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.
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.