August 15 - August 19: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days just about the whole of the city turns out for Heritage days in this St. Paul suburb. Sports tournaments, car show, parade, petting zoo, and fireworks.
August 17 - August 19: Ki Chi Saga Days has a large arts and crafts fair, parade, food, music and entertainment in Chisago Lakes.
August 17 - 19: Minnesota Game Fair The second weekend of one of the nation's largest sportsman's fairs, held near Anoka.
August 18: Art and All That Jazz Art, and jazz music, meet at this festival in Burnsville.
August 18: Buffalo Arts and Crafts Festival Hundreds of artists and crafters sell their wares throughout downtown Buffalo.
August 18: Spelmansstämma celebrates Swedish heritage with music, crafts and dancers at Scandia's Gammelgarden Farm Museum.
August 18 - August 19: The Minnesota Renaissance Festival opening weekend. The Renaissance Festival is open on weekends and Labor Day until September 30. Jousting, food, music, crafts, animals, characters and entertainers in Shakopee. One of the best places for people watching in the Twin Cities. Don't forget your fairy wings!
August 19: Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is a beautiful evening celebration of Japanese culture, music, food and entertainment.
August 19: Fiddlers Festival Fiddlers from across Minnesota compete for prizes at Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale.