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Much like outdoor patios, neighborhood festivals, and backyard barbeques, custom cars cruising around the cities are a sure sign that summer has ar...
Join us on Thursday, June 27th from - Saturday, June 29th at the Progress Center on the MN State Fair Grounds. Featuring Mark Dimunation and Step...
Featuring 60+ booksellers offering antiquarian, rare, and fine books, maps, ephemera, and other paper collectibles. More info at mwaba.com.
This huge get together features free concerts, Grandstand shows, midway rides and games, art, competitions, animals, and delicious food on a stick....
This spring, the Minnesota Comic Book Association (MCBA) will be celebrating its 25th year. As usual, the Comic Book Carnival will be a huge spectacle honoring all forms of comics, from local startups to giants like Marvel. During the weekend,... More »
Once again, the ever-popular Craftstravaganza will be taking over the Progress Center of the Minnesota Fairgrounds. Here, guests will find an eclectic collection of work from over 90 artists, including gig posters from DIY screenprint groups,... More »
One of the flashiest signs of spring is when well-maintained classic cars take to the Twin Cities streets. This weekend, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will be showcasing over 100 hot rods, customs, street machines, and motorcycles at the 57th... More »
Based on the popularity of cats on the internet, it's no surprise that last summer's Internet Cat Video Film Festival was a massive hit, spawning similar events around the country. The debut event att... More »
The Twin Cities Book Festival aims to please all types of readers — including literary diehards, graphic-novel fans, children, and all manners in between — by striving to be an inclusive and balanced celebration of all things book-related. The... More »
Walleye is the state fish of Minnesota. Fish tastes best during the summer. Therefore, walleye should be consumed in large amounts at our Great Minnesota Get-Together. Deep-fried walleye, while delicious, can get a bit heavy, especially on hot, humid days during, oh, let's say the end of August and first few days of September. Chilled walleye, when mixed with celery, wild rice, and dill and loaded onto a slice of thick, buttered brioche, is both delectable and refreshing, a full meal that... More »
The Minnesota State Fair is often maligned by those who live near it, but for folks not from the Twin Cities, and especially those not from the state, the fair is quite a sight. After a series of territorial fairs, the first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859 near what would become downtown Minneapolis, and it has now grown to become the second-largest state fair in the country. Its 320 acres include a number of historically significant structures, more than 450 foods from 300... More »
Sure, the cheese curds are delightful, and there's always a healthy line for the walleye on a stick, but it's the unusual pairings and unique concepts at the Minnesota State Fair that adventurous attendees get really excited about. Enter the sweet-corn ice cream, a dish that blends a serving of veggies with your dessert. While this may sound like an odd duo, it's a satisfying alternative to the traditional fair gut busters. The cool treat manages to strike a pleasant balance between creamy... More »
Okay, you win. Every year we try to find a different winner for this most subjective category, highlighting lesser-known delights such as sunflower-honey ice cream or extolling the virtues of old favorites like roasted corn on the cob. And every year, readers vote in the same champion: the old, faithful, artery-clogging curds of cheese available throughout the fairgrounds. We're willing to concede that the deep-fried cheese curds served at the State Fair are somehow better than those at all... More »
The first order of business is to figure out how to get past the cringe-inducing name of this delectable snack. The most Minnesotan option is to ignore it completely. The teenagers behind the counter at Famous Dave's (near the Grandstand) will understand you just fine if you simply ask for a portion of chocolate-covered bacon. Another choice is to embrace your inner redneck (this is the fair, after all). If you can pull off "Gimme a order a them there Pig Lickers" without a hint of shame, go... More »
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is something like a crowded subway car--mixed with the comfort of being among a great mass of your fellow man is the sublime realization that things could always be worse for you, no matter who you are. Feeling lousy about your beer gut? Head to the Beer Garden and have the term radically redefined. Feeling guilty about the winter pounds you haven't shaken during the summer months? Head to the line at Sweet Martha's and sigh in relief. There's no sense... More »
You've waited all summer for this all-day gorging on the delectable treats and greasy goodness of the Minnesota State Fair: cheese curds, mini donuts, turkey legs the size of your head. But let's face it, there's only so much artery-clogging junk you can eat, and after a while you're going to want something more wholesome, a summer classic that will refresh your palate and make you feel good inside: sweet corn on the cob. Roasted in the husk, the corn is shucked and dunked in a luscious vat... More »
Choosing just one favorite state fair food is like asking Hugh Hefner to pick his favorite girlfriend. There are lots of options and no reason to pick just one--you'll probably be eating 20 different things at the fair. That said, when we contemplated the question this year, one item emerged as a clear winner (after we overruled our sweet tooth, which was leaning toward the deep-fried Twinkie): What is a more quintessentially Minnesotan fair food than a fillet of our state fish, the... More »
All of Minnesota gets funneled through this section of Dan Patch Avenue during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The teenage lovebirds-for-a-day head to the Midway with a corndog in one hand and the fingertips of their Magnum P.I.-ride partner in the other. A stream of sweaty concertgoers leaves the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert (this year it's Mötley Crüe) determined to make their way to the Beer Garden through the huddled and glutted masses. Urban-chic parents pushing strollers or... More »
It ain't fried and it doesn't come on a stick. Frankly, it's unlikely to build up in your arteries like stucco, or to accelerate the hour of your death. That's a sure turnoff when it comes to State Fair cuisine. And yet these plastic-wrapped tubes of locally pressed cider do kind of behave like a stick. You can carry them around, for one thing. And when you're sweating like a pig in the stanky pens of the swine barn, you can build up a thirst that can't be cured by any punch that's six parts... More »
Maybe you're the kind of person who likes to spend $25 to be strapped into a nylon harness, hauled into the air by a discount winch, and then dropped about 75 feet, until the man-corset tightens around your corndog-bloated belly and you bounce a few times like a helpless and drooling toddler--all this while a small crowd sits on the ground in mini-bleachers capturing the whole process on video as if you were a topless hoochie mama at Mardi Gras fishing for beads. Hey, some people swing that... More »
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