Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha

 

One of my favorite events happens this Sunday.  The Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha takes place from 11-7pm on Sunday July 22nd.  The street is shut down to cars and open to bikes, walking, and fun.  We attended this one last year and walked the entire length of the event.  We enjoyed live music, good food, games, and activities along the route.  You don’t have to live in the neighborhood to enjoy it.

More Than a Street Festival!

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.    Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment.

Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2018

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

This Sunday 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 22nd.  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.

 

Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Wine Demystified

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Wine Demystified on Thursday, July 26th 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 $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

Evenings at The Bakken Museum uncorks the secrets of wine and flavor pairings with Wine Demystified. Learn “The Science of Wine” with sommelier Karina Roe, explore cheese pairings from The Cheese Shop, grab some delicious treats available for purchase, and tap your toes to the bluegrass stylings of Stringdingers. Evenings at The Bakken Museum is a great way to experience the museum after-hours, enjoy a cocktail or drink, and experiment with STEM activities in a unique environment at a truly one-of-a-kind South Minneapolis institution.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show!

We’ve mentioned the Twin Cities River Rats: Free Water Ski Show! other summers but want to give a reminder.  The show is fun to watch, it’s free and 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.  Check out the schedule here as well as map of the location.

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

Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Art in the Garden

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Art in the Garden on Thursday, June 21st 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 $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

The best party of the summer is coming up soon at The Bakken Museum. Head to Art in the Garden, an evening soiree that lets you discover the natural beauty of the museum’s distinct garden spaces.

Grab a drink and have your own picnic on the green roof as you create artsy items inspired by the flora on the Minneapolis museum’s grounds. There’ll be a Crop Art Station for those of you looking to practice your seed skills before the State Fair, a plant stamp postcard you can send to someone special and a community art studio where you can let the watercolors flow and make something unique.

MollieRae Miller will use her skills with acrylic paint and stenciling to help you create some native plant-inspired window art. Market Science will also be on-hand to share leaf pigment and chromatography science.

The Chalk Art Cars will be there for all of your automobile-arts needs and the Science Museum of Minnesota will have watercolor bots for that extra mechanical artsy feel.

With beer and wine to sip on and food from Gastrotruck and Olivia’s Organic Café, there will be plenty of fun for you and your crew to enjoy.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

This weekend is a great time to check out the downtown Minneapolis area.  The 24th Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival takes place June 15th-17th.  You can find the complete schedule here. Live music on three different stages, food, over 200 different artists, family activities, car show, art classes and more.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful riverfront area.

2018 Opening of the Minneapolis Wading Pools

It seems like just yesterday we were dealing with our last unexpected blizzard.  It really wasn’t that long ago, but thankfully some warm days have arrived.

The 2018 opening of the Minneapolis Wading Pools is just around the corner.  Most of the wading pools open this Sunday, May 27th.  Note *Wading pools located in parks adjacent to a Minneapolis Public School building will open Friday, June 16 and remain open just prior to school resuming Monday, August 28.

Even though we don’t live in Minneapolis, we still took advantage of these great pools.  Some are fenced in, making it easier to manage multiple children.  Even if you don’t live in Minneapolis keep them on your bucket list for summer.  Maybe you are in town for an event or visiting family?  Or make a day trip, with ice cream included.

Check out the full list of pools here, as well as the dates the plan to be open and closed.

 

 

Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Bakken Brewmasters

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Bakken Brewmasters on Thursday, May 24th 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 $6 – $12.50 (reg. $12 – $25), plus service fees.

Beer lovers can rejoice, as some of Minnesota’s best brewers head to The Bakken Museum for Bakken Brewmasters 2018. This collection of top-notch brewers, including Boom Island Brewing Company, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Lake Monster Brewing, 612BREW, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Big Wood Brewing will offer samples and breakout sessions. Northern Brewer will be breaking down the science of brewing with demonstrations and experiments sure to quench your knowledge and inspire a passion for the science beyond the pale… ale. Quench your thirst at this unique beer extravaganza, where the first 200 guests receive a commemorative tasting glass.

Get your discount tickets HERE!

Teddy Bear Clinic at HCMC

HCMC is offering a free Teddy Bear Clinic this Saturday (May 19th).  The event is a chance for kids to learn about an emergency room, all with their bear as the patient.  You can find more specifics here on their website.

Join us at our Teddy Bear Clinic and patch up your favorite tattered teddy or other stuffed animal. Parents, take the scare out of ER care and ease children’s anxiety related to a medical setting. This event is a great opportunity to help kids become comfortable with medical personnel and the medical equipment they may experience on a visit to the doctor or hospital.

Activities and stations for the kids and their Teddy’s will include:

Stitch loose seams
Listen to heartbeats
Splint broken limbs
Get “teddy” x-rays
See a real ambulance
Visit safety stations

Free bike helmets to kid doctors – while supplies last.

 

Explore Downtown Living Event

Are you looking to relocate and want to be close to everything?  Perhaps you don’t own a vehicle and use public transportation?  The Explore Downtown Living Event is a chance to see what downtown Minneapolis has to offer. The event takes place this Saturday, May 19th from 10-5.

Explore Downtown Living is a FREE event that lets you tour Downtown Minneapolis and all it has to offer at your own pace. Visit approximately 20 residential communities—checking out the views from each—while enjoying deals and specials from local businesses throughout.

Get there by bus or light rail with a Free Ride Pass courtesy of Metro Transit. CLICK HERE to download and print your free pass, which can be used from 8 am-7 pm on Saturday, May 19.