Stone Arch Bridge Festival this weekend

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival returns to this weekend to the Minneapolis riverfront. There will be 225 artists, two live music stages, more than 30 food vendors, two beer gardens and a vintage and vinyl market. New this year, there will be a public art installation called 100 Feet of Art and History. It combines the work of six local artists and it’s located on West River Parkway behind the Mill City Museum. The festival takes place on June 15 and June 16 along West River Parkway between North 4th Avenue and South 11th Avenue. It is free to attend.

Artisan Home Tour features Wayzata stunner

Nearly two dozen of the Twin Cities' most incredible new and remodeled homes will be open for exploring over the next two weekends as part of the Artisan Home Tour. The homes stretch all the way east to Afton, south to Prior Lake and west to Independence. Home No. 5 on the tour is in Wayzata and boasts a Beauty and Beast two-story library plus several secret doors, one of which leads to a home theater. The homes are open from noon-6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through June 23rd. The four remodeled homes are open on the final weekend only. Tickets are required ahead of time to enter the homes and can be purchased online, at the door or at Bachman’s.

New build in Orono on the Artisan Home Tour

The latest and greatest in home design is on display this weekend and next as part of the Artisan Home Tour. There are 23 homes on the tour, 19 new builds and four remodeled homes. Home No. 6 is in Orono. The contemporary home features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views and a lower-level sanctuary with a yoga room, sauna and steam shower. The homes are open from noon-6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through June 23. The four remodeled homes are open on the final weekend only. Tickets are required to enter the homes and can be purchased online, at the door or at Bachman’s.

Great Big Game Show now open at Mall of America

The Great Big Game show is open now on Level 3 East at the Mall of America. It’s connected to The Escape Game and from the same company. The game show studio allows people to play some of their favorite TV game shows with a host against co-workers, family members and friends but without the pressure of knowing millions of people are tuning in.

Challenge course opens in Bloomington

Finding a playground in the Twin Cities metro for littles is pretty easy, but a new one in Bloomington is perfect for the teens who want a challenge. The Smith Park Challenge Course is open now in near Interstate 494 and Highway 77. The park includes a timed 40-yard dash race track, an obstacle course for kids ages 13+ and an all-inclusive play structure for all ages. The playground is from local company, MWP Recreation. It’s the second of its kind in the Twin Cities. There’s another challenge course in Golden Valley, two in Jordan and another on the way in Lakeville. The Smith Park Challenge Course is located at 8155 Park Ave. S.

Chalkfest returns to Maple Grove this weekend

Chalkfest Maple Grove returns to its original location on Main Street between Elm Creek Boulevard and Arbor Lakes Parkway. It takes place on June 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 54 large-scale chalk art creations from some of the best chalkers in the world. There will also be a Kids Zone including a chalk art area for families, live music, and food trucks to compliment the restaurants on Main Street.

Spacious sports center opens in north Minneapolis

V3 Sports is poised to be a destination health and wellness center for the area. The 40,000-square-foot facility offers a ton of amenities including a 25-yard teaching and training pool, a public hydrotherapy pool, a weightlifting floor, fitness studios, a drop-in childcare center, and a space for Boys and Girls Club to provide out-of-school activities and STEAM education. This is Phase 1 of the project. A grand opening is planned for June 22. The restaurant will open on Aug. 1. The goal is to open Phase 2 in 2027. It will be 180,000 square feet and include an Olympic Trials 50-meter pool and several basketball courts. V3 Sports is located at 701 Plymouth Ave. N.

$5 shows at The Ordway this weekend

A Grammy-winning duo will be performing this weekend at The Ordway in St. Paul as part of the Flint Hills Family Festival. "123 Andrés" will play on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The husband and wife team of Andrés and Christina, is a Grammy-winning duo with a lively show that gets families singing and dancing. The festival offers world-class talent at an affordable price. Tickets are just $5 to the shows inside the Ordway, but there also free concerts and activities in Rice Park both Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.

Free yoga offered all summer long at Lake Harriet

The Lake Harriet Yoga Project is back for its 14th season. Volunteer yoga teachers will offer a daily yoga class between the Lake Harriet Bandshell and the shore. If it rains, the class moves into the bandshell. Daily yoga will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Neighboring eatery Bread & Pickle also started its summer hours, opening daily at 7 a.m. with coffee and breakfast sandwiches to coincide with the return of yoga. The yoga class is for all skill levels and is open to everyone.

Mini version of the Minnesota State Fair gets underway for year 4

The Minnesota State Fair is still 90 days away, but starting Thursday you can indulge in some of your favorite fair goods at the Kickoff to Summer event. This is the fourth year for the four-day event. New to the kickoff: Peachey’s Baking Company will be frying up their Amish-style donuts that were a fan favorite at the 2023 State Fair. There are 40 food vendors including Sweet Martha’s and Rick’s Pickle Pizza, plus brews, three stages of music, shopping and free parking. Kickoff to Summer at the Fair hours: Thursday, May 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, May 24, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.