St. Paul Food Truck Festival – Saturday, August 17th

I love to see so many different food truck festivals popping up this summer. With so many options, it’s the perfect place to take a family or have a spur of the moment date. While it’s always fun to check out food trucks, when dozens of them converge in one place it’s something extra fun (and delicious)!

The St. Paul Food Truck Festival takes place August 17th at Mears Park, beginning 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!

Check out more details:

The 4th annual St. Paul Food Truck Festival in Lowertown St. Paul will feature 40-plus food trucks, games, fashion trucks, and live music all day like at the Uptown Food Truck Festival and Anoka Food Truck Festival.

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

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

In addition to scrumptious food, the festival will include other unique truck experiences, including fashion/clothing trucks, photo booth truck, and even special dog treats by Pet Wants.

Other activities include life-size Jenga, mechanical bull, bean bag toss, shoe shines & haircuts, henna tattoo artists and a psychic tarot reader.

Live music will be adding to the atmosphere, featuring local artists and handcrafted beers. Other beverage options will also be available. The event is free. Proceeds from all water bottle sales will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Last year over 21K meals were raised!

Stage Schedule:
12-3PM Jacuzzi Puma
3:30-6:30The Riverside Hitmen
7-10PM Alex Rossi

For updates and more information, visit: stpaulfoodtruckfestival.com

IndiaFest at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds – Saturday, August 10th

IndiaFest Minnesota

IndiaFest is this Saturday, August 10th at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds from 11 am – 9 pm. It’s a joyful celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India. Plus, it’s FREE! You can also download a free Metro Transit pass to get you to IndiaFest from anywhere in the metro.

Indian Art

Highlights of the event include:

  • Food: Enjoy delicious cuisines from eight Twin Cities Indian restaurants
  • Cultural: Two of the biggest Indian Classical dance groups based in Minnesota perform at IndiaFest for the first time at this year’s event. Immerse yourself in colorful Classical, Semi-Classical, Bollywood and regional solo and group performances
  • Exhibits: Visit booths with decoration, traditions, and culture from various regions of India, showcasing the diversity of India
    •      Special Exhibit : Honoring Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birthday
  • Activities: Fun activities for adults and kids. Enjoy henna or face painting, chess, cricket, or learn some skills in yoga and meditation
  • Bazaar: Shop for traditional Indian clothing and accessories
  • Student Scholarships: Five student scholarships to be given at the event

Fiesta Latina St Paul: August 10th

The upcoming Fiesta Latina is a fun filled event.  You’ll enjoy authentic Latin food, music, dance, entertainment, and plenty of family-friendly activities including free health screenings and soccer clinics with Minnesota United FC.  All the fun takes place in St. Paul on Saturday, August 10th beginning at 11am.  The FREE event includes:

  • Folkloric and contemporary dances
  • Music
  • Healthy Eating
  • Fitness
  • Latin food
  • Free medical exams
  • Soccer with MN United
  • Art and crafts
  • Raffles and Prizes including Backpacks, Twins tickets, bikes and more!

Additional information as well as the music schedule can be found here.

 

 

Irish Fair of Minnesota: August 9-11

One of my favorite events that I look forward to each August is the Irish Fair of Minnesota.  So many great reasons to attend this fabulous event and it’s coming up August 9-11.  No admission fee at this St. Paul event and with more than three days of fun, the hard part will be deciding when to go.

Enjoy the culture of Ireland through music, dance, food and drink at the annual Irish Fair of Minnesota! Great Irish music all weekend by dozens of local and international Irish and Celtic acts including We Banjo 3, Sweet Colleens, Laura MacKenzieand many many more. A dozen local Irish Dance schools will perform at our Performance Dance Tent! There will be activities for kids all weekend long! Enjoy fresh food cooking demonstrations in the Celtic Kitchen! Come to the Irish Fair of Minnesota and be transported to the Emerald Isle!  Check out the full schedule here and plan out your fun!

Minnesota Children’s Museum Discount Admission or Membership

If you love the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul but don’t love the cost of admission, here’s a GREAT deal for you from Groupon!

Options include:

Personally, I think the Premier Membership offer is an especially good one as it gets you UNLIMITED admission to both the St. Paul and Rochester locations for one year for all children (under 18) in the household and two listed adults. Other benefits of the Premier Membership include:

  • Free admission for two flex members (e.g. a guest or caregiver)
  • Sneak peeks to St. Paul exhibits
  • Discounts at partner retailers and attractions
  • Discounted tickets for up to six guests (by $2 per ticket)
  • 10% discount at the museum café and store
  • 50% off admission for up to six people to children’s museums across the US

You’ll need to redeem your Groupon by 11/3/19, and if you choose a membership, it will expire one year after activation. The membership is valid for new members only.

