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Best of the Twin Cities 2011

Variety is the spice of life, right? Sure, but we think the wondrous mix of things to do, eat, drink, buy, and enjoy in the Twin Cities is better described as, well, pretty sweet. It’s a veritable Candyland out there, and on the following pages we highlight the things that make us feel good as gumdrops. The tastiest focaccia (the best Dara’s ever eaten). The hippest cover band (they know Weezer’s The Blue Album front to back). The most honest auto-body shop (they do exist). And, yes, the best candy store. Admit it, we’re spoiled rotten here. And that’s a good thing.



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Banh Mi

Jasmine Deli

Given that banh mi is now the food culture’s sandwich obsession du jour, it’s not surprising that expectations have grown irrationally high for these scrumptious little Vietnamese subs. Thankfully, the great Jasmine Deli comes correct (as always). The key is the bun, and owner Le Truong’s house-baked wheat baguettes hit the perfect balance of crust and crumb. Upon first bite, the crisp outer shell flakes apart, giving way to a golden chewiness. Inside, a medley of pickled veggies tangos nicely with marinated pork, chicken, or mock dock. And at only $4 a pop, Jasmine’s banh mi might be the Cities’ best lunch on a budget.
2532 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-870-4700
 

Rotisserie Chicken

Lucia's To-Go

It’s a good thing Lucia’s offers its rotisserie chicken to go. Because it’s quite likely you’ll want to rip into it all wolf-like and ravenous with your bare hands—and that behavior simply won’t fly in this genteel café. So take the bird home. There, you can feast as shamelessly as you want on the white meat, all juice-plumped and tender, or finger-scoop the golden, herb-basted skin that sloughs off in slippery and delicious piles. Just make sure to grab extra napkins.
1432 W. 31st. St., Mpls., 612-825-9800, lucias.com
 

Pho

Ngon Bistro

Why do we love the pho at Ngon Bistro? It’s all about the broth. Since this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup is enormous in size and 70-percent liquid, the robustness of the broth is what really makes pho a meal. And the broth at Ngon is like a six-course feast. It’s satisfyingly salty, seasoned to a beguiling complexity, and utterly slurpable. Order “The Special,” and enjoy four different kinds of beef (meatballs, beef flank, beef brisket, lean beef) as well as a dense tangle of noodles. Get through one bowl—the size of a kiddie pool—and you’ll feel like a champ.
799 University Ave., St. Paul. 651-222-3301, ngonbistro.com
 

BLT

Butter Café and Bakery

Is there such a thing as exceptionally ordinary? The BLT at south Minneapolis’s Butter Café and Bakery has us thinking there is. There’s no baroque reinterpretation here, no blasphemous straying from the holy trinity of bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Instead, Butter delivers this sandwich in its delicious quintessence: whole-grain toast kissed by mayo, hearty slabs of organic bacon, plump and seedy tomato slices, and a frilly skirt of fresh lettuce. It’s proof that while you can’t reinvent the wheel, you can sometimes make it roll more smoothly.
3544 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-521-7401, butterbakerycafe.com
 

Vegetarian

Evergreen Chinese

The great thing about the food at Evergreen Chinese is that you can fill a generous banquet table with it, and never repeat a dish’s flavor profile. Fried tofu with crispy soy flakes is a version of sea bass with soy flakes, all spice and lively texture. The pepper-fried mock pork brims with ginger and is thick and meaty. The slick and savory eggplant with garlic is as rich as the most intense Italian ragu. The Vietnamese curry mock duck is sweet and fragrant. And that’s only the smallest fraction of this extravagantly various, terrifically delicious wide-ranging array of vegetarian triumphs.
2424 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-871-6801, evergreen-chinese.com
 

Sandwich

St. Paul Cheese Shop

Most sandwiches suffer from a lack of imagination. Not so at the St. Paul Cheese Shop. Take the Northern Lights bleu-cheese sandwich, for instance: its not-too-hot smear of garlic confit, sweet fig jam, and handful of greens proves that a cheese sandwich can explore heights of umami and depths of spice. Tuck the duck pancetta with basil pesto and chevre into your lunch sack and you’ll have a restaurant-worthy experience right at your desk. And when the shop presents a special of house-made chicken liver or house-smoked tongue sammies, you’ll realize that these sandwiches are made not only with creativity, but soul.
1573 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-3391, stpaulcheeseshop.com
 

