Minnesota State Fair
When: August 27th – Sept 7th, 2015
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55108
What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood.
Today, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually. This end-of-summer tradition is always held the 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day.
Parade of Homes
When: September 12th, – October 4 – Thursdays – Sundays | Noon to 6pm
Where: Various Locations around the Twin Cities
The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) is proud to present the 67th Fall Parade of Homes with 390 new homes to tour all across the extended metro region. This fall, the tour runs from September 12th through October 4th, with all homes open Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6:00 pm.
The tour offers area families the opportunity to see and experience virtually the entire range of new homes and neighborhoods on the market today. All are free to tour with the exception of four Dream Homes that request a $5.00 donation, which helps the BATC Foundation build and remodel homes for area families in need. Guidebooks are available at regional Holiday Stationstores beginning August 28th. Interactive searches, a photo gallery, e-Magazine, plus a TripPlanner are all available online at ParadeofHomes.org
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
When: Saturdays and Sundays – August 22, 2015 – October 4th, 2015
Where: Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds
12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 45th Season! Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition by visiting the festival grounds in Shakopee, MN. This family friendly festival features more than 250 artisans and patrons, providing endless booths for shopping, entertainment, fun and food fit for a king! Also, enjoy 16 stages of live entertainment of magicians, musicians, jugglers, mimes and more.
Home Improvement & Design Expo
When: September 11th & 12th |10am – 5:30pm
Where: Canterbury Downs
1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN
Attention all home improvement enthusiasts! See up to 150 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services to help turn your dream home into a reality.
Bring your ideas and blueprints. This show features everything home improvement related, including: remodelers, landscapers, architects, interior designers, contractors, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment rooms, roofing, window, siding, financing, and much more!
Bacon and Beer Classic
When: Saturday September 12th, 2015 | 1-4pm & 7-10pm
Where: Target Field
353 North 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN
The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside iconic stadiums across America. It is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of beloved sports meets their love for bacon and beer. As the attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Music will get people dancing and interactive games will bring out their inner kid!
Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
When: Tuesdays | 10am-8pm
Where: Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN
This landmark exhibit features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, displays and hands-on elements to explore the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments, challenges and enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.
Farmers’ Markets in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis Farmers Market
When: Every day 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: 312 East Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
University of Minnesota Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: 200 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Hmongtown Farmers Market
When: Every day, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Where: 217 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55103
St. Paul Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. – 1p.m.
Where: 290 E 5th St. St. Paul, 55101