Minnesota Garlic Festival


Saturday is the day to enjoy and learn about all things garlic.  Games, music, and of course food can all be found at the Garlic Festival.  The 12th annual event takes place this Saturday, August 12th in Hutchinson.  Rain or shine so be prepared to enjoy the day.  You can purchase tickets in advance or when you arrive, we found a BOGO deal for this event here

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

We’ll continue our tradition of unique entertainment, with festival favorites returning, plus some new acts. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including the popular kite flying attraction, the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade, and old-style country picnic games.

MN Garlic Festival is a ZERO WASTE event! We make a concerted effort to produce no trash – if you can’t take it home, it’s recycled, re-used or composted.

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale

Creative Kidstuff Warehouse Sale


One of our favorite stores for finding birthday gifts is Creative Kidstuff.  There are now several locations sprinkled around the twin cities. Our favorite section of the store is the games, with at least a couple out to try.  It’s a great store, if you’ve never been, add it to your summer bucket list.

This week there’s a big reason to check out Creative Kidstuff.  It’s time for their giant warehouse sale. It starts Wednesday, August 9th and goes through Sunday.  Located in Minneapolis at the headquarters.

Oh my!! This is a sale beyond sales. We are clearing out the actual Creative Kidstuff warehouse. There are so many buried treasures – you have to see it to believe it! There will be deals upon deals and a lot of surprises.

Join us on Wednesday, August 9 to shop a day early! Get a head start on shopping for just $3 cash admission. It will be worth your purse change, we promise!

Shop, then shop again. On Sunday, August 13 anything remaining will be an ADDITIONAL 50% off!

Sale Hours:
Wednesday, August 9 –– 4pm to 7pm ($3 cash admission)
Thursday, August 10 –– 10am to 2 pm
Friday, August 11 –– 10am to 2 pm
Saturday, August 12 –– 10am to 2 pm
Sunday, August 13 –– 10am to 2pm

Sale Location:
(parking in back – follow the signs)
Creative Kidstuff Headquarters
3939 East 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Fine Print:
The $3 admission on Wednesday, August 9 is cash only (exact change appreciated). We accept cash and credit/debit. Unfortunately we cannot take personal checks. All sales are final. Public restrooms are not available.

Kids are welcome to attend! We recommend strollers if that’s age appropriate, and all kiddos must stay with their adults at all times. Our warehouse is just that – a warehouse – and was not designed with the safety of children in mind. We’ll do our best to kid-proof the place, but keep those little ones close!

Get Vikings Preseason Games Discount Tickets! Limited Availability

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Are you ready for the 2017 NFL season? Now is a GREAT chance to get Vikings Preseason Games discount tickets….. if you hurry!! We are starting to see a few discounted tickets to preseason games pop up on Goldstar. Right now they have limited available for the Sunday August 27 game vs. San Francisco Chargers and the Thursday August 31 game vs. the Miami Dolphins. If you miss out on these, be sure to check back again on the same link for future availability!

“It’s time to dust off those Helga hats and get ready to cheer for your Minnesota Vikings, as they take on the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins in preseason NFL action. You’ll most likely get the chance to check out the Vikings’ first pick from the 2017 draft, running back Dalvin Cook, the 2016 Orange Bowl MVP out of Florida State, as well as the returning quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. Plus, you’re sure to enjoy all the amenities at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, with its massive glass wall, 3,000-square-foot video board and a variety of concession choices, including offerings from celebrity chef and hometown foodie Andrew Zimmern.”

Get Vikings Preseason Games Discount Tickets at New U.S. Bank Stadium HERE.

Candyland 85th Anniversary Celebration

Candyland is celebrating 85 years in business this year.  That’s quite the accomplishment, and with four locations you can find one close by to join in the fun.  There’ll be special events and pricing on many of their goodies Augusts 9th and 10th.

Join all four Candyland locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul & Stillwater) August 9th & 10th, 2017 as we celebrate our 85th year of Business! Thats right, 85 years of sweet treat & deliciousness! Day 1 we’ll be having raffles, games & $.85 specials on select fudge & sweet treats in the store! Day 2 (August 10th) we’ll be offering our $.85 Popcorn Special! A small Cheese Popcorn, Caramel Popcorn, #CandylandChicagoMix®, & Regular Seasoned popcorn are only $.85! Limit 3 bags per customer, per purchase

Macalester Costume Sale

Do you love to dress up for Halloween or maybe are involved in community theater?  Whatever the case might be, if you love costumes or are just searching for something specific.  The Macalester Costume Sale is the place to be this weekend.  July 28-29 they are hosting a giant sale to clear out over 40 years of “stuff”.   Make sure to bring cash, as that is the accepted payment.

