What: Motorboatin’ When: You should have left 10 minutes ago Where: The entire state and half of Wisconsin There are 10,000 lakes here and you have got to know at least one person with a boat, so join the hordes on I-35 Friday afternoons and make your way up North, because Summer isn’t complete until you've put a pole in the water and got a sunburn while pounding a can of something cold from a foam koozie.
What: Go see a man about the ponies When: May through Labor Day Where:Canterbury Park There's no better feeling than screaming your fool head off as the horses thunder towards the finish line. And there's no worse feeling than realizing your horse showed when you bet he'd place.
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What: Mini golf like an artist When: Open daily this Summer: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm (Closed June 20th-22nd for Rock the Garden) Where:Walker Art Center Ever use a lawn gnome as a putter? Didn’t think so. But now you can on the most ingenious putt-putt course you’ll ever play.
What: Go on a food truck crawl When: Whenever the sun shines Where: Downtown Minneapolis on Marquette Ave from 5th St to 10th St The boom in mobile food options means that just about every 'hood has a noontime gathering spot, but the most spectacular spread is still on Marquette Ave in Downtown Minneapolis. Stop by as many as possible and try everything from an enconada to arepas to cupcakes with dainty little fillings.
What: Food fight! When: June 21st Where: Elko Speedway A ticket to the Tomato Royale gets you a beer, a free T-shirt, access to an all-day festival w/ live music, street food, etc., and a chance to throw 30,000lbs of tomatoes at several thousand of your closest friends.
What: Hit the Aquatennial When: July 18th-26th Where: Minneapolis and St. Paul... but mostly Minneapolis Whether you’re wondering what you’ll do with all of those empty milk cartons, or how to create a sand sculpture that reflects your personal existential dilemma, or just want to see other people do those things, there is something for you to do at our biggest Summer celebration.
What: Drink in the sun -- literally and figuratively When: As long as the temperatures are above freezing Where:These places are a good start ‘Tis the season to post-up on a patio and imbibe some of our sweet, sweet local beer. In fact, given all the outdoor drinking options around MSP, you probably shouldn't set a single sandal-clad food inside a bar or restaurant until after Labor Day.
What: Do some beachside eating at Sandcastle When: Through October Where: Sandcastle... duh One of the best chefs in the Twin Cities, Doug Flicker, has taken his act to the beach on Lake Nokomis, where his new restaurant has everything you’d want to scarf while clad in a cool, sodden swimsuit: hot dogs, soft serve, cheese curds, horchata, and ice-cold local brews.
What: Hit 612Brew for food trucks, music, and killer local beer When: Wednesday-Saturday Where: 612Brew, of course We've got some pretty sweet taprooms in this town(s), but our favorite Summertime destination is the indoor/outdoor set up at this Nordeast gem, where they've got street food, put on live shows, and... oh yeah, there's beer.
What:Uptown Art Fair When: August 1st- 3rd Where: Uptown, presumably The diverse crowd this perennial favorite draws is always impressive: from the multi-pierced, tattooed beauties, to the lost suburbanites attempting to parallel park their over-sized station wagons, the people watching's almost as good as the art.
What: Ditch work for a day game Where: Target Field When:Calendar of games is available here There are only so many chances to sit in the sun eating Butcher & The Boar dogs and Cracker Jacks, while trying to ignore the fact our boys are losing. Again!
What: Get some music on a stick Where:State Fair Grounds When: August 21st-Labor Day Whether you’re a local hip-hop fan or still haven’t stopped believing, the Great Minnesota Get-Together has you covered with nostalgia acts like Journey, the underpants-clad gyrations of Har Mar Superstar, Kid Rock, and more.
What: The end-all, be-all Summer Beer Dabbler When: Saturday September 6th Where: Midway Stadium The guys behind the Dabbler have proven time and again that they host the best beer samplings around. This annual Summer sipper promises to be another, featuring the best brews from around the state alongside piles of food trucks for the sixth year running, only this time they’ve moved inside the Saints' home turf.