St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour

st cloud craft beer tour

For those who love craft beer (I am amongst that group), the St. Paul Craft Beer Tour is a perfect event for you. Sure, it’s way too cold to do almost anything that requires going outside — but, almost anything does not include drinking delicious beer, especially when there are approximately 150 craft beers to chose from, and the number of samples is unlimited. Yes, unlimited.

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The Maine Playing Free Show on September 3rd

The Maine

Alternative rock band The Maine are headed to Minneapolis and you can see them for the low, low price of FREE.

The Maine are doing an entirely free tour called the “Free For All Tour” and have made Minneapolis one of their destinations.

The Tempe, Arizona-based band will be playing their fifth stop of the 13-stop tour at Mill City Nights near Target Field  Sept. 3. The tour is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so there are no tickets. The Maine’s event page says 6 p.m., so get there early to secure your spot. Other stops and information is included on the band’s website.

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Vikings Training Camp Underway

mike zimmer - vikings head coach 2014 training camp

Ah, it’s that time of year again! The yearly ramp-up before the NFL season begins and the Vikings’ trek to Mankato begins.

Last year, Minnesota Connected was able to chronicle some of training camp.

This past Saturday marked the 2015 report date for the players, but Sunday was the first open practice held by head coach Mike Zimmer (full schedule here). Practice runs each day 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:45-5 p.m.

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Insight Outside Beer Fest Saturday

insight outsideThis Saturday, if you’re looking to relax and drink beer, there’s not a much better place than Insight Brewing just off of 280 and Hennepin Ave.

The event runs 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with music, food trucks, games and, of course, beer inside and outside of Insight’s taproom, including their relatively new patio.

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CHS Field to Host 4th Annual Internet Cat Video Festival

walker art center - cat festival

Once again, it’s time for the annual Internet Cat Video Festival, held this year at CHS Field, the new home of the St. Paul Saints. This year’s event, hosted by the Walker Arts Center, will feature videos curated by Will Braden, who created the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and the festival’s first winner of the Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award.

Besides showing cat videos, the event will also feature: photo ops, art adventures and other “meowvelous” fun. Radio personality Barb Abney of Go 96 will host the event.

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‘Stone Arch Festival’ Coming Up

Stone Arch Festival

If you’re looking for something free to do over Father’s Day Weekend, look no further than Minneapolis’ iconic Stone Arch Bridge.

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The Second Annual ‘Twin Cities Donut Crawl’

TC Donut Crawl

Would you like to make a difference and eat plenty of donuts? Well, believe it or not, you can.

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Check Out ‘Record Store Day’ on April 18

Record Store Day

The eighth annual Record Store Day will be celebrated April 18 at record stores throughout the world. Don’t know what Record Store Day is? That’s why we’re here.

“Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.”

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Minnesota United Kickoff Event at MOA Sunday

Minnesota United Kick-Off event

Ready to celebrate Wednesday’s announcement that Minnesota will be getting a Major League Soccer team? Join the team at Mall of America from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday as the team prepares for the upcoming NASL season.

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Coming This Summer — 2015 Color Vibe 5K

color vibe 5k

Since the temperatures have officially hit above 40 degrees and we are finally un-thawing from winter’s grasp, I started to search for fun things to do in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area this summer. An event I have heard about time and time again is this weird phenomenon where people pay to throw colored powder at each other, while running. That’s right, the nationally recognized event, The Color Vibe 5K, is coming to the Twin Cities. Not to be confused with The Color Run, this run is held earlier in the summer and at a different location.

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