Best Bets: July 25-31

Things to do this week: Rhythm on the Rails, The Visual Voice of Autism, Loring Park Art Festival, and much more

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Fun-Filled Fair

What: Scott County Fair
When: July 27-31
Where: Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 W 190th St., Jordan

These five days are filled with music, magic shows, draft horse show, and tractor pulls. There’s also a rodeo and demolition derby, circus and carnival.


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Circus Performances

What: Circus Juventas’ “Confetti”
When: Opens July 29; various performances through Aug. 14
Where: 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul

The annual performance this year starts with the ringmaster closing the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus show, and then the performers embark on an odyssey flying through the greatest moments of circus history with the aid of a Zoltar.


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Lunch Hour Performance

What: Music on the Cortile: Trio Bossa Nova
When: July 27, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., St. Paul

Listen to a compilation of famous bossa nova classics and original Brazilian music with this trio of a vocalist, jazz guitarist, and cellist. This is the final performance of the Music on the Cortile series, so if you have not yet enjoyed the local music, catch it while you can.

After Dark Moth Collecting

What: Moth Week Evening Collecting
When: July 28, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul

It’s Moth Week! Use black lights to attract, collect, and identify moths at this outdoor event at the Bell Museum. Make sure to dress for the weather.


Photo by Harrison Halker Heinks

Art Exhibit

What: The Visual Voice of Autism
When: July 28-Sept. 11
Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington

Experience the opening of Harrison Halker Heinks’ art exhibit that explores reflective surfaces in photography to show viewers what it is like to live with autism. This collection’s purpose is to represent those with autism and Heinks himself, as he includes a few self-portraits.

Gary Clark Jr. and Kelsea Ballerini 

What: Live at the Hilde: Party in the Park
When: July 29-30
Where: Hilde Performance Center, 3400 Plymouth Blvd., Plymouth

This two-day festival has all the music, with local and national musicians. Grammy Award winner Gary Clark Jr. and Country Music Award winner Kelsea Ballerini will be headlining this year’s event.


Picture by Dominic Adams, Sean Bruton, Cody Carr, and Alexander Criswell

Summer Night Skies

What: Universe in the Park
When: July 29, 8:45-10 p.m.
Where: Highlands Park, 6975 Idsen Ave. S., Cottage Grove

Bring your family to this event at Shepard Farm where the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will start with an outdoor presentation to introduce you to the solar system and astrophysicists’ tools. You’ll also get to look at the sky through telescopes.

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Annual Summer Art Celebration

What: Loring Park Art Festival
When: July 30-31
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

The 22nd annual Loring Park Art Festival will showcase 140 artists and craftspeople. The wildflowers, gardens, and large pond create the perfect space for viewing the art. Music and food trucks will join the artists for this two-day event.


Photo by Jane Dierberger

St. Croix Valley Opera

What: Opera on the River
When: July 30, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Lowell Park, 201 Water St. N., Stillwater

Bring chairs and picnic blankets to Lowell Park and enjoy an evening of operatic music. The concert will also include an orchestra and emcees to accompany the opera singers. Attend the Performing Arts Fair earlier in the day to see local organizations and their presentations.

Annual Wine Tastings

What: Waconia Wine Festival
When: July 30-31
Where: 8785 Airport Rd., Waconia

The annual Waconia Wine Festival is one of the biggest wine festivals in Minnesota. You will get to experience three wineries in one afternoon and admission includes transportation between wineries. Each winery will offer a tasting, local music, and special food menus.