Family Fun in RiverSouth
Great entertainment options for all ages!
From the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest and one of the nation’s largest Renaissance Festivals, to family-friendly events and cultural experiences, RiverSouth is a must-see destination for the family this summer.
Come spend a day at Valleyfair Family Amusement Park. Featuring more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair offers something for every family member. Discover your next adventure on one of eight thrilling coasters, hang out with Snoopy and the gang at Planet Snoopy or relive your childhood on the classic rides in Route 76.
Try Valleyfair’s newest ride – North Star. Named to celebrate the region’s affinity to be “up north” and the great outdoors, this 230-foot-tall ride lights up the night like Polaris itself.
You can beat the heat at Valleyfair’s Soak City Waterpark. With six different slide options, a lazy river, wave pool, sand volleyball courts and a splash station for the kids, this place can take a whole day to explore on its own. Best of all, Soak City is included with Valleyfair admission.
Bring the family and bring your appetite to Mystic Lake at The Great Midwest Rib Fest July 28 – 30. Your taste buds will scream for savory ribs hot off the grill. They’re the best around, prepared by the country’s top pitmasters—all competing for thousands in cash prizes and your vote in The Best of the Fest people’s choice award. There’s music for dad, the kids and even grandma. Don’t miss free concerts by The Romantics and Blind Melon on Friday, Edgar Winter Group, Winger and Ann Wilson of Heart on Saturday and Sunday kicks it country with Little Texas and Lonestar. Admission and concerts are free and open to all ages; food and beverages are available for purchase.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival celebrates its 47th season beginning August 19. Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition. The Renaissance Festival also has some new attractions this season: Live Unicorn, Wizard’s Flight School Zip Line, Merlin’s Magic Quest and King Arthur Obstacle Course. There’s always free, family-friendly activities including Fairy Wing Forest, Mermaid Cove and a children’s costume contest.
Canterbury Park has a weekend full of live racing throughout the summer. Sunday is Pepsi Family Day at the Park that includes free family day activities: pony rides, face painting, and petting zoo. First race is at 12:45 p.m.
New to Canterbury Park this summer for the young and young at heart is Little Big Thrill Factory. Little Big Thrill Factory features 20 different arcade games, two mini bowling lanes and an awesome wipe out trampoline.
Plan a family visit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for a weekend of music, culture and family fun at the annual Wacipi or Pow Wow. Wacipi was once an event that celebrated a good hunt, the end of a season, or recognized a positive event. Today, it’s a celebration of life that brings people from across the country together. At the event, you’ll find traditional dancing, music, Native American crafts, and food. Located near Mystic Lake Casino, Wacipi takes place from August 18-20, with grand entries at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Keep the cultural fun going throughout August. Head to Canterbury Park for the Indian Horse Relay from August 24-26. This event, rich with Native American culture, provides an avenue for excitement, passion, and history to come together for a weekend of family fun. Experience high-speed bareback racing at this once-a-year event, where you’ll also see Native American music and dancing performances. Don’t forget to stop by the Indian Market and check out the traditional crafts and jewelry.
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