Dragon Festival in St. Paul – July 13th and 14th

St. Paul Dragon Festival

Dragon Festival at Phalen Park in St. Paul is this week – July 13th and 14th! The Dragon Festival is celebrating 19 years of honoring the Pan-Asian heritage and spirit. There is free admission, free performances, and (mostly) free children’s activities.

Enjoy two days of colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia.

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.

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.

Bands on the Blvd at Minnesota History Center – Tuesdays in July

The Minnesota History Center is a great place to visit in and of itself, but it gets even better during the upcoming Bands on the Blvd events. Each Tuesday evening in July will bring some amazing outdoor music, no admission fees or tickets needed.

Plus, since these concerts fall on Tuesday nights, you can come early and get FREE admission to Minnesota History Center starting at 3 pm. Performances include:

July 2nd – Porcupine

July 9th – Heiruspecs

July 16th – Monica LaPlante

July 23rd – Lena Elizabeth

July 30th – Nooky Jones

During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D’Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom from 3 to 9 pm.

Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird, and media partner, The Current.


42nd Street at The Ordway – Discount Tickets

Treat yourself to a night of music and dance at the Ordway Center in St. Paul when 42nd Street comes to town later this month! This is an original Ordway production that has been newly reimagined.

Tickets are available for $40 – $75 via Goldstar, plus service fees of $6 – $10.50 per ticket. (To compare, these tickets are normally $54 – $100, all fees included.) You can currently grab tickets for the following shows:

  • Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24th at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, July 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 28th at 7:30 pm



The classic tale of wide-eyed Peggy Sawyer dreaming of tapping her way to Broadway has been reimagined for a 21st century audience. Featuring local talent, masterful dancing and funk-jazz orchestrations of hit songs like “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” this all-new Ordway production will knock you off your feet. Come and hear the brand new beat on 42nd Street!

Get your discount tickets HERE.

Little Mekong Night Market: July 6-7

The annual Little Mekong Night Market takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday.  If you’ve never been to Southeast Asia this is a chance to get a glimpse of the sights and sounds of a night market.  Little Mekong Night Market is the Twin Cities’ unique street festival located in the heart of the Little Mekong Cultural and Business District.  The Night Market takes place:

July 6th 5-10pm

July 7th 5-10pm.  

The mission of our Night Market is to offer unique products, services, and arts & crafts for an exciting community experience. The Night Market transforms the Little Mekong District into an exciting regional destination where people of all ages can experience and celebrate Minnesota’s cultural mix.


5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University- June 26th

This Wednesday is the 5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza at Metropolitan State University.  You’ll enjoy a family-friendly FREE event filled with fun outdoor games, face painting, snacks, and most importantly a live puppet show showcasing Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour!   It’s been a tradition of ours to catch at least one Drive Way tour each summer, they are so much fun!  

5th Annual Community Puppet Palooza!

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Location: Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center

645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The festivities will go on rain or shine near the labyrinth on the west side of the Metropolitan State University Library. At 7 pm the curtain will rise on the Open Eye Figure Theatre’s outdoor puppet production of “Ms. Marvels Sandbox Circus.” Ms. Marvel, the cat, is the madcap, merry-maker that lives and prowls in your neighborhood. Every summer, Ms. Marvel transforms the sandbox into an amazing circus where a cavalcade of antics, thrill, chills, and spills await. Step right up to Ms. Marvel’s Sandbox Circus and witness the Acrobatic Ants, the Daredevil Squirrel, the Caterpillar Catapult and the Earthworm Orchestra!

This event is FREE and open to ALL! Bring a blanket to sit on during the puppet show.

If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or [email protected].

Free Fitness in the Parks Classes in St. Paul

Once again, St. Paul Parks and Recreation is offering free Fitness in the Parks classes this summer! There is no registration required and classes are open to all fitness levels. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Classes run June 1st through August 31st at thirteen different parks in St. Paul. You can download the brochure here and/or check the Google Calendar for dates and times.

