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August 7-9, 2018
Minnesota FarmFest 2018
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Farmfest is one of the Largest Agricultural Events in The World and it brings the best products and services to an audience that is drawn from every Minnesota county and has many visitors from five neighboring states.



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August 3, 2017  Taste of Winona and Arts Auction - Winona, Minnesota
The annual event, held at the Winona County History Center, will benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Winona.

August 4-6, 2017  54th Annual Old Time Harvest Festival
Jordan, Minnesota
Presented by the Scott-Carver Threshers Association, dedicated to preserving the past agricultural and industrial history for the present and future generations.

August 5, 2017  10th Annual Chokecherry Festival
Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
Featured will be a firemen’s pancake breakfast with lots of chokecherry syrup. In addition, enjoy an arts and crafts fair, children’s games and activities, a Chokecherry Culinary Contest, pit spitting contest, water wars, bocce ball, and a talent show. (also: )


August 5-6, 2017  Good Old Days & Threshing Show
Hanley Falls, Minnesota
The Minnesota Machinery Museum. Come see antique tractors and engines, a pedal pull, antique automobiles, a craft show, flea market, food, music, a saw mill, and a threshing machinery parade.

August 6-14, 2017
36th Annual Stockyard Days
New Brighton, Minnesota
Recall the early days of New Brighton as a center for the cattle industry including the stockyards, railroads, fashionable hotels and meatpacking plants. Events include concerts, tournaments, a parade, street dances, a carnival, food sampling, fireworks and more.

August 7-9, 2017  68th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival
Cokato, Minnesota
Parade, Free corn, carnival, tractor show and entertainment.

August 8-13, 2017 - Mower County Free Fair - Austin, Minnesota

August 9-13, 2017  Lyon County Fair - Marshall, Minnesota

August 11-12, 2017  Remer Annual Harvest Festival - Remer, Minnesota
Annual 2-day festival featuring family entertainment, flea market and craft show, kids games, food booths, live music and more.

August 12, 2017  Bread Making Day - Preston, Minnesota
Historic Forestville in Preston. Bread is the staff of life and is the most widely consumed food in the world. Step back into 1899 and observe costumed guides as they complete the weekly task of bread making. Nineteenth-century techniques of bread making will be showcased with opportunities for hands on participation.

August 12, 2017  12th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

August 12, 2017  8th Annual Blue Collar BBQ & Art Fest
Faribault, Minnesota
Regions biggest block party. Located in the heart of historic downtown Faribault, this FREE event attracted over 6000 attendees in 2016. Live music, barbecue competition, kids area, art fair, food vendors, beer garden, and more.   Attendance: 6,000.

August 12-13, 2017  47th Annual Corn Days Festival
Long Lake, Minnesota
Sponsored by the Church of St. George, the festival includes all the roasted sweet corn you can eat, games, beer tent, live entertainment, kids' games, raffles, and food, food, and more food!

August 15-20, 2017  AG Days - Spring Valley, Minnesota
Spring Valley farmers played an essential role in developing area land in Minnesota's most important industry. We celebrate their efforts during AG Days with fun for the entire family.

August 16-20, 2017  Ox Cart Days - Crookston, Minnesota
Home of the world's largest oxcart. In the days before railroads, long trains of huge oxcarts hauled trade and agricultural goods from the fertile lands surrounding Crookston. Rated as one of the top festivals in northwest Minnesota, Ox Cart Days and the Classic Cruisers Run to the Park is fun for the whole family and includes bed races, a tractor pedal pull, medallion hunt, 10K, 5K and fun run, Battle of the Bands, a teen dance, air boat rides, live entertainment, a top-rated Classic Cruisers Car show, the famous Torch Light Parade and a spectacular fireworks finale! (also: )

August 17, 2017  9th International Cold Climate Wine Competition
St. Paul, Minnesota
A Unique Competition.  While there are dozens of wine competitions around the United States, there is no other competition devoted to the promotion of quality wines made primarily from cold-hardy grape cultivars.  The ICCWC sees to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality produced from these cultivars grown in non-traditional viticultural areas.  The judges represent wine sensory experts from across the country and from various segments of the wine industry.

August 18-19, 2017  Sabin Harvest Days - Sabin, Minnesota
Community celebration featuring a parade, games, street dance, car show, vegetable contest and more.

August 18-19, 2017  56th Annual Turkey BBQ Days - Ulen, Minnesota
Annual Ulen Turkey BBQ. Children's Theatre, talent show, teen dance, fireworks, 5k walk/run, old timers softball game, street fair, car show, parade, meal, and more!

