What to do in the Twin Cities this Weekend

Highland Fest


Highland Fest is back and better than ever this summer, starting on Friday, July 14 and running through Sunday, July 16. Highland Fest is celebrating its 34th year. Highland Fest marks summer’s mid point with a place to gather with friends and neighbors, with so many great activities there is sure to be something for everyone.  The line up for the weekend includes live music, a beer tent, the juried art fair, a petting zoo, wiener dog races, the business fair, Home Expo inflatable rides and games, the 5k road race and an exciting array of food and beverage vendors, community picnic, a meat raffle/bingo, Zumba in the park,  wine tasting, movie in the park, the book mobile, a yoga class and the inaugural All Ford Car and Truck Show, commemorating 88 years of the Twin Cities Ford Assembly Plant in cooperation with Ford Motor Company .


Wine Meets Art Festival (Stillwater)

Wine Meets Art – Art show at the winery! Enjoy a day of local art, local wine, and local food. All paired with wonderful music!

Enjoy interacting with top local artists as you stroll through the art show

Free Admission!

Live Music 1-4!

Food Trucks!!


Country Bar Crawl

The Country Crawl is coming to downtown Minneapolis on Saturday July 15th! Grab your cowboy hats, daisy dukes, flannels, and boots, and get ready to party!
What you get:
– 16oz Country Stadium Cup for all your drinks!
– Drink and food specials at participating bars!
– Lanyard for access to specials and entry to bars!
– No cover at participating bars!
– An amazing crowd of country fans celebrating the best of country music!

Participating Bars:

Brothers Bar and Grill (Registration 2p-5p)
$4 16oz Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Golden, and Miller Lite, 
$5 double any rail mixers (excluding Red Bull)
$10 Red, White, and Blue 32oz Pitchers
$3 Fireball

Cowboy Jacks

$3 Jacks IPA, Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Light
$3 shot special

Gay 90s
$3 Miller Lite/MGD
$3 Rail
$5 Vodka Redbull

The 508 Bar + Restaurant
$3 Bud Light and Michelob Golden Light taps
$5 Fireball

The Pint
$3 Fireball
$3 domestic taps
$3 rails
$5 Jameson drinks
$5 Vodka Red bull

The Pourhouse

The Pourhouse
$3 Bud, Bud Light and Michelob Golden bottles
$4 16 oz stadium cup domestic draft refills
$5 Absolut Vodka Cocktails
Tickets start at $15 and go up as the event gets closer! Get yours today! Must be 21 years old or more, all sales final, no refunds. Event goes on rain or shine!

Highland Water Tower Open House



The water tower is a Highland neighborhood landmark located at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway.

The tower, which was designed by Clarence Wigington, was completed in 1928. Wigington, a city of Saint Paul architect from 1915 to 1949, also designed many other important structures in the area, including the  the Saint Paul Public Safety Building (1929–30) and Como Park Pavilion (1934).

The construction of the Highland water tower includes facings of Kasota and Bedford stone and a riveted steel-plate tank with a capacity of 200,000 gallons.

The 127-foot tower is no longer in service.

The tower is open to the public twice a year:

  • The weekend of Highland Fest, July 15 -16, 2017.
  • The second weekend in October, for the viewing of the fall colors. Oct. 14 -15, 2017.
  • The tower is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Free Ice Cream Tasting



What better way to celebrate National Ice Cream day than with pints of amazing ice cream and pints of amazing beer!

We will have THREE super secret flavors as well as Stracciatella for July!

Come by to sample all the currently available flavors. Discover
which pints you like, and purchase the pints you love!

RSVP not required. Do not need to be 21 to attend.

See you there!

Sunday, July 16th 3-6

Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia Street
Saint Paul, MN

(As always, if you’re just hitting up the event to buy pints and not interested in tasting, there’s no need to wait in line!)

4th of July in the Cities

Places to watch fireworks in Minneapolis  


1. Stone Arch Bridge: This is the absolute best place to see the skies. Watching fireworks on the Stone Arch Bridge is like watching history, as the bridge is a link to the rich past of Minneapolis. You’ll be right above the Mississippi River and right below the action. Get here early though, it fills up quick!
Make it a day downtown and plan pre-firework activities!

*Dogs allowed

2. Gold Medal Park: One of the most underrated spots in downtown Minneapolis, Gold Medal Park offers a more traditional viewing experience. Throw a blanket on the grass, toss a ball around and gaze up at the fireworks while you lie down and relax.

3. Mill City MuseumWatching fireworks from the Mill City Museum Observation Deck is as close to a VIP setting as you’ll get. Only 50 people get access, and you have to pay ($35), but the view is absolutely worth the cost. As an added bonus, you get admission into the museum beforehand.

4. Guthrie Endless Bridge: A more unconventional place to watch fireworks, true, but it has that same VIP feel that the Mill City Museum Observation Deck has. You’ll be off the ground and closer to the action, and you’ll have a completely unobstructed view of the fireworks.

5. Restaurant Rooftops: A lot of people don’t generally think of restaurants as prime places to watch fireworks, but we say, “Why not?!” You’re up in the air, you’ll have a great view AND there are people that will serve you food and drinks.  Check out more about Minneapolis’ best outdoor dining locations and different brews and bites to try before and after the fireworks show!

