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Southern Minnesota

The annual Riverfest celebration will be held Monday, June 6 through Sunday, June 12, in downtown Windom, with ongoing festivities including a grand parade, fireworks display, arts & crafts show, sports events, classic car & tractor show, great food, live entertainment, dance, and more! 1-800-7-WINDOM;

The Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls will be the site of the Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention & Idea Show, Friday and Saturday, June 10 & 11. Come visit the World's Oldest Annual Invention Convention, see adult and student inventors unveiling and selling their newly developed products, and participate in Inventing Success workshops. Other activities will also be offered in the communities of Redwood Falls and Morton throughout the weekend, including the Redwood Community parade, a car show, and the Lower Sioux Pow Wow. 1-800-INVENT-1;

Sailboard Beach at Lake Okabena in Worthington will be the site of the annual Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival, Friday through Sunday, June 10-12. This festival draws people from all over the United States and other countries for World Class Competition Windsurfing and amazing live music by numerous regional acts. In addition, enjoy a sailboard swap meet, windsurfing lessons, a percussion workshop, the Regatta bike ride, great food, and unamplified music jams on the beach at sunset. 1-800-279-2919;

The Zumbrota Covered Bridge Quick Draw will be held Saturday, June 11, at Zumbrota's Covered Bridge Park, with a 40 artists creating oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings in just two hours! There will also be a Kids Paint Out event, free wine and cheese, and a free concert. The 40 paintings will be on display through the rest of the month at Crossings, where people may bid on them. 507/732-7616;

The 47th Annual Bullhead Days celebration will take place June 10-12 throughout the city of Waterville. Just some of the highlights include midway rides & games, a queen pageant, street dance, fireworks display, flea market, kids' fishing contest, canoe races, street dances, sailboat regatta, demolition derbies, pedal tractor pull, Grande Parade, kids' bingo, 5K walk & run, bike race, deep fried bullheads, various tournaments, and much more! 507/362-4968;>>>>

Levee Park in Winona will be the site of the annual community Steamboat Days celebration, Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19. Enjoy five days of carnival games & midway rides, live music, boat races, a Grande Parade, kids, power pedal pull, kids' fishing contest, Budweiser Clydesdales on display, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" performances, garage sales, a kiddie parade, "The Human Cannonball" shows, steamboat models, a craft sale, car show, and fireworks over the Mississippi River! 507-452-0735;

The 77th Annual Mountain Lake Pow Wow Festival will be held Friday, June 17 through Tuesday, June 21, in the city of Mountain Lake. Known to be Minnesota's oldest running community celebration, festivities include a Grande Parade, midway games and rides, antique car show and parade, kiddie parade, food and craft booths, a talent contest, petting zoo, raffle, a pageant, and a Freedom Riders Rally. 1-866-685-2531;

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

A blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at the Mall of America's north parking lot in Bloomington will be the site of the Cirque du Soleil OVO Big Top Tour through Sunday, June 19. OVO is a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, play, fight and look for love in non-stop movement. The insects' home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. The production is jaw-dropping entertainment for the entire family. 415/274-2552;

The 18th Annual Winstock Country Music Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 9-11, at the Winstock Festival Grounds in Winstad, with headliners Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker, as well as many more of country music's top artists. This is one of the Upper Midwest's premier outdoor country music and camping festivals! 1-888-946-7865;

Mississippi Point Park, and other parks and venues in the city of Champlin will be the site of the Father Hennepin Festival, Friday through Sunday, June 10-12. Just some of the many highlights will be a Festival Carnival, Festival Parade, performance by The Killer Hayseeds, pie eating contest, Exotic Pets petting zoo, Champlin car show, business expo, Carousel craft show, Schiffelly puppet show, youth talent contest, ice cream social, magic shows, Wells Fargo Youth Coin Search, concerts by local acts, firework display, family bike ride & games, power boat races, kids' bingo, and ice skating! 763/421-2820;

The Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12, adjacent the Minneapolis American Indian Center, located at 16th Street and East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. This free and open event celebrates the rich history and place of American Indian people in Minnesota. Enjoy more than 30 amazing Native American artists showcasing paintings, jewelry, baskets, beadwork, traditional crafts, and more. There will also be Native cultural arts demonstrations, local arts and craft vendors, music and cultural performances by award-winning Native musicians and performers, and organization, school and business exhibits. 612/235-4976;

