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!


St. Paul Food Truck Festival

I love to see so many different food truck festivals popping up this summer.  One of our favorite places to head for dinner or lunch. With so many options, it’s the perfect place to take a family.  The St. Paul Food Truck Festival takes place tomorrow August 19th, and begins at noon.  With over 40 different trucks scheduled, there has to be something for everyone!  Live music and fabulous food, sounds like the perfect day to me!

Free event to feature 40+ Food Trucks, Beer, Live Music!

One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events – The St. Paul Food Truck Festival – will invade Mears Park on Saturday August 19th.

You can sample food truck delicacies for lunch and/or brunch or dinner, with fair hours of 12PM – 10PM.

More than 40 food trucks will surround Mears Park selling their special concoctions with global cuisines ranging from Indian to British to Japanese to locally grown pork.

$5 Pair Share: Each food truck will offer at least one signature dish at $5 to increase the epicurean opportunities for you and a friend.

Live music will be adding to the atmosphere, featuring local artists and Goose Island handcrafted beers. Alex Rossi Music will be headlinging at 7PM. Other beverage options will also be available. Proceeds from all water bottle sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children



Irish Fair

We aren’t quite close enough to drive to Ireland for the day, but the Irish Fair can sure make us feel like we are there.  Head to St. Paul this weekend for the Irish Fair that takes place August 11th-13th.  It’s the largest FREE Irish Fair in the country. You’ll find more music, food and fun than you can imagine.  It’s a great event for the whole family and takes place rain our shine on Harriet Island. You can find the schedule, parking information and other information on the website.

Dates and Hours

The 2017 Irish Fair of Minnesota will run Friday, August 11: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, August 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, August 13: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.


  • Authentic. We believe the more Irish we are, the more universal our appeal becomes.
  • Relevant. We strive to preserve a rich heritage of traditions that are relevant to today’s audiences.
  • Fun. Creating a fun experience for volunteers and audiences alike is our top priority.
  • Quality. Maintain a high standard in Fair programs and operations.

Please consider supporting our long-range goals by contributing to the Legacy Fund.

Festival History & Information

Join us on the banks of the Mississippi River for a celebration of Irish heritage with music, dance, family activities and good craic!

Since 2001, beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul has hosted Irish Fair of Minnesota. The festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide and an amazingly great time by the 100,000 people who attended last year’s festival. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and even enjoy a pint or two!

The Irish Fair of Minnesota is dedicated to supporting the Irish community in Minnesota. Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.

Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration

It’s time to celebrate the restoration and remodel of the Minnesota State Capitol.  The celebration and festivities take place this weekend August 11th-13th.  Lot’s of fun to be found at the mostly free event.  There will be a few, ticket only events and you can more information about those here.  Visit the website for more information on all of the fun to be found.  There will be:

  • Entertainment
  • Tours
  • Yoga and Breakfast on the Capitol Lawn
  • Kid Zone area



The Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration is a three-day long event being held August 11-13 at the fully restored State Capitol in Saint Paul. The celebration commemorates the completion of the Capitol Restoration Project and welcomes ALL Minnesotans back to the “People’s House” at a nearly cost-free weekend-long event.

Visit us online at for more information about Grand Opening weekend, daily event schedules, ticket sales, directions, maps and more!

Macalester Costume Sale

Do you love to dress up for Halloween or maybe are involved in community theater?  Whatever the case might be, if you love costumes or are just searching for something specific.  The Macalester Costume Sale is the place to be this weekend.  July 28-29 they are hosting a giant sale to clear out over 40 years of “stuff”.   Make sure to bring cash, as that is the accepted payment.

We’re clearing out our costume stock and tons of stuff is up for sale! 40 years of costumes from over 150 productions from all periods and styles. The sale is the last week-end in July – Friday and Sat. After 2:00 on Sat every thing is $10.00 a bag. 9:00 to 5:00 both days.

St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 – Lake Phalen Park

St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 - Phalen Park

The 2017 Dragon Festival takes place this coming weekend July 8-9th at Lake Phalen and Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  If you’ve never been to it, the Dragon Festival is a great family friendly fun, artistic, and colorful event.  There is Free Admission – Free Performances – fun Children’s Activities.

Martial Artist Demonstrations

The Dragon Festival Planning Committee is committed to providing festival goers with a uniquely Asian and Pacific Islander inspired event. Martial arts performers provide festival goers with a multitude of experiences, performances and awesomeness. See a showcase of a variety of different types of martial artists from professionals to even people just like you. Our hope is to bring awareness to our attendees of the practice of Martial Arts from all different parts of Asia that are prevalent in our own community.
Children’s Activities

Dragon Festival comes alive for the young crowd!  From Boat Races on the lake, to Martial Arts demonstrations, Singing and Dancing at the performance stage, to all sorts of activities sponsored by our vendors and supporters.  Some of our sponsors offer activity challenges, with awards and prizes!  There are activities for kids of ALL ages!

Be sure to swing by the North side of the park again this year too!  We have the Bouncy Castles back!  Please note, the bouncy castles are not free, they do require the purchase of a ticket.  Tickets are available by the hour or all-day unlimited.

Prince or Princess Dress-Up Wednesdays at Como Town

Do you have a little one that loves to dress up?  it’s time to find the princess or prince outfits and save some money. Como town has a special promotion taking place Wednesdays in June.  If your child goes to the park on June 21st or 28th dressed in a royalty theme costume from 10am – noon you will be able to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for only $13.95, (saving $8).  What a fun idea!

Be a prince or princess for a day!

Every Wednesday in June from 10am – noon is dress-up day at Como Town. Come to the park dressed like royalty and collect a bounty! You will receive an unlimited ride wristband for $13.95 ($8 savings).

If your child tries to put on their Halloween costume multiple times a year, now they can! Dress them head to toe in their favorite royal garments and come to Como Town. Our face painters can complete their look with fun, eye catching designs.

Get the costumes washed and ready for June 7, 14, 21, and 28. We look forward to seeing you and your royal clan at Como Town!

Public Tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence

If you love history or are just curious about the inside of a famous house, then a public tour of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence is something just for you.   The inside of the residence is only open at certain times and reservations are needed.  If you want to tour the grounds and gardens you can find that information here.  To reserve the inside tour, you need to email and give your name. More specifics can be found here on the website.

The Governor’s Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! Tour dates are the following Tuesdays:

  • June 13 and 27 (Limited Availability)
  • July 11 and 25
  • August 8 and 22

What You Need to Know Before Your Tour Begins

Please review this important information before your tour begins:

  • Tours of the Residence are always free, and groups may not charge for them.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in public spaces. Please feel free to take photos!
  • Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening.
  • Visitors should dress accordingly to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors before entering the Residence.
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and on local side streets.


WaterFest 2017 at Lake Phalen Park

WaterFest is coming up this weekend.  A great family friendly free event that celebrates clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation.  WaterFest takes place this Saturday, June 3rd from 11-4pm. It will be held rain or shine at the Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  You can find more specific information here on the event page.  Some of the fun activities taking place include: 

  • Voyageur canoe ride
  • Water Games
  • Native Plant Giveaway
  • Live Music
  • Live Animals
  • Jump Castle

2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.


• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people


• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!