Minnesota State Fair 2014

August 20th,2014
2014, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do, Twin Cities Attractions

Minnesota State Fair
Hello Twin Cities! It has been an amazing Summer and it is that time of the year where it is starting to wind down, school is almost back in session (for some it is) and the last days of August through Labor Day are here!

Yes I am talking the Minnesota State Fair and it starts tomorrow, Thursday August 21!

Here are some highlights for all of our fans who are thinking about attending this year’s Minnesota State Fair.

Source: Minnesota State Fair Website

  • The Fair Runs from Thursday August 21, 2014 through Labor Day on Monday September 1, 2014.

  • They have 28 new foods this year. (the Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll and the Deep-Fried Lobster On-a-Stick look amazing!)
  • Some big names at the Grandstand including, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Journey, and so much more…
  • Tons of new vendors and new attractions.

We highly recommend downloading the State Fair app on your smart phone! It can be a saving grace when looking for specific things. Works great when you are onsite and looking for the closest cheese curd stand! :-)

We were happy to have given away 12 pairs of state fair tickets and we hope that everyone who ventures out has fun and a great time. We will be posting more info this week as the fair continues on!

Minnesota State Fair

PS: We want to see your State Fair pics! Be sure to post your pics on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/365TwinCitiesMN

2014 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities

June 29th,2014
2014, Festivals, Food, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do

2014 Twin Cities Fireworks Displays

Independence Day weekends is fast approaching, so if you haven’t figured out where you want to watch fireworks with your friends or family, this might help you make a decision. Almost every city and suburb in the Twin Cities offers some type of celebration for the Fourth of July weekend; this is not a complete list, but a list of some of the larger celebrations taking place. If you want to share one happening in your area, please feel free to share it in the comments section.


Minneapolis Riverfront: Red, White and Boom!

One of the biggest and best of the 4th of July celebrations in the area is Minneapolis Red, White and Boom! Taking place in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, it has lots of family fun, including four stages of live music, great food, and free family activities for all. Thursday July 3rd, participate in the Hot Dam 5k at 6:30pm, and then check out live music from Bomba de Luz at the Nicollet Island Amphitheatre and a live showing of “Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Remember to bring chairs or blankets and arrive early! Friday July 4th starts with the Red, White & Boom ½ Marathon at 6:30am and ends with the Fireworks display at 10pm. Parking is available in the St. Anthony Falls Parking Ramp. Visit Red, White and Boom! for details.

Mississippi Riverfront
212 2nd Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Fourth of July Celebration – St. Louis Park

Stevie and the Table Rockers perform live alongside a variety of concessions and vendors, as you celebrate the Fourth of July in Aquila Park. The spectacular fireworks show gets underway around 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – St. Louis Park for details.

Aquila Park
3110 Xylon Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN


4th of July Celebration – Excelsior

If you’re in the west metro, one of the best celebrations you’ll find is the 4th of July Celebration in Excelsior, on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Join in the Firecracker Runs – 1 mile, 5k & 10k, the kid’s parade on Water St., a sand sculpture contest, a fishing contest, or the popsicle social. The Wolverine Big Band will be entertaining everyone well into the night and Michael Wickus & the 4th of July Airshow will astound with the acts of aerial daring. For a list of activities, or if you want to contribute to the celebration fund, check the 4th of July Celebration – Excelsior website.

Excelsior Commons Park
21 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331


Manitou Days

White Bear Lake celebrates with a three week festival called Manitou Days. With multiple days of fun it culminates with the big 4th of July Celebration, which includes a lighted boat parade. Enjoy free food and entertainment at a community picnic. Dance under the stars. Ride on a pickle bucket boat. Ride your bike, build a sand castle, enter a fishing contest, go for a pontoon ride or shop downtown White Bear Lake. It’s fun and friendly family entertainment for all. Check out the Manitou Days website for more information.

Manitou Days
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Fourth of July Celebration – Coon Rapids

Enjoy the parade, carnival, car show and more. There will be a live DJ and fireworks in Sand Creek Park. Fun starts at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Coon Rapids for details.

Sand Creek Park
1008 Northdale Blvd N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Stillwater

Enjoy fireworks choreographed to music in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park over the beautiful St. Croix River. Show beings at dusk. Get there early. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Stillwater fordetails.

