota and Bedford stone and a riveted steel-plate tank with a capacity of 200,000 gallons. The 127-foot tower is still used today to help supply water in the Highland area.


12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival in West St. Paul: July 19-21

The 12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival in West St. Paul is coming up this week.  The fun begins on Friday and continues into the weekend.  Some of the festival highlights include:

Rain or Shine Under the Big Tent
Free Admission
Live Entertainment
Authentic Middle Eastern Food
Roast Lamb, Chicken Kabob, Tabouli, Hummus, Baklawa
Beer & Wine and Much, Much More
Children’s Games and Fun
Church Tours

Additional information about the festival: 

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul hosts its 12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 19, 20 & 21, 2019.  Highlights include Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a traditional marketplace, a silent auction, games for children, and camel rides. Admission is FREE!

The menu includes authentic homemade Middle Eastern cuisine using the finest ingredients made just for you!  Our selections include: roast lamb, grilled chicken, falafel, hummus, gyros, tabouli, homemade traditional pastries, our famous Syrian bread, and more. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be served.

The nationally renowned John Khoury Band will perform, in addition to the St. George Dabke Dance Troupe.

The times for the Middle Eastern Festival are:

– Friday,  July 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Saturday, July 20th from 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Sunday,  July 21st from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

Minneapolis will celebrate over 40 years of participating in the sister city program.  To celebrate they are hosting a free ice cream social and gathering on Nicolett Island Pavilion.  The Sister Cities Day event will take place from 1-5pm on July 21st.  Some of the activities include:

  • Music
  • Speakers
  • Performances
  • Dancers
  • Children’s Activities

You can find more information as well as the full schedule here on the event website.


Dragonfly Festival at Eastman Nature Center


I’ve always enjoyed watching dragonflies. Watching them silently move around in the air and land here and there.  The Dragonfly Festival at Eastman Nature Center takes place Saturday July 20th from 10-1.

This event gives us a chance to learn a bit more about these beautiful animals in various ways.  This is a family friendly event with a small admission fee of $5.00.  *20% discount for groups of four or more. All tickets must be purchased at the same time to qualify for the discount, you can purchase tickets here on the website. 

Additional information about the Eastman Nature Center

Eastman Nature Center

Nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek, this is a great place to begin an outdoor journey.  Walk across the floating boardwalk, explore the miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails for a bit of exercise or visit the newly reconstructed nature center. Hop on the bike trails of Elm Creek Park Reserve or sit quietly and watch the creek flow by. Visitors may see trumpeter swans, wild turkey, bluebirds, dragonflies and abundant native wildflowers.

1914 Town Hall Open House

We’ve always found it interesting to tour old buildings.  Learn a bit of history and get a feeling of what it used to be like back in the day.  The 1914 Town Hall is located in Eagan, and is not open all the time.  A few occasions during the year they offer Open House events.  The next open house is July 18th from 4-6pm. 

The 1914 Town Hall Open House events are a chance to learn about Eagan’s history, hear stories of our past, view photos from Township days, tools and pictures from our farming past, look at maps showing how the community has developed through the years and much more. The kids can enjoy a fun scavenger hunt as well or color book pages of the little building and be rewarded for their efforts.


Becky’s Believers Book Sale in Bloomington

Not sure about your house, but our girls think you can never have enough books to read.  We enjoy book sales, especially those that are raising money for a good cause.  The annual Becky’s Believers Book Sale in Bloomington is coming up soon. The money raised goes towards American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge.

This is a great sale and one you don’t want to miss, put it on your calendar, this year is even more special as it’s the last one!  It takes place in Bloomington at 927 E Old Shakopee Road.

2019 Dates are July 20-21, Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 10-2.

You’ll find games, movies, music and books – prices under $2, with many things 50 cents to $1.  Skip your cup of coffee for the day and buy some books!

Plan to spend some time at this awesome sale because the gym will be full! There are many new donations this year with excellent quality books and media. This is a favorite sale to stock up on books or games for the kids, puzzles and old vinyl records.

Driscoll’s Berry Truck Brings Free Treats and Fun!

I love Strawberries, one of my favorite things about this time of year is that they are super fresh and tasty!   We just had homemade shortcake with fresh berries this past weekend.

The Driscoll’s Berry Truck Brings Free Treats and Fun to several grocery stores and events in the area.  You can enjoy free berry treats, play some games and maybe even win some fun prizes.

You can check the full list of places to find the Berry Together Tour here.

A few of the upcoming stops:

Fri. July 12 – Lunds & Byerlys
12pm – 4pm, Eagan
Sat. July 13 – Lunds & Byerlys
12pm – 4pm, Maple Grove
Sun. July 14 – Saints vs. Winnipeg Game
3pm – 5pm, CHS Field
Fri. July 19 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 10pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Sat. July 20 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 10pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Sun. July 21 – Lumberjack Days
10am – 6pm, Stillwater St. Croix River
Thurs. July 25 – Cub Foods
12pm- 4pm, Plymouth Vicksburg
Fri. July 26 – Kowalski’s Market
10am – 1pm, Lyndale
Fri. July 26 – Slice of Shoreview Days
4pm – 10pm, Island Lake County Park
Sat. July 27 – Loring Park Art Festival
10am – 6pm, Loring Park
Sat. July 27 – Aquatennial Fireworks Family Fun Zone
6pm – 10pm, Minneapolis
Sun. July 28 – Loring Park Art Festival
10am – 5pm, Loring Park
You can find the truck coming to stops in MN all the way into October.  Check their website to find a stop close to you!
Gather the family for shareable treats and fun during the Driscoll’s #BerryTogether summer tour! Our can’t-miss Berry Mobile will be touring the Twin Cities, serving up free berry treats and cool prizes. So, come on out and join us for some fun in the sun, because the best moments in life are shared.

International Festival of Burnsville: July 20th

International Festival of Burnsville

I’m not sure what I like most about the International Festival of Burnsville – the music or the food.  There are so many outstanding performances and I enjoy eating the fabulous food while watching all of them!

This year the festival takes place July 20th, from 3-9pm.  You’ll find all the fun at the Nicollet Commons area in the heart of the city of Burnsville. This is a great event with fun for all ages.

International Festival of Burnsville Performance

The International Festival of Burnsville was established in 2006 to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. The Festival takes place at Nicollet Commons Park each summer and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe. In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities.

The complete schedule can be found here. 

Rhythm on the Rails FREE Summer Concert Series in Shakopee


The Rhythm on the Rails summer concert series is back in Shakopee again this summer.  Wednesday evenings, beginning July 17th through August 14th, you can enjoy free concerts from 6-9pm.  A fabulous way to enjoy summer each week.

A great line up this summer:

July 17 | The Honeydogs

July 24 | Chris Kroeze

July 31 | Chris Hawkey

August 7 | Arch Allies

August 14 | Mick Sterling

Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!

The evening will kick off with local acts, followed by regional headliners that everyone knows and loves. Attendees will have the option to purchase food and drink tickets at the front gate, enjoy a free kids zone with inflatables and face-painting, and experience Downtown Shakopee while listening to live music all night long.