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Irish Fair of Minnesota

It’s the largest Irish Fair in the country and it just so happens to be right here in Minnesota. Irish Fair is Friday, August 10th to Sunday the 12th. The fair is at Harriet Island in Saint Paul. It’s known as one of the most authentic Irish festivals anywhere in the nation. It brings in some one hundred thousand visitors, including people from all over the world.

Dakota County Fair  

It’s fair season! Before the Minnesota State Fair kicks off, it’s time to enjoy a county fair. They are always a good time and they offer all sorts of fun.

Last Minute Road Trips  

With only sixteen days until the Minnesota State Fair, summer is quickly coming to an end.  If you're looking for one last hurrah before the kids head back to school, Angela Johnson, the editor of Edina Magazine, has some ideas.  These road trips offer a lot fun without taking you too far from the cities.

Last Minute Summer Road Trips

Angela Johnson, Editor at Tiger Oak Media, stopped by with two interaries to follow if you're looking to take a late summer road trip with your family.

The Making of a Mermaid: Emily as a Mermaid at SEA LIFE MN  

SEA LIFE Minnesota at Mall of America is a place where you get to experience and discover the underwater world. You can see all sorts of sea life up close. Well, now there’s something new. SEA LIFE is playing host to mermaids!

TCL In Your Town Blaine: National Sports Center Velodrome  

The National Sports Center in Blaine is host to all sorts of events, including the Schwan’s USA Cup Soccer Tournament. It attracts athletes and fans from all over the world. There’s another sport that brings in fans who are looking for speed. And we mean speed. How about forty miles an hour for some athletes on a bike, racing around a track. The walls on the track go up several degrees and will certainly give you a thrill, whether you’re riding or watching.

TCL In Your Town Blaine: The Mayor’s Favorite Spots  

Twin Cities Live is showcasing all things great about Blaine. The city has really grown over the years. There’s one guy that not only loves his city, he also just so happens to be the mayor. Mayor Tom Ryan has been the mayor for thirty one years. Mayor Ryan says he loves the people who call Blaine home. It’s a close knit crew that takes a lot of pride in what their city has to offer.

X Games Minneapolis   Back To Top

X Games are host to some of the world’s best athletes. You’ll find a ton of action in these games. We’re talking BMX, Motor X, Skateboarding and more. X Games are at U.S. Bank Stadium Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22nd.

USA Cup comes to Blaine   Back To Top

If you've got plans to visit the north metro this week, you might want to steer clear of Highways 65. That is unless you’re sporting shin guards and soccer cleats or you’re a HUGE soccer fan! That’s because the USA Cup is underway at the National Sports Center. We sent soccer mom and TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson out to the fields to give us a preview. She even got the chance to chat with US Women’s Soccer Player, Kelley O’Hara.

Treasure Island Resort and Casino   Back To Top

Treasure Island Resort and Casino is just a short drive from the cities and yet it feels like a fun vacation. And this is the time to check out all of the fun. Treasure Island is a hot spot this summer. They have a newly renovated outdoor amphitheater. There are upgraded seats with a lot more space. There’s a ton of great bands on tap, including Train, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, and Kid Rock. Comedian Amy Schumer will be there in September.  Don’t worry about getting food ahead of time. The shows also feature food trucks.

Best Fireworks Displays   Back To Top

We asked Twin Cities Live Facebook fans for the best places to watch Fourth of July fireworks displays. TCL's Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, shares the top five picks.

6/28 What's Happening this Weekend Back To Top

Our local guy about town, Mike Marcotte shares some ideas for having fun this weekend.

Summer Fun at Buck Hill   Back To Top

Winter and snow is probably what you think of when you hear Buck Hill, but there’s a lot to do in the summer, too!  Buck Hill hosts all sorts of activities. In addition to practicing your ski skills on a special mat that goes over the hill, you can also learn to snowboard. So, when winter comes along, you’ll be ready to ride.

Minneapolis Water Taxi   Back To Top

Minnesotans love the water and now you don’t need a boat to get out and enjoy it. The Minneapolis Water Taxi is a solar powered electric launch that is powered by the sun. The water taxi does mostly cruises for folks looking to get out on the water, but they are adding to their list of docking spots and stops along Minneapolis. The cruises are about an hour.

