I was warned that this weekend was super busy. It certainly isn’t going to disappoint. It’s one of those blue-moon months when Free First Saturday at the Walker and Second-Sunday at the MIA fall on the same weekend. Plus there is an Art in the Hollow festival at Swede Hollow in St. Paul. Anyone who needs a good art fix should have no problems finding it this week.
There are a few good reasons to haul out to Burnsville this weekend. Barring rain, we’ll be there for Mary Poppins tonight (our odds are still 70% good right now), The annual Rhythm &Words Festival is also a good reason to visit.
If you are looking for something outdoors, the Urban Birding Festival is happening all weekend all over the Twin Cities. There is a little bit of something for everyone this week. If you don’t like any of my options, you are in luck. There are a LOT more options on our calendars; or check out my round up of June Festivals; or just get to a park — wading pools open this weekend.
Friday Fest – I Love Burnsville Week
Nicollet Commons Park , 12550 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, MN
Friday, June 6, 2014: 6:30 – 10 p.m. (Movie starts at dusk)
I’m going to Burnsville’s Friday Fest simply because my kids have been nagging me to see Mary Poppins and it is not on Netflix. Commonsense Media gives this film an Age 6 rating, mostly, I think, because it has some incredibly boring parts. However, the music makes up for the slowness of some portions of the movie and since the movie starts at dusk, the littlest ones will probably fall asleep pretty quickly — at least I’m hoping.
Seating for the movie begins at 7:30 and it starts at dusk. However, there are a lot of good reasons to get their early, including shaved ice and a food truck and beer, wine and pop. We’ll be bringing our own picnic, but its nice to have back ups. Activities include
- Make your mark on the “Hands of History” art project, coordinated by local artist Annie Young, to celebrate the City’s 50th anniversary
- Open viewing of the Burnsville Historical Society’s “Burnsville’s Attic: 1939” exhibit, and City “50th Anniversary” exhibit at the Ames Center Art Gallery
- Face painting
- 50’s music by “Shake Down” from 6:45 p.m. until dusk
- Friday Night Flicks on the Bricks: Grab your blanket or chairs and maybe even some popcorn, dress warm or cool but come prepared to relax and enjoy a great show. Premiere of “I Love Burnsville” Video Contest videos & Mary Poppins (G) — the movie is also celebrating its 50th anniversary!
Urban Birding Festival of the Twin CitiesParks throughout the Twin Cities Friday, June 6, 2014 through Sunday, June 8, 2014
The Urban Birding Festival is a massive festival celebrated all over the Twin Cities. Click on that link to get a full schedule. This is a joint effort between Audubon Society of Minnesota and several area parks departments. There is WAY to much to list in a round up, but if you are interested in birds — big or small, there is probably something for you this weekend.
Rhythm & WordsAmes Center for the Performing Arts, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337 Saturday, June 7, 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This annual event combines two of my favorite things — books and music. Meet some great local children’s authors and watch performances by local musicians. This festival is directed towards kids under Ten. Click on this link for a schedule and list of performers and authors.
Art in the HollowSwede Hollow Park, St Paul, MN 55106
Saturday, June 7, 2014; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
There will be artists both demonstrating and selling their art and this art festival. The location of Swede Hollow used to be the neighborhood of Swedish Immigrants in St. Paul. Now its a park with a reputation for beauty. It sounds like this could be a really fun find for easy family outings.
Free First Saturday
Family Day at the MIA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sunday, June 8, 2014; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Missed out on your art options Saturday? You still have a chance on Sunday. The MIA’s Family Day this month is aboutBig & Small. As usual, there will be a variety of family-friendly activities and tours — and there is always the block room.