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NW Tonka Lions 9th Annual Chili Bowl

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The NW Tonka Lions’ 9th Annual Chili Bowl will be at the Gillespie Center.

The event invites attendees to taste as many of the chili’s as they can, and to vote for their favorite one. A trophy for the best chili goes to the winner each year.

In addition to the several delicious chili’s to taste, attendees will also be able to sit and watch the scheduled NFL game, which will also be playing on the TVs at the Gillespie Center.

 

Orono Lions Snowball Open

Saturday, January 26, 2019

This year’s event is hosted by Birch’s on the Lake.

The Orono Lions Snowball Open features an evergreen-lined golf course played with tennis balls. At each tee box are event sponsors offering games, prizes, food and entertainment.

Tee times are from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., followed by live music at the Red Rooster and Birch’s from 3-6 p.m. and the 70’s Magic Sunshine Band from 8-11 p.m. at Birch’s.

Last year’s event drew 580 golfers and nearly 700 attendees. Tickets are $25 on the day of the event, or $20 in advance (through Eventbrite). Parking is available on both the east and west sides of town, with a free shuttle running every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to pick up golfers.

For more information about the Snowball Open, check out the Orono Lions Club Facebook page or visit oronolions.org

Bridgewater Bank Luck O’ The Lake 5K and 1 Mile Fun Runs

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The 8th annual “Luck O’ the Lake 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Run” will be held on the beautiful streets of downtown Excelsior and through the streets of Greenwood.

The 1 mile starts at 9:00 AM at the Finish Line and the 5K starts directly on Water Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets at 9:30 AM

For more information: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/bridgewater-bank-luck-o-the-lake.html

WeCAN-Western Communities Action Network, Inc.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7 AM – 8:30 AM

Annual Community Breakfast to benefit WeCAN at the Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd.

Enjoy a delicious Scotty B’s Restaurant breakfast and fellowship with friends and community members. Speaker is Jennifer Bertram, Kids Count Coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota. Topic: “Building Community in a Time of Changing Needs.”

Call WeCAN at 952-472-0742 to reserve a seat. Free will donations will benefit WeCAN

The organization’s purpose is to address the human service needs by delivering emergency service, sharing information, developing cooperative efforts, and making referrals to other agencies as may be appropriate. WeCAN serves as a resource and catalyst for the provision of human services in the area by identifying unmet human service needs and developing solutions that address those needs, including information and referral services.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 30th Anniversary Open

Learn more at: https://www.wecanmn.org/

Mound Farmers’ Market and More

Saturdays, May 18-October 26, 2019, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Mound Farmers Market and More strives to bring you locally grown fresh produce, mushrooms, maple syrup, flowers, baked goods, and a variety of unique handmade products created by local artisans.

Call: 952-472-3299

Excelsior Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays, May 21-September 24, 2019, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Excelsior Farmers’ Market strives to be a local destination where the community can engage with the locally grown healthy food movement. Our goal is to promote awareness and education surrounding the food products we offer.

Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/excelsior-farmers-market.html

Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 13.1/Relay/Kids Run, 7:00 AM in Wayzata

With a rich history among distance runners and tremendous support from the community, the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon stands as one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon features a beautiful race route starting in downtown Wayzata and ending at Commons Park in Excelsior.

Learn more at: https://www.lakeminnetonkahalfmarathon.com/

Minnetrista-Mound Clean Up Day

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Clean up day is an annual partnership with the City of Mound to offer services on one day, in one convenient location, for limited fees.

Learn more at: http://www.cityofminnetrista.com/clean-up-day-8

Trista Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Trista Day started in 2001 as an attempt to get safety information to kids in our community.  We quickly learned that helicopters and hot dogs draw a lot of kids and adults as well.  This proved to be a great opportunity to educate our community on issues like seatbelt use, air bag safety, gun safety, fire prevention, theft prevention, first aid, water safety, park and trail safety, victim services, DWI prevention and many other safety topics.  At its heart Trista Day has always been a safety education event.  An added bonus is that it’s been a lot of fun.  Over the years, Trista Day has evolved to include more of the businesses in our area and what they have to offer.  We also provide information on all of our City operations. Trista Day is a great family friendly event that continues to add more and more every year.  If you’ve never attended Trista Day, please join us this year!  As always, we have free hotdogs, chips, freezies, cotton candy, and refreshments.

