Bark in Carver Park Event

It’s always fun when we can find events that include our dog.  He’s just like family but with four legs and lots of fur, he isn’t allowed to go everywhere.  We found an event the whole family can enjoy and that includes the four legged furry members.  The Bark in Carver Park Event takes place this Saturday (October 6th) from 10am-1pm.  The event is free and includes fun activities and prizes for you and your canine friend.  You can find more information about the Carver Park Off-Leash Dog area here on the Three Rivers Park District page.

Visit with your favorite local vendors and receive a discount on your next annual dog off-leash area pass. Drop in anytime.
Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Dog Off-leash Area, Carver Park Reserve (Victoria)

Rosemount Fall Food Truck Festival

We’ve mentioned it before but it’s always worth repeating, we enjoy attending food truck festivals.  A great way to enjoy a meal where we can each order what we want.  The variety is usually amazing and most of the time there’s music and entertainment close by.

The Rosemount Fall Food Truck Festival takes place Saturday September 22nd from 5-10pm in central park.  There will be live music and fun for all ages.  A great way to enjoy a fall evening.  Bands are Critical Mass at 5:30 and Brat Pack Radio at 7:30.



Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

This coming Saturday, September 22nd 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 5th 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 suggested donation.

You can find the full schedule of activities and events taking place during the day here on the website. 

About the event:

This year we are pleased to be featuring the film Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota. Two showings will take place, one at 11:30 AM and the other at 3:00 PM. Both showings will take place in the Fireside Room located within the Kopp Student Center. For more information click HERE.

In addition, we are excited that the Upper Midwest Koi Club will be holding their Fall Koi Auction in conjuntion with our Festival! For more information click HERE.


American Made Music Festival in Richfield

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love that there are some great outdoor local events to attend. 

The American Made Music Festival takes place this coming weekend. 

This event takes place in Richfield at the Amphitheater of Lyndale Gardens.  You can purchase advance tickets here on the event website.   With over 10 different bands sharing their talents, it sounds like it’s a perfect fall event to check out.  Tickets start at $25 and up, depending on if you want to attend one or both days.

Party in the Prairie – Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

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 they are again urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place Saturday, September 22rd 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 Reina del Cid, Roe Family Singers, Prairie Fire Lady Choir and The May North. 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 Story time 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 face-painting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks will also be on hand.  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.*

Monarch Tagging at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center

Our summer included the raising and release of two Monarch butterflies.  Amazing animals, so fragile and yet they manage to put on many miles in their short lives.  You can learn more about them by attending the Monarch Tagging at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center.  It takes place this Saturday (September 8)  from 10-12.  There is a small activity fee and they ask you to pre-register, with more information on that found here.


Free Yoga in the Gardens

Yoga events seem to be popping up all over the place.  You can enjoy yoga on the beach, with animals and so many other great places.  The Free Yoga in the Gardens takes place August 5th at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, from noon-1pm.  **Classes are free for Arboretum members and with gate admission for non-members.

The Arboretum is a fabulous place to visit and wander but adding Yoga to the mix just makes it an even better venue.  If you can’t make it August 5th, they are also offering sessions August 9th and September 13th.

Enjoy your practice in the beauty of the Arboretum! Sunday August 5th from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Pine collection. Please bring your own mat if possible, and don’t forget your water bottle. Ask at the information desk for directions to the class locations, allowing 15-20 minutes to find the location once you arrive at the Arboretum.




Dragonfly Festival at Eastman Nature Center


I’ve always enjoyed watching dragonflies. Watching them silently move around in the air and land here and there.  The Dragonfly Festival at Eastman Nature Center takes place this Saturday (July 7th) from 10-1.  A chance to learn a bit more about these beautiful animals in various ways.  This is a family friendly event with a small admission fee of $5.00.  *20% discount for groups of four or more. All tickets must be purchased at the same time to qualify for the discount, you can purchase tickets here on the website. 

Eastman Nature Center

Nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek, this is a great place to begin an outdoor journey.  Walk across the floating boardwalk, explore the miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails for a bit of exercise or visit the newly reconstructed nature center. Hop on the bike trails of Elm Creek Park Reserve or sit quietly and watch the creek flow by. Visitors may see trumpeter swans, wild turkey, bluebirds, dragonflies and abundant native wildflowers.

Log Rolling Demonstration

Have you every watched a log rolling demonstration and thought it might be fun to try it?  Now is your chance, the The Rivers Park District is offering three upcoming Log Rolling Demonstrations.  You have a choice of Baker Park Reserve or Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park on three different dates.  You can find more specifics here on their website

The information does suggest you be prepared to get wet.  Sounds like a fun event and a great opportunity to give it a try.


Nature Play Area at Terrace Oaks Parks

Terrace Oaks Parks Nature Play Area

A friend recently told me about her visit to the Nature Play Area at Terrace Oaks Parks.  Not a typical play area, the Nature Play Area is simply about nature, which of course is awesome.  Not everyone has a woods to play in and this play area is a great substitute.

The park is located in Burnsville and just opened up recently, you can find more specifics about the park here on the city website.  I would love to see more parks like this pop up in the metro area!

The Nature Play Area features natural elements that allow kids of all ages to climb, jump, build and explore. Features include painted animal tracks, tree cookies, climbing logs and rocks, building sticks and limestone block benches.