Summer isn’t over yet, but merchants in downtown Excelsior are clearing the deck for new fall and winter products.

Take a 5k vacation by registering for the Color Run, coming to the Twin Cities on July 10!

For the enjoyment of locals and out-of-towners alike, Excelsior continues its beloved shop-till-you-drop Thursday nights in summer. Thursday used to be known as Girls’ Night Out; this year, the event series has been rebranded as Open Late Thursdays.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, the Landmark Center is hosting two day-long events filled with music, dancing and food.

For more than 16 years, Saint Paul’s first poet laureate, Carol Connolly, has been providing a platform at the University Club of St. Paul for local poets and writers to share their work. Past contributors have included Heid Erdrich, Tom Cassidy, Ted King and Joyce Sutphen.

In honor of Black History Month, the Minnesota History Center will host a free talk on black baseball players and the hardships they faced during decades of segregation.

Combine delicious kosher foods from around the Twin Cities, with activities and programs for children and families, and you’ll have the 2016 Crossriver Kosherfest, January 10 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Temple of Aaron.

For the past 10 years, Scott Knight of Knight Family Farms, which specializes in old-fashioned horse and buggy rides, has been offering buggy rides through downtown Excelsior to ring in the holiday season.

Colonial Square in Wayzata is bringing back a popular holiday tradition: Santa and his reindeer will be outside in early December to welcome guests at the retail center. The event was well-attended last year, and organizers are planning on another large turnout.

For the first time, Boo Fest will be taking over Grand Avenue, replacing what was formerly known as Grand Harvest.