Stargazing, artwork at the Arboretum, and local music are all options this weekend!

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Como Park Obon Festival in St. Paul

Como Park’s Japanese Obon Festival is a family-friendly event reminiscent of the annual Obon holiday in Japan. Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious cuisine and other aspects of Japanese culture will be featured at the festival. The day will end at dusk with lantern lighting.

Advance tickets are available for purchase now. Cash will not be accepted at the entrance gate, but QR codes will be available to access the ticket office by credit card.

Minneapolis Mile

More than 500 cars take part in this diverse spectacle. Originally, this show started with the idea of ​​bringing together several auto clubs, dealerships, and small businesses from all over Minnesota.

More than a hundred awards are presented at the show to various cars, trucks and motorcycles. After the event, join other spectators for the roll-out parade at the back of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Art in Chaska’s Garden

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • August 19-21
  • Included with entrance to the door. Free for members, $15 for non-members

More than 70 artists present their work during this event. Offerings range from artisan foods and handmade jewelry to nature-inspired art and spa-worthy bath and body products.

Live music by Paul Imholte from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kramarczuk’s Kielbasa Fest in Minneapolis

  • Utepils Brewery
  • August 19-20
  • Free Friday and $5 Saturday

This event kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. with a meat raffle in the beer garden followed by a performance by the Ukrainian Village Band. Kramarczuk street food will be available all night.

$5 Saturday wristbands will allow guests to come and go from the festival as they please. Kramarczuk will serve sausages while Utepils will serve delicious European-style beers. Music starts at 2 p.m.

51st Annual Nowthen Threshing Show

  • 7415 Old Viking Blvd. Northwest, Nowthen, Minnesota
  • August 19-21
  • Tickets: $13 for ages 13 and up

The Nowthen Threshing Show brings the past into the present by bringing together hundreds of rare and historic vintage tractors, small engines, steam engines, trucks, cars, tools and implements.

Other activities include a large flea market, chainsaw artist, free train rides, square dancing, music, and more.

Opening Day and Flower Festival at Afton Apple Orchard

  • Afton Apple Orchard in Afton
  • 20 August
  • $5 admission fee

Fall is coming, and it kicks off this weekend at the Afton Apple Orchard. Walk through fields of sunflowers and zinnias. Choose bouquets to take home and learn about the orchard’s fall activities.

Prices for flower bouquets here.

Free events in Minnesota this weekend

Inside Out Block Party in Minneapolis

  • Chicago Ave. S. between 35th and 36th streets
  • 1-6 p.m. August 20
  • Free

Pillsbury House + Theater celebrates the arrival of Alison Saar’s Lorraine Hansberry Initiative ‘To Sit Awhile’ statue. The statue pays tribute to the famous American playwright and civil rights activist Lorraine Hansberry and will be displayed from August 16 to September 15.

It all starts with a community celebration on August 20, in honor of Pillsbury House + Theater’s 30th anniversary as a professional theater company and KRSM Radio’s 5th anniversary. The festivities will include free food, face painting, a bicycle raffle, roller skating, a bouncy house, and more.

Slavic Experience 2022 in Minneapolis

  • Boom Island Park
  • August 20-21

The first Slavic Experience festival celebrates Eastern and Central European culture with family activities, food, music, games and more. Additionally, two beer gardens will serve new beers specially crafted for the festival by Dangerous Man Brewing Company and others.

The festival will also raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts.

Star Party Travelers

The Milky Way galaxy in the night sky over northern Minnesota. (Photo by Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images) (Photo by Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

  • Voyageurs National Park, International Falls
  • August 18-20
  • Free (registration required for some events)

The National Park Service and Voyageurs Conservancy celebrate the natural wonder of Voyageurs National Park’s night sky with the second annual summer Star Party. In 2020, Voyageurs National Park was certified as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the park for the quality of its night sky and for its commitment to preserving darkness and educating the public.

Activities include special speakers, arts and crafts, telescope viewing sessions, guided constellation tours and more!

Head to the nearby Cantilever Hotel and Distillery for a signature cocktail inspired by the night sky. For every drink sold, Cantilever will donate $1 to Voyageurs Conservancy, the official charity partner of Minnesota National Park.

The sounds of summer

  • Marshall, Minnesota
  • August 18-21
  • Free

This family event celebrates Marshall’s 150th birthday. Events include a fashion show, carriage rides, tractor pulls, fireworks and a parade. The full schedule of events is available here.

Bonus Event: Minnesota Renaissance Fair opens in Shakopee this weekend! Tickets are available here.