August is a swinging month in the Twin Cities when it comes to community celebrations, festivals, and other excuses to walk around in shorts and eat "Something on a Stick." There's lots to do, starting with today!
New Brighton's annual summer Stockyard Days are taking place on August 2 through 9. The event, now in its 29th year, features a golf tournament, a kiddie parade and grand parade, street dances, and fireworks. For a complete list of times and locations for all Stockyard Days activities, go to www.stockyarddays.org and click on "events."
Lake Hiawatha’s Annual Neighborhood Festival is taking place today, Wednesday, August 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Hiawatha Park, 2701 E. 44th Street in Minneapolis. There will be a talent show with prizes, carnival games, food for sale, and community information tables.
There will be some Outdoor Puppet Theater on Thursday, August 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Avenue N. in Minneapolis. "The Adventures of Katie Tomatie" will be presented by Open Eye Theatre with live music.
LYNAS Summerfest takes place on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 9p.m. at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W. in Minneapolis. As always, the annual event will be a fun evening for the whole family with food, games, music and more.
The 36th Annual Longfellow Cornfeed occurs on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m to 8 p.m. at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Join in for an evening of fun, food, and entertainment perfect for the entire family! Enjoy hot, delicious corn on the cob, live family-friendly entertainment, hair and face painting, fair style concessions, large inflatable attractions, community information tables, and much more!
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is partnering with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) for the 2009 Peace Games on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Peace Games celebrate the many diverse cultures of Minneapolis through interactive games, sports, dance, music, art and food. Festival highlights include villages representing countries from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and North America. Each village features interactive activities representing their country as well as a sampling of native foods. Other activities and attractions include family friendly entertainment, tours of the MIA and the Peace Parade. The multicultural event will be held at Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 200 24th St. E, located across the street from the MIA (2400 3rd Ave. S).
Summer Family Fun Night is taking place on Friday, August 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S. in Minneapolis. There will be “Art in the Park” table presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, playground games, concessions, used book sale. The Outdoor Movie will be “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Fees for food and used books; all other activities are free!
Kenny Summerfest is on Saturday, August 8, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kenny Park, 1328 58th St. W. in Minneapolis. Join the rest of the community for for another great festival featuring music, family games and entertainment, food and friends. There will be live music by local bands.
At the Irish Fair of Minnesota, hear Irish music, watch sheep-herding demonstrations, Run with the Celts, sports, food, marketplace and more. It takes place from 3 p.m to 11 p.m. on Aug. 7; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on August 8; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 9. It will be at Harriet Island, Plato Blvd. and Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. in St. Paul. www.irishfair.com.
Powderhorn Art Fair is on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday August 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Located in one of the Twin Cities' most scenic parks, this fine Art and Crafts fair was designed to showcase this unique and beautiful setting. Art lovers can view and purchase items from over 184 exhibitors while enjoying acoustic music and an array of food options.
on August 7, 8, and 9 the Uptown Art Fair takes places at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue and “The Mall” in Southwest Minneapolis. Perues a variety of creative and original works of art including sculptures, paintings, photographs, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more. Over $2.5 million of art is sold during the festival, but there are other events happening too. Enjoy food and drinks from over 20 vendors, as well as non-stop entertainment on the CBS Outdoor Performance Stage. Relax in the Wine Garden, or create your own art at the Family Imagination Station activity area. http://www.uptownminneapolis.com/art-fair/
Also on August 8th and 9th is the 10th annual Loring Park Art Festival showcases 140 visual artists, and features strolling musicians, stage performances, children’s activities and food booths. Loring Park is located at 1382 Willow St. across from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The art festival is situated between Hennepin Ave. and Willow St. For more information visit www.loringparkartfestival.com, or call 612-203-9911.
There is free bus service between Loring, Powderhorn and the Uptown Art Fairs. For more information visit www.metrotransit.org/arthop.
The Eden Prairie International Festival is a celebration of the many cultures of Eden Prairie, with live entertainment, music, kids' activities and exhibits. It takes place from 3 to 8:30 p.m. on August 9. It takes palce at Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. www.edenprairie.org.
