Explore Minnesota Events

May 23, 2012

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Southern Minnesota

May 26, Worthington
Spomer Classics
In addition to an amazing display of classic cars and over 300 old-time advertising items for automobiles, implements, oil, gas, etc., learn about the lost art of porcelain and neon signs and clocks. Following the museum tour, join in the classic car cruise around Lake Okabena. 800-279-2919

May 26, Comfrey
Touch the Past: American Indian Handicrafts

Create American Indian hand-crafted objects at Jeffers Petroglyphs; learn how to use fibers from native plants to make string, and use clay to create pinch & coil pots while learning about traditional American Indian pottery. 507/628-5591

May 26 & 27, Dundas
Rice County Steam and Gas Engines Show
The Memorial Weekend swap meet and flea market at the Dundas show grounds will include antique tractors, a tractor pull, consignment auction, threshing demonstrations, great food, and much more! The Dundas show grounds is three miles south of town on Highway 3. 507/645-4336

June 1-3, Luverne
Buffalo Days
Enjoy non-stop weekend entertainment during this popular summer event, with an Antique Vehicle & Classic Car Cruise-In, live music, street dances, duck races, fire truck ladder rides, the Buffalo Days parade, motorcycle rally, Belgian Waffle feed, Arts In The Park with more than 100 vendors, a buffalo chip-throwing contest, 5K & 10K runs, free Planetrain rides, an old-fashioned Hoe-Down, Dutch Oven dinner, and the Blue Mounds Writers Series at Blue Mounds State Park. 507/283-4061

June 1-3, Morristown
Dam Days Celebration
This very popular annual celebration features a Twilight Parade with over 125 units, as well as carnival games and rides, a car show, Soapbox Derby races, a medallion hunt, kiddie fishing contest and tractor pull, the Rivers Edge Art Show & Historical Walking Tour, a brunch, Duck Drop, karaoke, bingo, and live music and dancing under the big top tent. 507/685-4155

June 4-10, Windom
Check out all of the festivities, including the antique tractor parade, Riverfest raffle drawing, many city-wide garage sales, Women of Today’s Riverfest Royalty Pageant, Fun Run, Craft & Collectibles Show, Family Fun Fair, Blue Grass band, the Phat Pheasant Pub outdoor entertainment, fireworks, Boy Scout activities and tours of the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, Civil Air Patrol & Ham Radio demonstrations, Outdoor Worship Service at Island Park, classic car show, Dutch Oven cooking demonstrations, kids’ fishing tournament, silent auction, turtle races, and firefighter water games! 507/831-2752

June 8-10, Worthington
Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival
Anyone who likes windsurfing or live music should not miss this amazing event at Sailboard Beach on Lake Okabena. Other highlights include a swap meet, art fair, windsurfing lessons, refreshments, and lots of jam sessions. 507/372-2919

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

May 25-28, Stanton
Cannon River Rendezvous
The Cannon River Rendezvous is a re-enactment of an early 1800s fur trade rendezvous. Characters and activities of the time are portrayed by over 150 re-enactors in historically accurate attire and camps. Enjoy music, food, demonstrations, sporting and old-time skill contests and competitions, vendors at “Traders Row,” dancing, and children’s games, along with a beautiful, patriotic Memorial Day service. Stanton is located 9 miles west of Cannon Falls on County Road 19. 763/213-7572

May 26, South St. Paul
Girls With Wings Aviation Inspiration Day
The second annual Aviation Inspiration Day will be hosted by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force; families are welcome and encouraged to explore the CAF’s museum, tour other airport facilities, and take rides on the vintage fire truck and WWII Jeep. Young girls, grades 1-8, are additionally treated to a presentation where they learn the basics of flying an airplane, and challenging them to learn several STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) principles that keep airplanes in flight. For a small fee, these girls will also enjoy an introductory flight above Fleming Field! Space is limited; please register ahead of time. 651/455-6942

May 26-September 3, Apple Valley
An exciting pre-historic adventure awaits Minnesota Zoo guests beginning May 26, when fifteen larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs will take up temporary residence on the Zoo’s Northern Trail. During opening weekend, May 26-28, also enjoy Dr. Bone-a-Part, live music, dinosaur activities, zookeeper talks, Animal Encounters, Dinosaur face painting, and Dinos & Donuts! 952/431-9500

May 28, St. Paul
Military History Timeline
Fort Snelling will offer a living timeline of military life through history to honor America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniforms, accoutrements, artifacts, and firing demonstrations. Activities are held at Fort Snelling near the Bloomington Road exits on Highway 55 near the International Airport. 612/726-1171

June 2, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Beer Festival
Simply, beer and music. Participants can sample a multitude of imported and domestic beers from local participating establishments while listening to live musical entertainment and enjoying some great people-watching. If you’d prefer to be watched, hop on the mechanical bull and test your skill for free! 612/341-4110

June 2, Columbus
Canine Carnival
The Wildlife Science Center will honor both wild and domestic dogs with guest speakers, activities, and presentations by the staff on the resident wolves and by visiting canine groups! 651/464-3993

