In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society is offering a series of four summer history cruises aboard the "Lady of the Lake" exploring Lake Minnetonka from its earliest known history to the year the Society was founded, 1972. The third cruise, “In the Wake of Lake Minnetonka’s Express Boats” with Tom McCarthy will be held on Monday, August 8 at 6:00 pm. Read more about History Cruise: In the Wake of Lake Minnetonka's Express Boats
Education & Community
Join family and friends for free hands-on art activities that will educate and inspire you and others to combat climate change in whatever ways you are able. We are excited to partner with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to host these local artists:
SCREEN PRINTING (MICHELLE LEE LAGERROOS AND KIRSTEN OLSON)
Screen print your own reusable tote bag to call attention to the climate crisis. Read more about Climate Action Together
Since 1975 the weekend following Labor Day in Wayzata has been dedicated to honoring James J. Hill, Minnesota historic figure and once owner of the Great Northern Railroad Company. Hill, builder of the present train depot in 1906, contributed significantly to transform Wayzata into the beautiful tourist location and friendly community we know today. James J. Hill Days is Lake Minnetonka’s favorite community tradition, as highlighted by its recent “Best Of” Lake Minnetonka award. Read more about James J. Hill Days
Join us for refreshments and a tour of our archival collection. Our volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about everything from doing research on local history, your family and property, to preserving your most precious artifacts.
Our Archives are at at 261 School Ave, Suite 102 - the lower level of the historic Excelsior Public School building. Read more about Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka 50th Anniversary
Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, is opening its newest school in Coon Rapids. The community is invited to the free grand opening. If you or your children are into music, singing or love playing a particular instrument, come check out our school. Take a tour, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, or try out free toddler “Mommy and Me” classes. Plus you can enter prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio and enjoy performances by instructors. It will be a fun and music-filled celebration for all! Read more about Bach to Rock Music School Coon Rapids Grand Opening
Live music, food, inflatable structures and fireworks—the Minnetonka Summer Fest has it all and more for you and your family to make the most of the end of June. All ages. Free. Minnetonka Civic Center Park, 8600 Minnetonka Blvd.; 952.939.8244; minnetonkamn.gov Read more about Minnetonka Summer Fest
Gather your family and join Madeline Garcia, MCBA's education and community engagement coordinator, for a virtual workshop! You’ll learn how to make three summer-inspired pop-up cards to send to your loved ones this summer. Fun and accessible to many developmental levels, this workshop is open to all ages. Families can choose to work together or separately to create their cards (some adult help suggested when using Xacto knife). Read more about Love Local: Summer Edition
Enjoy a memorable Flying Pancake Breakfast!
Guests will "catch 'em if they can" pancakes tossed from the grill. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, and a cold drink. Breakfast is $8 (cash or checks only) at the door. U.S. Veterans eat free. At 10 a.m., a short ceremony and flag raising including rifle salute will be conducted. Read more about Begin your Fourth of July with a Revolutionary "Flying Pancake Breakfast" at the Wayzata Depot! A festive celebration for patriots of all ages!