Are you trying to decide where to get your fireworks fix this July 4th? Here’s your guide to shows happening around the Twin Cities.
Apple Valley: 10:00 PM at the Freedom Days celebration (Johnny Cake Ridge Park East – 5800 140th St. W.)
Eagan: 10:00 PM at the July 4th Funfest (Eagan Community Center festival grounds – 1501 Central Parkway)
Forest Lake: 10:00 PM (Forest Lake American Legion - 355 W. Broadway)
Lakeville: 10:00 PM at the Pan-O-Prog summer festival (Lakeville North High School – 19600 Ipava Ave)
Maplewood: Dusk at Light It Up Maplewood (Hazelwood Park - 1663 County Road C)
Mendota Heights: Dusk (Mendakota Country Club – 2075 Mendakota Drive)
Minneapolis: 10:00 PM (find a viewing location)
Mystic Lake (Prior Lake): 10:00 PM at the Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration (Mystic Lake Casino – 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW)
Roseville: 10:00 PM at the Party in the Park (Central Park - 2540 Lexington Avenue North)
St. Paul: At the conclusion of the St. Paul Saints game at CHS Field
Stillwater: 10:00 PM (Lowell Park)
White Bear Lake: 10:00 PM at Manitou Days (Memorial Beach - 4980 Lake Ave)
Woodbury: 10:00 PM (Bielenberg Sports Center – 4125 Radio Drive)
Get more information from Pioneer Press.
Twin Cities Jazz Fest – June 23 through June 25
Get jazzed up this weekend in St. Paul at the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival. This free event features over 100 Jazz groups from across the country. 2016 Headliners include the Ellis MarsalaTrio, 13 year old piano phenom Joey Alexander, the John Pizzarelli Quartet, Michael Franti and Spearhead and many other nationally acclaimed musicians.
Twin Cities Pride Festival – Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th
Pride week is underway in the Twin Cities and the Twin Cities Pride Festival is expected to draw upwards of 500,000 attendees this weekend. Celebrating it’s 44th year the weekend is full of activities including a parade, art shows, comedy from Kathy Griffin live music from the Pointer Sisters and much more.
Wayzata Art Experience – Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th
Head down to Wayzata this weekend for a two-day celebration of art, music, food, and fun for all ages all on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka. I personally am looking forward to the inaugural classic and antique boat show. I’ve always been a fan of boats, particularly because boat ownership might just be the one thing more expensive than a classic car hobby. You know the expression — bring out another thousand (B.O.A.T.).
Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally – Sunday, June 26
Get your motor running for a good cause this weekend at the Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally. This charity ride benefits the Minnesota Military Family Foundation and brings together hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts. Hey and if you don’t have a motorcycle to participate with I know a guy on the MHCC team who probably has two or three for sale…
Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl – Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th
There’s a lot going on this weekend so it’s best to start it off with a little pick me up. I’m a big fan of a good jolt of caffeine and the Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl appears to be bringing some of the best coffee bean brew together.
Free Bike Helmet Giveaway – Saturday, June 24th
If you or your children don’t wear a bike helmet what’s stopping you? I can tell you that after taking a colossal spill and knocking out my front teeth years ago that a bike helmet is a good idea. This weekend it can’t be easier to get one – and for free at that. Simply stop down to the Mill City Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 8am to 1pm to pick up one of the 1,000 helmets that are being given away.
The Ford Mustang was the original pony car back when it debuted in 1964. Designed to carry four passengers in a sporty, comfortable car that was just as stylish as it was fast. Amazingly, it’s survived the test of time, remaining one of the longest continuously produced models of any automaker in the world.
While sales have always been strong in the US, Ford made the decision to make the Mustang a global vehicle, requiring them to step up their game significantly with the 6th generation model in order to take on the best sport coupes from Europe and Japan.
In order to shine on the world stage, Ford took a clean sheet design approach to the 2015 Mustang and fitted things like independent rear suspension, a dramatically improved interior, and new engine options – including an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder for the first time since 1986 – to make this the best Mustang yet.
Stone Arch Bridge Festival – June 17th through June 19th
You certainly have a great number of reasons to skip out of work early this Friday and the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is just one of them. If you’re not the deviant type you could always stop by on Saturday or Sunday as well to check out this event that features over 250 artists, four performance stages, a car show and motorcycle exhibition all with one of Minneapolis’ most picturesque view as a backdrop.
Back to the Fifties – June 17th through June 19th
If you’re looking for a good excuse to look at thousands of cool old cars from the fifties and sixties you should add the Back to the Fifties to your list of things to do this weekend. It’s the nation’s largest gathering of cars from the era with plenty of cars to cater to every interest.
