Edit ModuleShow Tags

Last Chance Summer Fun in Stillwater


Published:

Believe it or not, this past weekend marked my first-ever trip to Stillwater. Considering I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, only about a 30-minute drive away, this is pretty shocking. For years and years I had been hearing about this storybook-esque small town with unique shops, fun dining, charming inns, and great views of the St. Croix River, but for some reason or another I never made the trip. Now that I’ve seen all that the area has to offer, I’m looking for any excuse to go back—and I found it. Next week marks the end of the season for a number of summer events that have been happening around town. Take a closer look at the festivities and see what to catch before it’s gone.  
 

Summer Tuesdays
Aug. 21, 5-10 p.m.
This family-friendly event is now in its 10th year and features more than 25 market vendors, including Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shoppe, Mudslinger Pottery, and The Fashion Mobile. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., catch a live stage performance by musician Tuke Brown. While you’re enjoying the music, grab a bite to eat from local restaurants like Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, Uff-Da Taco or Chicago Dogs, who will be serving food at the event. The festivities conclude with a showing of The Goonies at dusk. 
 

Photo courtesy of Discover Stillwater

Cruisin’ on the Croix
Aug. 22, 5-10 p.m.
This hot rod and vintage car show takes place at Lowell Park behind the Water Street Inn. More than 150 vehicles show up, allowing you to spend some time browsing and dreaming about getting behind the wheel. To help transport you back to the time when these cars roamed the streets, Juke Box Live will be there to perform music from the 1950s.
 

Photo courtesy of
Discover Stillwater

Stillwater Farmers Market
Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m.-noon
One of my favorite things about the summer is being able to enjoy farm fresh foods. At this market, located across from the Historic Courthouse on Third and Pine Streets, you can shop for organic fruits, vegetables, and other local specialties, as well as arts and crafts. Check out the website before you go to see what items are in season and tips for what to make with them.
 

Music in the Meadow
Aug. 26, 3-6 p.m.
In addition to the German food, beer, and wine you can normally find at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, the family owned and operated restaurant also will be hosting live music on Sunday. Bring your chairs and blankets, sit out on the lawn, and listen to the rhythm and blues stylings of Paul Mayasich and his trio RAMM.

So if, like me, you’ve waited too long to visit this quaint town, here’s your excuse. And if you’ve already been, I doubt I need to convince you why you should go back!

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Journeys: How to Love Baseball While Knowing Little to Nothing about It

Whether you’re a fan for life or an ultra casual like me, baseball is a sport for the summer

A Gala Befitting Glensheen

At the Glensheen Gala, you can explore the gardens, see normally closed-off spots, and relish in the after party along Lake Superior

Seven Days of California Adventure

New adventures await in California, even for Travel Club guide and travel editor Todd Walker

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow This Weekend

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe welcomes the public to enjoy traditional dancing, drum ceremonies, and contests

A Day Trip to the North Loop

Just north and west of Target Field, North Loop has some of the best restaurants and shops in Minneapolis

The Museum of Pizza Has Minnesota Ties

Todd about Town: New York's new museum dedicated to pizza came from a U of M alum

Spa Central

When it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation, the Twin Cities do it right

A Bay Area Break

Go on a worry-free, weeklong vacation to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Napa Valley, with the Minnesota Monthly Travel Club

This Week’s Top Artist Picks

Sam Smith, Reba McEntire, and Rod Stewart come to Minnesota

3 Fairs This Weekend

Celebrate Minnesota’s heritage—by raising a glass at the country’s biggest free Irish fair, by marveling at fierce lumberjack competitions, or by slipping into Civil War re-enactments

Ramsey Falls: A Photo Essay

Picturesque bridges, four miles of hiking trails, a gorgeous waterfall, and more await at Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls

Journeys: A Civil War Woman

Pipestone Civil War Days reenactor Kate Heller talks about what the festival is like, how she began reenacting, and how her Civil War Days wedding went

Destination: Pipestone

Civil War Days and Pipestone National Monument make Pipestone a rich historical destination

Irish Fair of Minnesota

Pure bagpipin' bliss
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags