Discount Tickets For Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square

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We could all use an adult night out every now and then.  Perhaps a ladies night out, or a date night with your partner.  Whatever the case, International Market Square is a fabulous venue.  We found a great deal on Discount Tickets For Wine Tasting & Live Music at International Market Square.  The event takes place this Friday, September 22nd, a perfect spur of the moment night out. Click here to get the deal, Goldstar tickets for $20-$24 (Regular price is $38)

Stylish and expansive, International Market Square is the perfect location for an evening of wine and music. Mingle with other wine lovers as you sample selections from more than 200 domestic and imported wines. And when you find one you like, pick the brain of the wine rep to learn all about it. This is your chance to expand your palate and discover new vineyards to love. Pair the wine samples with live music and light appetizers (while they last) from D’Amico Catering. This event supports the St. Paul Jaycees.

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Expands to Minneapolis

Many of us of can agree that we love surprises and fun.  Most of us at one time or another have also purchased something from Amazon.  Lucky for us the Amazon¹s Treasure Truck Expands to Minneapolis, and that means loads of surprises and fun!

How it Works

Treasure Truck is a new way to shop with Amazon. Customers can subscribe to notifications in the free Amazon app and when the truck is ready to roll they will receive an alert revealing the day’s current treasure. Each offer is always a surprise and customers will have to act fast, as there are limited quantities available. After customers place their order in the Amazon app, they then select a convenient pickup location and timeslot to claim their item at the truck.

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!

Meet Your Museums Event

We are lucky to live in an area with some amazing museums.  Some are geared for kids, while others are more for the adult crowd. Tomorrow evening adults have a chance to Meet Your Museums.  The event takes place at the Bauhaus Brew Labs. Located in Minneapolis.  The Meet your Museums event takes place from 6-10pm, tomorrow September 12th.

  • Ticket Giveaways
  • Hands on Activities
  • Pizza and Beer
  • 12 different museums will be represented

Come down to the Haus on Tuesday, September 12th to explore some of the local museums and institutions that make it all possible. Expect hands-on activities, ticket giveaways, pizza from Parkway Pizza Longfellow, and of course, beer!

◦ American Swedish Institute
◦ The Bakken Museum
◦ Minneapolis Institute of Art
◦ Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
◦ Minnesota Historical Society
◦ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
◦ Minnesota Museum of American Art
◦ Minnesota Zoo
◦ Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
◦ Science Museum of Minnesota
◦ Three Rivers Park District
◦ Walker Art Center


USA Luge Slider Search

One of my favorite things to watch in the winter Olympics is the Luge.  This weekend kids ages 9-13 can reserve a time slot to try Luge.  The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search take place this weekend, September 9th and 10th in Minneapolis.  You can register your child here on their website.

The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 9-13. The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the team development ladder have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 25,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., Park City, Utah, or Muskegon, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the USA Luge coaching staff feel tomorrow’s National and Olympic Teams will come from this program. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion, was identified in a 1999 Slider Search, while Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. Eight members from USA Luge’s 2010 Olympic team and six athletes on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Luge Team were graduates of the Search.

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic.

Northeast Food Truck Rally – Minneapolis

Northeast Food Truck Rally - Minneapolis

Are you busy making plans for the weekend?  Put the Northeast Food Truck Rally on your calendar.  It takes place Saturday, September 9th from 11-6.  A perfect spot for lunch.  It takes place at the Able Seedhouse & Brewery.  There’s no admission fee, however if you’re indulging in the craft brews, there will be a $2 wristband fee. Proceeds of which are going to Meals On Wheels. Sounds like a win-win, lunch and a fund-raiser for a great program.  You can find more specifics on the FB event page.  The live music schedule is: 

Chemistry Set-Mpls (noon)
Chalk (1 p.m.)
4th Curtis (2 p.m.)
Narco States (3 p.m.)
Fury Things (4 p.m.)
Catbath (5:15 p.m.)


Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Upcoming The Abominables + Reader Ticket Giveaway!

Most of us will agree, we live in a hockey state. It’s one of, if not the most popular sport in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s upcoming performance, The Abominables will bring the popular sport to the stage.  Just recently, we had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Abominables.  The Abominables will be a musical performance like nothing we’ve seen before.

The stage becomes an ice arena, taking on the appearance of many of the arenas around our state.  The wood beams look so much like real wood, you would be surprised to find out they aren’t.  The players will be skating during the performance, dressed in full hockey gear.  We had a tour of the prop shop, wig area as well as the costume area.  There are so many great things to see in this performance.  One actor will have at least four different roles, so we will see their hair magically change, to make this happen.  The suggested age for this performance is 8 and up, and I know I have a 13-year-old who is very excited to see it!

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to bring to the stage, the very first Minnesota hockey musical, The Abominables. Produced in association with New York City’s extraordinary theatre company The Civilians, the musical is written and directed by Steve Cosson with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and choreography by Joe Chvala. The musical was created over a four year period through CTC’s Threshold new play development program; the development of which included interviews with over 75 hockey players, coaches and family members across Minnesota at tournaments, games and practices. Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s performance of The Abominables runs from September 12 to October 15, 2017.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win 4  tickets to Minneapolis Children’s Theatre’s upcoming performance, The Abominables. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm CT on 9/15/17. Good luck!

Children’s Theatre Company The Abominables Ticket Giveaway

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival takes place this Saturday, September 9th from 10-4.  The annual event will be at Lake Nokomis, with activities for all ages.  More information including the schedule can be found on the festival website.

This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm.  The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway

Minneapolis Greek Festival

It’s almost time for the Minneapolis Greek Festival.  It takes place September 8-10 and admission is free.  Food and beverages will be a ticket system and can be purchased on arrival.  Festival guests can bring 3 non-perishable food items in exchange for 2 free food tickets, all donations will be given to Joyce Food Shelf

You can find the menu here, along with how many tickets for each item.  The schedule of events can be found here on the website.


Nature at Washburn Fair Oaks Park

A bit of walking in a park and along the way a live theatre performance, and you have some of Emerson and Thoreau’s “Nature”. The performance is free, however you need to pick a date and time that you wish to attend.  It takes place at the Washburn Fair Oaks Park in Minneapolis.  You can find tickets here. There are 9 dates to choose from, taking place between September 7th-17th.

TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple.  Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.”  A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendlyjourney that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world.