Fallout Shelter Arcade (Minneapolis) – Up to 52% Off Virtual Gaming

Here’s a unique experience for any gamers in your life – check out Fallout Shelter Arcade in Minneapolis and enjoy some virtual gaming! Right now you can save on your gameplay with this Groupon offer: pay $16 for four missions (reg. $30) or $30 for eight missions (reg. $56).

Each mission is 10 minutes long, and you’ll play in the Podbay which features 12 sleek, retro-yet-futuristic Virtual World Tesla II cockpit simulators. Fallout Shelter Arcade is located at 451 Taft St NE, Suite L4 in Minneapolis. Hours are Thursday 5 – 9 pm, Friday 5 – 10 pm, and Saturday 1 – 7 pm.

With no exaggeration and without a sliver of hyperbole, it’s a stone-cold fact that there are no other arcades like Fallout Shelter Arcade. It’s a rare place where gamers can be completely immersed in virtual realities without typical gaming distractions such as noisy roommates, infringing house cats, or dayjobs, or even light itself. That’s all due to Fallout Shelter Arcade’s distinct attraction: The Podbay. Like something out of a gamer or an Air Force sergeant’s dreams, The Podbay features 12 sleek, retro-yet-futuristic Virtual World Tesla II cockpit simulators (the only cockpit simulators of this kind in all of Minnesota). They look like pods you’d learn how to fly a Harrier with, escape from an alien spacecraft in, or survive an alien attack in…but they’re being used for a much greater purpose: making the video game experience as awesome as it can possibly be.

Games hosted by the Pods include Battletech, in which players become one with a thirty-foot tall, 75-ton walking tank and blast the kablooey out of other podding gamers. The other pod-perfect game is Red Planet, where you control a Vectored Thrust Vehicle (VTV) across the terrain of a Martian mining canal, racing other VTV’s through narrow corridors, and occasionally playing games of Space Chicken with oncoming aircraft. The expert staff, known as Mercs, are always on hand to help out rookie pilots and find new challenges for hardened virtual air-jockyes, and Fallout Shelter’s pay-per-play gaming hours help first timers quickly earn their virtual pilot’s licenses.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

Minneapolis will celebrate over 40 years of participating in the sister city program.  To celebrate they are hosting a free ice cream social and gathering on Nicolett Island Pavilion.  The Sister Cities Day event will take place from 1-5pm on July 21st.  Some of the activities include:

  • Music
  • Speakers
  • Performances
  • Dancers
  • Children’s Activities

You can find more information as well as the full schedule here on the event website.


Bakkenalia: Distilled Discount Tickets – 50% Off

Check out The Bakken Museum at the adult-only event Bakkenalia: Distilled happening this Thursday, July 11th from 5:30 – 9 pm!

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $10 (reg. $20), plus service fees.

Join us for an evening of revelry and exploration at The Bakken Museum (dancing optional). Explore the distilling process, wander through our exhibits and gardens, and enjoy demonstrations from Vikre Distillery and craft cocktail samples from the experts at Tattersall Distilling, Du Nord Craft Spirits, Copperwing Distillery, Brother Justus Whiskey Company, Dampfwerk Distilling and more. Enjoy food and additional cocktails and beer from Eat Street Social, as well as musical delights from MPR DJ Sanni Brown!

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Minneapolis Red, White and Boom!

Today’s the day we can all look to the sky and see amazing fireworks displays. It doesn’t matter where you are in Minnesota, there is usually something happening within a 30-minute drive of everyone.

Are you still undecided what to do? You can head to the Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront for Red, White and Boom!

Date & Time

Thursday, July 4, 2019

6-10 pm: Live Music, Vendors and Fireworks – Family Activities presented by Walmart

10 pm: Fireworks


Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront

Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks!

Live Music and Family Activities

6 – 10 pm: Join us in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park for FREE family activities in the Family Fun Zone including face-painting, caricature artists, & balloon artists.

Music Line-Up

Father Hennepin Bluff Park – Live Music
6:30 – 8 pm: Yesterdawn
8:30 – 10 pm: The Prizefighters

Mill Ruins Park
6:30 – 8 pm: Sawyer’s Dream
8:30 – 10 pm: Tre Aaron


10 pm
Each year a spectacular fireworks display concludes the Red, White and Boom Celebration. The fireworks display will be shot off from Water Power Park. Find a viewing area.

Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center: Lions, Tigers and Roosters – Oh My! – Saturday, July 6th

This Saturday, July 6th is Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and this month’s theme is Lions, Tigers and Roosters – Oh My!

Zoinks—animals have taken over the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! Meet an octopus, a kangaroo, a llama, a rooster, a horse, and a rabbit—and only some of those are sculptures. Then, hold on to your fanny pack as local band Koo Koo Kanga Roo hosts the hottest dance party of the summer! All activities are available from 10 am – 3 pm unless otherwise noted.

Performance: Koo Koo Kanga Roo
11 am
Learn new dance moves, sing loudly, and laugh a lot along with Koo Koo Kanga Roo. The dynamic duo Bryan and Neil hale from Minneapolis and are psyched to perform in front of the Spoonbridge and Cherry. Don’t miss THE live performance of summer 2019!

