A Budget Savvy Guide to RiverSouth

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Looking for Big Fun at a Big Discount? There’s still time to enjoy RiverSouth this summer, and Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake, the Renaissance Festival and Valleyfair all have affordable options that offer maximum fun for less.  Here’s your guide to big fun on a budget.


Canterbury Park

Be sure to sign up for an MVP Rewards card for access to daily discounts on admission! And check out weekly budget deals throughout the racing season including:

Buck Nightevery Thursday, admission and programs are just $1. You’ll also find a variety of $1, $2 and $3 food and beverage specials.

Happy Hourevery Friday, Canterbury Park is home to Minnesota’s biggest happy hour with live music and a variety of food and drink discounts.

Family DaySundays are a great day to bring the kids! Included in your admission are free pony rides, face painting and a petting zoo. Plus, try the $5.50 hot dog or burger baskets for the best Sunday food values.


Canterbury’s live race meet extends one week after Labor Day with free admission for the final weekend September 10 – 12!


Mystic Lake

Want all the excitement of a world-class casino resort on a budget? Mystic Lake has you covered with late-night Cosmic Bingo for just $6 every Friday and Saturday night. Jam to today’s top rock and country hits under black lights in a high-energy atmosphere—and tweet your song requests straight to the DJ! If cards are more your style, Mystic Lake is home to $1 blackjack all day every day.


No matter when you visit, be sure to sign up for a free Club Mystic Card and unlock automatic discounts at the gift shop and all Mystic Lake restaurants including The Buffet.


Grab some friends or make new ones this weekend—Mystic Lake is the place to party on Friday and Saturday nights with free live entertainment at the Promenade Stage, right in the middle of the action on the casino floor. Catch the Mystic Dancers and a live DJ on Friday nights, and live bands every Saturday night.


Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Festival offers a variety of great savings options. Receive $3 off admission when you purchase tickets at Walgreens, Super America, Menards and Subway locations. Looking for even bigger savings? Try one of these unique options:

Military and Public Service members receive free admission Labor Day Weekend.

Donate five cans of food now through September 7 and receive $5 off admission.


Love to shop AND love a great deal? Mark your calendar for Ladies Shopping Day on October 2. Just $20 gets you in the gates plus a free glass of wine, gift bag, and discounts from select artisans all day! Join the social hour for appetizers, raffles and a chance to compare your best shopping finds. A $50 value for $20…we’re there!



Saving on your Valleyfair visit starts with great deals on admission. is always home to the best ticket prices. Now through September 4, you can get a day of thrills for only $32.99 (plus taxes and fees) and give the gift of hope at the same time with $1 from every ticket sold benefiting the Children’s Cancer Research Fund!


It’s never too early to start thinking about the 2016 Valleyfair Season! Purchase a 2016 Season Pass and receive one FREE visit to Valleyfair in 2015! Season passes include unlimited visits and free parking and pay for themselves in less than two visits! This year, consider the new All Season Dining Pass—good for lunch and dinner every trip.

There are so many great ways to save in RiverSouth—we only listed some of our top picks here! Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake, the Renaissance Festival and Valleyfair all feature unique events, attractions and promotions, so check our event calendar to plan your perfect trip.



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