Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 1st – November 7th for a 3rd year at the Minnesota Zoo!

Wander through the glow of thousands of artfully carved pumpkins all alight in the night. This season, carve out a little time to bask in the glow of nature and enjoy this truly magical experience. Join us for this naturally magical event for a limited time only at the Minnesota Zoo!

Reserve your tickets today (sold online only)! Tickets range from $16-24. Members save $2 off all General Admission tickets.  Late night pricing for extra spooktacular savings! (Monday evenings will be limited capacity and are reserved for guests with mobility challenges and sensory needs.) Learn More

Make your Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular event even more memorable with an additional customized experience!

These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are sure to light up your season.

Personalized Pumpkins

Customize your very own Jack-O-Lantern! You can have an artistically and professionally carved pumpkin placed on display and glowing for all to see. At the end of the evening, take your personalized pumpkin home!

Family Zoo Adventure: Snakes, Bats, and Dragons

Celebrate the season by learning about some of the Zoo’s most beloved (but spooky) animals! This daytime program includes animal encounters and a guided tour. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular tickets are not included in this experience.

Thank you for your support of the Minnesota Zoo and our mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.

Become a member, and join us on the journey to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. YOU make a difference in the success and growth of the Minnesota Zoo and its thousands of treasured species. Memberships are valid for one full year, and include many engaging benefits for individuals and families.

Welcome to the 2021 Minnesota Renaissance Festival: 50 Years of Huzzah & Cheers! – Shakopee, MN

Welcome to the 2021 Minnesota Renaissance Festival: 50 Years of Huzzah & Cheers! – Shakopee, MN

Hello from the High Court! – Nicholas J. Narog Photography

This year the Minnesota Renaissance Festival marks our 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration.  In 1971 the Minnesota Renaissance first appeared out of the summer mists to celebrate the spirit of the Renaissance.  As has been their tradition, the King and Queen have proclaimed that the Master of the Revels gather the finest crafters and artisans, a cornucopia of food, challenging and adventurous games, music both pastoral and raucous, and stages full of acts of comedy and skill.  And of course the most important ingredient in our Festival celebration, you!  We’ve missed you!  Our villagers and royalty are eager to welcome you through the gates and have you join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Festival day! Huzzah and cheers for 50 years!

50th Anniversary Celebration Parade/Royal Tribucade – Daily @ 1:00 PM

Royal Guard Encampment

Birds of Prey Exhibit

Doggie Dash – Pavilion Daily @ 2:30 PM

King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of exciting entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Come celebrate our 50th season by visiting the Festival grounds in Shakopee, MN

Free Parking
Live Armored Combat Jousting
7 Full Themed Weekends
16 Stages of Exciting Entertainment
50 Free Family Friendly Activities
250 Artisan Booths for Endless Shopping
Food, Drinks & More!

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The 2021 Minnesota State Fair Official Commemorative Art By Minnesota Artist Kevin Cannon!

The 2021 Minnesota State Fair Official Commemorative Art By Minnesota Artist Kevin Cannon!

Minnesota State Fair: Originally commissioned for the 2020 State Fair, this highly detailed watercolor rendition of the fairgrounds map required only slight modifications for this year. This timeless painting provides a whimsical and jam-packed overview of the State Fair. “My hope is that people will get lost in my image, in the same way it’s fun to get lost at the fair itself, not exactly having a plan, just wandering, exploring and finding something new and exciting around every corner,” he said.
As a cartoonist, Cannon typically creates art on a small scale. Working with the relatively large size of the watercolor paper for this project presented a logistical challenge, which he solved by rigging up a mini drafting table that allowed the paper to bend out and curve as if feeding a piece of paper into a typewriter. He used this system for the penciling and inking stages, and then laid the painting flat to layer on watercolor paints. Observant viewers of the artwork may discover a secret message hidden throughout the painting. “I hope people spend a lot of time with this illustration and that they discover something new every time they take a look,” he said.

Cannon is best known for his detailed cartoon maps in the Star Tribune as well as his humorous all-ages graphic novel, “The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy.” Born and raised in St. Louis Park, his art career began at a very early age, drawing with Mr. Sketch markers on scraps of foam core from his uncle’s photography studio. He went on to study studio art at Grinnell College in Iowa and resettled in Minneapolis after short stints living in London and Manhattan. In 2004, Cannon co-founded Big Time Attic studio with Zander Cannon (no relation) and Shadi Petosky. The trio tackled a wide range of projects such as animating online games for Cartoon Network and designing the Eau Claire-based family fun center Action City before each artist went their separate way. Cannon focused his career on cartooning, writing and illustrating the arctic adventure graphic novels “Far Arden” and “Crater XV,” the former garnering an Eisner nomination (the comic world’s equivalent of an Oscar). The last decade has found him splitting his time between drawing children’s books and creating illustrations for clients such as Apple, Harvard and the US Naval Academy, and publications like The Village Voice, Minnesota Monthly and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. He lives in Mounds View with his wife, Maggie, their son, Ulysses, and cat, Cottleston Pie.

