Spring Into Summer Fun

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Our Top Picks for May

Your home for Twin Cities fun this spring is in the Land of Big Fun—RiverSouth. May marks the return of live horse racing and roller coasters, plus some exciting entertainment and cool prize giveaways. In RiverSouth, we’ve got you covered all summer long.


Kentucky Derby Day
Minnesota’s biggest Kentucky Derby party is at Canterbury Park. With three levels of seating, mint julep stations, a red carpet selfie station, and over 500 televisions, there’s no better place to enjoy the action. So put on your best Derby attire, grab a mint julep, snap a photo on the red carpet selfie station, and get ready for the most exciting two minutes in sports. Doors open at 8:00 am and the Kentucky Derby breaks from the gates at 5:34 pm. Admission is free. For full party details, click here.

Live Racing Returns
And they’re racing! Live racing returns to Canterbury Park Friday, May 20. Don’t miss opening weekend—including the Preakness Stakes Saturday, May 21. See Canterbury Park’s full calendar of events here. Of course, horses won’t just be on the track at Canterbury. The Ma’Ceo Equestrian Circus presented by the Zuhrah Shriners comes to Canterbury Park May 19 – 22. The show features acrobats on a variety of exotic breeds of horses. Tickets start at $28, with multiple show times daily. For more information, visit the Zuhrah Shriners website.

Running of the Bulldogs
Running of the Bulldogs is at Canterbury Park on Memorial Day. Watch these four-legged athletes race to become top dog. Plus, enjoy other great family day activities, including free face painting, pony rides, and a petting zoo. First horse race begins at 12:45 pm with bulldog heats between races. Visit for ticket information and full racing schedule.


Opening Day
Valleyfair kicks off its 40th anniversary on May 13. It’s the start of a season-long celebration that includes the return of an original ride, an all-new extreme sports show, throwback-inspired entertainment and a summer full of special events. Whether you’re a Wild Thing or a mild thing, the best way to experience Valleyfair’s 40th anniversary season is with a Gold Season Pass. Benefits such as unlimited visits and free parking allow you to be flexible with your fun! You’ll love the freedom to visit Valleyfair and Soak City Waterpark for the whole day or just a few hours. Save $15 per pass by May 31.

Run & Ride
Experience a course unlike any other with a 10K, 5K, half marathon or one-mile run through Valleyfair May 14 and 15! Celebrate your epic finish with a day full of fun on your favorite rides! Park admission is included with registration (except one-mile). Register at

Food Truck Fest
Get your foodie fix with more than a dozen of the Twin Cities’ best food trucks located throughout the park on May 21.

Military Appreciation Weekend
Valleyfair is offering free admission to all military service members and special ticket offers for friends and family May 27 – 30.

Soak City Waterpark Opens
On May 28, Valleyfair kicks off the biggest pool party of the summer at Soak City Waterpark. The 90-foot Breakers Plunge waterslides (debuted in 2015) are among the tallest side-by-side waterslides in the country! Riders drop virtually straight down at speeds of nearly 40mph. The slides will be featured on the upcoming season of the Travel Channel’s Xtreme Water Parks.


Ladies Weekend
Ladies, head to the lake on fishing opener weekend—Mystic Lake, that is! It’s Ladies Weekend Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15 with free parties, live entertainment, photos with hunky male models and so much more! Enter the Ladies-Only Swipe & Win Friday night to win up to $1,000 Free Slot Play. Shop ‘til you drop on Saturday and Sunday at the Mystic Boutique featuring over 70 vendors. And don’t miss the Ladies-Only Drawings starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. There’s a free gift for the first 500 ladies, plus your chance to win electronics, appliances, jewelry or up to $2,000 Free Slot Play.

Multi-talented Comedian Tracy Morgan
From 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live and Martin comes the multi-talented Tracy Morgan on Friday, May 27. See him live on his major multi-city Picking Up the Pieces tour. Morgan starred on seven seasons of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning “30 Rock,” playing Tracy Jordan opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Win a Chevy® Camaro on Memorial Day
Don’t miss Mystic 500 Memorial Day Weekend. Put the pedal to the metal to win up to $500 free slot play Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30. Three lucky guests will be drawn to play for a new ride on Memorial Day. The grand prize winner drives home a new Chevy Camaro!


Huzzah! Call for 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, 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

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