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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...

 

July Calendar of Events

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Excelsior - Legends of Big Island - The Minnehaha Steamboat

 

When: Sat, July 2, 2:40pm – 3:40pm

Where: Departs and returns to the Excelsior City Dock

Description: Learn about Big Island and its place in history as you sail around Lake Minnetonka's most famous landmark.
$15.00 adults, $5.00 children 4 to 12, free children 3 and under.

Tickets available on boat.

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Excelsior - Streetcar Trolley Ride

When: Sun, July 3, 1pm – 4pm

Where: Board at Water Street stop between 3rd and George St.

Description: $2.00 per person, children 3 and under free

952-922-1096

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Independence Day Celebrations

For a selection of activities happening around the Lake Minnetonka area, click here>

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Excelsior - Farmers Market

When: 2pm – 6pm

Downtown Excelsior

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Plymouth - Music: Zachary Scott Johnson Band

7:00 PM

Zachary Scot Johnson is a singer/ songwriter who has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists like: Shawn Colvin, The Verve Pipe, Shawn Mullins, Lisa Loeb, Willy Porter and many others. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental and more.

Cost: Free

Location: Parkers Lake Stage, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

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Excelsior - Streetcar Trolley Ride

 

When: Sun, July 3, 2pm – 6pm

Where: Board at Water Street stop between 3rd and George St, or at the Old Excelsior Blvd, near Mtka Blvd.

Description: $2.00 per person, children 3 and under free

952-922-1096

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Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum - Open Hours

When: 2pm – 6pm

Where: Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum, 305 Water St, Excelsior

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Wayzata - Summer Concert Series

 

7:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Enjoy family-friendly music held in Wayzata’s Depot Park Wednesday evenings in July. 

Band: Shakedown

Location: Depot Park, 402 E. Lake Street, Wayzata

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Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum Open Hours

 

When: Sat, July 9, 10am – 3pm

Where; Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum, 305 Water St, Excelsior

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Excelsior - Minnetonka Memories - The Steamboat Minnehaha

 

When: Sat, July 9, 5:20pm – 6:35pm

Where: Excelsior City Dock (map)

Description: Experience Lake Minnetonka as many residents did 100 years ago and discover the Lake's most serene inlet, Carson Bay 

$15.00 adults, $5.00 children 4 to 12, free children 3 and under.

Tickets available on boat.

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Excelsior - Streetcar Trolley Ride

 

When: 1pm – 4pm

Where: Board at Water Street stop between 3rd and George St.

Description: $2.00 per person, children 3 and under free

952-922-1096

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Excelsior - Streetcar Trolley Ride

When: 2pm – 6pm

Where: Board at Water Street stop between 3rd and George St, or at the Old Excelsior Blvd, near Mtka Blvd.

Description: $2.00 per person, children 3 and under free

952-922-1096

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Plymouth - Water Ski Show

 

7:00 PM

See the Shockwaves Shakopee-Prior Lake Water Ski team! For more information, click here>

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Excelsior - Farmers Market

When: 2pm – 6pm

Downtown Excelsior

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Wayzata - Summer Concert Series

7:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Enjoy family-friendly music held in Wayzata’s Depot Park Wednesday evenings in July. 

Band: Davina & The Vagabonds

Location: Depot Park, 402 E. Lake Street, Wayzata

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Excelsior - Story Time Trolley

When: Thu, July 14, 5pm – 7pm

Where: Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, 37 Water St, Excelsior

Description: Have a treat, take a ride, hear a story aboard the Excelsior Streetcar Line.  

Tickets available ONLY at Excelsior Bay Books (36 Water Street).  

Tickets are $5 per person.  Story time at 5 pm and again at 6 pm.