WaterFest at Lake Phalen – Saturday, June 1st

The 20th annual WaterFest at Lake Phalen takes place this coming Saturday, June 1st. This event is fun for the whole family, with lots of great activities taking place.

WaterFest is a free family festival celebrating our clean lakes with fun outdoor activities and hands-on learning about local watershed topics. The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm at Phalen Regional Park in Saint Paul.

Some of the free activities will be:

  • Paddling a Voyageur canoe, kayak, or canoe
  • Games like archery, mini golf, and more
  • Arts and crafts – plant print or bead critter
  • Exhibits – identify an insect, recognize a bird song, tie a fishing lure, and more
  • Climb in the cab of a street sweeper
  • Music and dance performances throughout the day

You can find more information on the event on their website.


Arbor Month Celebration in St. Paul – Friday, May 31st

Get outdoors and celebrate Arbor Month this Friday, May 31st from 4 – 7 pm at Prosperity Park in St. Paul! Activities are free and open to all. Plant a tree, adopt a tree sapling, climb a tree, enjoy the nature play area, have fun with tree arts and crafts, and more.

Prosperity Park is located at 1632 Ivy Ave E in St. Paul.

Free Tuesday Nights at Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)

Looking for something to do tonight and need to get out of the house? How about a visit to the Minnesota History Center? Tuesday afternoons and evenings are free from 3 – 8 pm.  If you can’t make it tonight, put it on your calendar for a different Tuesday evening.

If Tuesday evenings don’t work for you, admission is still quite reasonable and ranges from $6 – $12. Don’t forget that sixth graders get a FREE MN History Pass (but you’ll need to request it a few weeks in advance). The Minnesota History Center really is a great place for visitors of all ages.

Explore Minnesota through museum exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. At the Library, access the Society’s vast collections, uncover your house’s history, or trace your family’s heritage.

Minnesota Museum of American Art Free Family Day – Sunday, May 19th

Admission to the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (aka “the M”) is always free, but this Sunday, May 19th they’re offering some extra family fun activities! Enjoy Family Day: New Season, New Creations from 1 – 4 pm.

Join us for a full day of interactive, creative experiences and artist-led activities for all ages!

FLASH TALKS | 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Join an M volunteer in the gallery for a bite-sized, 10- to 15 minute chat about the exhibition. All ages welcome. Visitors should gather by the Paul Manship Group of Bears sculpture in the “Alley” Gallery.


Making: Lobby

Sticks-and-Spoons Puppet Creations with Kallie Melvin
All ages
What kind of puppet can you create from sticks and spoons? With just a few simple materials and a little imagination, the possibilities are endless!

Making & Community Building: Wide Open Studio

Zine-Making with Fiona Avocado
Ages 5+ (with help from a reader/writer)
Take inspiration from Craft Horizons Magazine and learn basic paper-folding techniques to create your own mini-zine from a single sheet of paper.

Making: Studio 2

Using Color to Create your Planet with Lizbeth Rosas Real
All ages
Use the coloring page provided to create your planet and all the life that inhabits it. When you are done, hang it on the wall!

Wearable Art
Ages 6+
With a variety of materials at your disposal, we invite you to create your own piece of wearable art inspired by the artworks in the exhibition, The Good Making of Good Things.

Interactive: Rauenhorst Court

Instant Photo Booth with Teen Tech Center
All ages
We’ll provide multiple instant cameras and printers. You choose a camera and take a portrait. Each instant camera represents a different time period, and each camera’s resulting photos have a different personality. Choose who you want to be through a progression of instant film!

Interactive: Various Locations

Everyday Scenes: Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen by Women’s Woodshop
All ages
Reconfigure thrifted furniture to turn everyday objects into a temporary sculpture of your own creation. Snap a photo and tag us on social media to share what you’ve made! @mnmuseum & @womenswoodshop

If you miss this Family Day, they’re offered three times per year on the third Sunday of January, May, and September from 1 – 4 pm. Suggested donation is $5 per family or group.