Go & Do: June 21- 27, 2017

Go & Do is the list of weekly recommended events.


Twin Cities Pride Festival- Loring Park- June 24-25

With over 400 booths and 4 stages in Loring Park and the parade running through downtown Minneapolis, there will be a ton to see for Pride this year.  Celebrate equality with great people watching and one of the most colorful events around, this event is open to all.  Many bars, restauraunts and assorted businesses in the areas are hosting their own events in conjunction.  Expect large crowds. Cost:  Free

DO:  Pride, Free



Sauerkraut Festival- Henderson-  June 23-25

Small town fun at its finest.  This festival celebrates all things kraut. Car shows, live music, a parade, medallion hunt, kraut eating contest, tractor pull, cabbage toss, and FREE KRAUT all await you in Henderson.  Cost:  Many events are FREE

DO:  Festival, Free, Family



Mears Park Jazz Festival- Mears Park- June 22-24

A great jazz fest held in Lowertown, St. Paul provides great music, and a beautiful setting all weekend long,  The main stage is in Mears, but the jazz actually plays in multiple spots throughout downtown including Union Depot, McNally Smith School of Music, and multiple bars, and restaurants.  Stop by for a free outdoor show.  Bonus:  Free transport with a downloadable pass for Metro Transit  Cost:  Free

DO:  Jazz, Music, Free



One Man Star Wars Trilogy- Ordway- June 24, 8pm

Charles Ross has put together a one man recap in a “mind-bending whirlwind of a show” where he retells the original trilogy in 60 minutes with no costumes, no props, no sets, but all the characters, the music the ships and the battles.  This is a perfect event for all of us who love this series.  He has been brining this show all around the world and now he is here for one night only.  Cost:  $26-$57

DO:  Geek



Back to the 50’s Weekend- MN State Fairgrounds- June 23-25

This is one of the most fun and largest car events in the Twin Cities.  Vintage vehicles will be lined up Snelling Avenue to get through the gates.  Car clubs, individuals, motorheads, and those just reliving an era of our past.   Bonus info:  Metro Transit is offering free rides with a voucher found on the 50’s weekend website.  Frugal Tip:  Find a good spot along Snelling to see the cars come and go- there are lots of spectators.  Cost:  $10-$12

DO:  Car, Family


Capture the Flag- Washburn Fair Oaks Park-  June 21, 6-8:3pm

Grown -Up Club is at it again brining kid fun to adults in the Twin Cities.  This time it is Capture the Flag.  An all out fun game with other not ready to grow up adults for an evening of jogging, tagging, hiding and following the main event is an field trip to a local watering hole to wet your whistle and relive the glory.  Main event will start near the stairs of MIA.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Silly, Adult, Free


Paul Bunyan Days Festival – Akeely- June 23-25

Cake walks, pie and ice cream social, red neck truck show, street dance, parade, pancake breakfast, fishing, horsehoe tournament and more.  Head up to Akeely for this annual event in its 69th year!  Plus you can see one of the Paul Bunyan statues in MN.   Cost:  Many events are FREE

DO:  Festival, Free, Family



Uptown Food Truck Festival- Uptown- June 25th

Over 60 food trucks will converge on Uptown on Sunday.  Featuring live music, games, beer and of course, FOOD TRUCKS.  Come hungry.  Cost:  Free- food and drink extra

DO:  Food Trucks, Festival


Purple Rain Soundtrack Listening Party- Electric Fetus- June 23rd, 9am

Get your purple on!  The Fetus is hosting a listening party to celebrate the reissue of the Purple Rain soundtrack on Friday morning.  B-sides, rarities from the Purple Rain Ultimate Collector’s Edition as well as the remastered Purple Rain soundtrack.  There will be purple Glam Doll Donuts and pries including Prince vinyl and two tix to Paisley Park’s After Dark’s special screening of Purple Rain later that night.  Must be present to win.  Cost:  FREE

DO:  Prince, Donut


Great River Shakespeare Festival- Winona State University Campus- June 21- July 31st

Winona’s festival for the Bard features Richard III, An Iliad, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, and Comedy of Errors are all playing at this year’s festival.  A month of Shakespeare to choose from in this annual festival.  Free concerts on the green.  Cost:  $15-$140 

DO:  Theater, Shakespeare


Star Wars Night at the Twins Game vs. White Sox- Target Field- June 21, 5:30-10:30

Brian Dozier Stormtrooper bobblehead night at the Twins game.  In order to get the bobblehead you have to buy a special Star Wars ticket, but the first 10,000 fans through the gates this night will get a Star Wars T shirt.   There will also be characters in costume for photo ops and hopefully a win over the White Sox.  Cost:  $20-$68

DO:  Geek, Baseball, Family



Scandinavian Summer Fest- Minnehaha Park- June 25, 10am-4pm

Norway Day and Svenskarnas Day have been combined into one larger Scandanavian festival.  This fest has the midsummer loppet run/walk, handcrafters, vendors, a maypole raising ceremony, dancing and music and Miss Svenskarnas Dag coronation.  Cost:  FREE

DO:  Family, Festival, Free



Kitty Hall- Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda- June 27, 10am-1pm

Six poised, ambitious cats will be running for Kitty of Minneapolis Meow-or or for Minneapolis Kitty Council President and 18 adorable and adoptable kittens will be available to play with.  Come learn about animal control, animal care and possibly adopt, but don’t forget to cast your ballot.  Online voting is already open, but no cuddle opportunities that way.  Cost:  FREE

DO:  Animals, Silly



Cheese Curd Festival- East End Park in Ellsworth, WI- June 23-24

An entire festival dedicated to the wonderful cheese curd!  Tasting events, a variety of dishes featuring curds, BBQ, craft beers, wine and ice cream will also be on hand along with lots of live music covering a variety on genres.  Cost:  Free admission, food and drink extra

DO:  Festival, Cheese, Family

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I’m an easy going adventurer, explorer, avid music -lover, and enthusiastic photographer who loves trying new things -often the more obscure, the better.
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