Best Bets: July 8-14

Things to do this week: music at the Minnesota Zoo, outdoor shopping, and more

Shop Till You Drop

What: Sidewalk Days
When: July 10-12
Where: Superior Street, Duluth

Participate in a shopping extravaganza at Duluth’s annual Sidewalk Days. Over 100 vendors will be on Superior Street for three days to provide you with food, fun, and retail.

Music in the Park

What: FORWARD Park Concert
When: July 10 (5:30-8 p.m.)
Where: 1895 Allendale Park Lane NW, Rochester

Enjoy a free concert in Rochester’s Allendale Park, with performances by local artist Jillian Rae and Wisconsin-based band Horace Green. Plus, the event will feature activities for kids and food and beverage vendors.

Even More Fireworks

What: Fireworks in the Park
When: July 11 (10-11 p.m.)
Where: 201 Isanti Parkway NW, Isanti

If you’re sad about the Fourth of July fireworks shows wrapping up, fear not! Bluebird Park is hosting a night of fireworks following the Jubilee Days Parade for your entertainment.

A Giant Festival

What: Blue Earth Giant Days
When: July 11-13
Where: Blue Earth

Enjoy three days of fun-filled activities in Blue Earth. Family-friendly events will include a foam party, live music, fireworks, bounce houses, a bake sale, and more!

Have a Wild Night

What: Country Music Night at the Zoo
When: July 12 (5-10 p.m.)
Where: 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

Head to the Minnesota Zoo for another installment of Wild Nights. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, and access to the habitats and trails. The lineup features country music from Caitlyn Smith and World According to Garth, plus sets from Daphne Jane and Daniel the Violinist. 18-plus only.

Wild Nights at Minnesota Zoo
Wild Nights at Minnesota Zoo

Courtesy of Minnesota Zoo

Art on the North Shore

What: Grand Marais Arts Festival
When: July 13-14 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Grand Marais

Take in the stunning Midwest art scene in Grand Marais with their highly anticipated annual art festival along the harbor.

Grand Marais Art Festival
Grand Marais Art Festival

Courtesy of Visit Cook County

Brews, Baked Goods, and More

What: July Makers Market
When: July 14 (12-5 p.m.)
Where: 5959 Baker Road, #320, Minnetonka

Grab a pint brewed by Boom Island Brewing Co. and shop for jewelry, baked goods, and candles.