MSR Top 5 | Summer Block Party, Little Africa Fest, Beloved Community Celebration & more!

If you like outdoor festivals and community gatherings, this is a good weekend to get out and about and savor the dwindling days of summer.

4th Annual Little Africa Fest 2017

Come out to St. Paul’s ONLY annual African arts and culture festival! It is an outdoor, family-friendly and free event that features African artist performances, music, poetry, dance, drumming, live painting, face-painting, and more! Also a bouncy castle and games for the kids, and African clothing and food vendors, too! 

August 19 | 2-8 pm

Hamline Park  on Snelling, 1564 LaFond Avenue, St. Paul




Summer Block Party

Celebrate North Minneapolis flavor at the Appetite For Change Summer Block Party on West Broadway Avenue for an amazing lineup of food and music – from the old skool hip to the new skool hop!

August 19 | 12-5 pm

West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis


Celebrate Our Beloved Community, Still We Rise

Gather at Sabathani Community Center with other community members at 10:30 am.  A rally for Justice and Freedom kicks off at 11 am. At noon, there will be a Still We Rise march from Sabathani to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park (4055 Nicollet Avenue, Mpls), with a celebration to follow from 1-4 pm that includes the Legacy Council’s Call to Action and Stay Awake Vol 4. free concert.

August 19 | 10:30 am – 4 pm

Sabthani Community Center, 310 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis



Kendrick Lamar Live

Kendrick Lamar’s Damn Tour comes to town, with YG and D.R.A.M. opening the show

August 19 | 7:30-9 pm

Xcel Energy Center, 199 Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul


Original 5 Old School Day Party On The River

Old school free park party from 3 pm – 5 pm sponsored by Jimmy Johns sandwiches, plus burgers and dogs. The boat loads at 5:30 pm,  launches at 6 pm and sails to 9 pm. Admission is $30 advance and $40 on the dock. Tickets on sale now at Urban Lights Music in St. Paul & HW Mens Room, Minneapolis or online at the link below.

August 20 | 5:30-9 pm

Harriet Island, 205 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul




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