Art-Making Activity: Pet Rocks
10 am–3 pm
Don’t have a pet? No problem, you can make your own in this rock-painting drop-in activity. Artist Dana LeMoine will guide guests through simple ways to paint colors and textures to transform the rocks into their favorite animals. Families are invited to either bring in a favorite small rock (BYORock!) or choose one from a selection of rocks provided.

Art-Making Activity: Jellyfish Jamboree
10 am–3 pm
Claes Oldenburg is known for his oversized sculptures of everyday objects (see Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag in Gallery 6 or Spoonbridge and Cherry in the middle of the Garden). Today we’re taking a page out of Oldenburg’s book and collaborating to make a giant, soft sculpture of a jellyfish!

Live Drawing: Bunnies and Alpacas, Oh Yeah!
Rabbits, 10 am–12 noon
Alpacas, 12:30 pm–3:00 pm
Traditionally, artists hone their skills by drawing human models. At Free First Saturday, we like to spice things up—this month our live models are alpacas and rabbits! The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society and the Abbey Alpaca Farm have brought their furry friends for a fun day in the Garden. Learn about these beautiful animals and practice drawing them.

Music: Hennepin County Disco Authority
12 noon–3 pm
Feel the love and groove with the Hennepin County Disco Authority’s resident DJ Jon.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour
English, 12 noon
Spanish, 1 pm

Animals and the natural world are a common inspiration for artists. Learn more about the artworks in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that is inspired by animals. Meet at the Main Entrance to the Walker Art Center.

Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available, or bring something from home to snack on in the museum’s public spaces.

Summer Walking Tour Series at Lakewood

During the winter we all wish for beautiful summer days and evenings.  One great way to enjoy a summer evening is the Summer Walking Tour Series at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.  They have some great events coming up and it’s only $5 per event. Not only is it a great thrifty evening, the money helps fund the Lakewood Heritage Foundation.

You can register in advance on their website.

Additional information about the tours and dates can also found below.  

Additional Information about the Walking Tours:

Art & Architecture walking tour

July 9, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and August 20, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

See beautiful art and architecture at Lakewood, including the historic Byzantine Revival style Memorial Chapel with mosaic interior, the contemporary Garden Mausoleum, and monument art and symbolism found in the cemetery’s oldest sections.

Lakewood Founders walking tour

July 23, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn about early Minneapolis leaders who helped build not only the city itself but the city’s grand cemetery—Lakewood. This tour features Minneapolis’ first mayor Dorilus Morrison, Senator and businessman William D. Washburn, Park Board President Charles Loring and more.

Notable Women walking tour

August 6, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the women who influenced Minneapolis from its earliest days to modern times. This tour features 19th-century women’s healthcare advocate Harriet Walker, suffragist Clara Ueland, salon entrepreneur Myndall Cain, and many more.



Free Canoeing at Loring Pond and Powderhorn Lake

Get a fresh view of the City of Lakes on Mondays and Tuesdays this summer with free drop-in canoeing from 5 – 7 pm at Loring Pond (Mondays) and Powderhorn Lake (Tuesdays). No registration is required. Loring Pond dates run through August 19th and Powderhorn Lake dates run through August 13th.

You’ll learn paddling techniques and safety tips from their trained naturalist guides, then explore the water at your own pace. Canoes, life vests, and paddles are provided. Everyone ages 2 and older is welcome, and children ages 12 and younger should have a parent or guardian present.

In addition, kids can learn to fish at Powderhorn Lake on select Tuesdays in July and August from 4 – 7 pm. Please note that adults who want to fish (rather than just help a child) need to bring a valid fishing license.

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: uptownfoodtruckfestival.com

Scandinavian Summer Fest

Join in the fun at the tomorrow at the Scandinavian Summer Fest.  It takes place in south Minneapolis from 10-4:30.  You’ll find all sort of Scandinavian Fun and something for all ages to enjoy.  Here is the schedule for the day:

Come join us for a day filled with Scandinavian music, dancing, handicrafts, and the crowning of the 2020 Miss Svenskarnas Dag!
Order of events:
10:00am- Vendor booths open for business
10:30am- English/Swedish church service
Tjärnblom- between church service and majstång processional
11:45am- Barnetog (children’s parade) processional to the pole beginning near the rear of the stage
11:50am- Raising of the Majstång
12:30pm- Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers
12:45pm- Afternoon program begins
ASI Men’s Chorus
Vasa Junior Folk Dancers
Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers
Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
Ross Sutter
3:30pm- Queen’s Coronation- Crowning of the 2020 Miss Svenskarnas Dag and Junior Royalty

You can find the address here on the event page, also a place to check for updates in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.


Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Shows

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show other summers but wanted to give you a reminder. The show is fun to watch, it’s free, and it’s something a bit more unique to do on a Thursday evening in the summer.

You can catch the show several upcoming Thursdays in North Minneapolis, including this Thursday, June 20th. Check out the schedule here along with a map of the location.

*Development show starting at 6:30 pm and main show at 7 pm.