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.

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!



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:

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)

Afton Strawberry Festival – June 22nd and 23rd

Visit the St. Croix River town of Afton for a FREE two-day outdoor festival June 22 – 23.

Besides enjoying some delicious fresh, locally grown strawberries, they’ll also have 80+ vendors, kids arts and crafts, inflatables, raptor demos, and more.

Check out their website for a full schedule of events.

The Afton Strawberry Festival will be celebrated in the historic village of Afton, MN, which is located along the scenic St. Croix River. The 2019 Afton Strawberry Festival will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, June 23rd from 11am to 4pm.

3418 St. Croix Trail South
Afton, MN 55001

This unique community festival honors the long, rich heritage of strawberry crops grown in the area since the 1800’s. This free, two-day outdoor festival will feature a blend of 80+ artist vendors showcasing and selling their goods, vintage and 2nd-hand vendors selling repurposed or vintage treasures and a business expo. Great food, live music and fun activities for the entire family in Afton Town Square Park.

Kamp Dels Discount Wristbands (Waterville): Waterpark, Petting Zoo, Paddleboats and More!

Get ready for a summer getaway to Waterville! Groupon has Kamp Dels discount wristbands available for as low as $6 each!

Options include:

  • $6.25 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for One
  • $12.50 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for Two
  • $24 for All-Day Water Park Wristband for Four

Please note that these are valid through August 23, 2019. Admission is free for children under 2 years old.

With your wristband you’ll get admission to the petting zoo, paddle boats, canoe, fishing, and the water park. There is a limit of 2 per person, and you may buy 2 additional as gifts.

Kamp Dels aims to promote family togetherness, engaging children and adults alike in fun summer activities in the great outdoors. The campground’s rich history consists of over 60 years of experience and knowledge, welcoming all individuals to the Waterville area.

Kamp Dels aims to create an enjoyable experience for everyone with a range of recreational programs spanning from hiking and biking through the local trails to boating excursions on the lake and the 38,000 square foot water park. The facility also offers RV and tent sites, as well as cabin rentals to accommodate all vacation needs.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Free Performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Metro Area Parks

Ready for more Shakespeare in the park? Classical Actors Ensemble is kicking off their free performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor at area parks throughout the Twin Cities from June 21st – July 21st.

All performances are free and open to the public. Picnics are encouraged, as are patrons of all ages. You can register for your performance date to receive updates about the location, possible weather alerts, etc.

Performances will include:

  • Friday, June 21st, 7pm – Lake Harriet Rose Gardens, Mpls
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, June 23rd, 2pm – Grandview Park, South St. Paul
  • Friday, June 28th, 7pm – Matthews Park, Mpls
  • Saturday, June 29th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, June 30th, 7pm – Town Green Park, Maple Grove
  • Friday, July 5th, 7pm – Wolfe Park Amphitheater, St. Louis Park
  • Saturday, July 6th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 7th, 7pm – Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
  • Thursday, July 11th, 7pm – St. Clement’s Church, St. Paul
  • Friday, July 12th, 7pm – Como Park, St. Paul
  • Saturday, July 13th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 14th, 2pm – Raspberry Island, St. Paul
  • Thursday, July 18th, 7pm – Tony Schmidt Park, Arden Hills
  • Friday, July 19th, 7pm – Newell Park, St. Paul
  • Saturday, July 20th, 7pm – Lake of the Isles, Mpls
  • Sunday, July 21st, 7pm – Loring Park, Mpls

PS – Don’t forget about Cromulent Shakespeare Company and their free outdoor performances of The Tempest this month.

Thanks, PhenoMNal Twin Cities!

Napoleon Dynamite Screening and Q&A at The Ordway – Discount Tickets

I attended college in the early 2000s, which was prime time for funny movies. One of my favorites was Napoleon Dynamite. (And yes, I realize not everyone likes it. It’s a little weird. But I LOVE it.)

If you’re nostalgic for Napoleon Dynamite like I am, you’ll want to check out Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries happening at the Ordway Center in St. Paul on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 pm. The event includes a themed pre-show experience, full screening of the film, and a discussion with the cast members who played Napoleon Dynamite, Pedro, and Uncle Rico.

Tickets are available for $30.75 – $36.25 via Goldstar, plus service fees of $5 – $5.75 per ticket. To compare, these tickets are normally $48 – $58.

The beloved indie classic Napoleon Dynamite was made almost 15 years ago, and the enduring and endearing characters have stayed in fans’ hearts. Appealing to the inner teenager in each of us, the story and the dialogue make Napoleon Dynamite one of the most quoted movies of our time. Napoleon Dynamite makes audiences laugh — and laugh hard — over and over again. This unique evening includes a Napoleon Dynamite-themed pre-show experience, a full screening of the film, and a lively, freewheeling discussion with fan-favorite cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), moderated by Twin Cities favorite Miss Shannan Paul.

Get your discount tickets HERE. (Tina! Eat the FOOD!)