Music in the Park: Coyote Wild

With summer quietly passing us by, we need to take the chance for last minute outdoor evening events.  The final free music in the park for the 2017 summer season takes place this Wednesday, September 20th in Hastings.  The Coyote Wild concert takes place from 7-8:30 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park right on the water.

Coyote Wild puts on a high energy country rock show you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a great mix of classic rock and contemporary country. This is a FREE event. Head to the RiverWalk for our final Music in the Park concert.

Party in the Prairie

We attended the Party in the Prairie last year, located at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It’s a great event with live music, nature activities, food and fun.  It’s not a huge venue, so this year they are urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place next Saturday, September 23rd from 3-8:30.  You find more information as well as purchase tickets here. *discounted tickets available at Twin Cities The North Face retail stores.

Live music and local flavors in a beautiful setting. Enjoy Americana, folk and bluegrass performances by Chastity Brown, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, The May North and The Eelpout Stringers. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Discover the beauty of prairies on a guided hike or digital scavenger hunt. Meet with plant and wildlife experts and create a “seed bomb” craft with native prairie seeds. Join Hennepin County Library for Storytime in the Amphitheater, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Play lawn games and sample honey made at Richardson with the University of MN Bee Squad. Prairie-themed facepainting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks (TOT BOSS, Cafe Racer, The Cave Cafe Mobile Food Truck, and WildEarth WoodFired Mobile Pizza Bakery), craft beer from LTD Brewing, and other treats (Saint Pops and Joia All Natural Soda) onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Sponsored by The North Face and Minnesota Parent Magazine. All Ages. $9/person. $7 discounted tickets available at local The North Face stores.
*Children under 2 years old are permitted free.*
*Capacity is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.*

Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival

This Sunday, September 17th is the Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival.  This is the 17th annual event, free admission and fun for the whole family.  The festival is from noon-5pm.  You can find more specifics on the festival website.

  • Silent Auction
  • Children’s Games
  • Cultural Exhibits
  • Beer Garden
  • Craft Vendors
  • Ukrainian Food

Bring family and friends to this FREE event! Get entertained with outstanding dance and music performances, enjoy delicious homemade Ukrainian food, and simply have fun!

Ukrainian Heritage Festival is world-class celebration of Ukrainian culture and its unique traditions in the Twin Cities. “All things Ukrainian” await you!

As in previous years, we will share the artistic and cultural achievements of our community on the local, national and world-wide levels, in folk dance, music, and other folk art. This year we are particularly proud to feature our local Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, members of which are performing in Lviv, Ukraine in August. Their performance at our Festival will mark their return from their trip abroad.

Come waltz and polka with Ukrainian Village Band, a Ukrainian roots band, playing folk & modern music. One can always find people dancing wherever they play!

Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater

We know how important Bees are, not just for making honey but for pollinating so much of our food.  This Sunday September 10th, you have a chance to PARTY WITH PURPOSE to protect our pollinators.  The Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater begins at noon on Sunday.  You can register in advance to save a little money. Some of the activities taking place will be:

  • Live music
  • Food Trucks
  • Games
  • Prizes
  • Art installations on a grand scale
  • Honey
  • Live Bees
  • Minnesota pollinator awards
  • Special Guests
  • Much more fun!

Minnesota’s 3rd Annual Pollinator Festival expects 1000+ festival goers to buzz on over to Kissing Birch Farm for a festival that promotes protecting bees, butterflies and pollinators. Party with purpose alongside special guests – musicians, performers, food talents, scientists, live bees, and Minnesota luminaries. Expect custom crafted art interpretations of bees and butterflies on a grand scale for our tiny heroes.

African Children’s Choir Concert

Tomorrow August 30th you can enjoy a free African Children’s Choir concert.  This is a family friendly concert and it takes place at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.  The children’s choir will perform from 7:00-8:30.  You can find more information as well as directions, here on the church website.

Join us for a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary sounds that have inspired audiences around the world.

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.

Over the past twenty years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world, including concerts at the Pentagon and the United Nations. They have been featured on popular television and radio broadcasts such as “GMTV” and “Blue Peter”. The Choir has had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the BBC Proms series. More recently they performed at the Commonwealth Observance Day in the presence of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Already on this tour they have met the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at her residence in Dublin and with the First Minister, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle, Belfast.

Free, family friendly concert.

Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night at Centennial Lakes

Hard to believe it’s already the middle of August.  Tomorrow evening (August 13th), you can enjoy an outdoor concert at Centennial Lakes. and savor a beautiful summer evening. The Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night is named for the more than 200 torches and lanterns that light up the park and its walkways. This is a free concert and event, come a little early and check out the area.  The free fun will be begin at 6pm and the actual concert starts at 8:30.

