Best of April
Spring Has Sprung in the Land of Big Fun
It’s that time of the year when we can finally pack away those parkas! That means the return of some popular events, special promotions, a call for entertainers and a milestone anniversary.
Craft Show and Junk Bonanza
Spring cleaning is also a great time for spring decorating! The Spring Festival, An Arts and Craft Affair comes to the Canterbury Park Expo Center April 8 – 10. Come find that one piece that could tie a whole room together! For tickets and show hours, visit hpifestivals.com. The Spring Junk Bonanza also returns to the Canterbury Park Expo Center April 21 – 23. It’s literally a bonanza for shoppers of vintage finds, antiques, and artisan repurposed pieces! For early bird admission, tickets, and show hours, visit junkbonanza.com.
Las Vegas Trip Giveaways
Ready to get away from it all? Every Saturday night in April is your chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to fabulous Las Vegas! It’s free to enter Mystic Lake’s Vegas, Baby! Trip Giveaway drawings on Saturdays from 3 – 9 pm. Two guests will be drawn to win up to $5,000 Free Slot Play every half hour, and FIVE grand prize winners every drawing night get an all-expense paid trip to Vegas including airfare, hotel and $1,000 spending money! Ladies, you’ve got another chance to win a Vegas trip every Wednesday in April during Mystic Lake’s Luck Be a Lady ladies-only drawings. Enter starting at 4 pm for your chance to play in a blackjack or slot tournament. Each night’s champion wins an all-expense paid Vegas getaway!
Derby and Live Racing Table Sales
Watch the most exciting two minutes in sports in style! Kentucky Derby Day Party table reservations start Saturday, April 9 at noon. Choose from a wide range of table and all-inclusive packages. For full details on table options and the Derby Day Party, visit canterburypark.com/derby. Of course, live racing returns just two weeks after the Derby on Friday, May 20. You can reserve a table for all the action and entertaining promotions starting April 10. Save your seat now for what promises to be the most exciting racing season in Canterbury Park’s history. For reservations, call (952) 445-7224. For pricing, seating charts, and season schedule, visit their live racing reservation page.
Looking Back at 40 Years
Experience 40 Years of Fun with Valleyfair! The Scott County Historical Society takes a look back at 40 years of Valleyfair with photos and memorabilia from the Park’s four decades of creating memories. The exhibit opens April 14.
Taste the best Minnesota has to offer. The annual Savor Minnesota event returns to Canterbury Park on April 16, featuring Minnesota wines, craft beers and food all in a single afternoon. Doors open at noon with wine and beer served from 1 – 5 pm. For tickets and vendor lists, visit savormn.com.
Disco Fever Weekend
It’s time to get down during Mystic Lake’s Disco Fever Weekend April 22 and 23! Bring out the platform shoes and polyester for discomania featuring live entertainment, drawings, games and even a 70s Costume and Disco Dance contest. See the ultimate 70s film come to life in the Mystic Showroom with Saturday Night Fever – The Musical, and keep it groovin’ until the wee hours in Daddy O’s Disco Lounge. And be sure to enter the free Saturday night drawings to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Vegas, Baby!
Minnesota Renaissance Festival Auditions
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is seeking musicians, bands, performance ensembles, actors, dancers, singers, acrobats, stage combat aficionados, and unique characters of all shapes and sizes to showcase their special talents. No experience is necessary, and no skill is too small! The auditions will be held Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, May 7 from 10 am – 2 pm on the Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379. For more information call 952-445-7361 or visit renaissancefest.com/involved.html.
Valleyfair Season Pass Deadline
There’s no better way to experience the excitement of RiverSouth than with a Gold Season Pass to Valleyfair! With unlimited visits—including Soak City Waterpark and ValleySCARE, free parking, and special Bring-A-Friend discounts—a Valleyfair Gold Season Pass is the best value in family entertainment! Get your pass before May 31 to save $15 per pass!
Photography by Carol Rosegg