Education & Community

Aquatennial Celebrations

Kick off the week of celebrations with Minnesota’s largest nighttime parade along Hennepin Avenue, marvel at the Twin Cities River Rats as they perform entertaining tricks on the water, up your fitness game and partake in the Torchlight 5k or sit back and watch in awe at one of the top five annual firework displays in the nation on Saturday evening. With a wide range of events, there is something fit for all shapes and sizes.

Family Fun Festival

Food trucks, bouncy houses, family-friendly activities, and a silent auction – what more could you ask for on a Sunday in early fall? Come out to Southwest Park in Mahtomedi for the Family Fun Festival to support Aaron’s Playground, a memorial playground to be built in the park early next year. Entrance is free!

Pride Parade and Festival

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the heart of Loring Park with nearly 400 exhibitor booths, 40 delectable food vendors and four stages equipped with a live music and a variety of performances.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Kick off Father’s Day weekend with a stroll across the Mississippi River and Main Street to enjoy cuisine from a variety of food trucks, live music, art from local artists and more.

Manitou Days Parade

For over 50 years, Manitou Days has celebrated everything about White Bear Lake. From Marketfest on Thursdays to events on the lake, it kicks off with the parade that goes through downtown and along Lake Avenue to a party on Memorial Beach.

Giving Insights Forum: The impact of Catholic education

A moderated panel of local and national experts will discuss the extent to which Catholic education impacts our families, parishes, and our community at large. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Library Program: The Home Front - A Small Town During World War II

Local author Peter R. Reis will share photos and anecdotes recalling life in the White Bear area during the war years including rationing, the impact on local businesses and community organizations.

FREE event but donations are welcome.  Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake.  651-407-5327, www.whitebearhistory.org, www.facebook.com/whitebearhistory

Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling

Honor the history of Minnesota at Fort Snelling this Memorial Day. Learn the stories of the fort’s role in the youth of our country. See demonstrations of centuries-old ways of living, join activities on the parade grounds, and maybe hear the old cannons fire. All ages.

Shelter Vet Camp at the Animal Humane Society

If your child wants to grow up to be a veterinarian, this 3-hour program can set them down the right path. They’ll learn about surgery skills using a pretend patient, how to recognize common illnesses and what it’s like to work at a shelter. Kids grades 3-6.

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