August 18-20, 2017  79th Annual Cornfest - Ortonville, Minnesota
Hooked on Cornfest.  Highlights include a parade, races and games, free hot buttered sweet corn, live music, art show, air show, car show, boat rides, a sailing regatta, street dance, fireworks display, pancake and waffle breakfasts, chuckwagon supper, ice cream social, and much more!

August 19, 2017 - Food Truck Festival - St. Paul, Minnesota
One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events–The St. Paul Food Truck Festival– will invade Mears Park on Saturday, August 19th.  Free Event!  Food. Beer. Live Music. 12-10 PM.

August 24-Sept 4, 2017  'Land of 10,000 Beers' Craft Beer Hall at Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, Minnesota
The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is proud to present the 'Land of 10,000 Beers' Craft Beer Hall exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The exhibit will features 300+ beers from 75+ Minnesota breweries and brewpubs.  Housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture building, the “Land of 10,000 Beers” showcases the best of Minnesota’s craft beer industry and details the brewing process all the way from the farm to the pint glass. The Craft Beer Hall tells the history of beer culture in Minnesota and highlights the state’s brew-cation destinations. In addition to the great craft beer, there’s a root beer section for kids and daily beer education presentations.

August 24-September 4, 2017  Eco Experience
Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota
12 days of healthy local foods in the EcoExperience at the Minnesota State Fair. 48 cooking demos - over 100 food samplers - photo essay of three sustainable farms - food film screenings - and a different food theme every day!

August 24-September 4, 2017  Minnesota State Fair
Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Showcasing the state's finest agriculture, art, and industry, "The Great Minnesota Get-Together" is the largest state fair in the country in terms of daily attendance. Visitors enjoy many different types of food, with over 50 kinds served on a stick: espresso on-a-stick, hotdish on-a-stick, walleye on-a-stick and deep fried pickles on-a-stick to name a few. During a typical year, 20,000 gallons of milk are served at the all-you-can-drink concession. Don't miss the Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculpture.  Attendance: 1.7 million

August 25-26, 2017  Potato Days Festival - Barnesville, Minnesota
Two days of zany potato activities, taste tempting potato specialties and small town hospitality. Over 17,000 tater lovers descend each year from across the country to this town of 2,200. Often selected as one of the best summer festivals in the nation. Mashed potato wrestling, Miss Tator Tot Pageant; picking, peeling, carving, cooking and sacking potatoes. Norwegian lefse, potato pancakes, french fries, potato sausage, potato soup, German potato dumplings.  Attendance: 17,000

August 25-26, 2017  Annual Big Island Bar-B-Que
Albert Lea, Minnesota
Entertainment Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Friday night taste over 50 gallons of chili from at least 20 different teams.  A KCBS sanctioned State Championship. We draw some of the top teams in the United States that are a part of Kansas City Barbeque Society to compete annually in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The winner of the Big Island Bar-B-Que receives a cash payout as well as an invitation to the American Royal/KC Masterpiece Invitational in Kansas City MO. Overall BBQ and chili winners qualify for the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida

August 26, 2017  9th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler - St. Paul, Minnesota
100+ craft breweries will pour beer samples inside the new home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS Field. With live music, classic ballpark eats at Saints concession stands, and fun activities like Human Foosball and Silent Disco, the Summer Beer Dabbler is a must!

August 26-27, 2017  52nd Annual Threshing Bee - Donnelly, Minnesota
Threshing, engines, antique tractors and machinery, horse and pony pull contests, a rural school, shingle mill and lumber sawing, tractor pull contests, plowing demonstrations, a classic car show and softball tournament.

August 27, 2017  Minnesota Cooks Day at Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Cooks is all about celebrating respected Minnesota farmers and premier Minnesota chefs and cooks who serve locally-produced foods from these farmers in their restaurants. During our one-day event, the chefs and cooks entertain audiences with their cooking demonstrations while the farmers and other local food heavyweights weigh-in on Minnesota's vibrant food scene.



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August 8, 2016 - Agnition Soil Summit - Balaton, Minnesota
Agnition is pleased to welcome soil health expert, Dr. Jill Clapperton to Balaton, Minnesota. Dr. Clapperton and her team are developing new technology to help farmers make real-time decisions about soil fertility, plant nutrition and soil microbial activity. Join us and learn more about the quest to create healthy, productive soils.

August 17-21, 2016  Corn on the Cob Days - Plainview, Minnesota
Dances, children’s games, a large parade, live music, BBQ Chicken dinner, a Gopher Count reunion, and quirky tractor games. Don’t miss the free sweet corn, dripping with butter. (also: )  Attendance: 15,000.

August 20, 2016  Watermelon Day - Vining, Minnesota
Craft show, children's games, petting zoo, food, bingo, musical entertainment, free watermelon. 3rd Saturday each August. See the giant watermelon sculpture at the Vining Sculpture Park.  Attendance: 3,500.