Rock the Garden – Saturday, June 18th
This year marks the 15th year for Rock the Garden and the first time it will go garden-less. Since the Walker Art Center lawn is currently in disarray, the concert put on by the folks at 89.3 The Current heads to Boom Island Park. Last we checked tickets are still available for this concert that features the Flaming Lips, Chance the Rapper, Polica, M. Ward, Hippocampus, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats and more.
Psycho Suzi’s Father’s Day Car Show – Sunday, June 19th
Swing by Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge for the 1st Annual Father’s Day Car Show. We’ll be down there with a selection of MHCC and Morrie’s Luxury Auto Vehicles.
Euro Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, June 19th
We’ll be the first to tell you that we don’t know much about Azerbaijan, but we do know it hosts round eight of the Formula One World Championship. Join us at Morrie’s Luxury Auto to watch the race from flag to flag. Who knows, you might event learn a thing or two about Azerbaijan too. Doors will open at 7:30am for the 8am race start.
Minnetonka Subaru Grand Re-Opening Celebration – Wednesday, June 8th
Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru is throwing a little party to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of its comprehensively remodeled Minnetonka Subaru location. The fun filled night includes rally cars, food from local food trunks, live tunes from Pho Funk, a racing simulator, climbing wall, interactive art-car demonstration from Juxtaposition and more.
Victoria Classic Car Night – Wednesday, June 8th
Victoria Classic Car Night is quite possibly the best classic car gathering that very few people know about. This event occurs semi-monthly during the summer months and regularly draws hundreds of cars. The event returns tonight at 5pm and runs until 8pm. Read Josh’s recap from the last event a couple weeks ago to get a glimpse of what Victoria Classic Car Night has to offer.
Canadian Grand Prix – Sunday, June 12th
Good news! If you want to catch some Formula 1 racing this weekend you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn to view it live. This weekend Formula 1 heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, a circuit known for drawing a large enthusiastic crowd and some great racing. The race kicks off live at 1pm this Sunday and we’ll open up the doors at Morrie’s Luxury Auto at 12:30pm. In lieu of donuts we might just serve some Canadian approved poutine.
Skyline Mini Golf at the Walker – Now through September
A little construction at the Sculpture Garden isn’t stopping the Walker from bringing back its Skyline Mini-Golf course. This time around they moved it to the rooftop so you can tee up on the terrace. We’re certain it’s the only putt-putt course where you’ll find a giant hot dog, Ping-Pong paddles, a tricky chicken coop, and more.
Excelsior Art on the Lake – Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th
Last time we were in Excelsior, for the 10,000 Lakes Concours, we made a mental note to spend more time there. Fortunately, there’s good reason to visit again this weekend. Excelsior Art on the Lake descends on Excelsior this Saturday and Sunday bringing outstanding artistic works from multiple disciplines.
Forever Young Prom - May 27th
Did you go to your Prom? If not, you can now! First Ave will be hosting the Forever Young Prom which will probably be a bunch of old people dancing poorly (Josh) to bad music from the 90s and early 2000s. Head downtown on Friday, May 27th in the main room.
Grand Prix de Monaco - May 29th
Morrie’s Luxury Auto will host a viewing of the Monaco Grand Prix viewing party on Sunday, May 29th. The Monaco Grand Prix may be one of the most prestigious racing event held in the world, maybe even more so than The 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is a long-running tradition of yachts, champagne and burning rubber on Circuit de Monaco. We will be catering in something special from our friends at Edelweiss Bakery. The doors open at 6:30 am and the race starts at 7:00 am.
Soundset Festival - May 29th
Minnesota is known for our locally-built music label Rymesayers Entertainment. They have a huge summer music festival called Soundset that is celebrating its ninth year. This year features over 35 performers who will take the stage on Sunday, May 29th. Tickets are available for the all-day event that takes place at the State Fair Grounds.
Memorial Day Weekend
As long as the Minnesotan weather cooperates with us this weekend, Memorial Day is the perfect time to be outdoors. As far as events go, step outside your front door. Go to the nearest tent. Buy things on sale. Done.
MNC&C – Saturday, May 7th
After the downright chilly April MNC&C we’re looking forward to a little more warmth there this Saturday. We’re expecting a huge crowd and figured we may as well bring out the big guns. We’ll have a handful of exotics from Morrie’s Luxury Auto on hand, a couple of your favorite heritage cars and a couple racy Subarus thrown in for good measure. First time to MNC&C? The event runs from 8am to 11am at theAutoMotorplex in Chanhassen.
Wizard Worlds Comic Con – Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th
If slipping on spandex and dressing up like your favorite superhero is your thing you probably already know about Wizard Worlds Comic Con. Seriously though, it appeals to more than just comic fans. The event brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! Anyone know what Manga is?
Artful Living Kentucky Derby Party – Saturday, May 7th
Join us at Artful Living Magazine’s second annual Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday. Morrie’s Luxury Auto will be hosting rides in Aston Martins, Bentleys and Maseratis at the party. Expect big hats, mint juleps, cigars, delicious food and prizes.