Take-Out

Big Bowl Chinese Express, Lunds and Byerly's

If you’ve never gotten one of the take-out family meals from the Big Bowl Chinese Express locations at Lunds and Byerly’s, run, don’t walk, to get one—they’re life-changing. For just $20 on Friday nights, you get your choice of three entrees; brown, jasmine or fried rice; and a container of pot stickers or egg rolls. Try the lively Thai yellow-curry chicken, the  spicy kung-pao chicken, the savory beef with broccoli—heck, try them all. You will not believe how bright and fresh everything is, and how easy it is to get a healthy dinner on the table on a hectic Friday night.
At Lunds and Byerly’s, bigbowlchineseexpress.com
 

Focaccia

Cosseta's

A great loaf of Italian focaccia bread requires three things: good oil, high-quality ingredients, and special baking skill. Cossetta’s has all three, and if you haven’t been to the St. Paul stalwart since they amped up their baking program, you really need to visit. You’ll see the loaves lined up and covered with different high-quality ingredients, like lacy tangles of onions or sun-dried tomatoes. Be sure to take a whole or half loaf home: the good oil keeps the bread fresh and delicious for a few days. Just pop a chunk in the oven, let it warm up a bit, and enjoy. So rich, so simple, so good.
211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476, cossettaeventi.com
 

Barbeque

Q Fanatic

To a certain segment of the population, Highway 169 has been rechristened as barbecue highway—because that’s how you get to Charlie Johnson’s astounding Q Fanatic. The place doesn’t look like much, but don’t let appearances deceive you. Q Fanatic is a land of wonders, offering expertly smoked and charred ribs with meat as tender as brie; pulled chicken gorgeously perfumed with smoke; and specials like dewy pastrami, ruby-red prime rib, and profoundly intense slab bacon, destined to make a sandwich you’ll remember for decades. So get out your GPS and your wet naps, and start driving.
180 Miller Rd., Champlin, 763-323-6550, qfanatic.com
 

Fish 'n' Chips

Anchor Fish & Chips

How to describe the crispness of the signature, sustainably harvested, battered and fried Alaskan cod from Anchor Fish & Chips? Well, it’s a crispness that’s beyond crisp; a crispness that crackles when you pierce its golden shell; a crispness that not only protects the fish from the bubbling oil, but allows it to steam and emerge as tender as custard. Each forkful of the bubbly crust and the dewy fish combine to create the ideal yin-yang of soft and hard, salty and sweet, comforting and precise. The chips are just right, too, soft, caramelized, and just porous enough to soak up plenty of curry sauce, vinegar, and praise.
302 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-676-1300, theanchorfishandchips.com
 

New Junk Food/Bar Food

Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group

First, Tim McKee revamped the very underrated Il Gatto, changing it from a snooze to a contender for the area’s best Italian restaurant. Then we lost track of him. But look and see: he redid Cafeteria, and there’s now some seriously good bar food to be had. Handmade jalapeño poppers, fried chicken, and a destination-worthy, all-you-can-eat buffet during Sunday afternoon football games have made Cafeteria the land of bar food that even food snobs love.
3001 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-877-7263, uptowncafeteria.com
 


 

Best Gelato
 

New

Pandolfi Gelato

3904 50th St. W., Edina, 952-928-3000, pandolfico.com
 

For Kids

Fat Lorenzo’s

5600 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-2040, fatlorenzos.com
 

Chocolate

Jackson’s

820 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-4161, jacksonscoffeeandgelato.com
 

Shakes

Ring Mountain

11965 Cliff Lake Rd., Eagan, 651-454-7464, ringmountain.com
 


 

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Blue Door

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5-8club.com

 

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July 2015

Speed Horse Expo is coming to the MN State Fairground July 23-26th with FREE admission! Over 100 vendors! Come watch the best barrel racers in the Midwest compete for over $100,000 dollars in prize...