Lowell Park
100 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Roseville

Party in the park for Roseville’s Rosefest 2014, June 26th – July 4th. There will be festivities start at 1pm, including a fireworks display at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Roseville fordetails.

Central Park
2540 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Eagan

This year’s Eagan July 4th Funfest “Stars and Stripes” ends with a spectacular fireworks show over Central Park. Enjoy games and activities for the little ones at a carnival, a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, bingo, a concert by The Dweebs (their 8th consecutive year), then fireworks at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Eagan fordetails.

Central Park
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN


Have a safe and happy 4th of July, Twin Cities!

MN Food Truck Fair in Uptown on June 29th!

June 27th,2014
2014, Festivals, Food, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do

Food, Music, Fair, Freebies and a Movie!

What do they all have in common?

The Minnesota Food Truck Fair

Check out the MN Food Truck Fair in Uptown on June 29th from 11am to 9pm, with over 35+ vendors, there is bound to be something for everyone. They even have gluten free options. The fair is located at Lake & Hennepin to 31st & Holmes.

MN Food Truck Fair 2014 - 1

2014′s theme is “$5 Pair Share”. Every participating truck has a specialty dish for $5 that you can share with a friend or family member. WIN! So this way you can try way more food trucks out during the fair.

MN Food Truck Fair 2014 - Collage

So I did mention freebies and a movie at the beginning didn’t I?

MN Food Truck Fair 2014 - 10
Well this is how that fits in:

GIMME SOME TOTS! The first 250 people to stop by the TOPPER JACK’S (Tot Boss) Food Truck at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair on Sunday, 6/29 starting at 11am will receive FREE tater tots (while supplies last) courtesy of the Warner Bros. comedy TAMMY, starring Melisa McCarthy!

They will also receive a TOPPER JACK’S T-shirt and the chance to attend an advance screening of the film.

Tammy Movie

American Idol Auditions Wednesday June 18th!

June 18th,2014
2014, Contests, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Things To Do

Minneapolis AMERICAN IDOL® XIV Audition Information

WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply – please visit americanidol.com for specific information.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18

WHERE: Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota
1901 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

HOW: Wristbands will be distributed beginning at approximately 7:00 AM on Wednesday, June 18. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out and may not line up before 6am. Soon after they receive their wristbands, they will be told to enter the arena.

Check out FAQs to find out what you can and cannot take into the arena.

American Idol Auditions

Legendary rockers Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana at Xcel Center August 10th ticket giveaway!

June 9th,2014
2014, Contests, Indoor, Music, Things To Do

Rod Stewart and Santana Concert

Legendary rockers Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana are hitting the road for ‘The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs’ tour. The tour will be a mixture of rock, soul, jazz and blues.

Stewart and Santana share a love of blues and have unique upbringings in the popular genre.

“I think we were authentic and stuck to what we though Chicago blues was,” Stewart said.

Santana was born in Mexico but moved to San Francisco in his youth.”In San Francisco we were free to experiment with consciousness revolution; Peyote, mescaline, LSD,” Santana said. “We didn’t have to read or learn the blues from a book or record. We went into it.”

Stewart and Santana haven’t played together much. In fact this year was their first collaboration where they played Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.””It was all brand new and fresh,” Stewart said. “We haven’t experimented yet and there are so many avenues we can explore.” “I’d say it’s like a revelation,” Santana said. “In church you’d call it sanctified. We want to create a sanctified frequency.”

The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs tour will be at the Xcel Center August 10th.

365 Twin Cities is giving away 2 sets (2 tickets) to the concert.

One set will be given away on July 5th and one set on August 5th.

To enter, sign up here: http://bit.ly/1n2FmJc

Stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION at Mall of America Sunday, June 8th

June 6th,2014
2014, Free Stuff, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Things To Do

Transformers Age of Extinction 1

Nicola Peltz & Jack Reynor, stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, will be at Mall of America on Sunday, June 8th at 2pm! 

Nicola & Jack will show clips from the film, sign autographs, & answer questions from fans!  Visit mallofamerica.com for more information.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved.  As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.  With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet.  In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.  TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION in theaters June 27.