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August 22, 2015  Real Horse Power - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
The draft horse powered much of America well into the 20th century. Logging and lumbering, one of the nation's largest and most important industries, relied heavily on powerful Percheron draft horses to move the huge white pine logs from the forest to landings on the river. This program features horses doing traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading.


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August 9, 2014  Fire in the Garden: Flatbread on the Grill Artistry
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. - Noon.  With award-winning chef Anna Christoforides (owner and chef of the Gardens of Salonica) as your guide, you will learn how to create amazing pizzas and other flatbreads on your grill. Anna will entertain you with stories of the Greek origins of flatbreads while she demonstrates how to create mouthwatering breads for your summer entertaining and enjoyment. In the Arboretum's own kitchen garden (weather permitting), gather around the grill to cover all the ins and outs of making this favorite food common to all cultures, and savor the delicious results of Anna's instruction.  After the class, you will be confident in making your grill your new best bread making tool.  Learning Center Kitchen Garden.

August 16, 2014  Cooking with Herbs for Well Being
MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Learning Center  Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, instructor, accomplished chef, cookbook author  Learn how to harness herbs' beneficial nutrients and flavor-elevating properties through everyday recipes. Kris will be discussing herbs that have been widely found to enhance overall well-being, help manage common minor health issues, and add flavor and interest to your cooking. Together in class we'll first taste and then make some recipes that you can take home for later. We recommend bringing a cooler!


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August 4, 2013  Taste of Dorset - Dorset, Minnesota
'Restaurant Capital of the World'. Food fest, family entertainment, music, games. Dorset is the Place to Be! One day food extravaganza set in a town square-like atmosphere.

August 16, 2013  15th Annual Taste of Longville - Longville, Minnesota
The restaurants and non-profit organizations will provide food for hungry vacationers and residents. While filling your tummy, you can also fill your "soul" as there will also be Music, Arts and Crafts by the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance.

August 17, 2013  Art of Brewcraft - Duluth, Minnesota
A fun filled event of beer tastings and games starting at 5:00 pm.

August 24-25, 2013  21st Annual Webster Harvest Days - Webster, Minn
Webster Harvest Days 2014 will not take place this year. With the lack of volunteers needed to organize and run the event it will not happen this year. The Committe of WHD would like to Thank You for the previous years of support and dedication.


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August ?, 2012  Celebrity Chef Tour - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Benefitting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

August 3, 2012  Braham Pie Day - Braham, Minnesota
Braham was named the "Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota" by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1990.

August 10, 2012  Brew at the Zoo - Apple Valley, Minnesota
Enjoy a wide variety of beers, appetizers and live music.

August 11, 2012  The Street Fest on 7th - Brainerd, Minnesota
Formerly known as the Great Northern BBQ.  The award winning Street Fest will start at noon with eating contests, cooking demonstrations, and vendors.  Live music starts in the afternoon and goes until midnight. And after you’ve worked up an appetite, stick around for the Cub Foods Rib Fest from 7 p.m. until gone.

August 18, 2012  Pickle It - Preston, Minnesota
Visitors can observe or help out in this late summer program at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park by assisting the gardener with the harvesting of heirloom vegetables from the garden. These vegetables will be brought to the kitchen to be cleaned and processed using traditional pickling methods.

August 19, 2012  The Homegrown Experience - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Homegrown Experience will focus on sustainability, connecting people to the land and providing healthy and enjoyable experiences. The event will feature chef demonstrations, local restaurants, farmers, CSAs, co-ops, food producers, local vintners and brewers, as well as an outdoor Farmers Market. Participants will be able to sip, sample, purchase and learn about local, sustainable and organic foods.


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August 6-7, 2011  Family Farm Festival - Apple Valley, Minnesota
Enjoy some good old fashioned fun during Family Farm Festival at the Minnesota Zoo's Wells Fargo Farm. There will be music and kids' activities each day.

August 19-20, 2011  50th Annual Buttered Corn Days Celebration
Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Highlights include free buttered corn, live entertainment, children’s games, crafters, vendors, a parade, corn-eating contest, bingo, and a raffle.



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August 8, 2009  11th Annual Cream Corn Wrestling Match
Latsch Island, Winona, Minnesota
"Spread by word of mouth, the match attracts people from all over Minnesota and the surrounding states." (Winona Daily News, 8/9/09)

August 27, 2009  Raise on the Rooftop - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Please join us for an evening of wine, cigars and a showcase of amazing men's fashions. Benefiting Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Recognizing the fundamental human rights of children, we work to give every child security, opportunity, permanency and a loving family.




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