6. Lake CalhounParks are great, and buildings are very cool places to get closer to the fireworks. But, if you want the most authentic 4th of July “I LOVE AMERICA” experience, Lake Calhoun is where you want to be. Grill out, play some volleyball, kayak/paddle on the lake and chill on the beach while you get a great view of the downtown fireworks. Make a night of it! Hang out in Uptown before and after the fireworks show for more entertainment and cuisine.

*Dogs allowed everywhere but the beaches

7. Nicollet Island : Located between Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the perfect green space to unfold a blanket and lie back on the grass to watch fireworks. A beautiful garden, picnic area, and walking path make this a great place to spend the day relaxing before the night’s celebrations. Situated right under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, restaurants are abundant on both sides of the river. Grab a bite to eat in Northeast for dinner and head over to Downtown for drinks after! Nicollet Island is the perfect spot to experience the right dose of relaxation and celebration this holiday!

8. Hennepin Avenue Bridge : With the Mississippi rolling through Minneapolis, bridges are a necessity here, and sometimes they are useful for more than just crossing! The Hennepin Avenue Bridge is a perfect location to snag a phenomenal view of the fireworks display. Just like Nicollet Island, situated just under the bridge, this is a great spot to conveniently hit up various Minneapolis hot spots both before and after the show. Whether you go to Northeast, the North Loop and Warehouse Disctrict or Downtown, there is a place for you at either end of this bridge. Take the Light Rail downtown or park nearby and walk to the bridge for an easy and favorable Fourth of July

Places to watch fireworks in St. Paul


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4th Annual Kid Fest

SATURDAY, JUNE 17th, 2017 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis 



10 a.m.Davey Doodle & the Red Hots

10:30 a.m. — Children’s yoga hosted by Kid Yoga Minnesota

11:15 a.m.The Bazillions

12:15 p.m.The Teddy Bear Band



Join Davey Doodle & the Red Hots, the Teddy Bear Band and The Bazillions for fun, interactive and family-focused music at the beautiful Lake Harriet Bandshell.



Our exhibitors will each have child-friendly activities to enjoy,
such as prize wheels, balloon giveaways and craft projects, including
a Summer Solstice Creation Station hosted by ARTrageous Adventures.



Get your face painted with fun summery images.



Children get a chance to join Kid Yoga Minnesota instructor on
stage for a fun yoga lesson.


Kid Fest and its activities are geared toward families with children
under 10 years, with a strong focus on activities for children under 5.

If you have any questions, please call Minnesota Parent at
612-825-9205, or send an email to events@mnpubs.com.

If you’d like your business to participate in this event, please call us
or email at the information listed above.

We hope to see you there!

Share, post and tweet with us at #kidfest2017!

51st Annual Edina Art Fair


The 51st Annual Edina Art Fair is from June 2-4, 2017. The Edina Art Fair has grown to 200,000 visitors throughout the 3-day weekend, while displaying 300 artists diverse collection of art, entertainment, kids zone, craft beer garden in the Edina 5-0 Food Court, and a new beer garden on Drew Avenue.

The Edina Art Fair is the first art fair of the summer and is rated one of the top 50 art festivals in the nation. The fair is held annually in the streets of 50th & France. 50th & France is the pre-eminent shopping destination in the Twin Cities; known for its luxury and lifestyle boutiques!

This unique neighborhood has a reputation for bringing a lifestyle that caters to distinction – a distinction its members take pride in.


Friday & Saturday 10am-7pm *Extended hours for headlining bands on Friday & Saturday from 7-10pm at the US Bank Music Stage, Edina Grill Craft Beer Garden and food vendors on 49 1/2 Street. The Finn Band plays Friday evening and Hornocopia plays Saturday evening. On Saturday at 5:30pm, Paisley Park presents DJ Michael Holtz with an hour of Prince music, celebrating his legacy! See our Entertainment Schedule for a full list of performances.

Sunday 10am-5pm

  • The First Official Art Fair of the Year
  • Ranked #1 in MN and one of the top fine arts fair in the Nation
  • Featuring the top 280 fine artists from Minnesota, the U.S and Canada

Free Admission | Rain or Shine | Free Shuttle | Bike Corral | Parking Ramps

New Partnership- C | C Group!


After 20 years of independently assisting our clients with their life transitions, we are making one of our own. In order to better service the people we help every day, we have decided to join forces! Visit our website, http://www.candcgroupmn.com to meet the whole team who will be helping you through your life transitions. The C & C Group is here to help you!

1484 West Minnehaha Parkway

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This is a fabulous, Mediterranean Stucco two-story villa setting on a beautifully landscaped lot across from the creek and just a 1/2 block off the lake by the beach. Walk your kayak from your garage, across the street, and drop it in at the beach! You cannot beat this location!! Outstanding renovations have been completed to total over $300K and the seller purchased in 2004 for $950K. Original gorgeous Terrazzo Floors, stunning archways, wrought iron accents, and a new gourmet kitchen installed just 2 years ago are just some of the many highlights.