What’s up St. Paul?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 12:31pm.

Summer in the Twin Cities is so awesome; there is always something to do, especially on the weekends. There are a couple of St. Paul events this coming weekend we want to bring to your attention that we think are especially noteworthy.

All that jazz

Jazz fans flock to the annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival and this year will be no exception. The fest kicks off this Thursday, the 25th and wraps up on Saturday, the 27th. Although the music is presented at different venues, most are centered on St. Paul’s Mears Park in Lowertown. Free shuttles will take you around (they run from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) to the various clubs. Get the schedule and more information here.

Pet-A-Palooza

Grab the pooch and head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday for Pet-A-Palooza. You can get the pooch bathed here, enter him in the cutest pet contest, visit with some of our local heroes that spend their days rescuing pets and, even adopt a pet.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Summerfest

Celebrate summer at the 30th annual Summerfest celebration. There will be a parade on Thursday (June 25) to kick off the event and the fun runs through Saturday. Head to Walton Park and enjoy a carnival, BMX stunt shows, live music, car show, fireworks, skateboard competition, boxing matches and a 5k and 10k run.

When was the last time you . . .

Visited the zoo? The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory has new exhibits and always worth visiting is the Summer Flower Show. A must-see is the new Gorilla Forest exhibit and on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can watch the primate keepers interact with the gorillas. There will be specialists there to explain what’s going on and to answer questions. Then, at 1:30 head on over to Seal Island where you can watch trainers work with a California sea lion and some harbor seals.

Whatever you end up doing this week, we hope it’s fun and relaxing!

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