For the Kids

Cider Fest

Help make fresh apple cider using Minnetonka Orchard’s antique cider press from the old days. Bring buckets for the apples they’ll be pressing and you can make some hard cider at home. Fresh raw apple juice also available. Minnetonka Orchards, 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista; 763.479.6530; minnetonkaorchards.org Read more about Cider Fest

Long Lake Area Art Show

Come to the fifth annual fine arts event with more than 40 vendors, featuring local and regional artists. Browse paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, mixed media, and fused glass with entertainment including live music, henna tattoos, door prizes and more. Free. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orono High School cafeteria, 795 Old Crystal Bay N., Orono; longlakeart.wordpress.com Read more about Long Lake Area Art Show

Laura Ingalls Adventures Camp

Kids can relive the simpler days of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time witha day full of reading stories from Wilder’s books and participating in the activities she describes. This includes making bread and butter, learning jigs, sewing, weaving and other pioneer activities. Campers can tour the historic 1880s Wendelin Grimm farm house. $140; extended care is available from 8:30–5 p.m. for additional $36.9:30 a.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.559.6700; threeriversparks.org Read more about Laura Ingalls Adventures Camp

Excelsior Crazy Days

For the summer’s best bargains, shop local in Excelsior at the annual Crazy Days weekend. The weekend begins with the farmers market and Girls’ Night Out on Thursday evening, and continues with deals and events throughout the weekend. Check with your favorite shops in town for opening times. The weekend isn’t just for shopping: Food, a moonwalk and a walking tour make Crazy Days a community affair. Free. 9 a.m. Downtown Excelsior; 952.474.6461; excelsior-lakeminnetonakchamber.com Read more about Excelsior Crazy Days

Biometrics One-on-One Information Session

Change your body, your energy, your life! Biometrics One-on-One will change the way you think about diet and exercise. A Marsh signature program, it is scientifically-based and highly effective for losing weight, toning and feeling great. Biometrics integrates strength training with an easy-to-follow eating plan, resulting in positive change in body composition and sustainable weight loss. Come to an informed and free preview presentation. Read more about Biometrics One-on-One Information Session

Fourth of July

For years, Excelsior and other lake communities have been coming together to celebrate the national holiday. The Fourth of July takes off at 8 a.m. at Excelsior Elementary School and ends in the Excelsior Commons with a fun run and 5K/10K hosted by Steele Fitness. The fun run is just the beginning; it’s followed by a sand sculpture contest, the Water Street parade, a fishing contest, an air show, live music and food. At dusk, view Lake Minnetonka’s spectacular firework show by land at the Excelsior Commons or by boat on Excelsior Bay. Read more about Fourth of July

Minnetonka Summer Festival

Grab your neighbors and join other lake-area residents at this summer bash. The event hosts many annual favorites such as the 8K, adult/child golf tournament, a petting zoo, open skating, a carnival and more. The evening will conclude with music and fireworks on the Civic Center grounds. Bring some lawn chairs and blankets and camp out for the whole day, or get active and join in on some of the athletic fun. Free; some activities require fees. 4 p.m. Read more about Minnetonka Summer Festival

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