Ever ridden a camel? If not, this is your chance not only to do so but to shop in a traditional souk (marketplace) and be entertained by the dabke dance as well. Taste Middle Eastern cuisine, hear live music and quench your thirst in the beer and wine garden. (Noon-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. next Sun. Free. St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Av., West St. Paul. 651-457-0854. www.mideastfest.com.)



Whether you’re 8 or 80, this family-friendly event boasts something for all. Hands-on creative activities and artist demonstrations keep guests involved. Also, there are three stages of live entertainment, arts activities, food and games. (2-9 p.m. Thu. Free. Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond Av., St. Paul. 651-646-2941. www. lyngblomsten.org/msf2013.)

Melissa Walker