Centennial Lakes Park hosts the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band in the most anticipated event of the season!

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night will begin at 6 p.m., with an array of things to see, including antique cars, vintage piano-playing, and a “mechanical man” movement performance. The Edina Model Yacht Club will be lighting up the water with their remote-controlled boats throughout the night. At approximately 7:45 p.m. the Sousa Fifes & Drums will process to the Maetzold Amphitheater in preparation for the much-anticipated 8:30 p.m. performance of the First John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band. As always, we will have drinks and popcorn available in our concession stand, but watch the walkways for other fun snacks and treats! There will be balloons for a nickle and ice cream available for a quarter (while supplies last). Fireworks will be set off near the end of the band’s performance, to the song The Stars and Stripes Forever.

This event is free to the public and a wonderful addition to anyone’s summer calendar! Come early to get a seat, enjoy the activities and stay for the concert!

Irish Fair

We aren’t quite close enough to drive to Ireland for the day, but the Irish Fair can sure make us feel like we are there.  Head to St. Paul this weekend for the Irish Fair that takes place August 11th-13th.  It’s the largest FREE Irish Fair in the country. You’ll find more music, food and fun than you can imagine.  It’s a great event for the whole family and takes place rain our shine on Harriet Island. You can find the schedule, parking information and other information on the website.

Dates and Hours

The 2017 Irish Fair of Minnesota will run Friday, August 11: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, August 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, August 13: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.


  • Authentic. We believe the more Irish we are, the more universal our appeal becomes.
  • Relevant. We strive to preserve a rich heritage of traditions that are relevant to today’s audiences.
  • Fun. Creating a fun experience for volunteers and audiences alike is our top priority.
  • Quality. Maintain a high standard in Fair programs and operations.

Please consider supporting our long-range goals by contributing to the Legacy Fund.

Festival History & Information

Join us on the banks of the Mississippi River for a celebration of Irish heritage with music, dance, family activities and good craic!

Since 2001, beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul has hosted Irish Fair of Minnesota. The festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide and an amazingly great time by the 100,000 people who attended last year’s festival. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and even enjoy a pint or two!

The Irish Fair of Minnesota is dedicated to supporting the Irish community in Minnesota. Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.

Mankato’s 20th Annual RibFest

If you love bbq ribs, Mankato is the place to be this weekend.  Mankato’s 20th Annual RibFest takes place August 3rd-6th.  Not only will there be ribs, there’s also a great line up of music.  You can find the music schedule, as well as other important information here on the website.

Our ribbers travel across America to bring to Mankato’s RibFest nationwide flavor. The ribs will be judged under three different categories; Best Ribs, Best Pulled-Pork, and KEYC News 12’s People’s Choice.
Experience the great taste of ribs and other wonderful foods where you can be the judge!
Learn more about Texas Lightning BBQ
Learn more about Porky Chicks BBQ
Learn more about Big Boned BBQ
Learn more about Chicago BBQ Company
Learn more about Aussom Aussie
Learn more about BBQ King Smokehouse​​
Our ribbers travel Sample food from each participating ribber and then head over to to vote for your favorite! Your vote will enter you in for a chance to win a Daniel Boone Wood Pellet Grill with a cover! Prize value of $679.
The KEYC News 12 People’s Choice award winner will be announced after 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 6th.
Voting opens Thursday, August 3rd.


The Bazillions – Concert in the Park

Are you a parent with kids home from school?  The kids are starting to say they are bored, more than once a day?  Check your calendar for tomorrow., August 1st.  The Bazillions – Concert in the Park at Centennial Lakes in Edina takes place from noon-1. A free concert that’s fun for the whole family.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors.

Chateau Jazz Festival – Chateau St. Croix Winery

We do our best to stick with events, festival and locations in Minnesota.  Occasionally we do see something with a location across the border that grabs our attention and we feel deserves a mention.

The Chateau Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday, July 22nd from 12-6pm. The Chateau St. Croix Winery is located just outside of Saint Croix Falls Wisconsin.  If you’ve never been, it’s worth a bit of wandering to check it out.   The Jazz Festival is FREE admission.

Enjoy food from local food trucks, tour the winery and of course drink delicious Chateau wine. For those guests who prefer beer, we will offer a selection of local craft beers by the bottle. This is the perfect mid-summer event!

Babatunde Lea Quintet – 12:00pm
Steve Kenny Quartet – 1:30pm
Twin Cities Latin Jazz Ensemble – 3:00pm
Atlantis Quartet – 4:45pm
Andrew Wallesch – 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm

Food Vendors:
A Wandering Fire – Wood Fire Pizza’s
Jessica’s Cucina – Wraps, Soups and more