This year featuring: LA Pig Races, Zoomobile-MN Zoo, Health and Safety Information, Free Food & Refreshments, Bounce Houses, Sale Items, New Vendors, and Much, Much More!

Public Safety Demonstrations: Helicopter Landing, Fire Department Demo, K9 Demo, and Rollover Demo

Minnetrista City Campus, 7701 Co Rd 110 W, Minnetrista, MN 55364

Learn more at: http://www.cityofminnetrista.com/trista-day

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Concerts in the Park-Excelsior

New Information Not Available Yet

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 PM – The Brute Squad

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 PM – Sherwin Linton and The Cotton Kings

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 PM- Lamont Cranston Band

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 PM – Power Tap

 

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy a number of concerts during the summer months.  The concerts are held at the Bandshell in The Commons. 
There will be food, refreshments, beer, and wine for sale at all concerts. 

June 5 – Chris Hawkey
June 19 – Pandora’s Other Box
July 17 – The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band
July 31 – Church of Cash
August 14 – Daisy Dillman Band
August 28 – Chase & Ovation
September 11 – Lamont Cranston

Learn more at: http://www.ci.excelsior.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=207

Wayzata Wednesdays

Every Wednesday June – August

Wayzata Wednesdays is the perfect excuse to enjoy a mid-week summer night out. Join our retailers and restaurants for great promotions including evening hours shopping, food & drink specials and more.

In addition to deals around town, Wayzata Wednesdays will also feature several events throughout the summer including Wine and Wellness.

Wine and Wellness on August 16th, will take place at the Promenade Pavilion from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Admission to the event is $25 and includes a glass of wine, appetizers and most importantly, advice from local wellness professionals.

Learn more at: http://wayzatachamber.com/visitors/ww/

Mound Fire Department Annual Fish Fry & Dance

No date has been set yet

2415 Wilshire Boulevard, Mound

The 68th Anniversary of good times, good fish, and good community. We welcome you to join us as we work to reach 3,000 fish dinners served!

952-472-3555

Website: http://moundfire.com/fish-fry/

Excelsior’s Art on the Lake

June 8 & 9, 2019

​Commons Park in Excelsior

Excelsior’s Art on the Lake is an engaging creative event that connects the artist’s personal story with a vibrant lake community, while showcasing an array of outstanding artistic work from multiple disciplines. Local musicians will entertain, and regional food vendors will be onsite throughout the two-day event.
Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/excelsior-art-on-the-lake.html

City of Minnetrista 4th Annual Bus Tour

No date has been set, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

The City of Minnetrista is hosting its 3rd Annual bus tour. A beautiful coach bus, with a restroom and a PA system, will transport residents through our fair City as we view historical sites, new developments, natural amenities, water treatment plants, and our beautiful rural countryside! It will be an evening of interesting information with a chance to meet fellow residents and hear from a variety of speakers from the Historical Society, Three Rivers Park District, Mayor Lisa Whalen, and City Staff! Refreshments and an opportunity to stretch your legs will be provided half-way through the tour. Participants must be 18 years or older.

Learn more at: http://www.cityofminnetrista.com/city-of-minnetrista-3rd-annual-bus-tour

Long Lake/Orono SummerFest

No dates have been set

Besides a week of races, contests and sporting events, there’s a teen dance for middle- and high-school-aged students, Yoga on the Beach, a ski show, and a Kids Zone full of bouncy houses and rambunctious fun. Admission at Nelson Lakeside Park is free on Big Bang Saturday (some fees still apply) and wraps up with the biggest bang of all—a firework show starting around 9:45 p.m.

Learn more at: https://longlakeareachamber.com/events/

Minnetonka Summer Festival and Burwell House Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social

No date has been set yet

Burwell House Old-Fashioned Ice cream social-10:00 AM-3:30 PM, Burwell House

Minnetonka Summer Festival: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM, Minnetonka Civic Center campus

Bring the entire family to the Minnetonka Summer Festival for children’s rides, a petting zoo, musical entertainment and much more! It all takes place on the grounds of the Minnetonka Civic Center campus. The festivities conclude with fireworks.

