The highlight of summer fun in Belle Plaine is the annual Bar-B-Q Days community festival that begins Thursday, July 18 this year with a new event geared to teens. The BBQ Days Royalty and candidates will host a Teen Dance for grades 7 - 12 from 7 – 11 p.m. in the Gazebo area at Union Square Park. There is a city curfew of 10 p.m. for kids ages 13 – 14-years-old and 11 p.m. for 15 – 17-year-olds. The official start of the 61st Bar-B-Q Days begins Friday, July 19 at Union Square Park with three days of fun. Also new this year is a theme for the Saturday parade: ‘Hit TV Show’, with prizes for the best theme decorated float. For the three-day celebration, there will be carnival rides, famous BBQ beef sandwiches, a beer garden, food and drink vendors, live entertainment and lots more. The festival will culminate on Sunday with the Queen Coronation and a spectacular fireworks display.
When: Teen Dance July 18, Bar-B-Q Days July 19 - 21
Where: Union Square Park
Rhythm on the Rails
Wander out on a Wednesday night to enjoy a free outdoor concert with friends and family. The evening kicks off with local acts, followed by regional headliners that everyone knows and loves. Food/brew vendors and a free kid’s zone with inflatables and face-painting will be available. The music lineup for this week is The Honeydogs on July 17 and Chris Kroeze on July 24.
When: Through Aug. 14, 6 – 9 p.m. each Wed. evening
Where: Lewis St. in Downtown Shakopee
More Info: www.downtownshakopee.org
Music in the Park
Bring your family, blankets, lawn chairs, snacks and beverages to Le Sueur American Legion Park for an evening of fun music, featuring The Singing Cowgirl and Trainwreck Acoustic. Sponsored by Treasures in Town and the Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce.
When: July 17. 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: 155 N. Park Lane, Le Sueur
More Info: http://lesueurchamber.org/events
TLHA Music on the Lawn
Briz and Lady will perform during this week’s “Music on the Lawn” series, hosted by The Lutheran Home Association. This dynamic duo play a wide variety of popular music with their impeccable harmonies and unique interpretation of your favorite songs. The event is weather-permitting. Cancellations and rescheduling updates will be posted on the TLHA BP Campus Facebook page.
When: July 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: The Lutheran Home, 611 West Main St., Belle Plaine
More Info: TLHA BP Campus Facebook page
Twin Cities Summer Jam
This three-day music festival presented by Mystic Lake is the only one in the Twin Cities and the upper Midwest that combines rock, pop and country music formats every night. Thursday’s Main Stage headliners feature Rascal Flatts, REO Speedwagon and Soul Asylum; Friday: Areosmith, Buckcherry and Chris Hawkey; Saturday: Tim McGraw, Pitbull and Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers.
When: July 18 – 20
Where: Canterbury Park, Hwy. 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee
Cost: $99 - $1,200
More Info: tcsummerjam.com
Chaska Fire and Ice Bonspiel
Cheer on and watch curlers compete in this exciting community festival and Bonspiel. A free, outdoor festival will also be occurring for the weekend including live music, fun run, fireworks, bean bag tournaments, great food and cold beverages and many other outdoor activities.
When: July 18 – 21, Bonspiel is on July 18; times vary by day.
Where: Firemen’s Park at the Curling Center, 3210 Chaska Blvd., Chaska
Cost: Prices vary.
More Info: www.fireandicebonspiel.com
Pet Show at the Library
Meet Tori and her precious pets. Come learn about a variety of animals and get a chance to interact with them. From hermit crab races to feeding lettuce to bunnies, the fun won’t stop.
When: July 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Belle Plaine Library, 125 W. Main St., Belle Plaine
More Info: www.scottlib.org
Beauty and the Beast Musical
Generations Theatre Co. presents ‘Beauty and the beast’ which includes student cast members from Belle Plaine, Lonsdale, New Prague, Le Center, Montgomery and others. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a strong-willed village girl, who becomes imprisoned in a castle while trying to rescue her father from an angry beast.
When: July 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m., July 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.
Where: New Prague High School, 221 12th St., New Prague
Cost: $10 Adults, $8 for students and seniors
More Info: www.generationstheatre.org/current-show.html
Credit River Antique Tractor Club Show and Flea Market
The 2019 Credit River Antique Tractor Club annual show will feature crafts, flea market, swap meet, and parades. Family Day on Saturday features additional park activities.
When: July 19 – 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, 25875 Juniper Ave. St., New Prague
Cost: Free admission
More Info: http://cratractor.com
Scott County Garden Tours
Mark your calendar for the Carver-Scott Master Gardener Garden Tour featuring six gardens located in Lakeville, Savage and Elko New Market. These drive-yourself garden tours happen every other year, alternating between Carver and Scott counties. Bring a friend and make a day of seeing and learning about new ideas for your own gardens.
When: July 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: A map with addresses and full directions will be available online.
More Info: www.carverscottmastergardeners.org or call (952) 466-5300.
Enjoy a day at the park. Try rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and archery. Fly high on a zip line (weather permitting) and burn some energy in inflatable bouncers. Food concessions available. In conjunction with the Credit River Antique Tractor Show from July 19 - 21.
When: July 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, 25875 Juniper Ave. St., New Prague
More Info: www.threeriversparks.org, 763- 694-7777
Raptors Up Close
Meet the current captive raptors. Learn about these amazing birds of prey and how they help teach. Cameras welcome. Drop in anytime. This program is open to all ages. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
When: July 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7400 Grimm Rd., Victoria
More Info: Call 763-559-6700, www.threeriversparks.org
Scott County Readmobile Summer Visits to Fountain Park
Join the Readmobile at Fountain Park in Belle Plaine for stories and activities for you and your little ones to share and then borrow books to continue the fun at home. Kids ages 0-18 can track reading and activities to earn free books and additional incentives, including entries into end-of-summer ticket drawings.
When: Mondays, through Aug. 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Fountain Park, 801 W. Forest St., Belle Plaine
More Info: https://scottlib.libcal.com
Loud! At the Library
Scott County Library and Smalltown Eclectic present, Loud! at the Library open mic and art night. The open mic is for ages 12-112 with five minutes per act and all genres welcome. The Art
Exhibit is open for all ages and all mediums. Piano, acoustic guitar and bongos will be available for use. Contact email@example.com in advance to reserve a spot to display your art and receive instructions regarding setup.
When: July 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Belle Plaine Public Library, 125 W. Main St., Belle Plaine
More Info: www.facebook.com/ScottLibMN
Scott County Fair
Your ticket to summer fun is waiting for you at the Scott County Fair, promising a memorable array of activities, food and entertainment during the fair’s five-day run. Highlights include exciting grandstand events, the Miracle of Birth Center, draft horse shows, various demonstrations, Gold Star Carnival, many food vendors, music and more.
When: July 24 – 28, times vary by day.
Where: 7151 190th St., Jordan
Cost: Free attendance
More Info: www.scottcountyfair.org
Bluegrass and BBQ
Seniors (55+) are invited to a summer BBQ and music event. Kick up your heels with bluegrass music by Loosely Wound. Food catered by Mr. Pig Stuff. Sponsored by Emerald Crest Memory Care and All Saints Senior Living. Register by July 17 through Shakopee Parks and Recreation with code SE 724.
When: July 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lions Park, 1103 Adam St., Shakopee
More Info: www.shakopeemn.gov