Around Town: A Look at This Weekend's Events

Around Town: A Look at This Weekend's Events Photo: KSTP/File

July 12, 2018 02:57 PM

No plans this weekend? Need to get out of the house? Here is a look at what is going on in the Twin Cities this weekend:

Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days 


Join residents in Robbinsdale in honoring Willford Hamilton Fawcett, or Capitan Billy, who founded Fawcett Publications, which published the cartoon joke magazine Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. According to Whiz Bang Days' website, the location of the Fawcett Publications office is where Nonna Rosa's Ristorante Italiano now stands. Events over the weekend include a youth baseball tournament, the Whiz Bang Days annual block party, a car show and fireworks. 

Date: July 12 to 15

Location: Robbinsdale

Hopkins Raspberry Festival

Over the weekend, Hopkins residents will show off their town pride during Hopkins Raspberry Days. The annual festival started during the Great Depression to boost business in Hopkins. Events over the weekend include the Raspberry Royalty Coronation, the Raspberry Festival of the Bands, a parade, fireworks and more. 

Date: July 12 to 15

Location: Hopkins

Prior Lake Lakefront Music Fest

Billed as one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the metro area, Prior Lake's Lakefront Music Fest offers Twin Cities residents two days of country and rock music. This year's lineup includes Young the Giant, The Revivalists, COIN, Hunter Hayes, Gretchen Wilson, Thompson Square and Chris Hawkey.

Date: July 13 to 14

Location: Lakefront Park, Prior Lake

Opening night at the Bell Museum

Celebrate the reopening of St. Paul's Bell Museum with its full-scale wooly mammoth and 24-feet-high glacier. The opening night celebration offers an after-hours look at the museum with live music, DIY art and refreshments. 

Date: July 12

Location: The Bell Museum

Time: 6 to 11 p.m.

RELATED: Since some of these events are outdoors, plan for weather with the KSTP weather page

Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Park

Experience exotic animals Saturday as they take to the track at Canterbury Park. During Extreme Race Day, camels, ostriches and zebras will all race around the park. The event also includes family-friendly activities. 

Date: July 14

Location: Canterbury Park, Shakopee 

Time: 12:45 to 5:30 p.m.

St. Paul Dragon Festival

Celebrate the Twin Cities' diverse Asian cultures with the Dragon Festival in St. Paul. During the event, experience Dragon Boat racing, which dates back 2,400 to China. According to the event organizers, Dragon Boat racing is one of the largest growing team water sports. 

Date: July 14

Location: Lake Phalen, St. Paul

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bauhaus Brew Labs 4th Anniversary 

Celebrate four years of brews with northeast Minneapolis' craft beer brewery Bauhaus Brew Labs. The anniversary party includes adult tricycles, inflatables for both children and adults and music from the Haus Band Viva Knievel. 

Date: July 14

Location: Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis

Time: Noon to midnight

Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Music, Food & Art Festival

Take to south Minneapolis to appreciate music, art and food from locals. Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Music, Food & Art Festival music artists include Duluth's Charlie Parr, Black-Eyed Snakes, Davina and the Vagabonds, Crankshaft and the Geargrinders and more. The event will also highlight the work of Longfellow artists. Tickets are still available.

Date: July 14

Location: The Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge

Time: Events begin at 2 p.m.

16th Annual Bastille Day Block Party

Celebrate one of France's major holidays right here in the Twin Cities with Minneapolis' Barbette restaurant. The Annual Bastille Day Block Party includes live music and multiple street events. The event organizers also promise that cake will be served. 

Date: July 15

Location: Barbette, Minneapolis

Time: 3 to 10 p.m.

Taste of Shakopee

Experience what Shakopee chefs and cooks have to offer as they whip up dishes during Taste of Shakopee. The event allows local food vendors the opportunity to highlight their signature dishes. 

Date: July 15

Location: Huber Park, Shakopee

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Minneapolis Vintage Market at Sociable Cider Werks 

Looking for that vintage jean jacket or band t-shirt? Find that one-of-a-kind item during the Minneapolis Vintage Marketplace at Sociable Cider Werks. The market includes 19 different vendors from around the Twin Cities. According to the event organizers, the market is outdoors and dog-friendly. 

Date: July 15

Location: Sociable Cider Werks

Time: 12 to 5 p.m.

Farmers Markets Across the Metro

What better way to purchase your produce than from local growers? Every week across the metro there are numbers of farmers markets. Here's a look at the ones you can catch over the weekend:

Minneapolis Lyndale Market

Minneapolis Downtown Market

St. Paul Downtown Market 

Inver Grove Heights Market 

Savage Market 

Woodbury Market

Apple Valley Market 

Burnsville Market 

Lakeville Market


Ben Rodgers

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