Summer Fun 2018

SUMMER FUN

Take it outside!
73 of the best ways to enjoy Minnesota's great out-of-doors

33 of the best places to dine outdoors in Minnesota

A to Z Produce and Bakery in Stockholm, Wis., is the gold standard of “pizza farms” in the region.

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson names 33 of the best places to dine "out" — literally.

Summer Fun 2018: Kayaking goes mainstream in Minnesota

Kayakers paddled north of downtown Minneapolis last year via the new Mississippi River Paddle Share program. Courtesy of Mississippi River Paddle Shar

The new Paddle Share program on the Mississippi leads a deluge of paddling opportunities in Minnesota.

Summer Fun 2018: Twin Cities heritage fests feature culture, camels, kolacky and more

The St. George Middle Eastern Festival returns to West St. Paul July 20-22.	Provided photo

Summer heritage fests remind Twin Citians that most of us are descended from immigrants.

Minnesota's 3 best scenic byways

The best part of these three iconic drives is what you can do outside the car.

Summer Fun 2018: June highlights

Summer gets into gear with Paul Simon, Northern Spark, the World Cup, outdoor sets from the Eagles and Spoon and more.

Summer Fun 2018: July highlights

Summer climaxes with Harry Styles, the X Games, the WNBA All-Stars, a farewell for the Warped Tour and more.

Summer Fun 2018: Fireworks calendar

These explosive civic celebrations are happening near you July 1-4.

Summer Fun 2018: August highlights

Wrap up summer with Beyonce, Taylor, the Fringe Festival and of course, the State Fair.

Summer Fun 2017: GNR, Coldplay and Bieber make it the summer of the stadium concert in the Twin Cities

Fans are pumped for five blockbuster concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium and Target Field. But are the venues ready?

Summer Fun 2017: Twin Cities ice cream makers' favorite scoops

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson gets the inside story from a half-dozen local ice cream pros, and shares his own flavor favorites.

Summer Fun 2017: New things to do in the Minnesota outdoors

Unconventional outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Minnesota.

Summer Fun 2017: Make these old Midwestern travel destinations new again

You may only get a week or so each summer to explore the Upper Midwest’s top destinations, but it can take years to fully enjoy…

Summer Fun 2016: Find your favorite road trip

Minnesota-based adventures range from underground mines to sacred sites.

Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

Despite a backlash, large-scale outdoor concerts still offer great entertainment value for Midwesterners.

Summer Fun 2016: Small-town festivals abound in Minnesota

Minnesota's abundant community fests have more in common than not.

Summer Fun 2016: Five ways to be active

How and where to get moving this summer with mountain biking, climbing, running, paddling and yoga.

Summer Fun 2016: The best new food trucks

The latest generation of rolling restaurants means if there's a street, you'll find something to eat.