Updated: 6/21/2014 – 9:59 pm
This weekend offers a spirited mix of events to help mark the official start of summer (Saturday, June 21). The lineup is less congested than last weekend’s, but every bit as rich and lively. This weekend’s weather forecast appears to be a bit brighter as well. See what’s on tap for the weekend below:
Back to the 50s Car Show, June 20 – 22
Take a drive down memory lane at the 41st Annual Back to the 50s Weekend, sponsored by Minnesota Street Rod Association. Enjoy over 11,000 hot rods, live entertainment, a T6 flyover, food and fun for the entire family. Kids 12 and under get in free with paid spectator. Go here for more details.
MN State Fairgrounds (entire fairgrounds), Saint Paul
8 am – 10 pm; $10
Looking for something fun for the kids? Look no further than the Family Summer Fun Fest presented by Minnesota Parent. The event features live music from the Teddy Bear band, an appearance by Super Why, coloring contest, face painting, an interactive storybook adventure, and kids yoga, all in a lovely lakeside location.
Lake Harriet Bandshell
10 am – 2 pm; Free
Solstice River, now in its 18th year, is a site-specific performance in celebration of the Mississippi River on the longest day of the year. Sponsored by Global Site Performance and Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education, and created by Marylee Hardenbergh, the event is part of a worldwide series of dances that explore issues surrounding water, while taking on a local flavor for each location. The audience will also be invited to partake in some simple movements during part of the show.
Stone Arch Bridge
219 S. Main St., Minneapolis
8 pm (rain or shine); Free
The Frogtown Fresh Community Celebration is a three part event that celebrates the neighborhood while introducing the newly renovated affordable housing at 452 Thomas Avenue. The celebration features live music, food, an art exhibit and much more. Go here for a schedule breakdown.
Kicks off at West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 W. Minnehaha Avenue, and moves down to 452 Thomas Avenue in Saint Paul
2 pm – 7 pm; Free
Ka Joog is hosting an outdoor festival to honor Somali Independence Day. The event features live music, dance, authentic Somali cuisine, art and more. All are welcome to help mark the occasion! Go here for more info.
2 pm – 9pm
Posters and Pints is a unique event that serves as a poster show, beer tasting and fundraiser. 40 diverse artists will share beer-themed posters, with all proceeds from ticket sales, and 30% of poster sales going towards Art Buddies, a program of the nonprofit Creatives for Causes. Local craft breweries, including 612Brew, Dangerous Man Brewing Company and Steele Toe will be on hand with beer offerings.
Uppercut Boxing Gym
1324 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis
6 pm – 10 pm; $5 – $20
This is a 21+ event
Keeping with the beer theme, Social Capitol and friends invite you to extend the Green Line partying with a night of bar hopping. Invite your friends and tour popular bars along the Green Line route without the need of a designated driver. You can buy your tickets in advance by going here. One ticket includes a light rail pass, admittance into the party, drink specials and souvenirs. You can also buy tickets the day of the event at Uncle Buck’s.
26 N. 5th St. Minneapolis
3 pm to Midnight
This is a 21+ event
Come on out and celebrate German heritage at GermanFest. The celebration includes German beer and food, live entertainment, cultural arts & crafts and more. Go here for more info.
882 7th Street West, Saint Paul
7 pm – 10 pm
Free parking and admission
Svenskarnas Dag (Swedish Heritage Day) is celebrating its 81st anniversary this year. The event is held on the fourth Sunday in June at Minnehaha Park and includes a morning church service, raising of the Midsommar Pole, crowning of Miss Svenskarnas Dag, dance and music by local and visiting performers and more.
Minnehaha Park (near Sea Salt Eatery)
10:30 am – 5 pm
This is a free family-friendly event
If you’re in the mood for some cerebral summer fun, the Minnesota Crossword Tournament, hosted by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, should hit the spot. Amateurs, experts and spectators are all welcome (spectators will be provided copies of the puzzles to play along). Complimentary snacks and coffee will be provided, with other bars and restaurants nearby. Go here to register.
75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul
12 pm – 5 pm
Individual Competitor $20; Team (2 to 4 puzzlers) $45; Spectator $5
Minneapolis Park and Recreation, in Partnership with the East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC), invites you to the first East Phillips SummerFest! Enjoy great food from Holy Rosary Kitchens, Sandi’s Grill & Italian Ice,Taco Taxi and more, plus entertainment from Inti Samay & Hiawatha, The Little Thunderbirds, and Esparanza Juvenile, just to name a few. There will be plenty of activities for kids, including inflated bouncers and slides, a soccer clinic, gunny-sac-races and a rope pull contest. Bring folding chairs, blankets and an appetite for good food and fun times!
2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis
1 pm – 8 pm; Free
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