Website:  www.TransformersMovie.com

Transformers Age of Extinction 2

Pet Extravaganza! at Bone Marche Saturday May 31st

May 30th,2014
2014, Event for Charity, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Local Business, Outdoor, Things To Do

Bone Marche May 31 Pet Extravaganza

Join Bone Marche for a huge Pet Extravaganza! Parking lot event at their St. Louis Park location attached to the Byerly’s 3777 Park Center Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

Huge 1-day deals
Oodles of Samples
Free professional pet photographs
Play games to win prizes
Sandwiches, Chips, Cookies and Beverages $1
All proceeds go directly to benefit : Vest The Best MN and Good Karma Animal Rescue of MN!

Guests at the event:
Katie K-9
Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
Solid Gold Northland Health Products For Pets, Inc.
Merrick Pet Care
KrisKreativ Pet Photography
Feline Rescue, Inc.
By Nature Pet Foods
Raw Bistro Pet Fare
Stella & Chewy’s
Nature’s Variety
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.

Join the event on Facebook: Pet Extravaganza! at Bone Marche Saturday May 31st

Coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase

Win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Minnesota Vixens!

May 21st,2014
2014, Contests, Kid Friendly, Outdoor, Things To Do, Twin Cities Attractions

MN Vixen Logo

Sports in Minnesota is a big thing. You know about the MN Vikings, the MN Twins, the MN Timberwolves, the MN Lynx and the MN Wild, but have you heard about the MN VIXEN?

They represent us in Women’s tackle football in Minnesota.

If you haven’t heard of them, please get on the bandwagon. We should support all of our sport’s teams!

This Saturday, May 24th at 7pm they are facing the Wisconsin Warriors in their 2nd home game of the season.

And we just happen to have 2 family 4-packs of tickets to check them out.

Sign up at this link here!

We will be choosing winners tomorrow May 22nd at noon.

Minnesota VIXEN
Tiger Stadium at Farmington High School
20655 Flagstaff Avenue, Farmington, MN
Facebook: MN Vixen
Twitter: MN Vixen

Check out the women of the Minnesota Vixen below!

#2 MN Vixen
#19 MN Vixen
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Spargelfest 2014 at the Black Forest Inn

May 17th,2014
2014, Contests, Festivals, Food, Indoor, Local Business, Outdoor, Things To Do

The Germans go crazy for asparagus (spargel) this time of year. There – as here – asparagus is a sure sign of spring… or, as the Germans say, asparagus is the “Joy of Spring.”

BFI Dear HeadIn late May, the Black Forest Inn will devote a menu to asparagus! They’ll serve fresh, local asparagus in as many delicious ways as they can think of. They will have asparagus with pork, with chicken or with fish. If you aren’t an asparagus lover already, you will be at Spargelfest!

Check here for the 2014 Spargelfest menu!

Spargelfest menu cover contest!
» view contest guidelines
» see the previous contest winners!

Enter their Spargelfest drawing for a Summer Share from Turnip Rock farm. Enjoy a half-share of farm-fresh produce every week for 16 weeks this summer! Convenient drop sites metro-wide. A $385 value! Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Drawing entries available at the restaurant. Entries taken through June 1. Winner will be drawn June 2.

For more info about the farm and their CSA program visit:
Turnip Rock

Black Forest Inn is pleased to serve the freshest possible asparagus. Their green asparagus is brought to them fresh off the farms by the Southeast Minnesota Food Network, a collaborative effort to change the way southeast Minnesota purchases and consumes food. The participating farms operate under guiding principles of sustainability, land stewardship and fair prices.

For more info visit:
Southeast Minnesota Food Network

Live music!

Black Forest Inn is starting off Spargelfest, and Spring, the best way – with Alphorns! The Edelweiss Alphorns joins them again with the magical, mysterious sounds of these twelve foot long horns. Then, stay for Mark Stillman & co.

Friday, May 23, 2014
6:30 – 7:30 pm The Edelweiss Alphorns
7:30 – 9:30 pm Mark Stillman (Accordion)

Friday, May 30, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 pm Live music TBA


Friday, May 30, 2014
On May 30th, they will donate 20% of their food sales to Harvest for the Hungry, a program of the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Their support helps them deliver fresh, local produce to food shelves and meal programs in the Twin Cities. With the money raised, EFN purchases produce from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin farmers; so Harvest for the Hungry supports both local growers and provides fresh produce to hungry families!

For more info visit:
Emergency Foodshelf Network

The Black Forest Inn will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day
Spargelfest 2013 Winner