First things first: start your weekend right at the annual Twin Cities Donut Crawl! This year, each of the participating donut and coffee shops will be stationed at Meers Park in St. Paul. For $35, you get a donut from each shop, unlimited coffee, and a t-shirt. Not only do you get to treat your sweet tooth, but proceeds go to Second Harvest Heartland! Saturday, July 13, 9am.
Northern Spark is the free annual epic all-night multimedia event in Minneapolis. Wander the streets, participate in temporary art installations, and experience live performances throughout the city–all night. Seriously, this event is from 9pm-5:26am! Not sure where to start? Make your own itinerary here! This event is free, but paid tickets are required for special events, such as the launch party, pancake breakfast, and more.
If seeing and buying art in the daylight hours are more your thing, make your way to Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior to check out Art on the Lake! Enjoy live music while perusing the various artist booths along the Lake Minnetonka shoreline.
Love Northeast? Love biking?! Be sure to join the 2015 Northeast Ride on Saturday! Meet up with several bike lovers for a special family-friendly 12-mile tour of Northeast Minneapolis, including neighborhood parks, and several galleries in the arts district. Tickets are $20 ($25 day of) and benefit the Northeast CDC which supports arts and Northeast community.
Want to celebrate your Scandinavian heritage (or just love Norwegian culture?) The Midtsommer Fest is a must! It’s a free festival, based on traditional Norwegian summer festivities. There will be a variety of activities for all ages, live bands, as well as food and drinks for sale. Sounds like a blast! Norway House, Saturday June 13, 12pm
This week I had a summer potluck with friends, and three of the dishes featured strawberries in the most wonderful ways. We determined that a trip to pick our own berries is a must this summer. Check out Minnesota Grown for a list of orchards!
How are you spending your summer evenings? I can’t think of anything more wonderful than getting off work and spending time kayaking in the chain of lakes. If you buy a rental season pass, you can even use it at Canal Park in Duluth! Win-win, I say.
Last weekend, filmmakers around the Twin Cities participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, where several teams each made an entire short film in only 48 hours. Check out the results at Riverview Theater! June 16th-18th, $12 per screening.
(Photo is of “Scattered Light”, by Jim Campbell. Upper Landing, Northern Spark, 2011. Photo credit to Dusty Hoskovec)