The city of Buffalo will hold their annual Buffalo Days celebration from Sunday, June 12 through Sunday, June 19. Just some of the many highlights include a Fly-In Pancake Breakfast, Buffalo Car Show/Wright County Car Club, craft & vendor show, Buffalo Community Orchestra Summer Pop concert, Buffalo Library used book sale and summer reading program, Family Fun Day, petting zoo, Family Toy Workshop, medallion hunt, County Line Square Dancers demonstrations, carnival with rides, Buffalo Days Bingo, Movie in the Park, beer gardens, KRWC Road Show with music, games and prizes, 14th Annual Buffalo Days Fishing Clinic, kiddie parade, Dog Agility Show, pony rides, and fireworks over Buffalo Lake! 763/682-4902; >>>>

The 46th Annual Tater Daze Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18, at Noble Sports Park in Brooklyn Park, with a parade featuring over 9 marching bands, fireworks, a carnival, Mashed Potato Wrestling, a craft fair, live entertainment, the Tater Daze Idol Battle of the Bands, BP's Got Talent talent show, kiddie parade, children's activities, Father's Day Picnic, petting zoo, and festival discounts. 763/493-8013;

The city of White Bear Lake will hold the 44th Annual White Bear Lake Manitou Days, Thursday, June 16 through Monday, July 4. The fun kicks-off on Thursday evening, June 16, with live entertainment, fine art, a variety of foods, children's activities, a farmers' market, and classic car show during Marketfest. Highlights the weekend of June 17-19 include Yoga on the Beach, community-wide garage sales, a Children's Fishing Contest, Papa Bear bike ride, massages on the beach, pontoon rides for all ages, an arts & crafts fair, classic and vintage boat show, a Nautical swap meet, Sandcastle & Creatures Building Contest, the Pickle Bucket boat races, Community Picnic at Railroad Park, water ski shows, Championship Fathering presentations, and a Father's Day 5K Fun Run & Walk! 651/653-5122;,

Central Minnesota

The Rum River Festival will be held Sunday, June 5 through Sunday, June 12, throughout the city of Princeton, with a Medallion Hunt, Miss Princeton Pageant, city-wide garage sales, a 5K Run, craft fair, children's games, Fly-In Breakfast, and car and model airplane show. 763/389-1676;

Minnesota State Fergus Falls Campus will host Rural Arts & Culture Summit 2011 from Wednesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 11 to build cultural capital by connecting rural arts, culture and heritage through education, exchange, critical dialogue and celebration. Just some of the many highlights include keynote speakers, over 40 presentations and panels, films by rural artists, peer roundtables, exhibits, concerts, and tours of area arts and culture organizations. And don't miss the Great American Think-Off on Saturday, June 11, in nearby New York Mills. 218/998-2787;

The 12th Annual Nisswa-Stamman Scandinavian Folk Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 10 & 11, at Pioneer Village in Nisswa. This Scandinavian folk music festival includes 130 costumed folk musicians playing the music of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, Scandinavian food, a smorgasbord, workshops, dancing and many children's activities in the beautiful wooded setting of the Nisswa Pioneer Village in downtown Nisswa. 218/764-2994;

The city of Hutchinson will hold their 69th Annual Jaycee Water Carnival from Monday, June 13 through from Sunday, June 19, with a Water Parade, Teddy Bear Band Concert, a midway and carnival, medallion hunt, Music In The Park, Pie In The Park, canoe races, outdoor dance & live music, Miss Hutchinson Pageant, the 8K Run By The River, water ski show, the Taste Of Water Carnival, Kiddie Parade, Bicycle Give Away, classic car show, and fireworks display. 1-800-572-6689;

The 2011 Little Falls Dam Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, June 17-19, throughout Little Falls. This family event focuses on the river history of the area, with "LaCompagnie HSP" fur trade era historical re-enactments along the Mississippi River, live music, a talent contest, street dance, parade, carnival, petting zoo, arts and crafts, airplane rides, sidewalk sales, the Texaco Country Showdown, and spectacular fireworks display! 1-800-325-5916;

