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August in the Twin Cities is a time for the Minnesota State Fair, easily the best state fair in the state.
The Art Fairs have intensive advanced waiting lists and competitions; they should be called Art Superiors.
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<<    AUGUST 2012     >>
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1  Jennifer Lopez
& Enrique Iglesias

Jennifer Lopez at Target Center
2   Il Divo

3  Glamorama
    Jeff Dunham
Movie: Bourne Legacy
4   Boston
     Sharon Van Etten

Loring, Powderhorn, & Uptown Art Fairs
Red Stag Block

Loring, Powderhorn, & Uptown Art Fairs
6  Crosby, Stills, & Nash 7  

8   Irish Ceili
10  Coldplay
Coldplay plays the Xcel Center, St. Paul
Irish Fair, Harriet Island, St. Paul
11  Perseid meteors
India Fest

Irish Fair, Harriet Island, St. Paul
12  Il Volo

Irish Fair, Harriet Island, St. Paul 
14  Election Primary 15  
17  Dakota War
of 1862 began



21  Bob Dylan
      VP Joe Biden
Bob Dylan
23  Bonnie Raitt
      Mitt Romney

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24   Alan Jackson

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26  Mpls Duathlon

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27  Happy Together

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29  Kiss & Mötley Crüe

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30   Rascal Flatts

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31  Cat Film Fest

full moon

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Twin Cities Calendar for August  2012
    August 1 latin pop     Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, Target Center (7:30pm, $30+) -- here's Waiting For Tonight
Aug 1-5 fair                Washington County Fair, Lake Elmo
Aug 1-2, 10-15,
20-22, 24-27
baseball       Saints, Midway Stadium
August 2 popera          Il Divo, Target Center (8pm, $57+) -- here's Regresa A Mi 
Aug 2-4 country         We Fest, Detroit Lakes ($109+) -- Jason Aldean, Alabama, Toby Keith
Aug 2-12 plays             Fringe Festival, Minneapolis -- here's an Introduction 
Aug 2-5, 8-12,
acrobatics    Circus Juventas, 1270 Montreal Avenue‚ St. Paul ($14+)
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 music             Music in Mears, Mears Park, downtown St. Paul (6-9pm, free)
Aug 2, 7, 9, 16,
23, 30
water ski      River Rats, 1758 W River Rd. North (near Broadway), Minneapolis (7pm, free) -- samples 
Aug 3 movie            Bourne Legacy (Bourne 4) -- Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, & Edward Norton -- here's the trailer
fashion         Glamorama, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $60)
puppets        Jeff Dunham,
Mystic Lake, Shakopee Mdewakanton Community, Prior Lake (8pm)
Aug 3-5 fair                Canadian Days, Little Canada
water ski      Midwest Regional Water Ski Tournament, Trophy Lake Estates III Ski Club, Center City, MN
art fair          Uptown Art Fair, Hennepin & Lake, Minneapolis
Aug 3, 4,  
17, 24, 31
water ski      Little Crow Water Ski Shows, Neer Park, New London, MN (7pm, $5)
                       >> In one trick, 3 water skiers ski  around the boat (no sound) or 5 around the boat
August 4 rock               Boston, Jackpot Junction (8pm, $25+) -- here's More Than A Feeling
fair                 Seward Co-op 40th Anniversary, East River Flats park, Mpls (noon-8pm)
folk rock       Sharon Van Etten, First Avenue (6:3-pm, $17+) -- here's For You
Aug 4-5 art fair          Loring Park Art Festival, Loring Park, Minneapolis
art fair          Powderhorn Art Fair, Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
August 5 block party  Red Stag Block Party, Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Av NE, Minneapolis (3-10pm)
August 6 rock               Crosby, Stills, & Nash; Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $65+) -- here's Judy Blue Eyes
Aug 6-12 fair                 Dakota County Fair, Farmington, MN
August 7 rock              Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler & Cracker, Weesner Family Amphitheater, MN Zoo (7pm)
           National Night Out, Minneapolis - St. Paul
Aug 7-12 play               Chicago, Ordway
August 8 dance             Irish Ceili, Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University (7pm, $10)
                        >> Irish Ceili is the intro to Chautauqua (Aug 8-15)
August 9 film                 A Night At The Opera (Marx Bros.), Heights, 3951 Central, Columbia Heights (7:30pm, $8)
Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 water ski       Bayside Ski Team, Edgewater Park, Albert Lea, MN (free)
Aug 10-11 rock               Coldplay, Xcel Center (7pm) -- here's Paradise
Aug 10-12 fair                  Irish Fair, Harriet Island, St. Paul (free)
August 11 fair                  India Fest, Capitol Mall, St. Paul (noon-6pm)
history            Mall of America - 20th Birthday, Bloomington
film                  Mentoring Peace Through Art, Trylon Micro, 3258 Minnehaha Av, Mpls (1pm & 2pm) -- videos
indie rock      Polica, Cabooze (5:30pm, $25) -- here's Wandering Star
films, music    Square Lake Festival, 13359 Partridge Road N, north of Stillwater (2:30pm-midnight)