June 2, St. Paul
WaterFest 2012
Head to Lake Phalen Park for a free family celebration of clean lakes, with fun, hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Enjoy Voyageur canoe rides, solar pontoon boat rides, sailing, fishing, and standup paddleboard lessons, as well as a Raindrop Mystery Tour, Geocaching, Fishing for Carp, Tricia & the Toonies Puppet & Game Show, rain garden tours, numerous exhibits, and more! 651/647-6816

June 2 & 3, St. Paul
2012 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival Family Weekend
Family Weekend will be held inside the Ordway, with performing artists from around the world taking the stage for two full days of shows for only $5 a person! In addition, the parks around the Ordway will be full of free arts activities, arts exhibitions, and even more lively performances. 651/224-4222

June 7-10, Spring Lake Park
Tower Days Community Celebration
Celebrate summer with old-fashioned family fun and activities, including a parade, parent and child miniature golf tournament, all city garage sale, pancake breakfasts, Motorcycle Show and Fun Run. Tower Days will culminate with the Tower Days All Day Celebration on Sunday, with Lumberjack shows, games, contests, live entertainment, a car show, craft show, helicopter rides, free health screenings, carnival games, a Culvers Frozen Custard Social, food vendors, evening band, and fireworks! 763/792-7201

June 8 & 9, Winsted
Winstock Country Music Festival

Winstock is one of the Upper Midwest’s premier outdoor country music and camping festivals. Just some of the featured artists include Shelton, McBride, and Ballard. 888-946-7865

June 9 & 10, Minneapolis
Northern Spark
Northern Spark is an all-night celebration of art, technology and community, beginning at dusk on Saturday, June 9 and running through dawn on Sunday, June 10 at venues along the Mississippi River and surrounding areas. More than 100 artists of all genres and 60 partner organizations will participate in this year’s event. 866-437-1952

Central Minnesota

May 24-28, Zimmerman
Wild West Days
Join the Zimmerman Civic Club this Memorial Day Weekend for the annual Wild West Days celebration, and enjoy exciting activities and entertainment all weekend long. Featured will be the very popular Wild West Days Parade, a carnival, Zimmerman’s Got Talent contest, a soap box derby, pony & camel rides, concerts and street dances, fireworks, Jacobs Run, and a karaoke contest. 763/234-5414

May 24-28, Alexandria
Awake the Lakes
Memorial Day Weekend will be jam-packed with activities during Awake the Lakes, with the Habitat for Humanity Motorcycle Ride, Rib Fest 2012, Everett Smithson Live Blues Music, Blues for Kids lessons, fireworks over Lakes Agnes and Henry, parades, Awake the Grapes 5 & 10k Fun Runs at Carlos Creek Winery, sidewalk sales at area merchants, and more! 800-235-9441

May 25-27, Brainerd
Street Car Showdown
This is the 4th annual Street Car Showdown, the kickoff to the Muscle Car Series, featuring the “Fast Five” classes. Come watch these cars scream down the track at amazing speeds! 866-444-4455

May 28, New London
Memorial Day Spring Festival
Head to the Monongalia Historical Society Memorial Day for live music, lefse-making, baked goods, traditional foods, and prizes. 320/354-2990

June 1-3, Richmond
Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff
This three-day outdoor music and camping festival is held each year at El Rancho Manana Resort, with stage shows by twenty regional bluegrass, old-time, and related acoustic music groups. Also enjoy workshops, food vendors and jam sessions. Camping, horseback riding, boat rental, fishing and swimming are on site. 800-635-3037

June 2, Zimmerman
Summer Bird Tour
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge will lead tours to view a possible ten species of warblers and nine species of sparrows. Come learn the songs of these summer residents, and the walk the trails in search of these birds and many others. 763/389-3323

June 3-10, Princeton
Rum River Festival
The highlight of this event, the 2012 Rum River Festival Street Fair, with take place Saturday, June 2 in downtown Princeton, with a craft fair, a Kiddie Carnival, inflatables, kids’ pedal tractor pull, a speak, concert by SpiritQuest, and other acts performing live music. Other activities offered throughout the week include the Miss Princeton Pageant, medallion hunt, garage sales, a parade, 5K Fun Run, a Fly-In Breakfast, and car & model airplane show. 763/389-1764

June 8 & 9, Nisswa
Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Festival
Held at Pioneer Village in downtown Nisswa, this 13th annual Scandinavian folk music festival includes Scandinavian food, dancing, children’s activities, and music by 120 folk musicians playing the traditional and current folk music of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland! 218/764-2994

June 9 & 10, Fergus Falls

A wide array of activities will be offered at the RTC grounds and other sites in Fergus Falls during the annual Summerfest celebration! Highlights include parades, a Concert in the Park, Dora The Explorer Meet-N-Greet, a Battle of the Bands, beer gardens, street dance featuring Whiplash, pony rides, Barrel Train, bounce houses, water wars, “Myths and Legends, Stories from the State Hospital” tours, Kirkbride Tours, craft and food vendors, and a dog show! 218/998-3003

