State Fair fun, without the actual fair; Robert Robinson at Crooners
26 Aug 2020
It’s almost as if the Minnesota State Fair is actually happening. The Fine Arts Exhibition will open in its usual place on the fairgrounds – with limited capacity (of audience, not art), but still. You’ll have to reserve a time slot and buy a ticket ($10). The first five nights (Thursday, Aug. 27-Monday, Aug. 31) are sold out, but plenty of tickets remain starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. Masks are required. FMI. Check the fair’s website for other events and opportunities to get in the mood, like a list of State Fair brews and beverages and where to find them. Plus the Star Tribune is hosting its own online version of the fair, including a series of newly filmed mini-Grandstand concerts by Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, the Jayhawks and more. You’ll need a subscription to check out the concerts and other features listed on the Stay-at-home State Fair calendar.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival has been canceled. From the Facebook page: “Although we disagree with the current State directives that prevent a spacious outdoor venue from opening, we recognize the difficulty of the State government’s task. We share their goal of keeping Minnesotans safe and healthy.” The 50th anniversary festival is scheduled for Aug. 21-Oct. 3, 2021.