We’re clearing out our costume stock and tons of stuff is up for sale! 40 years of costumes from over 150 productions from all periods and styles. The sale is the last week-end in July – Friday and Sat. After 2:00 on Sat every thing is $10.00 a bag. 9:00 to 5:00 both days.

Chanhassen-Carver County Day at the Arboretum

For those of you lucky enough to live in either Chanhassen or Carver County, July 14th is your lucky day.  Tomorrow, Friday July 14th is Chanhassen-Carver County Day at the Arboretum.  That means a full day of free admission for all of you.

Chanhassen and Carver County residents will get a free entry to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (8am-8pm) on July 14 where they can meet city and county officials, have coffee, juice and bagels and take in the summer exhibits at the Arboretum.

Arboretum Director Peter Moe and other elected city and county officials will start the event with a public welcome to  residents and visitors in the Oswald Visitor Center at 10 a.m.  Enjoy complimentary coffee, juice and bagels during the welcome.

Plan your family friendly day with these activities in mind:

  • Storytime at 10:30
  • Free, guided garden highlights tour starting at 11am
  • Take a ride on the free BeeLine Shuttle

Plus a lot more.  You can find the schedule of events and more information on the event webpage.

Prince or Princess Dress-Up Wednesdays at Como Town

Do you have a little one that loves to dress up?  it’s time to find the princess or prince outfits and save some money. Como town has a special promotion taking place Wednesdays in June.  If your child goes to the park on June 21st or 28th dressed in a royalty theme costume from 10am – noon you will be able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for only $13.95, (saving $8).  What a fun idea!

Be a prince or princess for a day!

Every Wednesday in June from 10am – noon is dress-up day at Como Town. Come to the park dressed like royalty and collect a bounty! You will receive an unlimited ride wristband for $13.95 ($8 savings).

If your child tries to put on their Halloween costume multiple times a year, now they can! Dress them head to toe in their favorite royal garments and come to Como Town. Our face painters can complete their look with fun, eye catching designs.

Get the costumes washed and ready for June 7, 14, 21, and 28. We look forward to seeing you and your royal clan at Como Town!

Marcus Theatres 2017 Summer Family Movies

School’s out and the summer heat is here.  A great place to escape the heat is to head to the the air-conditioned movie theatre. The Marcus Theatres are hosting a great summer family movie program.  On Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, from June 11-August 16th the family friendly movies are only $3 a person.  Click here for participating theatres.  The schedule for the movies:

  • June 11-12, 14: The Secret Life of Pets
  • June 18-19, 21: Rock Dog
  • June 25-26, 28: Sing
  • July 2-3, 5: A Dog’s Purpose
  • July 9-10, 12: The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 16-17, 19: Trolls
  • July 23-24, 26: Monster Trucks
  • July 30-31, Aug 2: Curious George
  • August 6-7, 9: Storks
  • August 13-14, 16: Smurfs: The Lost Village

25th Annual Book’em Used Book Sale

The 25th Annual Book’em Used Book Sale started on June 3rd and goes through the 17th.   This isn’t your typical used book sale, it’s enormous so there really is something for everyone.  Located in Richfield at the former Sports Authority store, across 494 from REI. The money raised goes to a great cause, crime prevention programs in Bloomington.  You can find more information as well as the hours here on the flyer. The best part, no admission to this great sale!  

The Bloomington Crime Prevention Association (BCPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose primary focus is to raise money for community based crime prevention programs.

We are best known for our annual fundraiser, the Book’Em Used Book Sale, one of the largest used book sales in the Midwest.

Public Tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence

If you love history or are just curious about the inside of a famous house, then a public tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence is something just for you.   The inside of the residence is only open at certain times and reservations are needed.  If you want to tour the grounds and gardens you can find that information here.  To reserve the inside tour, you need to email and give your name. More specifics can be found here on the website.

The Governor’s Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! Tour dates are the following Tuesdays:

  • June 13 and 27 (Limited Availability)
  • July 11 and 25
  • August 8 and 22

What You Need to Know Before Your Tour Begins

Please review this important information before your tour begins:

  • Tours of the Residence are always free, and groups may not charge for them.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in public spaces. Please feel free to take photos!
  • Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening.
  • Visitors should dress accordingly to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors before entering the Residence.
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and on local side streets.