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Communities across the Land of 10,000 Lakes celebrate summer with outdoor festivals and fun. Detroit Lakes kicks off the season with the 2014 Street Faire at the Lakes on May 30th and 31st. Fun for all ages, including art, live music, entertainment, carnival rides, and food, fills six blocks of downtown Detroit Lakes for the free, two-day celebration starting at 10 a.m. both days.

Detroit Lakes continues be the place for art lovers all summer long, offering more events like Arts and Crafts in the Park on July 27th. City Park, with its 25.2 acres of lush green trees and floral gardens, serves as a quaint and calming setting for the event, which invites visitors to browse homemade arts and crafts while enjoying live music and food. Get there early for the best selection – things get started at 9 a.m.

Nestled against the shores of the westernmost reaches of Lake Superior, Duluth keeps the outdoor fun going with the 2014 Sidewalk Days Festival. Duluth's biggest summer celebration, the festival fills Superior Street in downtown Duluth with shopping, street-side food, kids' activities, and more on July 8th through 10th.

To the far northeast along the Lake Superior shoreline, the community of Grand Marais sits at the helm of the Superior Upland, below the Misquah Hills. Having just endured one of the coldest and longest lingering winters in 30 years, the area is eager to enjoy summer temperatures, which average in the 60s and 70s. The Annual Grand Marais Classic Car Show Classic makes use of the warm weather, filling Wisconsin Street with rare and restored automobiles on June 7th. This year’s show is complete with BBQ food, live entertainment, and 25 trophy competitions across 12 classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Then, Grand Marais’ North House Folk School hosts the 2014 Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival June 20th through 22nd. The three-day, family-oriented event features tool auctions, educational workshops and lectures, live performances, brunches, and Saturday evening’s Solstice Pageant.

Apple Valley, south of the Twin Cities area, draws visitors from southern Minnesota communities like Mankato, Rochester, and Red Wing to the Minnesota Zoo, the state’s largest zoo. The 485-acre home to over 2,300 animals, the zoo hosts a variety of events for kids and adults throughout the year. This summer, it’s the adult’s turn as the 5th annual Brew at the Zoo returns on August 8th. Sip a variety of local micro-brews and enjoy free appetizers and live music, all for a good cause – the proceeds of the event benefit various wildlife conservation programs.

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  • Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit

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  • Best Western Eden Prairie Inn

    Eden Prairie

  • Best Western Plus Superior Inn

    Grand Marais

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  • Best Western Rivertown Hotel & Suites

    Red Wing

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