Summer is winding down but we Minnesotans won’t let go of it without leaving claw marks! As we wring out the last weeks of glorious weather you’ll no doubt be looking for ways to get out in it and we have a few ideas for you.
Minnesota State Fair
Going on through Labor Day, the State Fair is one of those events that really requires more than one visit. If you have only one day to spend there, however, visit the fair’s website and check the calendar of events to ensure you go on a day full of everything you like.
Take a trip through the amazing gardens and visit the art and sculpture tour as you munch on your favorite fair fare.
September music headliners include Patti LaBelle tomorrow night, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday night and Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson with special guest Sturgill Simpson on September 7, the fair’s final day.
Taste of Greece
It’ll be Greek to you when you attend the annual Taste of Greece festival in Minneapolis from September 11-13. Greek culture will be on display with the food, the music and lots of fun.
Bring the kids for the inflatables ― they’ll have a blast. Also, folks are encouraged to bring three non-perishable food items and they’ll get, in exchange, two free festival food tickets. Friday night you’re invited to participate in or spectate Chloe’s Fight 5k Toga Run, Family Walk and Kids’ Toga Race around Lake Calhoun. Admission to the festival is only $1.00 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South in Minneapolis. Find more information online at mplsgreekfest.org.
Kids, especially little girls, love butterflies so this is the ideal September event for families. Bring them out to Lake Nokomis on September 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the Monarch Festival ― celebrating the butterfly’s amazing 2,300 mile migration to Mexico every year.
Like any self-respecting festival, they will offer food, music, dancing and educational workshops. It all takes place at the top of the hill along the northeast curve of the lake (E Nokomis Parkway, E Minnehaha Park and Woodlawn Boulevard).
Learn more at the Monarch Festival’s website