Education & Community

Twin Cities Bead Bazaar

The Twin Cities Bead Bazaar, a semi-annual gathering of artists, crafters, jewelry designers and stone lovers, will be held once again at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins, MN, on October 26 & 27. The show is hosted and organized by Edina's own Dakota Stones and Goody Beads. Dozens of local and nationally known vendors will offer their wide selection of semi-precious gemstones, beads, kit and patterns, and finished jewelry.

Tiger Tracks 5K and Family Run/ Walk

Earn your stripes and join the Minnesota Zoo for their annual Tiger Tracks 5K to raise money for wildlife conservation. The race starts at the Shady Oaks Picnic area and follows a course through the zoo on outdoor trails. Registered participants will receive free admission to the zoo on the event day and a commemorative t-shirt. Strollers are welcome.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

Celebrate the annual great migration of the monarchs from Minnesota to Mexico at Lake Nokomis this fall. Break out your best orange and black to walk in the costume parade or learn more about these incredible butterflies by tagging and releasing your own. You can explore the butterfly naturescape by the lake and even find out how you can help to protect the species in the future.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

Experience a Taste of Greece at the Minneapolis Greek Festival at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. Try authentic Greek food, from gyros to baklava, while participating in the various cultural experiences available. It will be a weekend full of bookstores, boutiques and dancing finished off with a 5K run for Chloe’s Fight Rare Disease Foundation.

Shout Out Loud Minnesota - A Suicide Prevention Charity Event

Join us for the 2nd Annual ‘Shout Out Loud’ Suicide Prevention and Resource Awareness event! Our main goal with Shout Out Loud is to normalize the conversation about suicide prevention in our community and encourage participation in local wellness resources. Our goal with Shout Out Loud is to normalize the conversation about suicide prevention in our community and encourage participation in local wellness resources.

Excelsior Apple Day Festival

​A lakeside festival celebrating community, featuring locally produced food, art, antiques, handcrafts and a good old-fashioned street dance.
 

Veterans Day Salute

The Lake Minnetonka Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will honor veterans at its annual Veterans Day Salute to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy during World War II. The program will feature a performance of big band and patriotic music by the Minnetonka Civic Orchestra, along with inspirational speakers including Bronze Star Medal recipient, U.S. Air Force Major General Maureen Banavige and Vietnam Veteran, Gary Nash, who will share thoughts on the D-Day anniversary.

Woodbury Days

Woodbury Days, the city's biggest and most beloved summer festival, returns to Ojibway Park at the end of the month for its 41st year. Organizers report that, last year, almost 300 businesses participated in the event and more than 30,000 people attended. Check online for a detailed schedule of events, but don’t miss some perennial favorites: the business fair, the bingo tent, the petting zoo, the Taste of Woodbury, the beer tent…you get the idea. Party on, Woodbury. We’ll see you at the park! 

Irish Fair in St. Paul

Preserve, cultivate and celebrate the rich Irish heritage along the Mississippi River by delving into authentic dishes, listening to live music and watching Irish dancers perform. All proceeds go to the Minnesota Irish cultural community and the supporting new immigrant groups through the help of the Legacy Fund.

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