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Things to do this week around Minnesota: Ice Cream Social, Minnesota Quilt Show, Wild Nights Summer Concert, and more

Art and Ice Cream

What: Ice Cream Social
When: June 11 (6-8 p.m.)
Where: 10775 27th Ave. SE, Becker

Check out the Sherburne Area Visual Arts Showcase, displaying local artists’ work, while enjoying some free ice cream!

Ride into Summer

What: Hennepin County Fair
When: June 11-15
Where: 19101 County Road 10, Corcoran

Enjoy amusement rides, traditional fair foods, bounce houses, and more family-friendly activities at Hennepin County’s annual summer fair.

Quintessential Country

What: Kick’n Up Kountry
When: June 12-15
Where: 116 410th Ave., Karlstad

Enjoy this annual outdoor country music festival, featuring Lady A, Josh Turner, Parmalee, and more.

The annual Kickin’ Up Country outdoor music festival

Courtesy of The Middle River Honker

Among the Birds

What: Bird Walk
When: June 13 (9- 11 a.m.)
Where: 10775 27th Ave. SE, Becker

Participate in a 2-mile long hike with fellow outdoor enthusiasts at the Sherburne History Center, including a focus on birding techniques.

75 Years of Fridley

What: Fridley 49’er Days
When: June 13-15
Where: 555 61st Ave. NE, Fridley

Come celebrate Fridley’s 75th anniversary with this three-day festival including a parade, a cake decorating contest, a youth sports clinic, and food vendors.

Fridley’s annual 49’er Days

Courtesy of Twin Cities Gateway

Local Threads

What: The Minnesota Quilt Show
When: June 13-15
Where: 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth

Appreciate the art form of quilting with Duluth’s annual three-day quilt show, featuring displayed handmade quilts, quilting supplies, and how-to workshops for beginners.

The Minnesota Quilt Show

Courtesy of Explore Minnesota

A Wild Summer Night

What: Wild Nights Summer Concert
When: June 14 (6-10 p.m.)
Where: 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

Visit the Minnesota Zoo for local live music, food vendors, and access to your favorite zoo animals and trails. Attendees must be 18-plus to enter.

Art Outdoors

What: Art in the Park
When: June 15 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Where: 202 Parkway Ave. S., Lanesboro

Enjoy local art, food vendors, live music, and art activities at Lanesboro’s 43rd annual art festival.

Food Truck Frenzy

What: Food Truck Extravaganza
When: June 15 (11 a.m.- 8 p.m.)
Where: 12300 N. 40th St., Stillwater

Try snacks and treats from 40 different food truck vendors at Stillwater’s annual family-friendly extravaganza.

Choose from 40 different food truck vendors in Stillwater

Courtesy of Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

State Bird Pride

WhatLand of the Loon Festival
When: June 15-16
Where: 901 9th St. N, Virginia

This two-day festival celebrates the crafts and goods made by local artisans and involves outdoor activities including a parade, food vendors, live music, and games.

Julia Jacobson is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, studying political science and journalism. Outside of her coursework, she participates in her school’s mock trial team and works as a teaching assistant for an introductory political science course. Julia was born and raised in Minnesota, and loves traveling both domestically and internationally. In her free time, she enjoys reading and journaling.