FREEDOM DAYS: Highlights include Family Fun night, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Johnny Cake Ridge Park; parade 1-3 p.m. Friday starting at Pennock Avenue and Fireside Lane; pre-fireworks party, 5-11 p.m. on Friday with fireworks at 10 p.m. Johnny Cake Ridge Park, W. 144th St. and Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley. 952-953-2300.
BAR-B-Q DAYS: Parade, bands, fireworks, rides. 4 p.m. July 18 to 10 p.m. July 20. Free. Union Square Park. www.belleplainefestivals.org
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BURNSVILLE: Vendor and food tents, cultural displays, live entertainment. 3-9 p.m. July 12. Free. Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. 952-895-4491.
BURNSVILLE FIRE MUSTER: Police and fire demonstrations, parade, live music, carnival. Fireworks at dusk. Sept. 6. 5 p.m. Sept. 4-5; 8 a.m. Sept. 6; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7. Free. 952-895-4491. www.burnsvillefiremuster.com.
RIVER CITY DAYS: Medallion hunt, talent competition, disc golf, fun run, sidewalk sale. City Square park and other locations, see www.chaskarivercitydays.com for detailed information. 4 p.m. July 25; 10 a.m. July 26; 9:30 a.m. July 27. City Square Park, 300 Chestnut St.
EAGAN FUNFEST: Carnival, Texas Hold’em tournament, car show vendors. Fireworks at dusk on Friday. 2 p.m.-midnight Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday. Central Park, 1501 Central Pkwy. 651-675-5001. www.eaganfunfest.org.
DAKOTA COUNTY FAIR: 4-10 p.m. Aug. 4; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 5-9; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 10. $2-$5. Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 W. 220th St. 651-463-8818. www.dakotacountyfair.org.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS DAYS: Music and family activities. Sept. 5-7. Oakwood Park, 78th St. and Clayton Av. www.ighdays.org.
SCOTT COUNTY FAIR: Live music, carnival, food, beer garden, 4-H events and contests. Noon-10 p.m. July 23; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 24-26; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27. $5-$10. Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 W. 190th St. 952-492-2436. www.scottcountyfair.com.
SCOTT CARVER THRESHERS STEAM & GAS ENGINE FESTIVAL: Vintage farm equipment, daily parade and flea market. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 1-2; 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. $8. Thresher’s Park, north of Hwy. 169 near the Scott County Fairgrounds. 952-496-8164. www.scottcarverthreshers.org.