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Things to do this week in the Twin Cities area: Twin Cities Pride Festival, Taste of Rosefest, a drive-in movie, a jazz festival, and more
Photo by Diane Hoehne
Haunted Walking Tour

Photo by Diane Hoehne

Summer Solstice in St. Paul

What: Ghost and Gables Haunted Walking Tour
June 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Overlook Park, 418 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Celebrate the turn of the season on the longest day of the year with an early evening stroll down St. Paul’s most haunted and elegant streets while listening to ghost stories told by a Victorian guide looking at the history of the city.

Photo Provided by Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau
Rhythm of the Rails

Photo Provided by Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau

Outdoor Concert Series

What: Rhythm on the Rails   
When: Wednesdays, 6 p.m., June 22-Aug. 3
Where: 138 Lewis St. S., Shakopee

This free outdoor concert series promises to delight with live music, fun and games for the whole family, as well as food vendors. Local acts will open for regional headliners, and featured this week is musical group Arch Allies.

Photo by Loren Swanson
Taste of Rosefest

Photo by Loren Swanson

Sampling Event

What: Taste of Rosefest 
When: June 23, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Muriel Sahlin Arboretum, 2525 Dale St. N., Roseville

Ready to try some food, wine, and beer? This tasting event at Central Park includes local food and drink, a silent auction, a mini electric car show, live music, wine pull raffle, and door prizes.

Photo by Jason Boudreau Landis
Firefly Viewing Nights

Watching Fireflies

What: Firefly Viewing Nights
When: June 23-25, 8-10:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Spend a summer night heading out to a firefly viewing experience at the arboretum. Choose from four nighttime hikes to see the lightning bugs, starting from the Sensory Garden.


Drive-in Movie

What: Union Depot’s Drive-in Movie Series
When: Fridays, 9:30 p.m., June 24-Aug. 8
Where: 392 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Pack up the car and get ready to enjoy a classic movie. Other activities include treats from food trucks, photo contests, and interactive displays. This week’s film is “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

Photo by Taylor Brandt
Matthew Whitaker

Photo by Taylor Brandt

Jazz in the Park

What: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
When: June 24-25, times vary
Where: Mears Park, 221 Fifth St. E., St. Paul

This free, family-friendly festival includes performances by Matthew Whitaker, the Treme Brass Band, the Zach Harris group, and more. Come prepared with a lawn chair, a pair of dancing shoes, and a love of jazz.

Photo by Bret Bailey
Cars and Caves

Photo by Bret Bailey

Cars for Charity

What: Cars and Caves
When: June 25, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: Chanhassen AutoPlex, 8150 Audubon Road, Chanhassen

This outdoor auto extravaganza features more than 300 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles.

Pride Celebration

What: Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade
When: June 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

This year marks the 50th year of the Pride Festival here in the cities, featuring local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, and music stages. As always, the festival is free to attend, and all exhibitors who support the community are invited and welcome.

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