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Things to do this week include Fourth of July fireworks displays, Antiquarian Book Fair, ”Into the Woods,” and more

Flipping Flap Jacks  

What: Fourth of July Flying Pancake Breakfast
When: July 4
Where: Wayzata Depot, 402 Lake St. E., Wayzata  

Begin your Fourth of July with a revolutionary “Flying Pancake Breakfast” at the Wayzata Depot from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be flying pancakes, historical reenactments, and family fun for all. 

Rock and Rockets

Fabulous Fireworks  

What: Rock and Rockets
When: July 4
Where: Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake  

This free Fourth of July celebration returns this summer with music, food, and fireworks. Get your groove on with free concerts by Gin Blossoms and Lit, try treats from local food trucks, and watch the skies sparkle. 

Feeling Patriotic 

What: Fourth of July Parade
When: July 4
Where: Starts at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina  

The hour-long parade features veterans, marching bands, floats, horses, musicians, clowns, and more. It’s recommended that spectators arrive early, since an estimated 20,000 people will attend the parade. There also will be a dazzling firework show in the evening.  

Book Worms Rejoice 

What: Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair
When: July 8-9
Where: University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul  

Minnesotans can find a variety of books from underrepresented voices and different eras of history at the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair. This event, held at the Schoenecker Arena, connects local vendors with beginner and seasoned collectors.  

Get Crafty  

What: Anoka Riverfest and Craft Fair
When: July 8 
Where: Downtown Anoka 

With free admissions and parking, the 24th annual Anoka Riverfest and Craft Fair in downtown Anoka draws in over 20,000 people each year. Over 150 crafters’ original work will be available including jewelry, glass work, pottery, paintings, woodwork, and more.   

Fine Art and Wine 

What: Wine Meets Art Festival
When: July 8-9 
Where: Saint Croix Vineyard, 6428 Manning Ave., Stillwater 

Local arts and crafts, winning wines, and food come together at the Wine Meets Art Festival. Be sure to beat the heat by trying one of their signature wine slushies. This free event also features live music from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair

International Experience 

What: Grand Carnivale  
When: Now through July 9 
Where: Valley Fair, 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee  

This large, international festival celebrates Italy, China, Spain, and Germany through a parade, live music and entertainment, delicious food and drinks, crafts, and games. There will also be a firework show on July 4. All events are included with park admission.

Discover More About The Dalai Lama

What: “The Buddha Prince”
When: Now through July 9
Where: Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 200 E. 24th St., Minneapolis

This “walking play” presented by TigerLion Arts and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota examines the life of the 14th Dalai Lama from his youth in Tibet to his exile in India. The performance for all ages includes puppetry as well as live Tibetan music and dance.

“Into the Woods”

Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’ Wows

What: “Into the Woods” 
When: Now through Aug. 13
Where: The Guthrie, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis  

With beloved music and classic fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, this Sondheim musical provides a sophisticated and novel look at fairy tales and explores what happens after “happily ever after.” 

Summer in the City

What: “It’s Not the Heat, it’s the Stupidity”
When: Now through Aug. 5
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

For improv and comedy group Brave New Workshop’s 308th show, summer in Minnesota is worth the skewering and shout-outs. With road construction, mosquitos, and cabin culture, summer in Minnesota is always fun to celebrate.

Part of the Cafesjian Art Trust collection


One-of-a-Kind Collection

What: “Highlights of the Cafesjian Art Trust Collection” exhibit
When: Now through Oct. 14
Where: Cafesjian Art Trust, 4600 Churchill St., Shoreview

This unique free museum opened last year in Shoreview featuring the private collection of Minnesotan Gerard Cafesjian. This exhibit highlights the art Cafesjian acquired over his lifetime, including those of glass artist Dale Chihuly along with Sam Gilliam, Jennifer Bartlett, William Morris, and more.