Pick Six: ‘Don’t Miss Summer Events’ in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount

The Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune Pick Six for our Summer Sensations special section includes six events – one for each city in our coverage area – that people won’t want to miss. Look for more Pick Six entries in the coming months in the print edition and online at www.SunThisweek.com.pick six logo

Apple Valley

Michael Monroe has performed at past Music at Kelley Park (Submitted photo by Diane Weber)

Michael Monroe has performed at past Music at Kelley Park (Submitted photo by Diane Weber)

There isn’t a much better summertime activity than lounging in a park listening to music. The Apple Valley Arts Foundation does an amazing job assembling an easy listening lineup for Music in Kelley Park. As a kicker to the music, the park has one of the most well-used playgrounds and splash pads in town. More is at http://applevalleyarts.org and www.facebook.com/MusicInKelleyPark.

Burnsville

International Festival of Burnsville

International Festival of Burnsville

The traditional June date of the International Festival of Burnsville has been moved to Saturday, July 13, at Nicollet Commons Park. This is an entertaining, educational and engaging event that is wonderful for all ages. Cuban, Scottish, African and Chinese music and dance are among the acts that will be on stage. More information is at http://intlfestburnsville.org.

Eagan

Health and wellness will be focus of a new event in Eagan this year. (File photo)

Health and wellness will be focus of a new event in Eagan this year. (File photo)

The city of Eagan has a new event for 2013 called Streets Alive featuring Showcase Eagan Saturday, Sept. 15. We know it’s a little late to be calling this a summer event, but we are crossing our fingers for warm weather to shine on this event that aims to focus on health and wellness. Look for more on this event in Sun Thisweek and cityofeagan.org as at it nears.

Farmington

The Bed Races in Farmington (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

The Bed Races in Farmington (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

From the “you have got to be kidding me” file comes the Bed Races at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, in downtown Farmington during Dew Days. They have been doing this test of reckless speed for 30 years. It requires teams of up to 10 people pushing a bed on wheels down a city street. More information about the event is at www.dewdays.com or by emailing Amy Pellicci at apellicci@charter.net.

Lakeville

Cuteness overflows during the Pet Show at Lakeville's Pan-O-Prog. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Cuteness overflows during the Pet Show at Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog. Photo by Rick Orndorf

The cuteness overflows during the Pet Show judging during this 9:30-10:30 a.m. July 11 Pan-O-Prog event in Antlers Park. You’ll hear more “awwws” per second at this event with categories such as the most unusual, most colorful, best dressed, the pet that looks most like its owner, and largest cat and largest dog. More information about this event is at www.panoprog.org.

Rosemount

Participants in Rosemount Leprechaun Day's Bathtub Races fight water with water. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Participants in Rosemount Leprechaun Day’s Bathtub Races fight water with water. Photo by Rick Orndorf

The Bathtub Races on Tuesday, July 23, in Central Park during Rosemount Leprechaun Days is probably the most crowd-interactive test of speed in the south metro. The event has teams of three pushing bathtubs on wheels through an obstacle course while spectators hurl water balloons at them. Proceeds from water balloon sales goes to charity work in the community. More about the event will be posted at www.RosemountEvents.com/leprechaun.

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