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Things to do this week in the Twin Cities area: Latvian Song and Dance Festival, Music on the Cortile, Fourth of July Kickoff, and more

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Robin Hood’s Opening Night

What:Robin Hood: The Merry Musical
When: June 28-Aug. 13, times vary
Where: Sidekick Theatre, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington

Filled with family fun and audience participation, this musical is billed as “a swashbuckling musical for all ages” and opens this week.


Photo by Dave Tombers

Water Ski Show

What: The Twin Cities River Rats Present Super Mario World
When: June 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mississippi River, 1758 West River Road N., Minneapolis

This family show is led by Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach as they try to defeat Bowser from the water ski world with jumps, pyramids, and balancing acts.


Photo by Elli Rader

Lunch Hour Concert

What: Music on the Cortile: Mother Banjo
When: June 29, noon
Where: Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St. W., St. Paul

Bring your lunch to a free performance from this local songwriter and enjoy folk, bluegrass, and Americana sounds. Mother Banjo is the second artist in the Landmark Center’s Music on the Cortile series.

Veteran Exhibit

What: Wreaths Across America
When: June 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: North St. Paul Veterans Park, 2438 Margaret St., North St. Paul

The Daughters of the American Revolution organization showcases its mobile Wreaths Across America exhibit with a ceremonial wreath laying event, a tribute to veterans,  interactive activities and short films.


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Latvian Song and Dance Festival

What: XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival
When: June 29-July 4
Where: Various locations around St. Paul

Celebrate the rich Latvian traditions of song and folk dance in this six-day festival filled with concerts, film screenings, children’s activities and other cultural events.


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Somali Independence Day Celebration

What: Somali Week Festival 2022
When: July 2, 1 p.m.
Where: Blaisdell and Lake St., Minneapolis

Come celebrate Somali Independence Day with Minnesota’s Somali community. This street festival kicks off Somali Week 2022, North America’s largest Somali community celebration, and includes music, games, and food for all.

Fourth of July Kickoff 

What: Bloomington Summer Fete
When: July 3, 5-10:30 p.m.
Where: Normandale Lake Park, 84th Street and Chalet Road, Bloomington

Enjoy music, food, and fireworks at this annual tradition kicking off the Independence Day holiday.