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Things to do this week include Lumberjack Days, Minnesota Monthly’s Fine Spirits Classic, art fairs, and more
Log Rolling at Lumberjack Days.

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Flannel Fun  

What: Lumberjack Days
When: July 12-16 
Where: Stillwater River Boats, 525 Main Street S., Stillwater 

Beside the St. Croix River, join fellow Minnesotans for Lumberjack competitions, a parade, and live music. Events will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with all-day activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   

Garden Glory 

What: Linden Hills Community Garden Tour
When: July 12
Where: Linden Hill Historic Estate, 608 Highland Ave., Little Falls 

For $10, stroll the Linden Hill gardens and featured residential gardens. Following the tour, lemonade will be served in Linden Hill’s Pavilion. All proceeds will be used to help with the gardening expenses at Linden Hill. 

Nisswa Turtle Races

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Slow and Steady  

What: Nisswa Turtle Races
When: Wednesdays, July 12-August 16 from 1-3 p.m. 
Where: 25532 Main Street, Nisswa 

Every Wednesday this summer, head to downtown Nisswa for their 59th annual summer of turtle races. Participants can race a turtle for fun, cheer on their favorite turtle, and win prizes.  

Minnesota Monthly’s Fine Spirit Classic

Sipping Something Sweet  

What: Minnesota Monthly’s Fine Spirit Classic
When: July 13
Where: Machine Shop, 300 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis 

Sip your way through our 11th annual Fine Spirits Classic. This event features many of the Twin Cities’ top mixologists and national and local distillers. Sample new brands and spirits from around the world while enjoying gourmet fare and gathering new cocktail recipes. 

Parks, Parades, and Pageants 

What: Sinclair Lewis Days
When: July 12-16
Where: Sinclair Lewis Park, 524 4th St. S., Sauk Centre 

In Sauk Centre, there will be four days of fun for all ages. Enjoy a craft fair, family day in the park, parade, ice cream social, 5K, a kids 1-mile run, the Miss Sauk Centre Pageant, soap box derby races, and more.  

Scenic Art Fair 

What: The Minnehaha Falls Art Fair 
When: July 14-16
Where: Minnehaha Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 

Experience some of the state’s finest art at the fourth annual Minnehaha Falls Art Fair. One of the largest art shows in Minnesota, this fair is a zero-waste event with items under $30 at every booth. For easy transportation, Metro Transit is offering free rides to and from the fair.  

For Foodies 

What: Mid-Summer Food Truck Extravaganza 
When: July 15
Where: Harriet Island Regional Park, Harriet Island Road, St. Paul 

Bring your families, friends, and neighbors for a day of unique street eats with global cuisines from more than 30 food trucks and trailers. This free community event will also feature a marketplace and live music. 

Mythical Magic  

What: Unicorn World
When: July 15-16
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis 

Created and developed by husband-wife duo Patrick and Lauren Mines, Unicorn World is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for families to build memories together through themed activities, including the enchanted forest, arts and crafts activities, story time, and colorful, life-size, moving, and neighing unicorns.