TC Weekend | Selby Jazz Fest, Nicollet Open Streets, Community Garden Day and more!


The fun continues this weekend with an array of community events to help you get the most out of the last days of summer. From free jazz fests and county fairs, to celebrations of caramel, community and urban gardens  there’s a lot to love about this weekend’s lineup! Scroll down for details.

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Nativity County Fair, September 12 – 14

Join parishioners, parents, local businesses and community members for the 40th anniversary Nativity County Fair! Some of the activities and attractions include an art market, Bingo, children’s games, dodgeball, rides, a Twinkie walk, a talent show and more. Go here for detailed activity descriptions, and go here for entertainment schedule.

1900 Wellesley Avenue, Saint Paul

Sept. 12: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sept. 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sept. 14:  11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is free

Selby Jazz Fest, September 13

Come on out and enjoy a late-summer evening of free jazz at the 13th annual Selby Jazz Fest! Created by Golden Thyme Coffee Cafe, the festival offers the smooth sounds of jazz from local, national and international jazz acts, as well as a health and wellness area, local food vendors offering soul food, corn dogs, heatlhy food options and more!

Selby at Milton, Saint Paul

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


SeeSOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Selby Ave JazzFest plays the summer out with style

Maker Day On The Plaza, September 13

In the spirit of “National Day of Making,” the Minneapolis Convention Center is hosting Maker Day on the plaza, the last of the Creative City Challenge events. The all-day event features a wide range of activities from “home brew” projects, to knitting and outdoor yoga. And there’s also traditional crafts and foods. Let your creative side roam free while interacting with other innovative thinkers and makers in the Twin Cities DIY community.

Convention Center Plaza

1301 Second Avenue, Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All events are free

Community Garden Day, September 13

Saturday is Community Garden Day, as proclaimed by the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Across the Twin Cities and beyond, 30 community gardens will celebrate the day with skill-shares, workshops, demonstrations, and speakers. Hosted by Gardening Matters, the event aims to bring awareness to the important role community gardens play in helping to create healthy, thriving and sustainable neighborhoods. Check the map to find a participating garden near you. Visit the Gardening Matters website for more info about the event, or find updates on their Facebook page.

Food Traditions and Stories, September 13

Are you curious about Somali cuisine and traditions, or the ways in which the sharing of food can open windows into understanding cultures?  If so, you should venture out to Food Tradition and Stories, hosted by the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum in Minneapolis. The event will be facilitated in English and Somali by Asli Ashkir and Pamela Gaard, and guests are encouraged to bring a dish and story of their own to share. Visit the Facebook page for more details and updates about the event.

Downtown Pop-Up Gallery

319 1st Avenue N., Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Caramel Fest, September 13

Come on out and celebrate the love of caramel and community at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church‘s Caramel Fest in Northeast Minneapolis. The annual festival serves as a fundraiser for The Sheridan Story, which helps hungry kids, and features local music, food vendors, including Rusty Taco, and delicious caramel treats sure to delight the taste buds!

Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church

1701 St Anthony Parkway, Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission is free

Open Streets – Nicollet Avenue, September 14

Open Streets rolls on into Nicollet Avenue this weekend between Lake Street to 46th Street. The street will be blocked off to traffic, so feel free to bike, skate or blade. Check the Facebook Page for updates, and go here to download a free Metro Transit pass to the event.

Nicollet Avenue, between 46th & Lake Street

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Create: The Community Meal, September 14

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the biggest events taking place this weekend, the Create: The Community Meal, from Public Art Saint Paul by artist Seitu Jones. 2,000 people will gather for a community meal stretching a half mile along Saint Paul’s Victoria Street to discuss food access, food justice, and healthy eating. The dinner itself is sold out, but there is a first-come/first-serve rush line for last-minute return tickets. Check in at University and Victoria Street entry tent starting at 1 p.m. for your chance to get a seat at the table! Go here for more details about the event.

Victoria Street, Saint Paul

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

(Illustration by Peter Kramer)

Free Outdoor Music & Movies:

Music & Movies in the Park – Saint Paul (Until September 19)

Rooftop Movie Night at Solera restaurant – Minneapolis (Until September 30) 

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Updated 9/14/2014 4:45 p.m.