Aug 11-12 fair                  Polish Festival, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
August 12 classical pop  Il Volo, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $40) -- here's Sole Mio 
August 14 politics           Election Primary, state-wide
August 16 dance              Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi Exhibition, Mall of America
Aug 16-18 cajun music    Cajunfest, Northern Lights Casino (11am-10pm, free)
August 17 memorial        150 years since the Dakota War began in 1862 (Mankato, MN History, petition)
Aug 17-19 TV live             Price Is Right Live, Jackpot Junction, Morton, MN (registration 5pm, show 8pm, $32)
powwow          Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Prior Lake ($5)
                          >> Host drums: Mazakute, Nebraska & Wahpekute, South Dakota
Grand entries: Fri 7pm, Sat 1pm & 7pm, & Sun 1pm
Aug 17, 19, 28,
basketball      Lynx, Target Center -- here are Highlights of the 2011 Champions
August 18 fair                   Art and Jazz Festival, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Burnsville (noon, free)
blues                Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $43+) -- Know My Mind
bike ride         Night Owl Classic, Upper Landing Park, St. Paul (7pm, $30)
old timey         Pert' Near Sandstone, Cabooze Outdoor Plaza (4pm, $25) -- here's Wild Bill Jones
music fair        West Bank Music Festival, Cedar Av, Mpls (3pm-on, $5) -- 30 bands & 10 stages
Aug 18-19 fair                   Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah, downtown Henderson, MN (map)  -- preview
Aug 18, 19, 26 film                   Star Dreamers - The Indian System, Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Av S, Mpls (free)
Aug 18-Sep 30 fair                   Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Shakopee (weekends)
August 19 culture            Japanese Lantern Lighting, McNeely Conservatory, Como Park (3-9pm, $5) -- preview
Aug 20-23 conference      Dakota Iyuha Owanjina "Together As One," Dakota Nationwide Conference
                          >> Aug 20 noon-8pm - American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Av,  Minneapolis
                          Aug 21  7:30am-10pm - Ft. Snelling-Pike Island, MN Capitol, Mill City Museum
                          Aug 22
 7:30am-8pm - Ft. Snelling Visitor's Cener
                          Aug 23  7:30am - Minnesota Historical Society
Aug 21 folk rock         Bob Dylan, Taylor Arena, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN (7:30pm, $50+) -- here's Knockin'
                          >> Bob Dylan is also in Fargo on Aug 19 & Des Moines on Aug 22
politics            VP Joe Biden, The Depot, 300 Washington Av S, Mpls (12:30pm, free - call 612-244-7872 )
politics            VP Joe Biden, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, Rochester (4:30pm, free - call 507-848-3221)
Aug 21-22 soul                  Spinners, Dakota Jazz Club (7pm & 9pm, $45+)
Aug 23 blues                Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples, Grandstand, Minnesota State Fair  (7:30pm, $35+)
politics            Mitt Romney, Minnetonka Beach & Shorewood, MN (reception $2,500+, dinner $50,000)
Aug 23-Sep 3 fair                   Minnesota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, St. Paul -- the best state fair in the state ($12)
                         >> Discount tickets ($9) July 8-Aug 22 at the State Fair, Cub Foods, & Coffman Union 
August 24 country            Alan Jackson, Grandstand, Minnesota State Fair (7:30pm, $40)
astronomy       Neptune at Opposition, our farthest planet is closest to Earth & Sun illuminated (telescope)
Aug 24-26 music, camping  Summer Set, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WI ($86+)
fair                   Woodbury Days, Ojibway Park, Woodbury (map)
Aug 24-Sep 30 play                  Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Jungle Theater ($20+)
August 26 duathlon         Minneapolis Duathlon, West River Parkway, Minneapolis (7am)
wrestling         WWE Smackdown, Taylor Arena, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN (7pm, $16+)
August 27 rock, pop         Happy Together - Turtles, Micky Dolenz,  Grass Roots, & Buckinghams, MN Fair (8pm, $18)
August 29 metal                Kiss and Mötley Crüe, Grandstand, MN State Fair (7pm, $51+)
                           >> Here's Kiss with Made for Lovin' You and Mötley Crüe with Same Ol' Situation 
August 30 cat films            Cat Video Film Festival, Walker Art Open Field (4-10pm; videos 8:30-9:30pm; free) -- YouTube
            Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, & Edens Edge; MN State Fair (7pm, $43+)
Aug 31-Sep 3 sheep herding  WWSDA Sheepdog Trials, Badlands Rec Area Sno, 772 Kinney Rd, Hudson, WI (8am, map)

Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is the glue that holds St. Paul and Minneapolis together as Twin Cities and holds the Twin Cities together with the rest of the state. Attendence continues to increase year by year. It just gets better and batter (corn dogs or pronto pups).

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