3 Fun Events in the Twin Cities to Enjoy This Summer

3 Fun Events in the Twin Cities to Enjoy This SummerThe weather is nice and some of you may have a bit of time off, so this is a perfect opportunity to become a tourist in your own community and take in some local activities and events in the Twin Cities.

While there’s plenty to do and see in the area, here are three of our favorites:

Farmers Market

If you haven’t already been there, a Saturday morning trip to Mill City Farmers Market turns a shopping trip into an adventure. Not only can you shop for locally-grown, seasonal fruit and veggies, but also local farmstead cheeses, freshly baked bread, and farmer preserved jams and jellies. There’s often live music, dancing, kids’ activities, and kitchen and cooking demos.

Mill City Farmers Market is open every Saturday through the end of October and then, the second Saturday of each month, indoors, during the winter months.

The State Fair

Summertime means fair time, and yes, it’s almost time for the Minnesota State Fair. The enormity of this fair is like no other in the state with 12 days of fun and food, starting on Thursday, August 25. Livestock competitions are a tradition with open, FFA and 4-H classes held in beef, dairy, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and stock dogs. Purebred horse confirmation classes are also held for many breeds, along with horsemanship and equitation classes.

Then there are the rides and the arcade games, where gents still try to earn their ladies giant stuffed animals and kids dare their parents to go on thrill rides. A daily parade is held at 2 p.m., and there’s even a marching band competition.

Need more to do? There are also arts and crafts booths, the Eco Experience and headline names on the concert venue this year, including Don Henley, Charlie Wilson, The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keller, Demi Lovato with Nick Jonas, Bonnie Raitt, and the Dixie Chicks. Be sure to reserve your concert tickets early!

Renaissance Festival

If yesteryear is more your style, take a journey back to the 16th Century at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which opens August 18 – September 30. Enjoy the Feast of Fancy, Pig ‘n Swig beer and bacon tastings, Off the Vine Winetasting, the Pub Crawl, and a Fairytale Princess Party held daily.

Other family-friendly events at the festival include Dr. Thora Pandora’s Chemistry Experience, a Children’s Knighting Ceremony, the costume contest, and the Fairy Wing Forest. There’s also a juggling school, sheep herding demos and armored knights jousting on a daily basis.

Note: You don’t have to come dressed in traditional Rennaissance attire, but, of course, it’s more fun that way!

For other summer fun, don’t forget to visit some of Minnesota’s many lakes. You may have to travel a bit outside of the Twin Cities, but these lakes are well worth the visit.

What other summer fun events in the Twin Cities do you plan on attending?