The commemorative poster and other merchandise featuring the art are now available for purchase (limited-edition signed prints are sold out). They will also be available during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book and State Fair Poster Carts on the fairgrounds (see a map). Proceeds will support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, fairgrounds and educational programs.

The 2021 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art is the 17th in a series of artwork created by Minnesota artists for the Great Minnesota Get-Together. In past years, artists have included: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2004), Mary GrandPré (2005), Nancy Carlson (2006), Michael Birawer (2007), Edie Abnet (2008), Leo Stans (2009), Deborah Voyda Rogers (2010), Steve Thomas (2011), Joe Heffron (2012), Marie Olofsdotter (2013), Emily L. Taylor (2014), Adam Turman (2015), Michael Sweere (2016), Ta-coumba Aiken (2017), Kristi Abbott (2018) and R. J. Kern (2019). View gallery of past artwork.

Learn more and purchase the poster, print or merchandise featuring the artwork!
“Best Days of Summer” Returns: The Aquatennial is the Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis!

“Best Days of Summer” Returns: The Aquatennial is the Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis!

July 21-24, 2021 | Minneapolis, MN

The Aquatennial or as some say the, “Best Days of Summer” returns with the usual great events and even some new ones. The Torchlight Parade and 5k will take place again, the tennis classic is back in its usual great for, and this year there is even the Candid Canines Film Fest which is a fan submitted doggo video to be shown on the Target Field Station screen. Of course the Target Fireworks, a top 5 national fireworks display, will light up the skyline and the river for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss an event, link here for a complete schedule: Aquatennial Events


The Minneapolis Aquatennial is proudly produced by the Mpls Downtown Council.

The Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis Offers Traditional and New Events, Free and For All Ages!

This year’s schedule of events is filled with traditional Aquatennial favorites and an array of new
activities with the majority located in and around downtown Minneapolis. All events are free and open to
the public.

“We are excited to welcome everyone to Aquatennial this summer, as we are leading the way back to
enjoying collective urban experiences together,” said Leah Wong, vice president of external relations,
mpls downtown council. “Whether it is the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, Target Fireworks—a top
5 annual display in the country, group fitness activities, shopping local makers, a Twin Cities River Rats
show or listening to live music, we know there is something you and yours will love. We can’t wait to see
you downtown.”

From the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to Peavey Plaza, Midtown Global Market to the Mississippi
Riverfront, Nicollet to Mill Ruins Park, the 82 nd Aquatennial will provide fun opportunities for all ages
including its flagship events the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade and Target Fireworks.

“Aquatennial is our Official Civic Celebration and a summer staple here in Minneapolis, and we are thrilled
to return to celebrate together this year,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “From our world-class
culinary scene to views along the river and so much more, we invite you to enjoy everything our city has
to offer. Whether you make every Aquatennial or this is your first time joining, there’s always something
new to try downtown, and we can’t wait to welcome you for this year’s events.”

The schedule and the proximity of the activities make Aquatennial a walkable and bikeable experience
throughout the four days as many of the festivities take place throughout downtown and at or near the
riverfront, the birthplace of our city.

“Aquatennial is an annual tradition in Minneapolis, a time that offers fun ways to gather and enjoy outdoor
spaces together,” said Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Superintendent Al Bangoura. “We enjoy
having Aquatennial events in our park system each year, and we’re excited to welcome everyone back to
enjoy their favorite events again this July. Events will take you along the Mississippi Riverfront to the
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and there is something for everyone at Aquatennial while enjoying some
of our city’s beautiful outdoor spaces.”


CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade

Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Nicollet between 12th Street and 4th Street
The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade will illuminate downtown Minneapolis along Nicollet with
parade units, floats, displays, and marching bands through the heart of downtown. The parade will begin
at 12th Street and run to 4th Street.


Target Fireworks

Saturday, July 24 at 10 p.m.
West River Parkway near Portland Avenue
The Target Fireworks are considered one of the Top 5 annual fireworks displays in the country. Come
early for Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities along the riverfront on West River Parkway near the Stone
Arch Bridge beginning at 6 p.m. Live musical entertainment will include the Command Steppers, Dred I
Dread, and Annie Mack. The world-famous Zambelli Fireworks team spends approximately two to four
hours per each minute of the display to ensure that the display and music are perfectly synced.

