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Sounds of Summer

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Great Music, Big Fun in RiverSouth

Some people enjoy listening to music under the stars. Others relax by tapping their feet to bands at local festivals.  However you like to hear the sounds of summer, you’ll find every side of your music tastes in the land of big fun.

Swing by Canterbury Park on Friday’s for Minnesota’s Biggest Happy Hour. Enjoy live racing, drink specials and the best local bands performing on the Mystic Lake Music Stage every Friday through September 15.

Go stargazing this summer—in the skies above and on stage—at Mystic Lake’s outdoor Mystic Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale now for Grammy-winning guitar legend Santana July 13 and pop punk rockers Blink 182 August 9.

You’ll find one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the Twin Cities in RiverSouth at the Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest.  Friday, July 14 is Rock Night with The Fray playing all your favorite jams. July 15 is country night, featuring Billy Currington and David Nail. Take in both nights for one low price of $30 with advance purchase.

Follow the tracks to Historic Downtown Shakopee for Rhythm on the Rails, a new, free, five-week, outdoor concert series taking place in the heart of downtown every Wednesday, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. The rhythm starts on July 19 and runs through August 16. Each night will consist of local acts followed by regional headliners, with family fun, food and brew vendors and so much more.  Don’t forget to check out the RiverSouth Fun Zone.

Vans Warped Tour, the largest traveling music festival in the United States, returns to Canterbury Park on July 23. Sammy Adams, Watsky and American Authors are just a few of the big names that fill the list of over 55 artists performing during this 10-hour festival. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine.

Summer sizzles at Mystic Lake as The Great Midwest Rib Fest returns for its fourth year July 28 – 30 with a star-studded entertainment lineup. Don’t miss free outdoor concerts by Blind Melon and The Romantics on Friday, Edgar Winter Group, Alex Rossi and Ann Wilson of Heart on Saturday, and Little Texas and Lonestar on Sunday. Bib up and chow down on delicious ribs from the country’s top pitmasters, and vote for your favorite to win the Best of the Fest people’s choice award! Event admission and concerts are free and open to all ages; food and beverages are available for purchase.

Valleyfair offers several musical treats for the entire family, from the walkway antics of the Benchwarmers and Acafellas to daily karaoke on the Gazebo Stage.

Live music is always part of the experience at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with dozens of entertainment groups showcasing their musical and comedic talents.  The Renaissance Festival opens for the 47th season on August 19.

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