It’s hard to believe it’s time for the Minnesota State Fair, but here we are. The Great Minnesota Get-together has begun, serving as a gentle reminder that summer is fleeting. Below you’ll find a few engaging events around town to attend if you’re not quite ready to join the crowds at the State Fair.
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Will you try one of the 28 new foods at the fair this year? From bacon-wrapped turkey legs and beer gelato, to the Caribbean-style lobster rolls, there’s a lot of new favorites to discover! You can find all of our State Fair coverage in one cozy spot. Go here to find promotional days and other info.
1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul
Adults (13-64): $13
Seniors (65 & over): $11
Kids (5-12): $11
Children (Under 5): Free
Minnesota Gospel Explosion, August 23
If you like Gospel music, this spirited event should hit the spot! Presented by Jam with the Lamb Productions, this year’s Minnesota Gospel Explosion features local Gospel artists and praise dancers, and serves as a fundraiser for an upcoming Jam with the Lamb play at the State Theater.
Stepping Stone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N., St. Paul
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets $15, $20 at the door
Call 612-205-4229 for more info
Minza and Intermedia Art are sponsoring this event, part of the Creative Dissent, Popular Arts of the Arab World Uprisings touring exhibition from the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Organizers invite you to join in using stencils from Mizna’s Arab Spring participatory art project.
Intermedia Arts Gallery
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The third annual MLK Jr. Park celebration offers a full day of community festivities sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council. The festivities begin with a rally and a march from Sabathani Center (310 E. 38th Street) to MLK Jr. Park. The event continues with the unveiling and dedication of the new Beloved Community Project, which includes a walkway, granite benches, a plaque and more. Live music, food vendors and kids’ activities will also be on hand. Go here for more insight into this event.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
10:30 a.m. – Rally
11:30 a.m. – March
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Beloved Community Project unveiling, music, food and kids activities
The Chipotle Cultivate Festival rolls into Loring Park this weekend. Minneapolis was one of only three cities chosen to host a festival this year, a sure sign of the city’s happening local food scene. The event features live music, artisan food, craft beer and wine, a Kids’ Zone, and chef demonstrations from Andrew Zimmern, Jamie Malone, Jack Riebel, Paul Berglund and more. Partner pop-ups like Youth Farm will be on hand, offering taste tests of youth-created recipes, and an on-site salsa challenge. Also, according to twincitiesfrugalmom.com, you can win a coupon for a free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos good at Chipotle stores, by getting your program stamped at all five of the following exhibits: Cinema, Factory Vs. Farm, Guac from Scratch, Fresh Vs. Processed and the GMO Experience.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Billed as the “biggest little neighborhood art crawl in Minnesota,” the Lola Art Crawl, sponsored by the League of Longfellow artists, is celebrating six years of showcasing local artists in homes and shops throughout Greater Longfellow area. There are 60 art sites and over 114 artists participating this year. See the 60 art sites on this map to plan your stops.
Greater Longfellow (Cedar Avenue to the Mississippi River and East 28th Street to the Crosstown)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
Free Outdoor Music & Movies:
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Updated 8/21/2014 4:10 p.m.