You guys, June is already in full swing. JUNE! Between weddings, showers and parties for said weddings, vacations and the multitude of warm weather events, summer can literally be a hot mess. Because of all the jamming and packing, I always create these silly, seasonal “bucket lists” in my mind to ensure I get everything “summer” done in the precious weeks of nice weather. Things like: see an outdoor movie, go to a pizza farm (btw- have you heard of this concept?! who knew that eating a pizza in the grass would be such a novelty; I love it!) and try to make ice cream are a few on my list for this year. Part of this is making sure to be in the know of all the community events around the area.
Check out a few of my picks of what’s going on and where in Minnesota in June 2015:
2 – MN Brewery Running Series | Fulton Brewery | Minneapolis
This is the only way to celebrate National Running Day. A 5K through around around downtown Minneapolis that starts and ends at the Fulton Brewery with food trucks, live music and of course beer at the finish line. If you can’t make this event, don’t worry, they have a Beer 5K nearly every weekend!
5 – National Doughnut Day | Peace Plaza | Rochester
What started as a fundraiser during the Great Depression, join the originators of National Doughnut Day, the Salvation Army, on the Peace Plaza from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for free doughnuts of all shapes and sizes! Also because turns out, it’s impossible to say no to a doughnut.
6-12- RedBall Project | Rochester, MN
No, you’re reading it wrong, not RedBull, RedBALL. It’s unusually for a temporary art installation to make it’s way to Rochester, MN, so I’m especially excited to see this live. It’s a simple giant, red ball, but the unsuspecting nature is what makes in neat. I’ll for sure be at the Opening Reception (complete with BALLinnis and Bloody Marys) to chat with the artist. Every day look for it in a new location:
- 6 – Look for it at the Rochester Art Center + Opening Reception & Panel Discussion with the Artist, Kurt Perschke.
- 7 – Pedestrian Bridge to Government Center
- 8 – Mayo Clinic, Plummer Building, Plummer Doors
- 9 – Peace Plaza, Kahler Grand Awning, Near Pedestrian Crossing
- 10 – 600 Block of 6th Ave, NW
- 11 – Thursdays on First & 3rd; Historic 3rd St.
- 12 – Mayo Building, Annenburge Plaza
6 – Rhubarb Festival | Sylvan Park | Lanesboro
I love quirky and this is quirky in the prettiest of pretty locations. Think a festival with rhubarb art, rhubarb treats, rhubarb games, plus lots of other rhubarb-related events. Bring your bike and go a few miles on the trails as long as you’re in Lanesboro.
6 – ARTCRANK | Fulton Brewery | Minneapolis
I recently picked up a 1970’s Schwinn Suburban (in absolute original, perfect condition I might add) at my local thrift shop so am kinda on a bike kick. ARTCRANK is a pop-up art sale with all prints bike-inspired. Ride your bike there, enjoy complimentary bike valet, food trucks, beer, coffee, and take a print home with you for the love of bicycling.
10 – Princess Cafe Lectures Series: Plummer Building | History Center | Rochester
I’m a sucker for all things history and especially the Plummer Building. It’s my favorite and only truly ornate piece of architecture in the Rochester, MN skyline. The Plummer’s were also an essential family in Rochester, MN history with an interesting story themselves. Come and enjoy “everything you wanted to know and more” from Dana Knaak from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
12/13- Park Point Garage Sale Weekend | Park Point | Duluth
If you’re in the market for a Northern summer get-away, this is the weekend to do it. With garage sales lining the entire stretch of Park Point, it’s a bargain hunter’s dream. Parking can be challenging, so get there early!
13 – Insane Inflateable 5K | Rochester Airport | Rochester
Imagine those blow up, bouncy child inflateables made for adults combined with a 5K. Aside from being completely out of breath exhausted, this is definitely a “fun” run. Heats available starting at 8:45 AM through 12:00 PM.
13 – Movies on the Plaza: Mary Poppins | Peace Plaza | Rochester
Outdoor Movie Opportunity!
13 – Northern Spark | Various Locals | Minneapolis
I don’t even have an explanation for this event. A variety of unique art installations and interactive exhibits taking place ALL night. It kind of appears to be a one-night-long, teeny, tiny taste of that Burning Man thing.
13 – Taco Tequila Margarita Minneapolis | Famous Dave’s BBQ Uptown | Minneapolis
Those are all of my favorite things.
14 – Bike to the Honkers Game | Mayo Field | Rochester
Ride your bike to the game and watch a Honkers Minor League baseball game FO FREE!
17 – Pizza on the Farm | Berne
This is a weekly event every Wednesday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in Berne, MN. Get there early and bring your own plate and silverware, seats and beverages and get ready to enjoy live music as well as awesome wood fired pizza.
17-21 – Steamboat Days | Levee Park | Winona
Winona is my alma mater so this event is near and dear to my heart. It’s a long weekend full of quirky events, for fun sporting tournaments, fireworks and the best nightly entertainment around. My pick? Hairball on Wednesday!
20-28 – Rochester Fest | Various Locations | Rochester
I’m determined to win the treasure hunt this year! With clues beginning on the 20, play along for cash money. Other events include a great parade, concerts, family-friendly programs, free trolley roles and more!
21 – Art in the Park | Sylvan Park | Lanesboro, MN
23 – Ingrid Michaelson | Northrop at the University of Minnesota | Minneapolis
27 – Movies on the Plaza: Muppets Most Wanted | Peace Plaza | Rochester
27 – Paddle Board Demo Day | Foster Arend Park | Rochester
Free event sponsored by Scheels! Check out and try out their selection of paddle boards and kayaks. Even if you’re not in the market for new gear, think of it as a thrifty way to spend an hour or two!
27-28 – Park Point Art Fair | Park Point | Duluth
28- Uptown Food Truck Fair | Hennepin Avenue between Lake St. & 31st | Minneapolis
Self.Explantory. Amazing food all up in your face. 11-9. Music. Beer and Food.
Other Ideas and Ongoing Events in the Rochester area!
- U-Pick-Um Strawberries and Summer Raspberries: Usually ready in the middle of June, this is the best way to grab the freshest of fresh produce.
- Tuesdays – Bingo @ Dooley’s Pub, Farmer’s Market
- Wednesday – Pizza night in Berne
- Thursdays – Thursdays on First, Trivia Night @ Big Brad’s, Thursday Night Chef Dinners at Four Daughters
- Saturdays – Movies on the Plaza, Farmers Market
- Sundays – Trivia Night @ The Tap House, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: Yappy Hour at Wildwood