Best Bets: July 17-23

Things to do this week include a Llama Trek, the Minneapolis Aquatennial, the St. Paul Food Truck Festival, and more 

PHOTO Minnesota Zoo

Hike with the Herd 

What: Llama Trek
When: July 17-23
Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley 

With no barriers between trekkers and the animals, guests get a front row seat to llamas in their natural state. Watch them munch, scratch, and nap, all included in general Zoo admission.

Full of Pride  

What: Love With Pride
When: July 17-23
Where: Level One North at Mall of America, 184 N. Garden, Bloomington 

Collaborating with Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, the Mall of America is hosting a new art exhibit titled “Love with Pride: Embracing Love and Celebrating Diversity.” The work of LGBTQ+ artists will be featured on Level One North throughout the summer.

Celebrating Minneapolis 

What: The Minneapolis Aquatennial
When: July 19-22
Where: Downtown Minneapolis  

A four-day festival celebrating the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Aquatennial offers   local food, activities for the whole family, Minnesota’s largest night-time parade, one of the top five fireworks displays in the nation, and much more.

Making Masterpieces at the Mansion 

What: Sip and Paint
When: July 20
Where: Linden Hill Historic Estate, 608 Highland Ave., Little Falls 

Join Great River Arts for a summer Sip and Paint class. Arrive for the class at the Linden Hill Musser Mansion, paint at 5:30 p.m., and purchase beverages on site. Pre-registration is required for this class and can be completed on the website.

Margaritas and Mimosas 

What: Minneapolis Margarita & Mimosa Fest
When: July 22
Where: Start at Sneaky Pete’s, 14 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis  

Part bar hop, part cocktail celebration, Margarita and Mimosa Fest features three bars and restaurants that will be offering specials on hard seltzers, handcrafted Teremana Tequila Margaritas, and fresh mimosas.

Foodies Feast 

What: St. Paul Food Truck Festival
When: July 22
Where: Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul 

With global cuisines ranging from Maine lobster rolls to birria tacos, New Zealand meat pies, and deep-fried ice cream, more than 60 food trucks will be selling unique street eats. Vendors will be open throughout Union Depot’s Lot C.

B Double E Double R, U, N 

What: 5K Beer Run
When: July 22
Where: Summit Brewing Co., 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul 

Run, jog, or walk on a 5K course that weaves through scenic St. Paul neighborhoods. Runners will start and end at Summit Brewing’s taproom. All ages are welcome to race, and a portion of the proceeds raised will support local nonprofits.