Summer Festival Fun for Everyone
Minneapolis Northwest is the place to be this summer where there are festivals to entertain all ages!
Brooklyn Park’s Tater Daze is the second in a series of great summer festivals here in the Minneapolis Northwest area! Since 1964, Tater Daze has included a variety of exciting events such as the grand parade, Tater Mash Dash, a Golden Spud Hunt and live entertainment throughout its long history.
This year, the festival was Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17. The grand parade kicked off two, fun-filled days for all ages on Thursday evening. Crowds gathered to see a variety of floats, mascots and fairytale characters.
At Eidem Homestead, guides offered tours of a Victorian house and educated visitors about life on the farm in 1900. Not only were hayrides given around the grounds of Eidem Homestead, but visitors also had the chance to see demonstrations focusing on woodstove cooking, uses of various barn equipment and wood carving.
Other fun activities included face painting, a petting zoo, bingo and a craft fair. Crowds enjoyed musical act Shannon Curfman & The Band-E. “The Secret Lives of Pets” was shown on a big screen in the soccer field and was a great way to unwind after a day of activities.
Saturday began on a delicious note with a pancake breakfast, followed by a 5K Spud Run/Walk and for kids under age 12, a Tiny Spud Run…how cute! Sports clinics for children ages 10 – 19 focused on soccer, football and basketball. Former Minnesota Vikings players, Mark Mullaney and Chris Rogers, led the football clinic. Participants in the 1860s baseball tournament rediscovered America’s favorite pastime and learned how to master the game as it was played during that decade…not as easy as it seems!
Meanwhile, back at Eidem Homestead, an annual bake contest gave participants a chance to submit delicious recipes for their sweet treats, pastries and breads, canned items and…wait for it…an all new category this year – recipes featuring potatoes! Who would’ve guessed?
The stage featured nonstop entertainment from the educational Raptors of Minnesota, the engaging Kidpower with Rachael and the energetic Westside Band. The Tater Daze festival ended with a bang with their fireworks display.
Earle Brown Days Festival
Coming up this weekend is the 35th annual Earle Brown Days Festival in Brooklyn Center! This festival honors Earle Brown, a prominent resident known as the “gentleman’s farmer.” The festival begins with a parade this Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. and features 70+ units!
Join the Centerbrook Golf Course for their golf festival on Friday, June 23. Give the clubhouse a call at 763-549-3750 for more info!
Stroll through the community market on Saturday, June 24 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and discover all that local businesses, artisans and organizations have to offer. Purchase a $5 wristband for unlimited youth and family activities that include an obstacle course, art, games, face painting, bingo and much more!
Food vendors will be open between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. so grab a bite and listen to music from the Brooklyn Community Band, Roe Family Singers, Kaleiokapilialoha and Kidsdance DJ. Teen activities include bubble soccer and video games between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Earle Brown Days Festival lights up the sky with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Maple Grove Days
Planning ahead? Maple Grove Days is Wednesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 16 at the Maple Grove Community Center. The five-day event has a little something for everyone including parades, competitions for all ages, an ambassador coronation, teen events, bed races, a business expo, silent auction, two stages of live entertainment, games, car and big truck show, corn-hole tournament, an art fair and fireworks. Here are just a few of our favorite highlights!
Kickoff the celebration on Wednesday, July 12 with a Duplicate Bridge Tournament from noon to 4 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Join Maple Grove’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. as they honor active military, veterans and their families at Town Green Park.
A Pickleball Un-officiated Tournament commences Thursday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two locations -- Lakeview Knolls Park and Central Park. All ages and skill levels can tackle this paddle sport in an un-officiated, round-robin tournament where top teams will advance to a single elimination. The little ones are going to get moving with a new event this year, Zumba Kids! Head to Town Green Park from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. to see them dance it out. No one can resist a parade, so come join the fun for the popular community parade starting at 6 p.m. The parade route travels west on 89th Ave. from Zachary Lane to Elm Creek Blvd.
The fun continues Friday, July 14 with several activities including a junior golf tournament for ages 10 – 17 at Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center, a 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament and kids parade (how adorable!) at Central Park, an ambassador coronation at Maple Grove Senior High School and much more!
Start the weekend off right and take part in the 21st annual Jim Deane Memorial Rice Lake Classic Run on Saturday, July 15. The 3.7-mile run begins 8 a.m. at Freedom Field. Need to de-stress? Sun Salutations Yoga, a new event this year, is your answer! This outdoor class for adults meditates in the garden area of Central Park from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Unwind from the day’s activities and watch some brilliant fireworks at the Maple Grove Community Center starting at 10 p.m.
Finish out your weekend on a strong note and participate in the volleyball tournament from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center. Or swing on by the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society Museum from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for its open house.
We hope to see you this summer out and about in Minneapolis Northwest for what promises to be an amazing summer of fun festivals for everyone! Remember to share your memories with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeLoveMNW and your photos just might find their way onto our website. Get social with us, we’d love to hear from you! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.