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Things to do around the Twin Cities this week: Minnesota State Fair, Renaissance Festival continued
Fair visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the action from the Midway rides and the SkyGlider ride.
Fair visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the action from the Midway rides and the SkyGlider ride.

Courtesy Minnesota State Fair

Great Get-Together

What: Minnesota State Fair
Through Sept. 4
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul

Minnesota’s biggest blockbuster event kicks off on Thursday. Prepare with these resources:

Corn Fest

Cornucopia of Fun

What: Corn Fest
When: Through Labor Day
Where: Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee  

There’s nothing corny about this corn-forward food menu, corn games like Corn Chucking and Corn Hole along with others, crafts for kids, live bands, line dancing, corn-eating contests, and other entertainment.  

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

RenFest Weekends and Labor Day

What: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends through Oct. 1
Where: 3525 145th St. W., Shakopee

Parking concerns have been resolved, so the popular Minnesota Renaissance Festival is back for another season of 16th century European village life entertainment, starting this weekend and running through Oct. 1.

“Cheaper Than Hamilton”

Decades of Laughs

What: Brave New Workshop’s “Cheaper Than Hamilton”
When: Through Nov. 4
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapoli  

Brave New Workshop celebrates three score and five years of promiscuous hostility and positive neutrality with a retrospective of their most popular sketches and songs from past performances.