Best Bets: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Things to do this week: Minnesota State Fair, Monster Jam, Flower Festival, and more.

Art Exhibit

What: Nature Interrupted 
When: Opens Monday, Aug. 29
Where: Confluence Gallery, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington

Minnesota artist Erik Olson only uses recycled materials in his artwork, including single-use plastic, used pallet wrap, and leftover threads from garment manufacturing. “Nature Interrupted” is a message about climate change and environmental justice.


The Great Minnesota Get-Together 

What: Minnesota State Fair
When: Through Monday, Sept. 2
Where: Minnesota State Fair, 1256 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

With over 2 million attendants annually, the Minnesota State Fair is the most popular end of summer tradition that continues this week through Labor Day. Celebrated with over 500 food options, 900 free entertainment shows, Minnesota craft brews and wines, amusement rides, agriculture showcases, and more.

Monster Truck Competition  

What: Monster Jam Thunder Alley
When: Through Sep. 5, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Where: Valleyfair, One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee

Watch trucks compete and walk through Thunder Alley to see the vehicles up close. Hang out in the garage for more views of these mechanical marvels. 

Swing Dancing in the Caves

What: Swing Dance Night
When: Thursday, Sept. 1, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Wabasha Street Caves, 215 Wabasha St. S. 

Enjoy live music performed by local bands while swing dancing in the Wabasha Street Caves. Arrive early and receive free beginner lessons from an experienced instructor. 

Flower Picking

What: Flower Festival
When: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Where: Afton Apple, 14421 90th St. S., Afton

Walk through acres of Zinnias and sunflower fields to pick your own blooms and bring them home for some colorful and fragrant décor.