Learn more at: https://eminnetonka.com/cityevents

Wayzata Art Experience

Saturday June 22, 2019, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday June 23, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata

Learn more at: http://wayzataartexperience.com/

Art Fair | Classic Boat Show | Music | Food | Family | Fun

Antique & Classic Boat Show

10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Art and boat lovers will have a rare opportunity to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of some of the most unique vintage wood boats, while captains will be able to showcase one of their most treasured possessions. These breathtaking beauties will be on public display along the shores of Lake Minnetonka at the Broadway Docks (near COV Restaurant) Be sure to vote for your favorite-awards include, “People’s Choice” and “Judge’s Choice”.

Learn more at: http://wayzataartexperience.com/classic-boat-show/

Wayzata Match Cup

Qualifying Fleet Racing-3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Quarter-Final Match Racing 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Semi-Finals/Finals-Noon -3:00 PM

A sailing event featuring world-class match racing teams battling each other on towering M32 catamarans, all within reach of the Downtown Wayzata shoreline.

Learn more at: https://www.wayzatamatchcup.com/

Wine on Wayzata Bay

You’ll be treated to delicious bites from chefs at the most charming restaurants around the lake. Music, early evening boat rides, a bit of beer and spirits and an outrageous treasure chest raffle make Wine on Wayzata Bay a sweet start to summer.

Learn more at: http://www.wineonwayzatabay.com/

Lake Minnetonka 4th of July

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Commons Park in Excelsior

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce proudly produces and hosts the only public 4th of July fireworks event on Lake Minnetonka! Our community will celebrate our Nation’s favorite holiday in the tried and true way, with a day full of activity! Beginning early in the morning, until well past dark, we welcome you to be a part of the 4th of July experience on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, at the Commons Park in downtown Excelsior. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a 4th of July that kicks off with a Firecracker and ends with a BANG!

Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/lake-minnetonka-4th-of-july.html

Wayzata Music by the Lake

No date has been set yet

Depot Park, 402 East Lake Street, Wayzata

Wayzata’s Music by the Lake is a FREE concert series presented by Sandvold Financial Group and the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce at Depot Park, located in downtown Wayzata on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.  The area is transformed into a fun and active place on Wednesday’s in July with free live music from local and regional bands.

Learn more at: http://wayzatachamber.com/event/wayzata-summer-concert-series/

Wayzata Crazy Days

No date has been set yet

Shop Wayzata for great clearance specials and side walk sales all around town the third weekend of July!

Learn more at: http://wayzatachamber.com/event/crazy-days/

Excelsior Crazy Days

July 18-21, 2019

Downtown Excelsior on Water Street

Join us for summer’s best bargains, fun summer food, flea market, moon walk, historic walking tour, and early bird sales!

Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/crazy-days.html

Excelsior’s Annual Firefighters Dance

Friday, July 19, 2019

EFD Station 1, Shorewood

5:00 PM – Midnight

Free admission-no cover charge

Mega sized silent auction, kid’s activities, food, fun, friends, family and neighbors.

Hi Hats Polka Band: 5 PM – 7 PM

Learn more at: http://cp10.belayhost.com/~excelsiorfire/events/

Spirit of the Lakes Festival

Friday, July 19 & Saturday July 20, 2019

A two-day event with live music, a parade, art festival, great food, kid’s activities and so much more. At dusk enjoy a huge firework display over Lake Minnetonka!

Surfside Park & Beach, Mound, MN

Learn more at: http://spiritofthelakes.com/

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Excelsior Commons, along the shores of Lake Minnetonka

Free parking and shuttle from Excelsior Elementary School and Minnetonka High School from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 

Join us for the seventh annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance. The show field will overflow with one-of-a-kind historic cars, boats, and motorcycles. The show will also feature retail and food vendors, live music, a kid zone, presentations, and live entertainment. 