The city of Perham will host the Perham Turtle Fest from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26, with the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby with prizes at Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake, a medallion hunt, Chuck-a-Duck off the Zorbaz dock, turtle races, a Dog Expo, Kiddie & Dog Parade, citywide garage sales, arts & craft show, the Teddy Bear parade, fireworks, live music, inflatables, Pork Chops On A Stick, a dunk tank, water wars, mechanical bull, laser tag, Perham express train rides, kiddie train rides, horse and carriage rides, Perham Idol singing competition, street dance, beer gardens, and more! 218/346-7710;

Northwest Minnesota

The city of Hawley will hold the Hawley Rodeo Fest from Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, June 11. Just some of the many highlights include the 11th Annual Breakfast on the Farm at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher Grounds in nearby Rollag, a kids' pedal tractor pull, Community Cowboy Church and Benefit Horse Show at the Rodeo Grounds, the Little Miss Hawley & Miss Hawley Scholarship Pageants, a health fair, Pitchfork Steak Fondue, Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, a Kiddie Parade, car cruise, and Rodeo Fest Parade. Rodeo Fest concludes June 10 & 11 with the 52nd Annual PRCA Rodeo, when top professional contestants from across the nation are matched against award-winning stock of Mosbrucher Rodeos in seven action-packed events. 218/483-3331;

143rd Annual White Earth Pow Wow will be held Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, at the White Earth Pow Wow Grounds, with Grand Entries each day. In addition, there will be Jr. and Sr. Princess and Brave contests, Specials with prizes, and a 5K Run & Walk. 218/983-3285;

Downtown Nevis will be the site of the 1st Annual 50s & 60s Event on Saturday, June 11, with live 50s & 60s music, a classic car show, Hula Hoop Contest, the Bop 'Til You Drop dance contest, and downtown specials. And while in Nevis, check out the Gene Cirks Memorial Scholarship Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, June 11 on Lake Belle Taine. 1-800-247-0054;

A Scandinavian Festival will be offered by the city of Roseau on Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18. Featured will be Scandinavian vendors, artists, demonstrations, storytelling and smorgasbord, as well as a music tent, variety show, games, strolling musicians, pancake breakfast, and fresh lefse. All events are free, except for the smorgasbord and entertainment Saturday evening. 1-800-815-1824;

Downtown Longville will be the site of numerous, fun Community Festivities on Saturday, June 18, including the Longville Car Show, Longville Firemen's Turkey BBQ Feed, a pie sale, and an arts & crafts fair. 1-800-756-7583;

Northeast Minnesota

Venues throughout the city of Duluth will be the site of Sound Unseen International Duluth Film & Music Festival, Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12. Come check out the wide array of films, including music documentaries about Harry Belafonte, Morphine, Pentagram, Phil Spector, films about a punk rocker turned monk, and a slew of short films from regional filmmakers. In addition, enjoy loads of music events by favorite acts such as Buffalo Moon, Pink Mink, BNLX, Hastings 3000, The Tribe and Big Cats, and Sick of Sarah! Other art events and gatherings will also be offered.

Barnum Spring Fever Days will be held Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12 throughout downtown Barnum. This community celebration includes a Miss Barnum Pageant, Spring Fever parade, classic car show, a steak fry, 10th Annual Katie Poirier Memorial 10K Run & 5K Walk, beer gardens and karaoke, pancake breakfast, a talent contest, Air Band contest, crafts and concessions, children's games at the Barnum Fire Hall, and much more! 218/389-6814;

Timber Hall in Embarrass will host the 25th Annual Finnish American Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11. Come experience Finnish culture, music, crafts and food in a one day celebration, and enjoy great food, live entertainment, games for children and adults, and historic homestead tours. 218/229-2198;

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, June 17-19, at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. This is the North House Folk School's biggest celebration of the year, with wooden boat displays, boat building workshops, stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers, adventure travel planning, a Boats-To-Tools auction, the Lake Superior Chowder Experience, and On The Harbor Games. 1-888-387-9762;

The Wolf Ridge Open House will be held Saturday, June 18, at Wolf Ridge in Finland, with full day of free, outdoor fun including rock climbing, adventure ropes, site tours, a live raptor and porcupine program, hiking and canoeing. 1-800-523-2733;

Olcott Park in Virginia will be the site of the Land of the Loon Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 18 & 19, to celebrate the culture and customs of the diverse backgrounds of the settlers of Northeastern Minnesota. This two-day festival kicks-off with a parade through historic Virginia, followed by delicious ethnic food samples, colorful music from countries around the world, and hundreds of artists offering spectacular hand-crafted items in Olcott Park. 218/749-5555;