Get a Cultural Experience This Summer in Our Area

Sometimes, it is easy to get so caught up in our own lives that we forget that the world around us is full of diversity. With several great festivals in our area, here’s a look at a few opportunities to learn a little more about a culture that is not your own (or to better embrace your own ethnic roots) this summer.

Twin Cities Polish Festival

When: August 9-11, 2019

Where: 43 SE Main St., Minneapolis

This free event celebrates Polish culture. There will be a variety of dance acts, some of which have been around for quite a few years. There will be an assortment of musical acts, including both vocal and instrumental performances. Bring along a blanket or sit at one of the venue’s tables while you enjoy fun performances and delicious Polish food.

Japanese Obon Festival

When: August 18, 2019

Where: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park, St. Paul

Obon is a Japan holiday where the people honor their ancestors. You can also honor those who have passed on, or just enjoy the great performances, which give you a taste of Japanese culture. Martial arts performances, origami demonstrations, and the lantern lighting are just a few of things that you can enjoy at this festival.

Minneapolis Greek Festival

When: September 6-6, 2019

Where: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church; Minneapolis

If you’ve ever wondered about Greek culture, now is your time to experience a bit of it at this free event. You can enjoy a tour of the church, demonstrations, and even take a Greek dance lesson. The event also includes live music and dancing performances. Even though the event is free, be sure to bring a little money. You’ll likely want to try some delicious Greek food, including a lamb burger, Greek fries, a gyro, and a few Greek pastries. If you enjoy running (or walking), be sure to not miss the Big Fat Greek 5K, a race that takes place on the first day of the festival. The proceeds go to the University of Minnesota Children’s Masonic Hospital.

If you don’t feel cultured enough after attending these three festivals, be sure to stop by The Vikings Begin, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis or the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. The Vikings exhibit started in May and ends on October 27. The Renaissance Festival runs weekends from August 17- September 29. Both will give you a look at some cultures of the past that are still celebrated today. You can also contact us to learn more about great activities happening in the area. 

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