What’s your favorite cultural event of the summer?

The Minnesota Fringe Festival has opened; the Loring Park Art festival is this weekend; the Minnesota State Fair is coming up. Today’s Question: What’s your favorite cultural event of the summer?

  • Khatti

    Renaissance Festival! I go in costume.

    I’m a history nut. A mediavelist nut. And a fantasy nut. When I go there I’m surrounded by people who have the same obsessions. There are few places I feel more at home than the grounds of RenFest.

  • Dennis

    4th of July

    Parades, barbeques, fireworks and we still have more summer to look forward to.

  • James

    Summer IDPA events.

    DTOM

  • Della

    I love bicycling and just completed the “Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa” (RAGBRAI) last week for the first time. To ride with 10,000 bicyclists and visit small – town Iowa was an experience of a lifetime. Yet, it is an event that can be repeated year after year! Yeah RAGBRAI.

  • Carrie

    Our State Fair is a great State Fair! Don’t miss it, don’t even be late….. : ) Love it!!!

  • Powerhorn Park Art Fair! Artists from our region & all over the U.S. create exciting beautiful art & fine craft, offering it to our community. Our studio spends weeks preparing for this show, anticipating visits w/ supporting patrons we haven’t seen since last summer! The festival grounds, around Powderhorn Lake, are beautiful!

  • Al Heebsh

    I love the free outdoor concerts in the Minneapolis parks. Our family favorites are the Honeysuckle Hot Club and Dean Harrington Trio concerts at Lake Harriet. Relaxing with live gypsy jazz on a beautiful Minnesota evening is always the highlight of my summer. Today I’m waiting for quitting time because we’re headed to Lake Harriet to hear Gypsy Mania Hot Club tonight!

  • Janet Humphrey

    Sommerfest by Minnesota Orchestra. I was present at a beautiful performance of Tschaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. What beautiful music. Fun ourdoors in Peavey plaza also. This year I have returned to school so got the generous student discount for this beautiful concert.

  • Steve

    My favorite event during the summer is hard to pinpoint because there are so many! The Uptown Art fair is my top vote because of the popularity and it is the largest art fair in the country! I really like the Lake Harriet concerts also and anything that is free!

  • Steve

    My favorite event during the summer is hard to pinpoint because there are so many! The Uptown Art fair is my top vote because of the popularity and it is the largest art fair in the country! I really like the Lake Harriet concerts also and anything that is free!

  • Matt

    The MN State Fair.

  • Stacey Olszewski

    Farmer’s Markets! They are an important and vital part of our culture that needs to be supported. Every winter, I dream of when I can float down the isles and past the stands in pure bliss, surrounded by the colors, smells, and literal fruits of the efforts towards sustainability.

  • WS

    Without a doubt for me it is the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. I love the colors and the happy people. What a fun time!

  • Kevin

    Love the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

    The food, entertainment, and the Cosplay!

    Kinda Like the State Fair, but with a theme and less smelly farm animals. (Which I never quite understood… )

  • T

    The Salsa 2-4. Eight and 24 hour mountainbike races at Afton Alps sponsored by Salsa Bikes on August 27th. There’s also a downhill race on Friday. Fun atmosphere of a bunch of nuts who like to ride ther bikes a lot. Bike art, music, good poeple…can’t beat it!

  • Mary Ann

    My husband and I avicly followed the tale of Lily, the mama bear, and her cub, Hope, during the past winter via the North American Bear Center’s den-based webcam. We took our summer vacation to Ely to participate in the “Lilypad Picnic”–organized entirely using on-line resources that linked individuals around the globe who shared an intense dedication to the mission of the NABC’s mission: educating humans about how to live cooperatively and productively with black bears.

    My favorite summer cultural event???–what I hope is an annual Lilypad Picnic on the edge of the Boundary Waters with like-minded, bear-accepting humans!

  • Betty

    Our favorite summer cultural event is DRAGON FESTIVAL at Lake Phalen in St Paul. It is always the weekend after the 4th of July. Dragon Boat races, Pan-Asian dance, martial arts demonstrations, food, friends, family, FUN! We plan our entire summer around this event. Come and check out this fun FREE event next year. Information can be found at http://www.dragonfestival.org.

  • B Christensen

    whatever this thing is I’ve been kinda listening to, it’s great!

  • Jane Leverenz

    I live in a rural area which has many activities I consider Family Traditions the best is the County Fair.

    It is over 125 years old. It is one of the largest in the state. Still alive and drawing people.

    We entered 4 pieces of art and won places on 2. Not bad!

    There is Demo Derby’s, Tracter pulls, Beer Gardens, Bingo, Rides, & lots of food.

    The Fair is Free too!