Complicated Fun: the Minneapolis Music Scene – Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th
The 1980s were a storied era for Minneapolis music with group like Suicide Commandos, the Suburbs, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis hitting the airwaves and taking to local stages. While we can’t take you back to that era (because our Delorean is broken) you can attend a tribute at Complicated Fun: the Minneapolis Music Scene.
Minneapolis Hitchcock Film Festival –April 14th – May 9th
This Thursday the Heights and Riverview Theaters kickoff the 7th annual Minneapolis Hitchcock Film Festival. This is your opportunity to enjoy four classics from the master of suspense all on the big screen. The fest kicks off with a screening of Vertigo, a romantic story about obsession, manipulation and fear. More than one person has attributed the same words to classic car ownership. Good thing there’s a great little group out there that will rent you a classic instead, you know so you can avoide the fear, obsession and wallet manipulation.
Record store day – Saturday, April 16th
This Saturday is the official day to celebrate vinyl. Now we’re not talking about Grandpa’s Naugahyde couch or those cheap dress shoes you bought ages ago – no we’re talking about national record store day. It’s a day to get out and support your local independent record shop. Don’t have a favorite? You could always consider Fifth Element, TreeHouse Records, Electric Fetus, Down in the Valley, Hymie’s, Eclipse orKnowName just to name a few.
VSCR Spring Swap Meet – Saturday, April 16th
There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than by stocking up on vintage car parts. You’ll have an opportunity to do so this Saturday at the Vintage Sports Car Racing (VSCR) Spring Swap Meet. Beyond offering a chance to browse the latest relics dug out of local garages the meet provides a great opportunity to do some bench racing with like-minded car enthusiasts. Who knows, you may even join the club. We’d recommend it.
Chinese Grand Prix Live Screening at the Dojo – Sunday, April 17th
Some people say that nothing good happens after 2am and generally we agree with them, that is unless there’s a lively Formula 1 viewing party on the calendar. Stock up on the Red Bull and join us at the MHCC Dojo this Sunday morning at 12:30am for a live screening of the Chinese Grand Prix. Alex will be there with a curated selection of sugar filled candies to help keep your eyes peeled.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – April 7th through April 23rd
This week the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul kicks of its 35th annual International Film Festival. It’s the largest in the region, one of the largest running film festivals in the country and this year it will present over 200 films from 60 countries. With so many films to choose from we thought we’d make it easy for you. Go see Speed Sisters. It’s a film about five determined women who have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers in Palestine.
Wanda Sykes at the State Theater – Friday, April 8th
Everyone needs a good laugh every now and then. Wanda might be just the medicine. She’s been voted one of the 25 funniest comedians in America and this Friday you can see here right here in Minneapolis. Would that make her one of the funniest people in Minneapolis? Hmm.
Har Mar Superstar at First Avenue – Friday, April 8th
If laughing your butt off at the aforementioned comedy show isn’t up your alley perhaps you’d prefer dancing your butt of at the Har Mar Superstar show? The man “was born to rock a stage” and brings credit to an otherwise boring Roseville Mall.
Marvel Universe Live – April 7th through 10th
Break out your adult superhero pajamas because the Marvel superheroes are coming to town for a “show like you’ve never seen before.” Marvel Universe brings Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk and other threatening villains to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. If your 4-7 year olds sees that they’re coming to town you’ll be threatened with a lifetime of incessant whining and guilt unless you get tickets to the event.
Macro Machines at Gamut Gallery – Now through April 23rd
In his latest works artist Russ White uses artistic interpretations of his childhood micro machines to bring satirical visions of adulthood to life. Admittedly this all sounds a little too deep for us so we’ve created our own summary: see some pretty sweet illustrations of exaggerated childhood toys. If imagery of monster trucks jumping off the page inspires you beyond face value consider it a bonus.
MNC&C – Saturday, April 2nd
This Saturday months of pent up automotive enthusiasm will get released at the first MNC&C of the season. If hundreds of great cars on display isn’t a big enough draw (which they should be) you can always just stop by to say hello to us. We’ll be there with the brand new MNC&C shirt available at our tent. We’ll also have a handful of MHCC cars on display, including the infamous Mazda Rotary pickup.
Northwest Sportshow – March 30th through April 3rd
While we certainly won’t dissuade you from coming in and kicking the tires at any one of our dealerships this weekend we also recommend doing so at the Northwest Sportshow. Where else can you buy a RV, pontoon boat, crossbow and John Deere front end loader all in one spot?
Bahrain Grand Prix Viewing Party – Sunday, April 3rd
Round two of the Formula 1 season heats up this weekend as it heads to Bahrain. Will we see another Mercedes one-two finish or will Ferrari upset the silver arrows? The best way to find out is to join us at the MHCC Dojo at 10am. Bring a friend. We dare you.