SUMMER FUN

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

Illustration by Kevin Whipple • Special to the Star Tribune
Vetter Stone amplitheatr - Mankato MN - credit: Mankato Free Press

The 8 best outdoor music venues in Minnesota (for now)

These are the finest venues for seeing outdoor gigs in Minnesota — while we wait for First Avenue's proposed amphitheater.
A to Z Produce and Bakery in Stockholm, Wis., is the gold standard of “pizza farms” in the region.

33 of the best places to dine outdoors in Minnesota

May 23
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson names 33 of the best places to dine "out" — literally.
Kayakers paddled north of downtown Minneapolis last year via the new Mississippi River Paddle Share program. Courtesy of Mississippi River Paddle Shar

Summer Fun 2018: Kayaking goes mainstream in Minnesota

May 18
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

May 18
Summer heritage fests remind Twin Citians that most of us are descended from immigrants.

Minnesota's 3 best scenic byways

May 21
The best part of these three iconic drives is what you can do outside the car.

Summer Fun 2018: June highlights

May 19
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

May 19
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

May 18
These explosive civic celebrations are happening near you July 1-4.

Summer Fun 2018: August highlights

May 19
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

May 19, 2017
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

May 19, 2017
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

May 19, 2017
Unconventional outdoor activities can be found everywhere in Minnesota.

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

May 25, 2017
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

May 19, 2016
Minnesota-based adventures range from underground mines to sacred sites.

Summer Fun 2016: In defense of music fests

May 19, 2016
Despite a backlash, large-scale outdoor concerts still offer great entertainment value for Midwesterners.

Summer Fun 2016: Small-town festivals abound in Minnesota

May 19, 2016
Minnesota's abundant community fests have more in common than not.

Summer Fun 2016: Five ways to be active

May 19, 2016
How and where to get moving this summer with mountain biking, climbing, running, paddling and yoga.

Summer Fun 2016: The best new food trucks

May 19, 2016
The latest generation of rolling restaurants means if there's a street, you'll find something to eat.
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