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Summer Preview

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We live for summer at RiverSouth and this is our list of the top events, concerts, festivals and races. Come play and stay in RiverSouth!

Global phenom Pitbull is bringing the party to the Mystic Lake Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 3. Responsible for some of the most danceable tunes and summer anthems, the Grammy Award-winning artist will make this night unforgettable.

With both a Grammy and an Oscar, rock icon Melissa Etheridge is coming to Mystic Showroom on Thursday, July 5. The singer songwriter is known for her deeply personal lyrics and memorable hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window.”

Trevor Noah, the successful comedian and host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central is coming to Mystic Lake Saturday, July 21. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most recognized comedians today.

Household name Reba McEntire fills the Mystic Amphitheater on Saturday, August 11 with her signature sound. The multi-media entertainment mogul’s latest album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” earned her a Grammy.

O.A.R. released their new single and summer anthem “Just Like Paradise” this year and are bringing their tour to the Mystic Amphitheater on Friday, September 7. O.A.R. is performing with special guest Matt Nathanson.

Counting Crows celebrates their “25 Years and Counting” tour with a stop at Mystic Amphitheater on Sunday, September 16. Known for hits “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here” the band has sold over 20 million albums globally, and are joined by multi-platinum band +LIVE+.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14 for family favorite Extreme Day at Canterbury Park. It’s a real zoo when camels, zebras and ostriches take over the track for the wildest races you’ll see.

The final Vans Warped Tour® presented by Journeys stops at Canterbury Park on Sunday, July 22. See the longest running and largest traveling music festival in the United States.

Hot Dog! Weiner Dog racing returns to the track on Saturday, July 28. Plus to sweeten the day, several donut vendors will be providing tasty treats.

It’s the inaugural Basset Hound Races on Sunday, August 18. These cute short-legged hounds will make their way down the track in the ultimate basset hound battle. There’s fun for the entire family with free pony rides and face painting for the kids. Note, only dogs approved to race are allowed onsite.

Labor Day is going to the dogs at Canterbury Park with the Bark in the Park Championship. Winners from the four adorable dog races: bulldogs, corgis, wiener dogs and newest addition basset hound, will race to see which dog wins claims the top dog prize.

Valleyfair is your summer destination for all things fun with thrilling coasters, waterpark splashes, and more. Now you can add movies to the list. On Wednesdays from July 11 through August 15, head to Midway Movies in Galaxy Theatre for family friendly movies and a bag of FREE buttery popcorn (while supplies last).

Valleyfair is also the most delicious place to be during their Minnesota Eats on Saturdays and Sundays from July 15 through August 5. Picture hotdishes, juicy lucys, s’mores, and more.

Uniquely Minnesotan foods can be paired with locally brewed beer. Minnie & The Saint Pauls, Valleyfair’s house band, will be playing the biggest hits from the last 50 years.

Basketball legends the Harlem Globetrotters take the court at Valleyfair on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. Watch as they perform tricks and basketball wizardry and stay for an autograph and high five session after the show. This one-of-a-kind entertainment is sure to leave you in awe!

Valleyfair is throwing Beach Bash, the ultimate summer party. On Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 experience a variety of food, live entertainment, and games at Soak City Waterpark. This is the coolest party of the season and you won’t want to miss out.

Huzzah! It’s almost here, the 48th season of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Kicking off on Saturday, August 18, every weekend at the Renaissance Festival offers a unique theme including: Buccaneer Beer Bash, Bold North Adventure and Highland Fling. Numerous stages of live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and unique faire food add to the fun.

Join the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for the annual Wacipi weekend Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. Experience Native American culture through traditional music, dancing, authentic foods, and beautiful crafts. For more information about the Wacipi, or powwow, visit here.

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