Minneapolis Monarch Festival

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival takes place this Saturday, September 9th from 10-4.  The annual event will be at Lake Nokomis, with activities for all ages.  More information including the schedule can be found on the festival website.

This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm.  The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway

Free Advance Screening: Reese Witherspoon in HOME AGAIN

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Get a sneak peek of Reese Witherspoon starring in HOME AGAIN! You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of HOME AGAIN sat Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park this Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00pm! Follow this link to download passes (while supplies last). It is recommended to arrive early as seats are first come, first served and are not guaranteed.

About the Movie:

HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

It’s almost time for the Minneapolis Greek Festival.  It takes place September 8-10 and admission is free.  Food and beverages will be a ticket system and can be purchased on arrival.  Festival guests can bring 3 non-perishable food items in exchange for 2 free food tickets, all donations will be given to Joyce Food Shelf

You can find the menu here, along with how many tickets for each item.  The schedule of events can be found here on the website.


Canterbury Kidz Day

With a three day weekend coming up, summer seems to almost behind us.  Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids before the busy school season starts?  The Canterbury Kidz Day takes place this Sunday, September 3rd from 12:45-6.  All sorts of fun activities taking place:

  • Kids Scratch Art
  • All About Me Coloring
  • Kids Chalk Art
  • Create a Sport Magnet
  • Selfie Station
  • Tattoo Station
  • Bingo Art

Special Kidz Got Talent performances between races and other kid friendly activities.

Plus, free pony rides, face painting, and petting zoo from 12:30 to 4:00 PM

You can save a little bit of money by purchasing your tickets in advance here on their website.

1889 Harvest Festival at The Landing

The Landing is a fun place for all ages, a place where you can step back in time.  This Saturday, September 2nd you can go back to 1889. The 1889 Harvest Festival takes place from 10-5.  You can find directions and other important information about The Landing here on their website.

Immerse yourself in 1800s Minnesota River Valley life and visit with costumed characters living in the frontier, farmstead, and village. Celebrate the harvest with a town fair and participate in cooking and food preservation demonstrations. Trolleys provide transportation through the site. Food concessions available. Walk-ins welcome.

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased online or upon arrival.

Nature at Washburn Fair Oaks Park

A bit of walking in a park and along the way a live theatre performance, and you have some of Emerson and Thoreau’s “Nature”. The performance is free, however you need to pick a date and time that you wish to attend.  It takes place at the Washburn Fair Oaks Park in Minneapolis.  You can find tickets here. There are 9 dates to choose from, taking place between September 7th-17th.

TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple.  Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.”  A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendlyjourney that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world.

African Children’s Choir Concert

Tomorrow August 30th you can enjoy a free African Children’s Choir concert.  This is a family friendly concert and it takes place at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.  The children’s choir will perform from 7:00-8:30.  You can find more information as well as directions, here on the church website.

Join us for a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary sounds that have inspired audiences around the world.

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.

Over the past twenty years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world, including concerts at the Pentagon and the United Nations. They have been featured on popular television and radio broadcasts such as “GMTV” and “Blue Peter”. The Choir has had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the BBC Proms series. More recently they performed at the Commonwealth Observance Day in the presence of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Already on this tour they have met the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at her residence in Dublin and with the First Minister, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle, Belfast.

Free, family friendly concert.

Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Printable Holiday Gas Coupon – Save 6¢ Per Gallon

It has been a while since we shared one of the printable Holiday Gas coupons, but we have a brand new one just in time for the long Labor Day weekend! Fill up at Holiday and you can save $.06 per gallon with this printable Holiday Gas Coupon. It’s valid for up to 20 gallons and expires 9/7/17.

Looking for someplace to drive with that full tank of gas? Check out all the fun Minnesota attractions we have featured here on ThriftyMinnesota.com.

1st Annual Salsa Fest

Every festival and event has to have a beginning and the 1st Annual Salsa Fest begins this year.  It takes place September 16th at the Todd County Fairgrounds in Long Prairie.  There’ll be live music, vendors, demonstrations, a salsa contest and more.

You can find more information on entering the salsa contest or becoming a vendor here on the website.

The first annual Minnesota Salsa Fest, the new signature event from SFA Central Chapter, is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, 2017, at the Todd County Fairgrounds, 203 9th St NE, Long Prairie.

Come celebrate all things related to salsa and enjoy local farmers market vendors, demonstrations, live music, food, and a salsa contest!

Free Circus in the Park Performance in Loring Park!

A circus with no animals, and it’s free?  Yes, the Circus in the Park takes place tomorrow, August 27th in Loring Park.  The weather will need to cooperate for this event, so as long as it’s rain free it will take place at 1pm.   You can find a few more specifics by clicking here on the FB event page.

Join us for a FREE public circus and aerial arts performance on August 27th at 1:00 pm in Loring 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 featuring trapeze, silks, contortion and more!

This year’s event will take place from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Loring Park on the bandstand near the tennis courts. The free event features local circus performers and vendors, and culminates in an hour long performance starting at 1:00 pm.

**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**