You may be planning on attending the ubiquitous Festival of Nations or Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, both this weekend in St. Paul. But check out to some of these lesser-known events being held this month:
Race for the Roses Barrel Race
Red Horse Ranch, Fergus Falls
Fast riders and their fast horses try to beat the clock
Spring Raptor Release
May 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington
See raptors released back to the wild; observe eagles, hawks, owls and falcons; no pets.
Shepherds Harvest Festival
Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo
Minnesota’s largest sheep and wool festival; vendors, music and sheep shearing; free.
Mother’s Day at Glensheen
May 8, 9:30, 12:30 4:30
3300 London Rd., Duluth
An ironic way to spend Mother’s Day! Includes mansion tour and three buffets.
May 13, 2-4 p.m.
Entertainment by the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band; dessert.
Governor’s Fishing Opener Community Picnic
May 13, 4-7 p.m.
Ryan Flood Park, Grand Rapids
Free dinner for 4,000: Hormel pulled pork, Captain Ken’s beans, Kemp’s ice cream sandwich; boat raffle.
Fur Trade Rendezvous at Mendota
May 14, 10-4 p.m., May 15, 11-4 p.m.
1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
No, it’s not a capelet and coat swap meet. Re-enactors demonstrate fur trading, skinning and outdoor cooking.
Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games
May 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington
Spend a day in Scotland; Scottish vendors, pipers, dancers and living history.
Holz Farm Spring Festival
May 15, 11-4
Demonstrations of 1940s-era farm tools and kitchen appliances; hay- and pony rides.
Dandelion Day at the Ard Godfrey House
May 15, 1-4 p.m.
28 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Celebrate Harriet Godfrey’s introduction of dandelion seeds to St. Anthony Falls; make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns; tours and refreshments.
Bluff Country Gathering
Barn dance and concert; traditional American music; clogging workshop.
May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The “geographically challenged” small town hosts the 16th Annual Stand-Still Parade where you move … not the Grand Marshall, marching band, color guard or floats.
Minnesota Soybean Festival
Only one of three U.S. festivals celebrating our number one crop; expos, music, parade and tractor rides.
Maple Grove Arbor Day Festival
Master Gardeners Q&A; birdhouse building; free tree seedlings; tree raffle and more.
Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association Festival
Cushon’s Peak Campground, Houston
Nine bands perform; bring your own instrument and jam; no alcohol or pets; bring your own chair.
Anything happening in your neck of woods that I should spread the word about? Leave a comment and let me know if there is a festivity that you’d like me to share in an upcoming blog!