Walk the Talk: Farmer’s Market, Film Premiere and More Summer Celebrations

Editor’s note: Walk the Talk is Streets.mn’s carefully curated, highly partisan collection of both serious and fun-loving events, community meetings and opportunities for engagement that we think will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Hawken Habig, one of our daily editors, at [email protected].

Bicycle Film Festival: The Engine Inside – Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

Gather at The Main Cinema on June 14 to watch the North American Premiere of The Engine Inside, a documentary that explores how bicycling shapes the lives of six ordinary individuals from across the globe. Presented in partnership with local organizations BikeMN and Our Streets Minneapolis, the showing is part of the Bicycle Film Festival hosted in Minneapolis. The film, according to BikeMN, “tells the stories of six everyday people from all over the globe, who reveal the unique power of the bicycle to change lives and build a better world.”

Lakeview Terrace Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Farmer’s market season is in full swing! This report, coming courtesy of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, highlights Minnesota’s only Black-owned farmer’s market: the Lakeview Terrace Farmer’s Market in Robbinsdale. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakeview Terrace creates a vital community gathering spot, and places focus on supplying fresh food to an area experiencing a lack of access.

Additionally, if you’re still looking for a farmer’s market in your area, try exploring this interactive map by the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association, highlighting hundreds of locations from across the state.

Thursdays Downtown – Thursdays in Summer, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Southeastern Minnesotans, mark Thursdays off your calendar: Starting June 15 and continuing (nearly) every Thursday thereafter throughout the summer, 1st Avenue in downtown Rochester will be closed off to vehicle traffic to make way for the Thursdays Downtown festival. The weekly event features entertainment, food and local vendors, among other community activities. Check out the online interactive map to get a detailed overview of the vendors, and explore the event website to stay updated on the specific performers for each week.

Choose How You Move Frogtown Fair – Saturday, June 17, 1-4 p.m.

Join Move Minnesota and Frogtown Green at the Lily Pad Garden in St. Paul for their Choose How You Move Frogtown Fair on Saturday, June 17. The family-friendly get-together will include plenty of activities for a day of summer fun and the opportunity to learn about the environmental benefits of multimodal transportation choices.

Horace Cleveland Bike Ride – Saturday, June 17, 9:15 a.m.-noon

Saint Paul Grand Round

Join Richard Arey, founder of the Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour and the man who literally wrote the book on Twin Cities cycling, for an 18-mile bike tour to celebrate the contributions of landscape architect Horace W.S. Cleveland to the Twin Cities parks systems. Riders of all ages are welcome for a leisurely (8- to 12-miles-per hour) ride with three stops. Meet at Overlook Park, 410 Summit Avenue, at the top of Ramsey Hill in St. Paul. Doughnuts and coffee will be available by 9:15 a.m.; bring your own water. The ride is sponsored by Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County. RSVP to [email protected] so organizers can plan for food.

Northeast Parade – Tuesday, June 20, 6:30-9 p.m.

Celebrate the 94th annual Northeast Parade on Tuesday, June 20! The parade will begin at 6:30 at 27th Avenue, making its way 1.3 miles southward along Central Avenue to 18th. Along the way will be various vendors and activities to aid the celebration and the parade’s plethora of unique participants. You can also help support the tradition by becoming a sponsor or a volunteer: more information on those can be found here!

About Hawken Habig

Hawken is a student of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a copy editor at Streets.mn. He also composes Streets.mn's bi-weekly event listing "Walk the Talk;" email any ideas for events or opportunities to [email protected]!