Twin Cities Events Calendar — May 31st through June 6th

Welcome to the Twin Cities Events Calendar, where we will feature festivals, block parties, exhibitions and other events each week that are similar to the Minnesota State Fair, for those who want to enjoy the rest of what the Twin Cities have to offer year-round! This weekly calendar will be posted each Thursday, covering the following seven days. Know of an event we should feature coming up in future weeks, or know of an event we missed on the current calendar? Email us at fairlyunbalancedmn@gmail.com

Friday, May 31st:

  • NorthStar Artists’ Market: Now in their 17th year, this art show and sale features live artist demonstrations and giveaways. Come check out over 4,500 of original artwork from local artists!
    • Time: 9am-7pm; also Sat. 9am-6pm
    • Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building
    • Admission: Free
    • For more information: Facebook Event Page
  • Edina Art Fair: Ranked as one of the top 50 art fairs in the nation, the Edina Art Fair is a showcase of the talents of 280 artists in a vibrant urban setting. With a craft beer garden, food trucks and a kids zone, this event transcends the typical art fair to provide something for everyone.
    • Time: 10am-7pm; also Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm
    • Location: W 50th St and France Ave S, Edina
    • Admission: Free
    • For more information: www.edinaartfair.com

Saturday, June 1st:

  • Como Cherry Tree Celebration: A sure sign of springtime is the blossoming of cherry trees, and the gorgeous Como Park in St. Paul is ready to welcome spring by celebrating among the trees. St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Community will bring bring taiko, Japanese dance, and other Japanese cultural attractions to Como Park for this family-friendly event.
  • St. Anthony Park Arts Festival: Now in their 50th year, come enjoy this free one day outdoor celebration of fine arts and community. Great art, delectable food, fun activities for all ages, the best used book sale in St. Paul, and so much more!
    • Time: 10am-5pm
    • Location: Como Ave and Carter Ave, St. Paul
    • Admission: Free
    • For more information: www.sapfest.org
  • Minneapolis Oddities and Curiosities Expo: For all the lovers of the macabre, the weird, the funky, and the strange, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo brings the most unique items to our city. Local and national vendors with items such as: taxidermy, wet and dry preserved specimens, antiques, jewelry made from bones, skulls and insects, original artwork, skulls and bones, curiosities and all around creepy, strange and bizarre items.
  • LTD Brewing 5th Anniversary Block Party: One of the first of several brewery parties to come this summer, LTD Brewing will have a huge stage with live music all day, special brewery beer releases, games, activities, family events, brewing demonstrations, and more!

Sunday, June 2nd:

  • Grand Old Day: Rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated! After reports that the long-standing event would be cancelled this year, the businesses that line Grand Ave in St. Paul rallied together to ensure this gigantic street fest lives on. Live music, merchandise vendors, restaurants and beer gardens will line several blocks up and down this major thoroughfare, all beginning with the traditional parade.
  • Open Streets Lyndale: The first of the series of Open Streets events this summer, Lyndale Ave through south Minneapolis will be closed off to all motor vehicle traffic while vendors, food trucks and music stages are set up to highlight the community and businesses that call this street home. Walk, bike, skate or scoot up and down several miles of surprises at this family-friendly, pet-friendly event. In my opinion, Lyndale puts on the most vibrant Open Streets event, so this one is not to be missed!
    • Time: 11am-5pm
    • Location: Lyndale Ave S between 22nd St W and 54th St W, South Minneapolis
    • Admission: Free
    • For more information: www.openstreetsmpls.org/lyndale
  • Funk Fest: Sociable Cider Werks kicks off their summer of parking lot events with a concert that’s bound to get the crowd dancing! In addition to four funky bands, there will be food trucks, craft vendors and plenty of alcoholic ciders on hand.
    • Time: 2pm-8pm
    • Location: Sociable Cider Werks, Northeast Minneapolis
    • Admission: Free; $5 wristband for alcohol
    • For more information: Facebook Event Page

Monday, June 3rd:

  • Saints of Swing Big Band: Classic big band music, part of the City of St. Paul’s Music in the Parks series.
  • Theyself: Indie pop hooks woven with stompin’ beats, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.
  • Jaspar Lepak: Heartfelt folk/Americana, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.

Tuesday, June 4th:

  • White Elephant: Blues/rock, part of the City of St. Paul’s Music in the Parks series.
  • Union Shakedown: Silky soul rhythm and blues, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.
  • Anna Wilson Jones: Singer/songwriter, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.

Wednesday, June 5th:

  • Glen Helgeson: Acoustic guitar and vocals, part of the City of St. Paul’s Music in the Parks series.
  • Groovin In The Garden: Check out live music in the Enchanted Garden while kids enjoy a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games in this weekly concert series. This week’s band is Innocent Reggae Band.
  • Everett Smithson Band: New Orleans roots music, part of the City of St. Paul’s Music in the Parks series.
  • Westwind Swing Band: 16 piece jazz band with a great female vocalist, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.

Thursday, June 6th:

  • Lowertown Sounds: A weekly concert series all summer long, with local music, food and beverages. This week’s performers are Jaedyn James and the Hunger, Federales and Hailey James.
  • Pat Donahue and Jeff Ray: Acoustic guitar, part of the City of St. Paul’s Music in the Parks series.
  • Kung Fu Hippies: Hippies music, past and present, part of the City of Minneapolis’ Music in the Parks series.
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