Cost: Professional Bull Riding $15 12+, $8 Kids in advance

Where:
Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum MN State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Rice Bull Riding Company
Telephone: 763-389-1399
Contact Name: Dave Rice
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Rib lovers rejoice! A major new special event is coming this summer to the Minneapolis area. The Great Midwest Rib Fest will feature ten of the country’s top-rib cookers, an art...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The Scott County Fair has something for everyone! • Miracle of Birth Center and exhibits • World-class draft horse show • Motocross & tractor pull • Bigger carnival...

Cost: $10 per vehicle, $5 per motorcycle

Where:
Scott County Fairgrounds
7151 W. 190th St.
Jordan, MN  55352
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Sponsor: Scott County Fair
Telephone: 952-492-2436
Contact Name: Scott County Fair
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Come and join North Star Gay Rodeo Association as we present the North Star Regional Rodeo, an IGRA sanctioned rodeo. We are hosting two days of horse speed events, rough stock, roping, and some...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Dead Broke Arena
5676 170th St N
Hugo, MN  55038
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Sponsor: North Star Gay Rodeo Association
Telephone: 763 444 4068
Contact Name: Dan Van Wyk
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Red Hot Art & Music Festival will be marking its 14th year of showcasing local artists and musicians July 25th and 26th in historic Stevens Square Park. Presented by Stevens Square...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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Sponsor: Stevens Square Community Organization
Telephone: 612-743-6882
Contact Name: John Louis
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) and the disability community are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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This summer, MCBA is increasing its reach with its 4th Biennial celebration inviting artists, educators, curators, and scholars from the area, nation, and world — as well as the...

Cost: See website for details.

Where:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Check out a night of live music at Day Block Brewing, featuring: • Sadlord Mold rock band from Minneapolis • Savage Noble | Minneapolis indie rock band • Wyatt Overman |...

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, three- or five-day cycling vacation in northern Minnesota with festive overnights and activities along the route. For more...

Cost: ---

Where:
Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
Telephone: 855-372-1331
Contact Name: Bike MS Team, National MS Society
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Cost: Free admission

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17614 240th St.
Hutchinson, MN  55350
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Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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The Canvas Health Golf Classic has everything you need for a great day of golf: lunch, a cart, challenging contests, a fantastic silent auction, a delicious dinner, and an important cause! Gather...

Cost: $75

Where:
Dellwood Country Club
29 East Highway 96
Dellwood, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
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Wildwood Park boomed on the southwest shore of White Bear Lake during the first part of the twentieth century. Join us as we set the scene with images and stories from the park’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake
2150 - 2nd Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Telephone: 651-407-5327
Contact Name: Sara Hanson
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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The Upstage Players are excited to present Disney and Cameron Mackinstosh's Mary Poppins (presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International). July 24, 25,...

Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $8 children (1-18)

Where:
Upsala High School Auditorium
415 S. Main St.
Upsala, MN  56384
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Telephone: 320-293-6645
Contact Name: Leonice
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Cost: ---

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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
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View map »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

More information

Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, three- or five-day cycling vacation in northern Minnesota with festive overnights and activities along the route. For more...

Cost: ---

Where:
Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
Telephone: 855-372-1331
Contact Name: Bike MS Team, National MS Society
Website »

More information

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a...

Cost: $49.00 - $109.00

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.339.7007
Website »

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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

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St. Catherine University
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Cost: Free

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Lake Calhoun Thomas Beach
3700 Thomas Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
View map »


Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 651.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
Website »

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View map »


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Website »

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View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Glensheen is excited to again offer this free concert series in the summer of 2015. Every Wednesday night in July, local musicians play in Duluth’s most unique location: right on a pier over...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: US Bank
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jane Pederson
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Ensemble Dal Niente presents new music by 113 composers Joey Crane, Jason Cress, Michael Duffy, Sam Krahn, and Tiffany M. Skidmore. Performed by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Ammie Brod, Andrew Nogal,...

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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A national marketing research firm seeks Men and Women, ages 18+, for an upcoming Paid Focus Group on Shopping. This study will take place the week of July 27th at various times in Minneapolis....

