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An easy-to-use directory of closures and openings in Minnesota due to COVID-19.
Two St. Paul gems, decked out for the holidays, offer a look at Christmases past.
If you don't want to hunt for neighborhood holiday light displays, check out these two must-see spots.
Want to get a little —or a lot — of scare this Halloween? Here's your guide.
Bored kids? Plan a quick trip to an attraction in the Twin Cities — or just a bit beyond.
The mother of all corn mazes just got bigger; plus visits from Elmo and Baby Shark, and a host of harvest-themed activities.
Picnic on gourmet grilled cheese, get smart with Neil deGrasse Tyson or get stupid with Zombie Pub Crawl — it's all up to you.
There are plenty of places around the Twin Cities and the state to take part in the celebration. Use our guide to find the festivity for you.
These annual events signal winter is done and it's time for spring fun.
Backyard habitat Gardener and nature enthusiast Julie Boden will discuss “Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in Your Yard & Garden” during a class…
From patio dining to outdoor movies, the annual winter festival is a 10-day warm embrace of the coldest season.
There may be a shortage of natural snow, but the slopes are open at some area recreation sites with drifts of artificial fluffy white powder…
Home Expo at Target Field, and tips for tidying up.
How the warmer weather is affecting the state's beloved icy art installations.
Universal connections to ‘home’ Architect Charles Stinson’s “Connections” ($70, Wise Ink Creative Publishing) is more than a showy cocktail table book packed with pretty pictures…
Whether you're a jet-setting millennial or a busy parent with a gaggle of rowdy kids, here are a couple dozen great options for welcoming 2019.
Winter lights The grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum have been turned into an illuminated wonderland with a holiday light display. A walking tour…
Midweek farmers market Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown recently launched a midweek farmers market where residents and workers can pick up locally made goods…
Watch antiques being appraised.
Try these kid-friendly diversions for a better holiday weekend.
HGTV home giveaway The fire-engine-red Craftsman-style fiberglass front door offers a sneak peek at what’s inside the Dutch Colonial Revival that HGTV is giving away.…
Check out Kathy Griffin, Joel Hodgson's return to "MST3K," wedding planning with drinks, cultural fun and much more.
With a "giving back" event, Halloween, apple picking, train rides and family-friendly shows, we've got ways to keep your kids entertained this fall.
Last year, the Star Tribune debuted its new stage at the Minnesota State Fair. We hosted plenty of guest talks and events at the mini…
Better sleep Feeling like Goldilocks, tossing and turning in your sleep? Perhaps it’s time for a new mattress. Gain insights on the latest innovations in…
Garlicky goodness Add a little flavor to your weekend at the Minnesota Garlic Festival. Lovers of this vegetable (yes, it’s classified as a vegetable)…
Native plant sale It’s never too late to fill those empty spaces left in your yard or garden. Natural Shore Technologies is offering a
When the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they had no idea how big America’s annual birthday celebrations would get.…
Learn how to have a weather-resistant yard.
Spring flower show moves to Galleria.
Z Gallerie opens at the Galleria.
Cottages of Cass Gilbert The White Bear Lake Historical Society will discuss the work of Minnesota architect Cass Gilbert in an illustrated program. Speakers…
Noxious weed reporting 101 Put a stop to invasive plant species by learning the correct way to report them to land managers and researchers.…
Get out and enjoy winter - indoors
Whether you're looking to dress up, or dress warm, there's an event for you.
Home and garden classes and event around the Twin Cities.
The Star Tribune will debut its tricked-out new booth, expertly designed with energy-efficient lighting, Cambria countertops and improved signage.
Plus: Revisit 'Gridiron Glory' at the History Center or explore the undersea world of 'Octonauts.'
Oktoberfest kicks off a season that's all about the beer. Plus, Mike Epps brings the raunch.
As America celebrates Presidents Day, kids kick up their heels with a day off school. Wondering what to do to keep them occupied? Here's a list of ideas, including free events, happening Monday in the Twin Cities.
The spookiest holiday of the year lands on a weekend, which means there's more opportunities for tricks and treats. We've conjured up a few suggestions for all ages.
Students across the state get two days off, so when they (inevitably) get restless, stay occupied with this list.
In this season of giving, many choose to give their neighborhood a little extra illumination, despite the jolt to their electric bill. Here's a list of where you can find the best holiday light displays in the Twin Cities.
The colorful, bright lights of December keep limos on the road, chauffeuring families and groups of friends to see the holiday lights.
Does your apartment/condo complex decorate decks for the holidays? Are you a home homeowner that fills your yard with lights, nativity scenes and more? We…
Forget pricey cheese curds and footlong hot dogs. The most sought-after items at the Minnesota State Fair don't cost a cent.
JUST ADD PANCAKES Get ready for a sticky situation. Maple syrup season is near, so why not get ready by learning what supplies you’ll need?…
In the month of February, some people might read a book or watch a documentary. One local woman is hoping you'll get social on Saturday.
Homeowners across the Twin Cities have bedazzled their yards with the usual glut of holiday lights. But this year, people aren't just driving by -- they're getting out of their cars to interact with the displays.
'LOST EGYPT' Opens Oct. 13 at Science Museum of Minnesota The mysteries of this north African country are unearthed in a traveling exhibition. Find out…
The latest John Grisham and the last Kathleen Woodiwiss capture the attention of our battalion of newsroom book browsers.