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Celebrate Culture at Minnesota’s Events & Festivals

If you want to do something special with friends or family this summer, you won’t find a better summer festival than Manitou Days. From the Marketfest kickoff to the Memorial Beach finale, it’s the perfect way to spend three weeks of your summer. Bring the little ones to Marketfest, with an arts and crafts fair, a petting zoo, and over 30 food vendors.

Treat yourself to taking in the Vintage and Classic Boat Show. Everyone has to take part in the Medallion Hunt; set out in search of the Golden Rose Medallion and when you find it, you’ll get a $1,000 prize plus lifelong bragging rights and a piece of Manitou Days history. Experience the cherished tradition of The Grand Parade, which travels through downtown White Bear Lake, then through Lake Avenue, and ending with a dramatic firework display at Memorial Beach.

The best part of the fireworks show might be the live music that accompanies it; Hornucopia, a talented tribute band that pays homage to rock music that features horn sections. But really that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is boating, fishing, shopping, dancing, bike riding, and so much more. See a quirky show of the Midwest Ski Otters, one of the best water ski shows in the business.

Make sure you have time for the Gangster Bus Tour. See the nightclubs caroused in, and sites of kidnappings, gun battles, and the other most nefarious acts of John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Babyface Nelson, and the rest of the most notorious criminals to ever pass through the Upper Midwest. For 50 years, Manitou Days has been one of the finest summer traditions in America so bring your family to White Bear Lake and have the time of your lives.

Manitou is a Native American word for “spirit” and you certainly won’t find any shortage of that. It truly is a warm, authentic expression of Midwest Americana. While you’re in White Bear Lake, don’t forget to take the crew to Pine Tree Apple Orchard. Taste the fresh, locally grown apples and strawberries. There is plenty of fresh cider plus caramel apples and homemade baked goods.

Visit the gift shop and navigate a corn maze walk-through. Let the kids take a pony ride or take yourself on a scenic wagon ride. Make sure you’re there in August for the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic; a mixed doubles tournament that raises funds for children’s cancer research; or at Halloween time, pick pumpkins from a six-acre patch. Don’t miss out on the five-mile Run and Walk for the Apples in October.

Whether exercise, music, or any other number of live displays, there’s seldom a dull moment at the Orchard. What Manitou Days is to the summer, Pine Tree Apple Orchard is to the fall. You won’t find higher quality fruit in an environment more sustainable than Pine Tree. Come on out to White Bear Lake and see why no matter how far away you go, you’ll always feel it pulling you back.

Manitou Days

A three-week summer event, Manitou Days has been a fixture of the White Bear Lake calendar since the 1967. Found in the Twin Cities area of southern Minnesota, Manitou Days features roughly 70 events from mid-June to the Fourth of July.

Manitou Days events include Marketfest ­– comprised of 130 local business vendors and 30 food vendors – the Manitou Days Pet Parade, the Vintage & Classic Boat Show, and the Grand Parade.

Other features include live music, the White Bear Shopping Center Arts & Crafts Fair, the Gangster Bus Tour, and performances from the famed Midwest Ski Otters.

Pine Tree Apple Orchards

With history dating back to the early 1900s, Pine Tree Apple Orchards is a community and tourist staple of White Bear Lake. Nestled along the shores of Pine Tree Lake, just northeast of the Twin Cities, the orchard features plenty family-friendly activities and tasty apple treats.

Some of the activities found at the orchard include pony rides, wagon rides, and corn maze walk-throughs. Don’t miss the annual events held at the orchard, like the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic in August, as well as the five-mile Run & Walk for the Apples in October.