Best Bets: Aug. 14-20

Things to do this week include community festivals, RenFest, and ”Cheaper Than Hamilton”

Exchange Fair 

What: Nicollet xChange
When: Aug. 8 and every Tuesday
Where: 901 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

This weekly sustainability marketplace features food trucks, entertainment, and other activities along Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis over the lunch hour. Bring an item to exchange, such as clothing, electronics, or home goods, and receive a voucher to redeem for other goods.  


Crookston Ox Cart Days

Red River Valley Fest 

What: Crookston Ox Cart Days
When: Aug. 14-20
Where: Crookston 

The Red River Ox Cart Trails were northwestern Minnesota’s earliest highways, transporting both furs and settlers across the Red River Valley. For a full week, Crookston pays tribute to the people, oxen, and carts that used the trails. Events include ox cart races, a classic car show, and a torchlight parade.

Chisago City Celebration  

What: Ki-Chi-Saga Days Celebration
When: Aug. 17-20
Where: Chisago City  

This community celebration will include live music, movies in the park, fireworks displays, a skateboard competition, street dances, fishing contest, citywide garage sales, a grand day parade and a pie-eating contest.  

Corn Fest


Cornucopia of Fun  

What: Corn Fest
When: Opens Aug. 19, through Labor Day
Where: Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee  

There’s nothing corny about this corn-forward food menu, corn games like Corn Chucking and Corn Hole along with others, crafts for kids, live bands, line dancing, corn-eating contests, and other entertainment.  

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

RenFest Opens 

What: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends through Oct. 1
Where: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee

Parking concerns have been resolved, so the popular Minnesota Renaissance Festival is back for another season of 16th century European village life entertainment, starting this weekend and running through Oct. 1.

“Cheaper Than Hamilton”

Hennepin Theatre Trust

Decades of Laughs 

What: Brave New Workshop’s “Cheaper Than Hamilton”
When: Through Nov. 4
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapoli  

Brave New Workshop celebrates three score and five years of promiscuous hostility and positive neutrality with a retrospective of their most popular sketches and songs from past performances.


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