5 Can’t-Miss Memorial Weekend Events

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Start Your Summer in the Land of Big Fun

RiverSouth is your go-to destination this Memorial weekend with the return of family fun favorites including bulldog racing, giveaways, a waterpark opening and a tribute to our military.

Mystic Lake is celebrating its 25th Anniversary all summer long with millions in cash and prizes, outdoor events and exciting entertainment. Head to the Lake Memorial Day Weekend for the start of their Silver Anniversary Summer with Summer Cash Kickoff Weekend! One lucky winner will take home $250,000 cash Sunday, May 28, plus three more winners will score $10,000 cash over the long holiday! Be a Club M member and throughout May, the more you play, dine and stay at the hotel, the more entries you’ll receive for the chance to become a quarter-millionaire. Not a Club M member? Membership is free and comes with perks like hotel stays and dining and entertainment discounts, plus the chance to take $250,000 cold hard cash to the bank! Show your active or veteran Military ID to receive Mystic Lake’s Military Appreciation Offer of a free meal at The Buffet!

It’s a four-day stretch of horse racing at Canterbury Park May 26 – 29, with the ever-popular “Running of the Bulldogs” on Memorial Day now in its fourth year. You’ll see 48 dogs, five races and one champion! Bulldog races will be run throughout the live racing day on the main track. Veterans and Active Military Members Receive Free Admission on Memorial Day with Military ID.

Plus, enjoy Pepsi Family Fun Days on Sunday and Memorial Day with free face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo. Horse racing on Friday starts at 6:30 p.m., with 12:45 p.m. posts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Valleyfair is saluting the troops May 26 – 29. Any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Members of the military may also purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this special offer.

A Minnesota classic returns to Valleyfair May 26 – 29. Hotdish & Hops is a celebration of Minnesota cuisine, featuring amazing hotdish recipes paired with some of Minnesota’s best craft beers, including the new North Star beer—an exclusive brew from RiverSouth’s own Badger Hill Brewing Company. Plus, no Minnesota celebration is complete without music, bingo, a meat raffle and a loon calling contest!

Time for some fun in the sun (and surf)! Soak City Waterpark opens May 28. It’s the coolest place in the upper Midwest to slide, splash, chill and dine. Best of all, Soak City is included with your Valleyfair admission.

Visit to plan your next vacation with special lodging and entertainment discounts.

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