More not-to-miss festivals

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May 24, 2004 // UPDATED 1:40 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Hayley Tsukayama
Hayley Tsukayama

Great River Energy Bicycle Festival

Cyclists will race through Downtown, Friday, June 11, 6:45-8:45 p.m. before moving on to Red Wing, Saturday, June 12 in this five-day bike race. This year, some of the bikers you'll be cheering on will be competing in the Olympics in Athens, Greece.

An "Alive After Five" concert will kick off Downtown's bike-related festivities -- including stunt rider performances and a bike and fitness expo -- in Peavey Plaza on South 11th Street and Nicollet Mall at 5 p.m.

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Hot Summer Jazz Festival

With local and national names such as Debbie Duncan, Giacomo Aula, Hiromi, Arne Fogel and the Duke Ellington Orchestra (among others), the lineup looks stellar. The majority of events in the Friday, June 18-Sunday, June 27 festival events are free and take place at Downtown venues.

Jazz Night Out, Thursday, June 24, includes stops at 14 Downtown jazz clubs. A $25 button gets you into all the clubs and performances, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., plus free trolley transportation for the evening. All proceeds from the button sales go to Habitat for Humanity and Project for Pride in Living.

For more information, call 343-5943 or log onto

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

The Minneapolis Riverfront District hosts the Stone Arch Festival for the Arts, Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20. A juried competition, the outdoor art show also features entertainment from the MacPhail Center for Music and other musical groups. Other event highlights include artist demonstrations and "The Art of the Classic Car." The event is free to the public and is located along Southeast Main Street in front of St. Anthony Main, Riverplace and Pillsbury "A" Mill.

For more information, go to

St. Anthony Main Summer Concert Series

Does free music along the river every weekend sound too good to be true? Well, disbelievers, head to the Minneapolis Riverfront District any weekend between June 4 and Aug. 29 and check out the rock yourselves. Free concerts run 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays, 4-7 p.m. All concerts are located on the riverfront on the public courtyard between Tuggs Tavern and VIC'S, 201 SE. Main St.

Visit www.saint- for a complete schedule.

Minnesota Twins Autograph Party

Want to know once and for all how to really spell "Mientkiewicz"? Learn from the man himself. Head down to the 'Dome on the morning of Saturday, June 26 to get autographs from all your favorite Twins, and, maybe, stick around for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Interested? Call the Twins at 375-1366 or go to for more info.


Music! Sun! Sausage! It's all at the Minnesota Orchestra's annual Sommerfest celebration Friday-Saturday, July 9-31. Performances by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Oscar Peterson Trio and the John Pizzarelli Trio are indicative of the celebration's new focus on jazz. But, never fear classical music lovers, there are still plenty of symphonies, concerts and concertos for you to enjoy. Most, but not all, events are free and located in Peavey Plaza on South 11th Street and Nicollet Mall.

For more information and tickets, contact the Minnesota Orchestra at 371-5656 or try

Loring Park Arts Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Loring Park Arts Festival highlights the work of 130 artists who have been juried into the annual exposition. The festival hopes to have "something for everyone," according to festival spokeswoman Kathleen Kvern.

New attractions this year include a Family Art Tent and a nonperishable canned food sculpture. The food will be donated to the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank upon the festival's close. Head down to Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., anytime between Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on, to find a piece of art that speaks to you.