Half Price Tickets to Twin Cities Oktoberfest – G’suffa!

You’ll have to act now to get discount tickets to the upcoming Twin Cities Oktoberfest at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds October 4th and 5th! Discount tickets are available via Groupon for 50% off:

  • $30 for Friday, 10/04/19: Single-Day Admission and Stein Package for Two Adults ($15/person)
  • $60 for Friday, 10/04/19: Single-Day Admission and Stein Package for Four Adults ($15/person)
  • $30 for Saturday, 10/05/19: Single-Day Admission and Stein Package for Two Adults ($15/person)
  • $60 for Saturday, 10/05/19: Single-Day Admission and Stein Package for Four Adults ($15/person)

Included in your Groupon is general admission, a 24-oz collectible beer stein, and one fill with beer or cider. Tickets are valid for customers ages 21+; children’s tickets are available for purchase on-site. Oktoberfest takes place Friday from 5 – 11 pm and Saturday from 12 – 11 pm.

Twin Cities Oktoberfest returns for their 10th year of celebrating and honoring the Bavarian tradition of food, fun and beer. The event brings together more than 4,000 people at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center. The family-friendly festivities feature authentic German food, live music, traditional German entertainment, great people watching, festival games and shopping.

This year’s 10th anniversary event features a tap line-up that includes Summit Brewing’s Oktoberfest, the award-winning Keller Pils, an exclusive brew for Twin Cities Oktoberfest and many other beers along with St. Croix Vineyards wine and hard cider. New food vendors, bands, interactive contests and prizes, and more await you at the 10th anniversary celebration.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Nest Fest in Sauk Centre: August 24th


The 6th Annual Nest Fest at Eagle’s Healing takes place August 24th near Sauk Centre.  This annual event takes place from 10-5 and you’ll find:

  • Music
  • Veteran Talent Show at 2pm-3pm
  • Veteran Made Crafts and Art for sale
  • Food
  • Vendors
  • Silent Auction
  • Service Dog Greeting and Demonstrations at 11-11:30 & 1-1:30

Additional Information can be found here on their website. 

A little background about Eagle’s Nest if you aren’t familiar with it:

Eagle’s Nest a non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of our veterans, service members and their families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war.

The Story of Eagle’s Nest:

A promise to one and a need of many was what created the vision of “Eagle’s Healing Nest”. The “Eagle” represents the past, present and future military strength, independence, pride and honor. The “Nest” is full of meaning such as home, family, brotherhood, safety and security. The “Hands” cradling the nest represents the many that will wrap their support and give services to the veterans and military members to help reintegrate them back to their families and into their communities.

It is the vision and hope to never have those who served in our military to live in darkness but to bring them into the light to soar and fly free. To help restore the honor, dignity, pride and purpose each deserves.

Eagle’s Healing Nest:

310 US Hwy 71 North
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Japanese Obon Festival at Como Park – Sunday, August 18th

The 21st annual Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, formerly known as the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, takes place this Sunday, August 18th from 3 – 9 pm. Some of the activities include Bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food, and more.

This is a family-friendly event and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 3 – 12 and those 65+ (ages 2 and under are free). Note that advanced tickets are only available for purchase until noon on Sunday; after that point, you’ll need to wait in line at the entrance to purchase your tickets.

To skip the parking hassles, hop on the free shuttle from the District Service Center (1930 Como Ave) or download a free Metro Transit pass.

What’s the Festival all about?
The Japanese Obon Festival at Como Park is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and often small paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to guide ancestor’s spirits.

Where are the lanterns and do they fly in the air?  
The lanterns will be set in the Frog Pond in front of the Conservatory, and in the Japanese Garden pond a little after 8pm. These lanterns float in the water, not in the air.

Can I launch or buy a Lantern?
The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee will be selling Obon Lanterns at their booth location this year – visitors who purchase them are welcome to either take them home OR bring them to the Lily Pond for a Como Volunteer to launch into the Lily Pond any time during the festival.  If a lantern is launched by one of our volunteers, guests will not get them back. Only Como volunteers are permitted to launch lanterns.

What if it rains? 
The festival is held rain or shine!

Visit the website for more information.

Free Admission for Museum Day at Various Minnesota Locations – Saturday, September 21st

Minnesota Museums

On Saturday, September 21st, receive free admission for two people to a select museum as part of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day event. There are a number of Minnesota museums participating, including:

  • Alexandria: Runestone Museum Foundation
  • Bloomington: The Works Museum
  • Detroit Lakes: Becker County Museum

Hjemkomst Center (Moorhead)

  • International Falls: Koochiching County Historical Museum/Bronko Nagurski Museum
  • Mankato: Blue Earth County Historical Society
  • Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Museum of Russian Art

Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

  • Moorhead: Hjemkomst Center (HCSCC)
  • St. Paul: Center for Hmong Studies, Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center, Twin City Model Railroad Museum
  • St. Peter: Hillstrom Museum of Art

Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Winona)

  • Shevlin: Clearwater County Historical Society – The History Center
  • Winona: Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM)

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019, for two people.