Northwest Minnesota

May 25–27, Cass Lake
Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Traditional Pow Wow
The Veteran’s Memorial Grounds, located next to the Palace Casino, will be the site of this annual Pow Wow, with traditional flag raisings, dancing and drumming, grand entries, Native American crafts, and food vendors. Full regalia required to register. The public is encouraged to attend. 218/308-3680

May 27, Park Rapids
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer
Back by popular demand, Jim and Molly Bauer, Minnesota-based acoustic guitarists, will fill Itasca State Park’s Forest Inn with familiar folk and folk rock songs. This concert is free! 218/699-7251

June 1 & 2, Detroit Lakes
Street Faire at the Lakes
This arts and crafts experience in downtown Detroit Lakes includes over 120 juried artisans, as well as great food, beer gardens and live music. 800-542-3992

June 1-4, Akeley
Spring Healer’s Retreat
Here’s a great excuse to get away for a weekend for some peace and quiet, and “hang out” with other like-minded people. Enjoy continental breakfasts, drum circles, sauna sweats, sunset cruises around lake, an aromatherapy class, on-site massages, healing touch, reflexology, intuitive readings, and more. 800-279-2754

June 2-9, Hawley
Hawley Rodeo Fest
A full week of events, starting with Breakfast on the Farm, and culminating with rodeo performances and rodeo dances. Additional activities include a Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, antique tractor display, farm animal zoo, Community Cowboy Church at the rodeo grounds, a horse show, the Little Miss Hawley & Miss Hawley Scholarship pageants, music by the Okee Dokee Bros, a variety show, a health fair, magic show, classic car & motorcycle show, Jaycee’s Annual Beef Feed, Happy Old Timers Pie & Ice Cream Social, kiddie parade, classic car cruise, and Rodeo Fest parade. 218/483-3331

June 9 & 10, East Grand Forks
Grand Cities Art Fest
The Grand Cities Art Fest brings more than 40,000 visitors to the banks of the Red River in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks to enjoy over 150 jury-selected artisans, as well as many food vendors, free kids’ games and art activities, and exciting performances. 701/772-3710

June 10, Vergas
Community Ice Cream Social
Experience a real small town Ice Cream Social at Long Lake Park at the home of the “World’s Largest Loon.” 218-342-2379

Northeast Minnesota

May 24-27, Hibbing
Dylan Days
Dylan Days is a music, art and literary event honoring Bob Dylan in his Iron Range hometown. The event features Dylan history and lore, live performances and opportunities for artists of all kinds to compete and share their work. A few of the highlights include the Dylan Days Welcome Reception, Dylan Days Symposium, Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter contest, Bobby Zimmerman Bus Tour, and Dylan Days Farewell Brunch & Service. 866-305-3849

May 25-28, Grand Marais
Memorial Day in Grand Marais
This holiday weekend filled with events and activities includes live music all weekend, an art crawl, photography walk, naturalist’s walk, 22 eateries, 24 galleries and shops, kids’ art activities, Fiber Arts & Weaving Exhibit, Writer’s Salon, naturalist talks & campfires, Agate Picking 101, demonstrations, miniature golf, airplane rides, kite flying, biking, Lake Superior fishing trips, farm and craft markets, and a shipwreck presentation! 218/387-2524

May 26 & 27, Grand Rapids
North Central Minnesota Farm & Antique Association’s Swap Meet & Consignment Auction

Held behind the Blackberry Store, this swap meet and auction offer a chance to see, sell and buy a large variety of items, with an emphasis on older farm and rural collectibles. Food and refreshments are available. The swap meet will be held Saturday and Sunday, and the consignment auction will be held Saturday only. 218/326-8254

May 30-June 3, Duluth
Duluth Superior Film Festival
The Duluth Superior Film Festival and Visit Duluth are ecstatic to bring this festival of film, music and art to Duluth. This year’s festival strives to highlight artistic cinema that has been created in this region of the state. Numerous venues will host this event. 612/227-8015

June 3, Pine City
East Central Minnesota Pride
This is one of America’s only rural prides celebrating GLBTQ rural life. Headlining this year’s event at Voyageur Park is Chastity Brown, City Pages’ Artist of the Year. Other musicians include Harley Wood, Nobody’s Weddin and Yasen Marie. There will be vendors, a silent auction, food, homespun fun and entertainment. All ages are welcomed to the festival. 763/444-7984

June 7-10, Barnum
Barnum Spring Fever Days
Activities include of Miss Barnum Pageant, Katie Poirier Memorial Run/Walk, classic car show, a steak fry, karaoke, beer garden, pancake breakfast, fishing contest on Bear Lake, dodge ball tournament, crafts, vendors, children’s games, Nifty Fifty Cruiser Car Show, Spring Fever Days parade, golf tournaments, oval races, street dance, and Spring Fever Day raffle drawing. 218/389-6814

June 9, Ely
Charity for our Children Fashion Show
The 3rd Annual Charity for our Children Fashion Show will be held at Grand Ely Lodge. Tickets can be purchased at Secret Sisters Boutique or at the door for $10. 218/365-5055

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