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Plymouth - Music: Jeff Dayton Band

7:00 PM

Nashville songwriter, guitarist and producer Jeff Dayton is one of Music City’s busiest touring and recording artists. With songs recorded by George Strait, Doug Stone, Sarah Darling, Grammy winning zydeco artist Chubby Carrier and placed on hit shows The Voice and Hawaii Five-O, Jeff is a dynamic and interactive performer who loves bringing his music all over.  jeffdaytonmusic.com

Cost: Free

Location: Hilde Amphitheater, 3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

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Wayzata - Crazy Days

All day.

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

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Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum Open Hours

When: Sat, July 16, 10am – 3pm

Where; Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society Museum, 305 Water St, Excelsior

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Plymouth - Music: Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet

7:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Parkers Lake Stage, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

A spontaneous, vivid performance by some of Minnesota’s most stellar gypsy-jazz artists played in the Django Reinhardt French swing tradition of the 1930’s. Gypsy Mania features an exceptional stylistic dimension with prodigious improvisation – a group not to be missed.

The ensemble includes the unmistakable mastery of jazz violinist Gary Schulte, plus blinding solos from guitarist Reynold Philipsek, the diverse guitar styling of Glen Helgeson, and tasty, refined bass work from acoustic bassist Matt Senjem.

Gypsy Mania Quartet is the creation of longtime bandleader and guitar stylist Glen Helgeson, who is known for pulling together the stars of the Minnesota music scene. Helgeson is an ambassador in the jazz tradition, bringing diverse world music styles to people, educating them in these traditions, and manifesting an unusual ability to write in those genres.

www.gypsymaniahotclub.com

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Wayzata Summer Concert Series

7:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Enjoy family-friendly music held in Wayzata’s Depot Park Wednesday evenings in July. 

Band: Alison Scott Duo

Location: Depot Park, 402 E. Lake Street, Wayzata

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Wayzata Summer Concert Series

7:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Enjoy family-friendly music held in Wayzata’s Depot Park Wednesday evenings in July. 

Band: Jeff Dayton & Mary Jane Alm

Location: Depot Park, 402 E. Lake Street, Wayzata

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Plymouth - Kids Fest

6:00 PM

Location: Hilde Small Stage
3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

Live music, food trucks, games, inflatables and more!

  • MN Zoomobile presents Tropical Rain Forests at 6:00pm
  • Teddy Bear Band performs at 7:00pm

(Entertainment is free to the public. Games, food and activities are an additional fee.)

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Plymouth - Live at the Hilde

5:00 PM

The second Live at the Hilde event of the summer welcomes powerhouse singer-songwriter ZZ Ward with special guest Eric Hutchinson Saturday, July 30 at the Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the all-ages concert presented by independent concert promotions company Sue McLean & Associates. Music begins at 6 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.

With her compelling voice and high-wattage charisma, The New York Times said of ZZ Ward: “Her energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s, and her soul Etta James’.” Supporting the power of ZZ, American singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will warm the crowd with his soulful pop music.

Tickets for Live at the Hilde are on sale now. For tickets, call 1-800-514-3849 or visit suemclean.com or etix.com. For more information about the event, visit the Live at the Hilde FAQ page. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted at no cost with an adult.

Location: Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd. Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

 


Ongoing Events

Year-round

West Hennepin Pioneer Museum.

Artifacts from the pioneer days. Saturdays, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Call (952) 473-6557 for details.

Year-round

Bayside Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Bayview offers everything from rock and reggae to jazz and alternative music - all with a fantastic view of the lake.

Friday and Saturday at 9:00 P.M. Located one block East of Water St. on Excelsior Blvd. Call (952) 470-8439 for directions.

Year-round

The Narrows Live Music Venue in Navarre

One of the hottest music bars in the Twin Cities area.

Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.

Year-round

Three-Eighteen Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Excelsior's "Three-Eighteen" is one of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities area. A favorite of musicians, this hip little "joint" offers some of the best live local and national acts in town.

Have a glass of wine and snuggle in for some great entertainment: Monday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.

 

Get Busy!

The summer months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...