West End Summer Block Party – Saturday, August 17th

Celebrate summer with the first annual Summer Block Party at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. This FREE event is happening Saturday, 8/17 from 2 – 5 pm.

Activities include:

  • Live music
  • Food and drinks
  • Free henna tattoos
  • Free DIY T-shirt station (while supplies last)
  • Free VW photo booth bus station
  • Free acoustic performance by B-Team from 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Family entertainment

Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Kernel Daze at Pahls Market: August 17th

Who doesn’t love sweet corn?  One of my favorite summer foods and something I really look forward to.  Kernel Daze at Pahls Market happens to be the perfect event for those that love sweet corn.  Located in Apple Valley Kernel Daze, takes place tomorrow August 17th from 9-3.

No admission but you will find great deals on sweet corn so be prepared for a crowd.  The popular peak season delicious homegrown sweet corn for only $1/dozen!  They will also offer deals on watermelon and veggies.

Additional Information about Kernel Daze: 

We are hosting a vegetable PARTY, hope ya’ll turnip! The best produce sale you’ll find all summer long!

When: Saturday, August 17th 9am to 3pm
Where: Pahl’s Market, 6885 160th Street

Fresh, delicious, homegrown produce at prices so low you won’t believe your eyes!

St. Paul Food Truck Festival – Saturday, August 17th

I love to see so many different food truck festivals popping up this summer. With so many options, it’s the perfect place to take a family or have a spur of the moment date. While it’s always fun to check out food trucks, when dozens of them converge in one place it’s something extra fun (and delicious)!

The St. Paul Food Truck Festival takes place August 17th at Mears Park, beginning at noon. With over 40 different trucks scheduled, there has to be something for everyone! Live music and fabulous food – sounds like the perfect day to me!

Check out more details:

The 4th annual St. Paul Food Truck Festival in Lowertown St. Paul will feature 40-plus food trucks, games, fashion trucks, and live music all day like at the Uptown Food Truck Festival and Anoka Food Truck Festival.

You may sample food truck delicacies for lunch and/or brunch or dinner, with fair hours of 12PM – 10PM.

More than 40 food trucks will surround beautfiul Mears Park selling their special concoctions with global cuisines ranging from Indian to British to Japanese to locally grown pork.

In addition to scrumptious food, the festival will include other unique truck experiences, including fashion/clothing trucks, photo booth truck, and even special dog treats by Pet Wants.

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

Live music will be adding to the atmosphere, featuring local artists and handcrafted beers. Other beverage options will also be available. The event is free. Proceeds from all water bottle sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Last year over 21K meals were raised!

Stage Schedule:
12-3PM Jacuzzi Puma
3:30-6:30The Riverside Hitmen
7-10PM Alex Rossi

For updates and more information, visit: stpaulfoodtruckfestival.com

Brit’s Outdoor Summer Film Festival

We usually go to Brit’s pub for the food, ordering our favorite Fish N Chips.  They also host some fun events, some of which take place up on their roof.   This Sunday is their annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival.  Movies all day, sounds like a great way to enjoy a summer day and evening!  This year’s theme happens to be Harry Potter.

1.00 pm Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

4.00 pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

7.30 pm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

No cover * food and drink themed specials * costumes encouraged!
$5 – Heineken, Strongbow, Amstel Light & Newcastle pints

Bring a blanket, lay back on the lawn and enjoy one, two or all three of these wonderful Harry Potter movies

You can find additional information the FB event page or Brit’s website here.

Vadnais Heights Heritage Days – August 15th through 18th


Enjoy fun for all ages at the 2019 Heritage Days Celebration in Vadnais Heights! Most events take place this weekend (August 17th and 18th), but there are a few events happening tomorrow and Friday. All events take place at Community Park or Vadnais Heights Commons unless otherwise noted.

Events include a bean bag tournament, a Booya feed, children’s games and inflatables, a Grande Parade and Kiddie Parade, live bands, senior picnic, water ball tournament, and more.

Booya is a stew made from chicken, beef, vegetables and seasonings slow cooked in kettles.

Visit their website for a full schedule of events.


Free Family Fishing Events Along the Mississippi River

Want to try fishing along the river? Check out four family fishing events happening along the Mississippi River later this week and through the weekend:

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park) – Thursday, 8/15 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Boom Island Park (Minneapolis) – Friday, 8/16 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park (St. Paul) – Saturday, 8/17 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Lake Rebecca Park (Hastings) – Sunday, 8/18 from 9 am – 1 pm

These events are geared toward anyone who doesn’t have much experience with fishing, lacks fishing equipment, or wants to learn how to fish on the river’s edge.

Attendees will learn how to tie fishing knots, cast and make baits. Fishing gear and bait will be provided. The events will let people try river fishing, which can be different from lake fishing because of the moving water and the variety of fish to catch. Each location includes playgrounds, places to grill and amenities near the river.

The DNR’s Ray Ruiz and a ranger with the National Parks Service will talk about fishing techniques and how to fish for different species of fish – from smallmouth bass to panfish to catfish.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.