Events

The Orono Foundation for Education’s annual Red and Blue Bash was held at the Lafayette Club in April and raised $315,000 to benefit Orono schools.  The sold out Vegas-style event was attended by 450 guests for food, casino games, an auction and more.

The Festivities showroom in Minnetonka hosted a monthly Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals venue spotlight. Event planners, florists, caterers and other industry pros gathered to network and learn about other local businesses and venues.

Hopkins welcomed new bookstore-taproom-coffee shop combo Cream & Amber at its grand opening celebration in February.

In September, Minnetonka High School rolled out its annual homecoming parade to celebrate the MHS community. Photographer Jim Douglas says the parade drew the biggest crowd he can remember. “The crowd was nine deep along Water Street.”

Jingle and Mingle for Minnetonka Choirs was held in November at Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar in Excelsior.

St. George Catholic Church has been bringing Corn Days to life for 47 years. With food from a long list of vendors, entertainment, games and—of course—corn, it’s no wonder Long Lake’s Corn Days festival is such a big hit.

Warm hospitality is among the most treasured traditions of Ireland. McCormick’s Pub and Restaurant is known for bringing this vibe from the Emerald Isle to the snowy or slushy March streets of Wayzata. Celebrate Irish traditions on St.

Authentic food, traditional music and hearty imbibing are expected at any German festival, but the Saint Paul Oktoberfest offers its own twist on the traditions you love.

From riding the Giant Slide to sharing a bucket of Sweet Martha’s Cookies (and this year, Sweet Martha’s is adding a third location) we all have a favorite fair tradition.

Since 1888, lake-area residents have enjoyed some sort of Fourth of July celebration in the Excelsior Commons area, says Laura Hotvet, executive director of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce.

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

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