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Things to do this week around Minnesota: GrillFest, Grand Old Day, St. Anthony Park Art Festival, and more

Artists on Display

What: Edina Art Fair 
When: May 31-June 2
Where: 3902 W. 50th Ave., Edina

This three-day art fair that started in 1966 was voted as best community event by Minnesota Monthly in 2016 and continues to attract local and international artists as well as food and brewery vendors.

Food Trucks and More

What: Shakopee Food Truck Festival 
When: May 31-June 1
Where: 2187 East County Road 101, Shakopee

Find treats and cuisines from more than 30 food truck vendors and also enjoy live music and entertainment.

Celebrating Cheese and Community

What: Pine Island Cheese Festival 
When: May 31-June 2
Where: 101 E. Center Street, Pine Island

From family activities, including fireworks, to sport tournaments, food, a carnival, and  outdoor entertainment, this three-day fest is a community event.

Detroit Lakes Street Fair

What: Street Faire at the Lakes
When: May 31-June 1
Where: Downtown Detroit Lakes

The Street Faire combines music, food, and artists for the first outdoor festival of the season. 

GrillFest 2023

Darin Kamnetz

Get Grilling

When: June 1-2
Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St Paul

Kick off summer in style with food and beverage samples, burger and drink judging, music, games, and more.

St. Anthony Park Art Festival

St. Anthony Park Art Festival

St. Anthony Park Art Fest

When: June 1
Where: St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul, main area at corner of Como and Carter avenues
This annual festival brings artists, musicians, art lovers, families, and community together for a one-day outdoor celebration on the first Saturday in June in a charming neighborhood of St. Paul.

Grand Party

When: June 2
Where: Along Grand Avenue, St. Paul
The largest free one-day festival is back again this year with a fun run, grand parade, live music, beer gardens, and family fun zone.



Rene Paciullo, Vanessa Bumbeers, Gustavo Menasce and Mark LoMoglio

Life’s a Circus

When: Through June 16
Where: Under the Big Top, Mall of America North parking lot, 2100 Lindau Lane, Bloomington
Led by the Maestro, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Twin Cities under its Big Top performance area with this eclectic homage to the origins and ongoing legacy of the world-famous circus company.

Craft Show

What: ‘Firsthand: Contemporary Craft in Context’
Through Aug. 3
Where: Goldstein Gallery, McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul

The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Gallery of Design, which is a research center in the U’s College of Design and the only design museum in the Upper Midwest, opens this new exhibit featuring more than 75 items showcasing leather shoes, woolen knitwear, thrown pottery, ceramic tiles, and youth-built boats.


Dan Norman

One Fine Day

When: Now open
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen
The true story of singer Carole King follows her life from teen to Grammy-winning songwriter, best known for her album “Tapestry.”
One of the Day-Glo paintings that appeared in the basement of Haring's 1982 solo show
One of the Day-Glo paintings that appeared in the basement of Haring’s 1982 solo show

Photo by Amy Nelson

Radiant Baby

What: ‘Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody’ exhibit
Now open
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

From his early years as a graffiti artist in the New York City subways to later career as public muralist and activist, Keith Haring’s playful, line-driven, brightly colored works are instantly recognizable. A major exhibit of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures opens at the Walker this weekend with its democratized message.

Amusement Park Opens

What: Valleyfair
Now open
Where: Valleyfair, 1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee

Valleyfair Amusement Park, the 125-acre Twin Cities amusement park, opened for the season on May 12 with eight roller coasters, a seven-acre waterpark, and an expansive kids’ area.