Around Town: A Look at This Weekend's Events

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

July 19, 2018 05:32 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 and around the state this weekend:

The X Games


Extreme sports return to Minneapolis. Minnesotans and visitors have the opportunity to experience skateboarding, BMX and motocross during the X Games. The extreme sports competition highlights U.S. Bank Stadium, as well as the surrounding area. Along with competitions, attendees can experience live music at The Armory. 

Date: Thursday to Sunday

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 

Lumberjack Days

Celebrate the heritage of Stillwater with Lumberjack Days over the weekend. The festival was first honored in 1934 and it is still going strong. Celebrate with lumberjack shows, downhill derbies and the Lumberjack Days Parade. Attendees can also get their fill of live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including music from Minneapolis alt-country band The Jayhawks. 

Date: Through Sunday

Location: Stillwater

Minneapolis Aquatennial

While it may have kicked off Wednesday, Minneapolis' official civic celebration flows over into the weekend. Events during the Minneapolis Aquatennial include the CorePower Yoga & Mediation Hike, a water ski show put on by the Twin Cities River Rats, Fulton's Downtown Thunderdome bike race, the Aquatennial Skyline Fest paddleboard race and more. The event wraps up Saturday evening with fireworks. 

Date: Through Saturday

Location: Minneapolis

Highland Fest

Mark the midpoint of summer with St. Paul's Highland Fest in the Highland Park neighborhood. The all-weekend neighborhood festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary. According to the event's website, the weekend's events include a beer tent, an art fair, petting zoos, wiener dog races, a 5K road race, numerous food and beverage vendors and more. This year the event will include the inaugural All Ford Car and Truck Show, honoring the Ford Motors plant that was once located in the neighborhood. 

Date: Friday to Sunday

Location: Highland Park, St. Paul 

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

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

The Twin Cities' largest free blues festival is set to kick off Friday night. The Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival highlights nine headlining acts, as well as performers on smaller side stages. 

Date: Friday and Saturday

Location: Mears Park, St. Paul

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games

Yes, those are bagpipes you're hearing in Eagan. Twin Cities residents can immerse themselves in Scottish culture this weekend with the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games. Attendees can enjoy food and merchandise vendors, traditional and modern Celtic music and multiple games and competitions. 

Date: Friday and Saturday

Location: Eagan Central Park, Eagan

Anoka Food Truck Festival

People headed to Anoka on Saturday might want to consider going with an empty stomach. Over 45 food trucks will be placed throughout downtown as a part of the Anoka Food Truck Festival. Along with food, attendees can enjoy craft beer, live music and games. 

Date: Saturday

Time: noon to 10 p.m.

Location: Downtown Anoka

International Day of Music 

Explore multiple genres of world music during the Minnesota Orchestra's 12-hour International Day of Music concert. Multiple stages will be set up throughout the Orchestra Hall throughout the day. The event is open to music lovers of all ages. 

Date: Saturday

Time: Noon to midnight

Location: Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis 

Artepils 2018

Enjoy beer, music and art? Head on over to Artepils at Utepils Brewing Company for all three. The event includes local artists and music from bands, including White Iron Band, Shotgun Ragtime Band (Grateful Dead cover band) and the Brewtanes. And of course, Utepils will be serving up the brews. 

Date: Saturday

Time: Noon to 10 p.m.

Location: Utepils Brewing Company, Minneapolis 

Open Streets - Lake + Minnehaha

On Sunday, East Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue will be closed to traffic and opened up to pedestrians, cyclists and skaters as a part of Open Streets. The rotating event closes major roadways in the city, allowing people to be exposed to local businesses and neighborhoods. Lake Street will be closed from Elliot Avenue to Minnehaha Avenue and Minnehaha Avenue will be closed from Lake Street to Minnehaha Parkway.

Date: Sunday

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: East Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue

Vans Warped Tour at Canterbury Park

Those headed to Canterbury Park on Sunday may want to pack earplugs, as the traveling Vans Warped Tour will bring in nearly 50 different music acts. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at Down in the Valley record stores or at the venue. 

Date: Sunday

Time: 11 a.m. 

Location: Canterbury Park, Shakopee

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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