Free Circus in the Park Performance in Powderhorn Park!

A circus with no animals, and it’s free?  Yes, the Circus in the Park takes place Sunday, August 25th in Powderhorn Park.  The weather will need to cooperate for this event, so as long as it’s rain free it will take place at 2pm.   You can find a few more specifics by clicking here on the FB event page.

Additional information about the event:

Join us for a FREE public circus and aerial arts performance on August 25th at 2:00 pm in Powderhorn 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 on trapeze, silks, lyra, and more! The show starts at 2pm with some pre-show festivities beforehand. Come early to get a great seat on the grassy hill overlooking the lake at beautiful Powderhorn Park!

**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**

Free Family Fishing Events Along the Mississippi River

Want to try fishing along the river? Check out four family fishing events happening along the Mississippi River later this week and through the weekend:

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park) – Thursday, 8/15 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Boom Island Park (Minneapolis) – Friday, 8/16 from 4 – 8 pm
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park (St. Paul) – Saturday, 8/17 from 9 am – 1 pm
  • Lake Rebecca Park (Hastings) – Sunday, 8/18 from 9 am – 1 pm

These events are geared toward anyone who doesn’t have much experience with fishing, lacks fishing equipment, or wants to learn how to fish on the river’s edge.

Attendees will learn how to tie fishing knots, cast and make baits. Fishing gear and bait will be provided. The events will let people try river fishing, which can be different from lake fishing because of the moving water and the variety of fish to catch. Each location includes playgrounds, places to grill and amenities near the river.

The DNR’s Ray Ruiz and a ranger with the National Parks Service will talk about fishing techniques and how to fish for different species of fish – from smallmouth bass to panfish to catfish.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Chanhassen-Carver County Day at the Arboretum

For those of you lucky enough to live in either Chanhassen or Carver County, August 14th is your lucky day. Wednesday, August 14th is Chanhassen-Carver County Day at the Arboretum. That means a full day of free admission for all of you.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes Chanhassen residents to the annual Chanhassen/Carver County Day at the Arboretum. Chanhassen residents receive free gate admission all day. The Arboretum grounds are open 8am – 8pm.

Bagels, coffee, water, and juice will be served at 9:45am, followed by a brief program from city, county and Arboretum officials at 10am in the Visitors Center.

Safe Summer Nights Get-Together in Burnsville: August 15

We just enjoyed our first annual neighborhood night out.  Sure we know most of our neighbors, but it was fun to meet some of those that we didn’t know.  If you live in or near Burnsville and want to meet neighbors, as well as the local police, check out the Safe Summer Nights Get-Together.  It takes place this Thursday, August 15th from 5-7:30 at Neill Park.

Join the Burnsville Police and Fire departments, along with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office for a FREE evening to promote safety, crime prevention and positive community relationships.

Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages while getting to know your local emergency responders. The event will include police cars, fire trucks, the Mobile Command Post, demonstrations and more.

Free First Tuesdays at Washington County Parks

Washington County Parks Free First Tuesday

We love to get outside and explore different parks and trails in Minnesota, and here’s a thrifty way to explore Washington County Parks! On the first Tuesday of the month (non-holiday) you can get in free, with no vehicle permit required. Although it’s actually quite reasonable to enter the parks on other days as well (currently $7/daily or $30/annual), it’s nice to save money when we can.

Free Tuesdays Washington County Parks

The 2019 Free Tuesday schedule is as follows:

  • January 1
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

With several different parks to choose from, there’s plenty of exploring to do. Check out the full list of parks here and fill up your calendar with hiking, biking, camping, swimming, and more.

Do you have a favorite county park in Minnesota? We’d love to hear about it so we can add it to our list of places to check out!

Free Kids Yoga Class at Fish Lake Regional Park: July 30th

Yoga seems to be the in thing these days and the best thing about it, it’s for ALL ages.  Bring the kids to Free Kids Yoga Class at Fish Lake Regional Park on Tuesday.

The FREE 30 minute class begins at 10am and is geared towards kids age 3-10yrs.

Additional information about the kids Yoga class, sponsored by Minnesota Kids Yoga Co.

Come join Minnesota Kid’s Yoga Co. for a free kids yoga class by the lakeside!

Class will be 30 minutes. There will be treats and bubbles for afterwards. 🧘🏼‍♀️☀️

We hope to see you, your kids, and even their friends there! 😁

Note: Class is geared toward 3-10 year olds. 👌🏻

Pollinator Festival: August 3rd

If your house is like ours you might have various cages around helping the monarch population.  Even if your house doesn’t have any of these you can still enjoy the Pollinator Festival.  It takes place Saturday, August 3rd at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul.  The event is free, no admission charges or tickets required.  You can enjoy the fun from 10-1.

Bee a friend, join our Pollination Celebration! Don’t miss out on live music, food trucks, bird walks, picture stations, restoration events, live bees, and more!

This pollinator festival will engage community in learning about our pollinator relatives; who they are, what they do, what plants they like, and why they are important.

All ages, everyone is welcome, wear close toed shoes 🙂

Caponi Art Park Super Saturday Events

You may recall us mentioning Caponi Art Park before, we wanted to give it another shout out.  The Caponi Art Park Super Saturday Events are not only fun but they are affordable.  They take place Saturday mornings from 10-12.  Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5 per person.

Event Details: Caponi Art Park is excited to announce its newest family-friendly program, CAP Super Saturdays, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. This series of six 2-hour long events will be held on Saturday mornings, June – September 2019. At each of the interactive events professional artists will engage participants in movement, music, dance, and art activities. The events will also feature activities that get participants hiking on park trails and a healthy snack will be provided. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay after the program to get to know their neighbors.

Tiny Art School
Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 A.M.

Get Tickets HERE

Artist and educator, Heidi Jeub, enjoys traveling around the state sharing her artistic talents and showing others that art can be linked to anything; to food, to culture, to technology, to life. Her goal is to share the foundations of art and design with those who may not always have access to it. Join us as she shares her artistic passion through the Tiny Art School.

Hause Park Food Truck Night: July 24th

Yes we LOVE food truck events.  Check out all the delicious fun at the upcoming fun at St. Paul’s Hause Park Food Truck Night.  It takes place Wednesday July 24th from 6-8pm.  With several different food trucks to choose from, you can be sure to find something for your entire family.  Would even be a great date night!

A few of the trucks participating include:

The Salsa Spot
D & D Goodies Gormans Corn Dogs
Hometown Creamery
North St Paul Lions
Deep Root Concessions
Drogo’s Coffee Caravan
I Heart Smoothies

There will also be live music by Any Day Now.

You can find additional information about the event on theFB event page.  Also be sure to check for weather updates just in case we have any crazy July storms come around.

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 Saturday July 20th from 10-1.

This event gives us 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. 

Additional information about the Eastman Nature Center

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.