MINNEAPOLIS - We are in full summer mode in Minnesota and there is no shortage of fun to be had this weekend in all areas of the state.
- Paul Bunyan was built nearly 30 years ago in Akeley and this weekend the town just east of Park Rapids celebrates Paul Bunyan Days.
- It's Water Ski Days in Lake City, where the sport was invented on Lake Pepin. The Shakopee Shockwaves will show off their skills all weekend.
- St. Cloud celebrates Granite City Days with a block party and parade.
- Sauerkraut Days are underway in Henderson. The three-day event includes arm wrestling and the World Champion Sauerkraut eating contest.
- In Minneapolis Sunday, there is a Somali Independence Day Festival along Lake Street near Pleasant. The event pays homage to the United States and Minnesota which gave refugees a chance at a new life.
- The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is in its 15th year and runs all weekend at Mears Park in St Paul.
- The Avett Brothers headline a show at Summerset Saturday.
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play at Target Center Saturday night.
- Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe is back in town Sunday night for a free event at the Loft Literary Center with his new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On myths, Morons, Free speech, Football and assorted Absurdities.
- The Minnesota Food truck fair is Sunday at Calhoun Square, and they may want to rethink the timing of the event next year, because thousands are expected at the Twin Cities Pride Festival.
- The Twin Cities Pride Festival parade is Sunday and Kluwe is the Grand Marshall. The Festival runs the entire weekend in Minneapolis near Loring Park.
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