Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

This coming Saturday, September 23rd is time for the Normandale Japanese Garden Festival.  It takes place from 11-5:30 in Bloomington near the Normandale Community College.  This is the 4th year for the Festival and it keeps getting bigger and better, with more things added.  Food, martial arts demos, shopping boutique and more! They are asking for a $10 donation to go towards admission into the event.

11:30-12:00—South Metro martial arts, Harisen Daiko
12:00-12:30—Dedication of new donor recognition display outside the garden
12:30—1:00—Koi feeding in the garden
1:15-1:45—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Harisen Daiko
2:00-2:30—South Metro martial arts, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Feb Davidson koto
2:45-3:15—MN Kyudo archery, Taikollaborative taiko
3:30-4:00—Seiryukan Dojo Japanese sword, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance, Fern Davidson koto
4:15-4:45—Taikollaborative taiko
5:00-5:30—MN Kyudo archery, Sansei-Yonsei Kai dance

Leo Hansen will be performing with the shakuhachi flute throughout the day.


Music in the Park: Coyote Wild

With summer quietly passing us by, we need to take the chance for last minute outdoor evening events.  The final free music in the park for the 2017 summer season takes place this Wednesday, September 20th in Hastings.  The Coyote Wild concert takes place from 7-8:30 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park right on the water.

Coyote Wild puts on a high energy country rock show you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a great mix of classic rock and contemporary country. This is a FREE event. Head to the RiverWalk for our final Music in the Park concert.

Party in the Prairie

We attended the Party in the Prairie last year, located at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It’s a great event with live music, nature activities, food and fun.  It’s not a huge venue, so this year they are urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place next Saturday, September 23rd from 3-8:30.  You find more information as well as purchase tickets here. *discounted tickets available at Twin Cities The North Face retail stores.

Live music and local flavors in a beautiful setting. Enjoy Americana, folk and bluegrass performances by Chastity Brown, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, The May North and The Eelpout Stringers. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Discover the beauty of prairies on a guided hike or digital scavenger hunt. Meet with plant and wildlife experts and create a “seed bomb” craft with native prairie seeds. Join Hennepin County Library for Storytime in the Amphitheater, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Play lawn games and sample honey made at Richardson with the University of MN Bee Squad. Prairie-themed facepainting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks (TOT BOSS, Cafe Racer, The Cave Cafe Mobile Food Truck, and WildEarth WoodFired Mobile Pizza Bakery), craft beer from LTD Brewing, and other treats (Saint Pops and Joia All Natural Soda) onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Sponsored by The North Face and Minnesota Parent Magazine. All Ages. $9/person. $7 discounted tickets available at local The North Face stores.
*Children under 2 years old are permitted free.*
*Capacity is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.*

Field Trip at Silverwood Park

Tomorrow, September 16th is Field Trip day at Silverwood Park.  A day to get outside and enjoy all sorts of family friendly fun.  Join the fun from 11am-5pm.  Some of the activities include:

  • Live music
  • Creative play
  • Outdoor craft market
  • Artmaking
  • New sculpture unveiling’s
  • Poetry installations
  • Lawn Games
  • Food Trucks

You can find the schedule of events, parking information as well as a list of vendors here on the event website.

Twin Cities Veg Fest

The Twin Cities Veg Fest takes place this Saturday, September 9th.  The 6th annual event will take place outdoors and will be held rain or shine.  Whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, you’ll all love what this festival has to offer, something for everyone.  There’s no admission and it’s held at Como Regional Park from 11-5. 

  • Vegan cuisine
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Presentations
  • Free Food Samples

You’re invited to the sixth annual Twin Cities Veg Fest! Join us on Saturday, September 9 at Como Regional Park from 11am to 5pm. This year, the festival is outdoors—rain or shine!

Twin Cities Veg Fest is for everyone! Come on out and bring your friends and family. Whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, you’ll all love what this festival has to offer. Enjoy free food samples, delicious vegan cuisine, fun cooking demos, and inspiring presentations.

Twin Cities Veg Fest is FREE to attend! Produced by Compassionate Action for Animals, this fun festival has free entry so that it can reach thousands of people. Save the date and join us for this great Minnesota tradition. Let’s celebrate compassion together!


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

1889 Harvest Festival at The Landing

The Landing is a fun place for all ages, a place where you can step back in time.  This Saturday, September 2nd you can go back to 1889. The 1889 Harvest Festival takes place from 10-5.  You can find directions and other important information about The Landing here on their website.

Immerse yourself in 1800s Minnesota River Valley life and visit with costumed characters living in the frontier, farmstead, and village. Celebrate the harvest with a town fair and participate in cooking and food preservation demonstrations. Trolleys provide transportation through the site. Food concessions available. Walk-ins welcome.

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased online or upon arrival.

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.

Free Circus in the Park Performance in Loring Park!

A circus with no animals, and it’s free?  Yes, the Circus in the Park takes place tomorrow, August 27th in Loring Park.  The weather will need to cooperate for this event, so as long as it’s rain free it will take place at 1pm.   You can find a few more specifics by clicking here on the FB event page.

Join us for a FREE public circus and aerial arts performance on August 27th at 1:00 pm in Loring Park in Minneapolis! 2 Defy Gravity is once again putting on our Circus in the Park, a family friendly and public event celebrating the vibrant circus community in the Twin Cities! Come enjoy performances featuring trapeze, silks, contortion and more!

This year’s event will take place from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Loring Park on the bandstand near the tennis courts. The free event features local circus performers and vendors, and culminates in an hour long performance starting at 1:00 pm.

**note there are no animals used in the show, just human performers and there are no large circus tents so the event is dependent on rain free weather**

Lebanon Hills Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Hopefully by now, you’ve heard about the upcoming Eclipse taking place on Monday.  Eclipses happen about every size months, and for the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon’s shadow passes through the continental United States.  We might not see a full 100% eclipse here in MN but we’ll hopefully see it come close.  If you’re looking for a place to enjoy it, you can join others on Monday for the Lebanon Hills Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. The event is open to all ages, and is free.  The fun begins at 11 and goes until 3.  There’ll be shadow art, crafts and more.

Join us to view the partial solar eclipse at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Have fun making your own eclipse projection viewer from 11-11:30 a.m. The eclipse itself starts at 11:43 a.m., maximum eclipse coverage is at 1:06 p.m., and it wraps up at 2:29 p.m. Park naturalists will be on hand for you to learn more about this amazing event and how to view it safely from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids activities include solar bracelets, planetary geocaching, shadow art and more! Eclipse glasses provided. Limited quantity available. All ages.