Glensheen Mansion: It’s happening… Free Concerts on the Pier will be back in Full Force this Summer! ⁠

Glensheen Mansion: It’s happening… Free Concerts on the Pier will be back in Full Force this Summer! ⁠


JULY 7 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM


5:00 PM – 8:00 PM⁠

MUSIC FROM 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM⁠


Concerts on the Pier is a quintessential Duluth summer experience. You haven’t lived a true Duluth summer night until you’ve attended a night of Concerts on the Pier at Glensheen. Duluth musicians play on the end of Glensheen’s 100-ft pier that juts out into Lake Superior. Concert goers pack the shoreline and arrive to watch the show via every watercraft vehicle imaginable.

2021 Concerts on the Pier line up

7.7 LANUE (indie folk – Sarah Kruger project)
7.14 Seyi Stories (spoken word, hip hop, R&B)
7.21 Charlie Parr (folk, Americana, blues)
7.28 Sugar on the Roof (bluegrass, alt-country, folk)
8.4 Lyla Abukhodair (pop, indie rock)
8.11 Alan Sparhawk (rock, blues)
8.18 AfroGeode (neo-soul, R&B, spoken word) & JayGee (hip hop, spoken word)
8.25 Gaelynn Lea (folk, indie)


– Service animals are welcome ⁠
– Beverages available for purchase⁠
– Glass and outside alcohol is not allowed⁠
– Food available for purchase from multiple food trucks⁠
– Picnics/delivery/outside food is allowed, but please no large coolers⁠.⁠
– Onsite kayak launching available ONLY through Day Tripper of Duluth⁠


Food Trucks to include Oasis Del Norte, UpDawg, Mama Roots, Auntie M’s, The Rambler, and more! Not every food truck will be present each night. Every night will be a different set of a few food trucks.⁠

Catering by Bellisios will provide local beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available for purchase.⁠

Love Creamery ice cream will be available for purchase.⁠


Taking a tour prior to the concert is a great way to snag a good parking spot and the best seat on the shore.

Glensheen is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for self-guided tours.


If accommodations such as an interpreter are needed, please make accommodation requests two weeks in advance for each performance. Accommodation requests can be made by contacting info@glensheen.org.

Central Park Festival Grounds: Plan Now for Eagan’s July 4th Funfest Festivities – Eagan, MN

Central Park Festival Grounds: Plan Now for Eagan’s July 4th Funfest Festivities – Eagan, MN

July 4th Parade starts 10:00 am & Car Show 1:00 pm

Be sure to bring the family to enjoy the colorful parade, thrilling rides, carnival fun and events on the festival grounds of Central Park.

The region’s largest display of fireworks takes place at dusk on July 4th!

This year’s modified Eagan’s July 4th Funfest festivities will include an adventurous scavenger hunt, a spectacular kids bike parade, the annual Ambassadors coronation, a showcase of Eagan’s restaurants, and of course, fireworks!! Click here for complete details.

Eagan’s fantastic fireworks tradition continues as one of the largest displays in the region will be illuminating the skies beginning at dusk on July 4.  Higher altitude shells will be used this year allowing for the fireworks to be viewed from further away.  For additional details and an optimal viewing map, please click here  

Red Cross Blood Drive
Funfest is proud to be partnering with the American Red Cross on a blood drive which will be conducted on July 3 at Cub Foods (Lexington & Diffley) from 10 am – 4 pm and Dunn Brothers from 8 am – 2 pm.  To sign up, please click here.

Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and…FunFeast?  Yes, food is an important part of any Independence Day celebration, so that’s why we’ve created FunFest – a brand new initiative aimed at satisfying your appetite for excellent Eagan restaurant food and gift cards!  Simply dine at any participating Eagan restaurant July 1 – 12, snap a photo of your food, and post it on social media using #Funfest2021.  A total of 12 winners will be randomly selected and awarded with gift cards.  Plus, one grand prize winner will be selected and richly rewarded with $250 in Eagan restaurant gift cards. Click here for a list of participating restaurants!

Kids Bike Parade
Decorate a bike and help kick off Funfest with our annual Kid’s Bike Parade on Saturday, July 3! All ages are welcome. Arrive early to touch up those decorations and line up! The parade start time is 3 pm in front of the Eagan Rotary Band Shell. The parade will follow the path behind the band shell around the pond and end as the kids make the full loop. Make your bike standout. Our Funfest Ambassadors will be on hand to help out. Crafts and treats will also be available!


Our Mission

To benefit our community through sponsorship, organization and promotion of Eagan’s July 4th Funfest, an annual community celebration.


Eagan’s July 4th Funfest has been occurring annually for over 50 years. Beginning as a small group of children riding around town on decorated bicycles, the event has grown into a two day event with live bands, rides, lots of food, a parade, and a fireworks show that attracts more that 100,000.

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