Steve on the Street   Back To Top

Steve dances through the streets of North St. Paul.

Somalis + Minnesota at the Minnesota History Center   Back To Top

The Minnesota History Center has a new exhibit called “Somalis + Minnesota”. Minnesota is home to more Somalis and Somali Americans than any other state in the country.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea   Back To Top

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has a new exhibit that will definitely catch your attention. It’s called “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea”.

“Back to the 50’s” Weekend   Back To Top

We’re heading back to the 50’s! More than twelve thousand street rods are on site at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

TCL In Your Town: North Star Museum of Scouting   Back To Top

When Twin Cities Live announced the TCL In Your Town series was showcasing North Saint Paul, we heard from many viewers about the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting. It's been a fixture on Seventh Avenue in North Saint Paul for over a decade. TCL's Mike Marcotte is a former scout and stopped by to relive his days at the Pinewood Derby and to explore through the history of scouting.

6/21 What's Happening this Weekend   Back To Top

Local guy about Town, Mike Marcotte, has some events for you to check out!

Valleyfair   Back To Top

Summer fun is in full swing at Valleyfair in Shakopee. There are tons of things to check out. Rides, a water park, and plenty of food.  Twin Cities Live Reporters Emily Engberg and Kelli Hanson give us a tour of all the fun. That includes some of the new foods you can try at Valleyfair.

Dad’s Day Experiences   Back To Top

Doing something special for dad is always nice, but sometimes coming up with a unique gift for Father’s Day can be tricky. We’re hooking you up experiences, not just gift ideas. These are some fun things you and dad can do together. Adventurous reporter Emily Engberg came up with the list and says all of them are different. All of them are perfect depending on the type of dad in your life. 

Valleyfair: Kelli Rides Renegade   Back To Top

The kids are rejoicing during the final few days of school and we want to celebrate with them by giving away tickets to Valleyfair.  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes you there for a front row seat on Renegade, one of the park's wooden rollercoasters. And as she proves, putting your hands in the air, is the best way to ride a coaster!

Grand Old Day   Back To Top

Grand Old Day is back on Sunday, May 3rd. The celebration marks the forty fifth year. This year, Twin Cities Live is a media sponsor. Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will be the Grand Marshall of the parade. Steve and Elizabeth will be the Media Grand Marshalls. After the parade is done, Steve and Elizabeth will be hanging out at Golden Fig handing out TCL swag bags. 

5/31 What's Happening This Weekend   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's local guy about town, Mike Marcotte, has some ideas for you to add to your social calendar this week.

Super Saver: Free Family Fun!   Back To Top

The kids are counting down the final few days before summer and that means moms and dads, you've gotta make a plan to avoid “I’m bored!” on day 3! Our Super Saver has you covered with activities and events to check out without spending a single dime. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shares a few ideas for free family fun!

Hazeltine National Golf Club: Chaska’s Crown Jewel   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live in Your Town celebrates the food, fashion and fun happening in cities all around the Metro.  And when we set our sights on Chaska, we had to include Hazeltine National Golf Club.  The course has played host to some of the best golfers on the planet, most notably in 2016 when it hosted the Ryder Cup.  The event, which saw Team USA defeat Team Europe in a wildly entertaining weekend of play, was a smashing success.  So much so that Hazeltine will become the first American course to host the event for a second time when the tournament returns in 2028.

Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour   Back To Top

Thinking about remodeling or just want to get some ideas for your own home? Midwest Home’s Luxury Remodeling Tour offers great suggestions.

OWL Archery   Back To Top

The Open World Learning Community in Saint Paul has a lot to be proud of. Many of their students are quite the athletes. That includes Emily Yang. She beat out hundreds of students in an archery tournament. She’s the state girls’ champ, but her numbers were so good that she also beat out the guys! Emily is just one of the talented members of the team.

Big Stone Sculptures and Mini Golf   Back To Top

There are very few spots where you can see farm animals, sculptures and play a round of mini golf all in one spot, but Big Stone Sculptures and Mini Golf isn’t like most places.