Area events and activities
FEATURED PICK - Jessenland Irish Festival
Celebrate the culture and heritage of Minnesota’s first Irish Settlement, hosted by the Oratory of St. Thomas the Apostle. Learn more about the early Irish settlers and pioneers of the area at the history program and enjoy a chicken dinner, live Irish music and dancers, silent auction, raffle, and lots more. Chicken dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.
When: Aug. 26, begins with a mass at 10 a.m
Where: 31624 Scenic Byway Rd., Henderson
The Minnesota State Fair Begins
The Great Minnesota Get-Together begins, one of the most popular tourist attractions in MN. Come out and celebrate our state’s past, present and future, from agriculture and food to live entertainment and education, the fair has it all. Twelve days of fun.
When: Aug. 23 – Sept. 3, 6 a.m. - midnight
Music on the Lawn – MAYSO Quartet
The quartet from the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (MAYSO) will be performing at this Thursday’s free “Music on the Lawn 2018” music series, hosted by The Lutheran Home Association.
When: Aug. 23, 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: TLHA Belle Plaine Campus, 611 W. Main St., Belle Plaine
More Info: TLHA BP Campus
Last Blast of Summer Family Fun Night
Belle Plaine’s Cross Country Team is hosting a SuperHero Mile & Beautiful Prairie 5k with food, games and raffle. Included with admission is one hotdog, one bag of chips, and one bottle of water. If you sign up for one of the races, admission to family fun night is free. All proceeds benefit the Belle Plaine Cross Country Team.
When: Aug. 24, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Super Hero Mile starts at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Belle Plaine Athletic Complex, 1101 Commerce Dr. W., Belle Plaine
More Info: Super Hero Mile early bird sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-hero-mile-tickets-46638509036. Beautiful Prairie 5K early bird sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beautiful-prairie-5k-tickets-46639557171
Highland Fling at the Renaissance Festival
This weekend’s theme is featuring the Highland Fling, a celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture. Come out to watch the World Amateur men’s and women’s Highland Heavy Games Championships with the top ten amateurs from across the nation competing.
When: Aug. 25, starting at 9 a.m. and Aug 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Renaissance Festival, in the Shepherd’s Green, 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee
Cost: $24.95 Adult, $22.95 Senior, $15.95 Child. Check website for passes and advance admission.
More Info: http://www.renaissancefest.com
Pioneer Power Show Begins
The Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association will be holding their 45th Annual Show.
When: Aug. 24, 25, 26, gates open at 7 a.m. daily
Where: 34605 265th Avenue/County Road 33
Minnesota Senior Men’s Baseball
Tiger Park will be the host of eight games the final weekend as the Gray Tigers will play in the semifinals against the rival Jordan Millers. If they win, they will play for the Class AA Championship on Sun. at 6:30 p.m.
When: Aug. 25, noon, followed by games at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tiger Park, Belle Plaine
More Info: www.msmaba.com
Scott County Historical Society
50th Anniversary Picnic
Help celebrate 50 years of collecting, preserving and sharing Scott County history with a picnic, music and games hosted by the Scott County Historical Society.
When: Aug 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee
Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament
Tigers will face defending State Champion Kimball in New Prague
When: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Lexington Avenue South, New Prague
ECFE Back to School Kickoff
Join ECFE for a back to school party and an opportunity to sign up for Fall ECFE classes, meet new families and play on the playground. There will be music, a bounce house, face painting, and a special treat to enjoy with the family. Be sure to check in at the registration table.
When: Aug 28, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Chatfield Elementary Playground
More Info: Free Will Offering
Coffee with a Cop
Join your neighbors and the B.P. Police Department for coffee and informal conversation. Enjoy free samples of Solid Grounds coffee. When: Aug. 28, 10 a.m.
Where: KingsPath Senior Living, 125 Commerce Drive W., Belle Plaine
More Info: TLHA Facebook page
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