Learn more at: http://10000lakesconcours.com/

Tour De Tonka

Saturday, August 3, 2019

16, 30, 36, 48 ,57 Mile rides begin at Minnetonka High School, 7:30 a.m.
62 & 71 Mile rides begin at Minnetonka Community Education Center, 7:30 a.m.

100 Mile ride begins at Clear Springs Elementary, 7:00 a.m.

In just over a decade’s time, the annual Tour de Tonka bike ride has become a staple of the west metro community, growing from 819 riders in 2006 to nearly 3,500 riders in 2017. Riders from more than 166 different Minnesota communities and 25 states participated in the event last year.

Riders chose from eight distances: 16, 30, 36, 48, 57, 62, 71 or 100 miles. There are 12 rest stops along the way, where riders enjoyed food, music, rest, and conversation.

Tour de Tonka’s routes move through 24 different west metro communities including Chanhassen, Chaska, Deephaven, Delano, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Independence, Mayer, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre, New Germany, Norwood Young America, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Victoria, Waconia, Watertown and Wayzata– all of which showcase beautiful roads, trails, and scenic views of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Riley Lake, the Crow River, and many other area lakes.

Tour de Tonka is a recreational ride, not a race. All routes are fully supported. Helmets are mandatory.

Learn more at: https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/district/mcec/events/tour-de-tonka

Dog Days Westonka

No date has been set yet, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

An event of activities for your pets and pet lovers. The event will be held at the Mound Harbor District between Auditors Road and Shoreline Drive in Mound.

They will continue the Pet’Olympics theme to include High Jump, Limbo, Musical Sit and Agility Course. Other events include Hennepin County K-9 Demonstration, Costume Pet Parade and Cutest Puppy Contest. “Splash for Cash” will continue as in the past. Anyone can enter their dogs to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. Besides these events, there will also be a variety of booths for attendees to visit such as, a hydration station, Smooch Your Pooch pet photos and an Author’s booth.

The event is free and entirely run by volunteers. Of course, dogs on leashes are welcome and owners are responsible for picking up after their dogs.

Long Lake’s Corn Days, Buckhorn Days

No dates have been set yet

There’s no better place to enjoy a roasted ear of sweet corn than in Long Lake. Features fun kids’ and teens’ carnival games like ring toss and bouncy houses, a petting zoo, and local bands. Sample festival food or save up your appetite for a special dinner sponsored by Gear West.  

On Sunday, wake up early for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus, and then jog off your calories on a four-mile run. If the weather turns iffy or you just need a break, go inside for the silent auction and bingo.

Learn more at: https://longlakeareachamber.com/upcoming-events/

South Lake Safety Camp

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

South Lake Public Safety Building, Shorewood

For kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Open to all residents in Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay.

For more information contact: Twila at 952-960-7902

The Running of the Bays Half Marathon and OLL Incredible Festival 5K

September 7, 2019

7:30 AM from the Mound Westonka Grandview Middle School.

The Running of the Bays Half Marathon is a certified half marathon course that starts in Mound and meanders through some of the most beautiful bays that lake Minnetonka has to offer. ​

The 5K Family fun run is for all ages and paces. Strollers are welcome at the back of the 5K start. The 5K participants will line up behind the half marathon runners and follow them out. The 5K is a continuation of the annual Our Lady of the Lake’s Incredible Festival 5K. Your victory will come with a grand finish at the Bethel Methodist Church in downtown Mound.

Fees: Half Marathon $50.00, $60.00 (after August 23, 2019), 5K $35.00 with shirt, $25.00 without shirt

Learn more at: https://www.runningofthebays.com/

Dog Days Westonka

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

No date has been set yet

Westonka Community & Commerce is proud to present the 2018 Dog Days Westonka which is our summer event to celebrate the Dog Days of Summer. An event of activities for your pets and pet lovers.  The event will be held at the Mound Harbor District between Auditors Road and Shoreline Drive in Mound and start at 9:00 AM and go through 2:00 PM.  The day will feature lots of fun activities and booths for both dogs and people.

