Photo from MN Landscape Arboretum Facebook page
Free Museum Day @ participating museums across the nation
Saturday all day
On Saturday, Sept. 27, hundreds of museums will open their doors to visitors free of charge for the Smithsonian’s national Free Museum Day. Check out the new Healthyville exhibit at Minnesota Children’s Museum, get back to your roots at the Minnesota History Center, or take in fall’s finest colors (and snap some family photos) at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Free.
Strut Your Mutt @ Rosland Park in Edina
Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Register on-site for a 1.1 or 2.2-mile walk, or 1.1-mile fun run the family dog, and then stick around for a pup-themed celebration benefiting the No More Homeless Pets Network, which helps several pet rescues in Minnesota. There will be dog toy making, a pooch-friendly photo booth, agility and nosework demonstrations, a prize wheel, and a live music performance from Tim Mahoney. Walk and fun run registration: $35 for adults; free for kids 12 years and younger.
xplorchestera! @ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center
Saturday 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. and 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Watch and listen as girl explorer Sydney Forte (Vera Mariner) dives headfirst into the world of classical music in this free concert featuring an ensemble of SPCO musicians. Free.
Mike Wohnoutka + Mary Losure Book Launch Parties @ Red Balloon Bookshop
Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Two Minnesota authors will launch their respective books with themed celebrations at Red Balloon Bookshop. At 10:30 a.m., you can meet Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster author Mike Wohnoutka, play puppy-and-monster-themed games, and eat cake. Return at 2 p.m. for a witch-themed party celebrating the launch of Mary Losure’s sweet and spooky book, Backwards Moon. Free.
Park the Street @ Dakota Ave. in St. Louis Park
Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A gigantic block party celebrating health and fitness will stretch more than a mile along Dakota Ave. and Lake Street Extension. Stroll the street and try out dozens of ways to stay active, from Pickleball to T’ai Chi. Food, music, jump rope lessons and chair massages will be on hand, too. Free.