The 19th annual Fete des Lacs (Festival of Lakes) celebration is scheduled for August 7 through 9 in Centerville, with a theme of “Medieval Times.” Events and activities include a medallion hunt, parade, softball tournament, live music, to name a few. Laurie LaMotte Memorial Park, Aug. 7, 6-11 p.m.; Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, go to http://www.centervillemn.com/
There will be an Ice cream Social on Wednesday, August 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Painter Park, 620 34th St. W. in Minneapolis. This free event will have Ice cream, activities, fun for the whole family!
Big Corn Feed takes place at Linden Hills Park, 3100 43rd St. W. in Minneapolis on Thursday, August 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be Delicious roasted corn, music, games and activities for kids.
Live on the Drive takes place on Thursday, August 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Victory Memorial Parkway, 34th Ave. N. & Victory Memorial Pkwy in Minneapolis. There will be live outdoor music by Charanga Tropical; bring a chair or blanket, snacks; free. Located just north of 34th Avenue North between Xerxes Avenue North and Victory Memorial Drive.
Art and All That Jazz Festival is taking place on August 15. Nicollet Commons Park, 12570 Nicollet Av. S. in Burnsville. There will be live music by Mindi Abair and Brian Simpson and artist exhibits.
The Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in downtown Buffalo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 15. More than 200 craft and food vendors will exhibit their wares. www.buffalochamber.org.
The Can’n and Jam’n Harvest Extravaganza is a fun program for youth ages 6-12 that meets Aug. 17-20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join us at the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden located in Theodore Wirth Park to celebrate the harvest of fruits, vegetables, herbs and more in the J.D. Rivers Children’s Garden. Come have fun and fill your tummy! We’ll learn about the soil, air, and water of the garden. We’ll harvest veggies from our garden and learn about nutrition, cook foods from around the world, make dill pickles, salsa, tomato sauce, and solar oven pizza—all for you to take home!
There is a Movie in the Park on Tuesday August 18, from 8:45 p.m to 10 p.m. at Kenny Park, 1328 58th St. W. in Minneapolis. Stay up late as a family & come down to Kenny Park for a movie sutiable for all ages when the sun goes down. We will have lemonade & popcorn for everyone. Did we mention its free?
Phillips Community Movies in the Park will happen on Friday, August 21, at Stewart Park, 2700 12th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Bring your family, neighbors, friends, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a Friday night movie at Stewart Park. The movie – Iron Man will begin at dusk, with popcorn and food being offered, hope to see you there!
The Garden Players is a fun program for youth ages 6-12 that meets August 24 through 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden located in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Join us to create a theater production about the amazing J.D. Rivers Children’s Garden. We’ll learn about the critters that live in the garden and the amazing veggies ready for harvest. We will play lots of theater games; create some quick skits and puppets, which will all culminate in our working together to create a play about the wonders of the garden world.
Bring your family and a picnic blanket to the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden located in Theodore Wirth Park to enjoy Outdoor Operetta. This live outdoor show features performers and musicians in a hybridized opera performance integrating music, dance and theater. This is a great opportunity to celebrate local food and community gardens. A picnic lunch will be prepared from food donated by local farms & the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden. unday, Aug. 30, 4 p.m.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is about to start! Themed weekends and new attractions including a comedic hypnotist, green demonstrations and Taste of Culture. Open from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. August 22-23, August 29-30, September 5-7, September 12-13, September 19-20, September 26-27. The cost ranges from $10.95 to $19.95. Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd. 952-445-7361. www.renaissancefest.com.
Finally, Learn about birdies, butterflies, and berries. August is the perfect month for a stroll through the woodland garden or the prairie trails of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary at Theodore Wirth Park. Through public programs and special classes, participants can see and learn a variety of things. To see what happening, learn something new, or to register for classes and programs, stop by the Martha Crone Visitors Shelter or call 612-370-4903 during shelter hours. Visit this page for more information. There is a lot going on there in August, almost enough to double the size of this post!