There’s more than one way for kids to learn at Minnesota Children’s Museum, and none of them involve sitting at a desk and practicing their letters or multiplication skills. Here, kids learn through play as they take the lead in exploring the museum’s interactive exhibits and programs. Kids, friends, and even parents can experience the museum’s atmosphere unrestrained by screen time and strict schedules.

  • The numbers: The St. Paul museum features 10 permanent play exhibits and has a sister museum in Rochester; both locations see more than 550,000 visitors a year.
  • Climb on: The Scramble, a vertical climbing experience, soars four stories high with a netted catwalk and spiral slide for a fast, slippery ride down.
  • Our World: This exhibit puts attendees in a bite-size version of a Minnesota city, letting them explore the sandbox world and play the part of local firefighters, postal workers, grocery-store workers, and more, fostering a sense of community and teamwork.
  • Don’t missSuper Awesome Adventures, an exhibit featuring a laser maze, a climbing wall, and a space race
  • For the family: Most exhibits aren’t child-exclusive: parents can help their children create new masterpieces in the Creativity Jam studio, stock shelves at the “local” hardware store in Our World, or help build forts at Imaginopolis.

Get your Groupon HERE!

PS – If this isn’t in your budget, don’t forget that you can get in FREE to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul on the third Sunday of every month, or check out the Rochester location on the first Sunday of every month.

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 🙂

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.

Kids Get in Free to the Science Museum of Minnesota for Youth Science Day – Thursday, July 18th

The Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting Youth Science Day this Thursday, July 18th from 12 – 4 pm. This is an opportunity to meet the youth of the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center and see the awesome things they do in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the arts.

Plus, you’ll get up to four free kids admissions (ages 4-17) with each full-priced adult admission (children 0-3 are always free). Regular admission is $19.95/adult, and those with limited income may qualify for $3/adult admission with proper documentation.

In addition, they are offering free Metro Transit rides to Youth Science Day after you complete a short survey HERE.

12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival in West St. Paul: July 19-21

The 12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival in West St. Paul is coming up this week.  The fun begins on Friday and continues into the weekend.  Some of the festival highlights include:

Rain or Shine Under the Big Tent
Free Admission
Live Entertainment
Authentic Middle Eastern Food
Roast Lamb, Chicken Kabob, Tabouli, Hummus, Baklawa
Beer & Wine and Much, Much More
Children’s Games and Fun
Church Tours
Marketplace
Camel Rides ALL THREE DAYS

Additional information about the festival: 

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul hosts its 12th Annual Middle Eastern Festival on July 19, 20 & 21, 2019.  Highlights include Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a traditional marketplace, a silent auction, games for children, and camel rides. Admission is FREE!

The menu includes authentic homemade Middle Eastern cuisine using the finest ingredients made just for you!  Our selections include: roast lamb, grilled chicken, falafel, hummus, gyros, tabouli, homemade traditional pastries, our famous Syrian bread, and more. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be served.

The nationally renowned John Khoury Band will perform, in addition to the St. George Dabke Dance Troupe.

The times for the Middle Eastern Festival are:

– Friday,  July 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Saturday, July 20th from 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Sunday,  July 21st from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

St. Paul Saints Baseball Discount Tickets – 2 Tickets + 2 Hats for $20!

Batter up! Head to an upcoming St. Paul Saints game and you’ll pay just $20 for two tickets and two hats when you order through Groupon for a limited time.

Choose from the following games:

  • Wednesday, July 24th at 7:05 pm vs. Cleburne Railroaders
  • Monday, July 29th at 7:05 pm vs. Kansas City T-Bones
  • Monday, August 12th at 7:05 pm vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • *SOLD OUT* Sunday, July 14th at 5:05 pm vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes

Tickets are in the Outfield Reserved sections (periwinkle color in the diagram below). Goldstar also frequently has tickets for St. Paul Saints games.

Another cheap option: get berm admission for $5 apiece at the gate. The view isn’t as good as it’s a large grassy hill located above the bullpen, behind left field (the picture at the top of this post shows a view from the berm). Still, it’s cheap! Limit 8 berm tickets per person.

Catching an MLB game at a big stadium is great, but there’s a special kind of fun you have from watching pro baseball in a more intimate setting — especially if that setting is beautiful CHS Field and the team is the St. Paul Saints. Part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, the Saints play the game at a thrillingly high level, with a roster that includes young players on their way up to the big leagues. Come out and enjoy a fun night of baseball against the backdrop of the beautiful downtown St. Paul skyline while sipping on local brews and snacking on tasty local bites.

Get your tickets HERE!