Mound Harbor District between Auditors Road and Shoreline Drive in Mound

Westonka Community & Commerce will be collecting food, cash, and pet care items to benefit:

  • Hennepin County K-9’s that serve our community
  • Westonka Food Shelf & WeCAN
  • Doggie Poo Stations along the Dakota Rail Trail

Learn more at: http://www.westonkacc.com/dog-days-westonka/

James J. Hill Days

September 6, 7 and 8, 2019, 5:00 PM

Lake Street | Downtown Wayzata

Since 1975, the weekend following Labor Day in Wayzata has been dedicated to honoring James J. Hill, Minnesota historic figure and once owner of the Great Northern Railroad Company. For the last 43 years this annual festival has brought the community together to celebrate Wayzata, while enjoying food, fun and family festivities!

For more information visit: https://jamesjhilldays.com/

Our Lady of The Lake Incredible Festival

Usually in September (Best Guess: 20, 21 and 22) -no date set yet

Learn more at: http://www.incrediblefestival.com/

Excelsior Apple Day

September 21, 2019

Downtown Excelsior

A lakeside festival celebrating community, featuring locally produced food, art, antiques, handcrafts, and a good old-fashioned street dance.

Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/apple-day.html

Park Nicollet Apple of the Lake 5K

September 21, 2019

Downtown Excelsior

1 mile – 8:00 AM

5k -8:30

Gather your favorite crop of runners, walkers, neighbors, and friends!
It’s time to enjoy all that fall has to offer at the Park Nicollet Apple of the Lake 5K. Fun for all ages and abilities! The route begins in beautiful downtown Excelsior and continues through the colorful streets of Shorewood and finishes on the scenic LRT Trail. These are the grounds where some of our very first local apple crops were born. This run will conclude right at Water Street, putting runners within the heart of the festivities.

Learn more at: https://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/park-nicollet-apple-of-the-lake-5k-fun-run.html

Excelsior’s Fire Prevention Open House and Safety Fair

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

EFD Station 1, Shorewood

Activities, demonstrations, displays, and fire truck rides. Free dinner and fun for all ages.

Learn more at: http://cp10.belayhost.com/~excelsiorfire/events/

Excelsior Halloween Bar Crawl

No Date has been set yet

Downtown Excelsior

Grab your friends and family, get your best costumes on, and come experience Halloween Excelsior style! You know you’ll already be down in Excelsior, why not get a pass to some drink specials and support local businesses and the Chamber!

Follow along the map to participating restaurants and bars to see what specials they have just for crawlers! Your ticket purchase will include a commemorative bottle opener (while supplies last), a wristband pass to access all of the specials that each participating bar/restaurant will have to offer just for the event! Great opportunity to get drink deals on Halloween weekend!

Wayzata’s Boo Blast

Saturday, October 26, 2019,11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Celebrate Halloween in Wayzata and trick-or-treat at retail shops all around town during Wayzata’s Boo Blast. Families can enjoy in-store activities, spooky specials and goodies for the little ones. Don’t forget your costume!

Don’t miss the new Spooktacular addition-Wayzata Boo Bash Dash! 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn more at: http://wayzatachamber.com/event/boo-blast/

Tonka Brew Fest

Usually in the beginning of November-no date set yet

Gale Woods Farms, Minnetrista

Sponsored by the Mound-Westonka Rotary Club

In 2013 the Mound-Westonka Rotary Club launched Tonka Brew Fest. The community gathering and fundraising event was a huge success! In it’s first 5 years the nearly sellout crowds have enjoyed great beer from Minnesota craft breweries, live music, food and lots of fun.

The event has raised over $70,000 for the Mound Westonka Rotary Club. That money was then used for numerous projects including:

  • WeCAN Mobile Market food shelf van
  • Community ed pickle ball equipment
  • Shelter Box disaster relief supplies
  • Student scholarships
  • Mound Harbor District area improvements
  • Christmas Adopt-A-Family
  • Warm Hands Warm Hearts hats and mittens donations
  • School supplies, Eagle Scout projects, and much more

Learn more at: http://tonkabrewfest.com/

 

Kids Free Movie

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Doors open at 8:45 AM, Movie 9:30 AM

The Dock Cinema, Excelsior

Movie to be announced

Meet Santa and Sparky the Fire Dog