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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The tool set for communicating with your customers has changed for the better. Social media plays a large role in customer service, sales, and marketing – and it is growing faster than any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Checkerboard Strategic Web Development, Inc.
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Bollywood Dance Scene, creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show, return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with a $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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All Originals Jazz Series presents dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā: Kevin Daley, guitar; Dave Brattain, saxophones; "Pooch" Heinie, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums. All Originals is a weekly jazz...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2015 Skyway Theatre: ARCH ENEMY BORN OF OSIRIS VEIL OF MAYA THE ACACIA STRAIN OBSCURA AFTER THE BURIAL CATTLE DECAPITATION BEYOND CREATION  IMMORALIS...

Cost: $25

Where:
Skyway Theatre
, MN

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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Princeton Speedway is a 1/4 mile clay banked oval located in Princeton, Minnesota inside the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds. The dirt flies here on Friday nights throughout the summer months. On...

Cost: prices are adults $12, Senior and military are $10, and 7-17 year olds are $5

Where:
Princeton Speedway
1400 3rd St. N
Princeton, MN
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Hydrive Shows and Skyway Theatre present: BOOMBOX CARTEL ARYAY MicDaddy Rare Kandy THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Friday, July 31st The Loft @ Skyway Theatre 9pm 18+ $15...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy this unique riding experience on the Mesabi Trail, NE Minnesota's premier paved bicycle trail. The tour is designed for serious riders and families alike, choose from four different...

Cost: $45 individuals / $90 families (kids ride FREE)

Where:
Mesabi Trail - Coleraine to Eveleth
P.O. Box 139
Virginia , MN  55792
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Sponsor: Great River Energy, Mesabi Trail, Ampers
Telephone: 877-637-2241
Contact Name: Ardy Wilberg
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The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud...

Cost: $55-$65

Where:
Pinehaven Pumpkin Farms
28186 Kettle River Blvd. North
Wyoming, MN  55092
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Sponsor: Human Movement Management
Contact Name: Carson Morford
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Tires Plus will welcome customers and guests for an exciting community event including:   •Fun activities with Boys & Girls Club kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tires Plus
580 W 79Th St.
Chanhassen, MN  55317-9530
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Dash for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join the World’s Largest Running Series as a St. Jude Warrior! Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for the thrill-seeking...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Johnson Creek
Johnson Creek, WI  53038


Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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In a Reiki II session, the student is given the first three Reiki symbols. Students will learn about: • the Power symbol • the Mental/Emotional symbol • the Distance symbol...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Learn how to make smarter investment decisions and take control of your financial future   Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy
Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Come experience a day full of diverse brass music from mariachi to swing! This year's festival features twelve phenomenal bands from the region. Audiences of all ages will get to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bridge Square
Intersection of E 4th St. and Division St.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Vintage Band Festival
Telephone: 507-645-7554
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Do you like a morning run or a leisurely walk? Looking for a great reason to be active? Participate in the 3rd Annual BBBS 5K Run/Walk! Enjoy the views and natural beauty that Fort Snelling...

Cost: $30 Individual $45 Match Rate

Where:
Fort Snelling State Park - Beach Area
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN  55111
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Sponsor: SNAP Fitness

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Artist from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in this unique art-making process! Witness artist working a furnace that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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HazelFest, presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a day-long chemical-free community festival that features bands, recovery speakers, exhibitors, food trucks, and family...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Hazelden Campus
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN  55012
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Sponsor: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Telephone: 763-300-1218
Contact Name: Jeannette Cleland
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Nershfest. It’s music. It’s friends. It’s a Minnesota summer day. It’s also the name of the Minneapolis-based music festival featuring local live music, craft beer and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harriet Brewing Company
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Nershfest
Telephone: 336-402-2439
Contact Name: Griffin
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Captain Terry will hold a public cruise this Saturday August 1, 2015. 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Cost: $14

Where:
Lady of the Lake Docks
8 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Lady of the Lake
Telephone: 952-929-1209
Contact Name: Terry Jungers
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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
View map »


Website »

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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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The fourth Kräftskiva! festival will bring The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar out onto the streets of Minneapolis for the evening – shutting down 2nd Ave North alongside The...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Bachelor Farmer
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: The Bachelor Farmer
Telephone: 612-206-3920
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the concert GREAT OPERA CHORUSES, which will be presented by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, and a...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Oratorio Society
Telephone: 612-432-7398
Contact Name: Matthew Mehaffey
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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Website »

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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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