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
For the Kids
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
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
This fun dance event for all ages features dance performances, dance lessons, costume contest (with prizes) and the opportunity to participate in a flash mob dance. No dance shoes or dance experience required to join in the fun! Read more about Excelsior Girls Night Out: Danc'n in the Street
The Get Out and Grow 5K Fun Run will be a run through the great outdoors encourages families to exercise together, builds physical fitness and promotes well-being and team spirit.
Following the 5K Fun Run, stay for the 9th Annual Fall Festival from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The 5K Fun Run is open to all ages and abilities, including young children.
All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs or bikes allowed. Read more about Get Out and Grow! 5K Fun Run
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
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
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
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