An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom Away – August Edition

August may have creeped up on us a little too quickly, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to summer fun quite yet!  Besides, some of the best parts of summer are still to come (food-on-a-stick anyone?).

Here’s our final edition of an activity a day for summer in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities.

Make sure to check out our State Fair Hotel Packages if you are traveling to the Twin Cities for the great Minnesota get together!

Tuesday August 1st: Give your brain a workout at The Escape Game in Mall of America!

The Escape Game in Mall of America

Escape Game at Mall of America

Wednesday August 2nd: Gather up the kiddos and head to Circus Jueventas Presents: Nordrsaga.  Ooo and ahh as the talented circus artists bring Norse legends to life under the big top!

Circus Jueventas Cube

Spinning Cube, Circus Jueventas– Jenna Ober, Charlotte Richardson-Deppe, Shayna Rutledge and Rabiya Sehgal-LaRocque | ©2015 Photographer: Dan Norman

Thursday August 3rd: Check out Minnesota Fringe Festival, an 11 day performing arts festival that takes place at venues throughout the Twin Cities and showcases 167 different performances (with over a thousand actors)!

Friday August 4th: Uptown Art Fair is sure to keep you entertained and inspired with over 350 artists from around the globe showcasing their work, food, musical entertainment and multiple beer gardens.

Uptown Fair

Uptown Art Fair; Photo by Bruce Challgren, PhotoPixels

Saturday August 5th: Inver Wood Golf Course hosts their Customer Appreciation Weekend full of food, fun, contests and giveaways!

Sunday August 6th: Enjoy a live outdoor music performance by Inver Hills Community Band at Oakwood Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Monday August 7th: Check out the Dakota County Fair!

Tuesday August 8th: Cat lover or not, the Cat Video Festival at CHS Field promises to be an evening full of feline entertainment!

Wednesday August 9th: Head to the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to explore nature, hear a short talk from a park ranger and take in the photographic gallery exhibit: The Life of a Trumpeter Swan by Ray Colby.

Thursday August 10th: Pack up your kayak or canoe and make your way to River Heights Marina to explore the backwaters of the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Friday August 11th: After an extensive restoration project the Minnesota State Capitol building is ready for a grand opening celebration!  This is no ordinary grand opening, there will be a Prince dance party, tours, a kids zone and more!

Saturday August 12th:  They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day…  Well the same can be said about when the Irish Fair of Minnesota opens it’s gates.  Celebrating all things Irish, there is entertainment for everyone at one of the most authentic Irish festivals in the country!

Irish Fair Countdown

Photo courtesy of Irish Fair of Minnesota.

Sunday August 13th: Check out the graffiti, chalk and other unique works from local and regional talents at the Canterbury Park Street Art Festival.

Monday August 14th: Learn more about the history of the Twin Cities on a guided bus tour of Minneapolis and St. Paul with Gray Line Tours.

Tuesday August 15th: Book a flight in an authentic WWII aircraft at Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing.

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

Wednesday August 16th: Take a break from the heat at The Grove Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Thursday August 17th: Catch the Stephen Sondheim’s award winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George at Guthrie Theater.

Sunday In The Park With George

Sunday In The Park With George, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, directed by Joseph Haj   Photograph © T Charles Erickson
tcepix@comcast.net  http://tcharleserickson.photoshelter.com

Friday August 18th: Summer no longer means your only skiing option is on water, check out Buck Hill’s artificial ski slope and get a jump on your downhill ski season.

Saturday August 19th: Take a trip back to medieval times and make your way to Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

MN Renaissance Festival, Photo by Jennifer Arocha

Sunday August 20th: Japanese culture takes center stage at the Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, which includes martial arts, bonsai, dancing, singing and culminates with a later lighting at dusk.

Monday August 21st: Catch a movie at AMC Inver Grove Heights 16 and then head to Old World Pizza for some of the best pizza in the Twin Cities!  Just don’t get too comfy at the theater and fall asleep in the reclining leather seats!

Old World Pizza

Old World Pizza

Tuesday August 22nd: Pack up the blankets and head out to the Valli Hi Drive In to catch a few movies, it’s a classic summer activity.

Wednesday August 23rd: Kick back and relax as you take in acoustic music on the patio at Mississippi Pub and enjoy some great food and cold beverages!

Mississippi Pub patio

Live music on the Mississippi Pub patio.

Thursday August 24th: Score some hidden treasures at the annual Inver Grove Heights city wide garage sale!

Friday August 25th: Find the beat and get in the groove at the Sounds of Minnesota Drum Corp Show, as over 400 musicians and color guard perform their precise drill routines.

Sounds of Minnesota

Sounds of Minnesota drums corp show.

Saturday August 26th: Sample the latest and greatest brews from over 100 breweries at the 2017 Summer Beer Dabbler taking place at CHS Field.

The Beer Dabbler at CHS Field

The Beer Dabbler at CHS Field

Sunday August 27th: Cheer on the Vikings as they host the 49ers in a pre-season match up.

Monday August 28th: Take part in the great Minnesota tradition known as the Minnesota State Fair.  Be sure to go hungry and wear your walking shoes! Get a great bargain by booking a State Fair Package at one of Inver Grove Heights’ fantastic hotels. Check out our blog on what you need to know before you go.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Tuesday August 29th: Hop on over to the Minnesota Zoo and get up close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies and emus at the Kangaroo Crossing exhibit.

Kangaroo Crossing at Minnesota Zoo

Kangaroo Crossing at Minnesota Zoo

Wednesday August 30th: Grab your camera and head to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.

Thursday August 31st: Learn about a history lesson they skipped in high school at History Happy Hour at Alexander Ramsey House and learn the history behind Martinis!

Alexander Ramsey House

Alexander Ramsey House, Photo Courtesy of MN Historical Society

Inver Grove Heights makes the perfect headquarters to enjoy all the fun the Twin Cities area has to offer. Find our great hotel package offers here (including our Minnesota State Fair ticket package).

We hope you enjoy your summer adventures in Inver Grove Heights!

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