MN bike season 2013: Parties, festivals, rentals, paths, and more

Categories: Cycling
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The sky is the limit this summer
It's been a cold, rainy, snowy spring this year. That means that good biking days have been limited (unless you're a year-around road warrior, of course). Cycling events like the West Bank Ride and 30 days of Biking have come and gone already, but now that it's June bike-friendly happenings will be as easy to find as an outdoor street fest or bar patio.

The following is a list of some of those happenings, including art shows, rides, parties, festivals, and free tuneup stations. We also have the down-low on which trails to check out. Come take a look and plan your summer.

See also:
Top 10 bike trails in the Twin Cities
Top 5 trails in the Twin Cities

Photo by Stephanie Williams
Thursday, June 6

Fixed Gear Classic
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-785-5600,

Pro racers whip around the track on bikes with no breaks. More info at Free. Thu.-Fri. 6:30 p.m.; Sat. noon.

Friday, June 7

MS Bike Ride Photographers' Show
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-623-3782,

Through June 29.

Sherri Dahl Sprockets
Bike Art VIII
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888,

This annual group show features art inspired by bikes. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., Jun. 7, and an artists' discussion 1 p.m. Sat., Jun. 8. Through June 27.

Saturday, June 8

Northern Spark
(Lowertown St. Paul)

This huge, all-night celebration features art installations, interactive events, live music, pop-up galleries, and more at 28 locations. Since happenings are concentrated in Lowertown, it's an easy celebration to bike around town. Need service? Lowertown Bike Shop will be open all night with entertainment and first aid for those who need a tuneup. For more info, visit Events run from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Free. 

National Get Outdoors Day
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Featuring canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching, fishing, nature crafts, archery, mountain biking, marshmallows roasting, games, climbing wall, food, live music, more. With bike technicians offering free safety checks. 12-5 p.m., free.

Deutsche Tage (German Days): Bicyclists' Biergarten
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

Ride your bike to this festival from noon to 4 p.m. and receive half-priced draft beer (meaning, $3 a stein), including Paulaner varieties. They will also be serving Radler, a German spin on the Summer Shandy that combines beer with lemon soda. 

June 9-15

Bike Walk Week
(Various locations)

This city-wide event encourages folks to commute via bike and foot. With tune-up stations, safety classes, and other fun happenings. For a complete schedule, visit

Wednesday, June 12

Brake For Breakfast
(The Green Institute, 2801 21st Ave. S. Ste 110, Minneapolis, 612-278-7100)

Free breakfast in honor of Bike Walk Week. Register at 7 a.m.

Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16

Nature Valley Grand Prix
Photo by Stephanie Williams

This intense bike competition features pro-racing at five different locations: The St. Paul Downtown Criterium (Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul) from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12; the Cannon Falls Road Race from 4:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 13; the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium (Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) from 4:30-9 p.m. Friday, June 14; the Menomonie Road Race (Menomonie, 3rd St. E. and Main St. E., Menomonie) from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and the Stillwater Criterium (Chilkoot Hill, 2nd St. at Pine St., Stillwater)  from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Each event will include a fitness expo, fun races, and other bike-friendly happenings.

Saturday, June 22

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The Greenway Glow
(Midtown Greenway, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis;

This bike ride features 5- and 10-mile routes with illuminated art installations, performances, live music, beer, food, costumes, and special happenings along the Greenway and nearby galleries and businesses. There will also be a community art festival along the Greenway in Uptown, Midtown, and Seward/Longfellow. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. The community art fest is free; the bike ride is $25/$30 (plus $75 in pledges).

(Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-925-9854,

This walk/bike-friendly beer tour around the city includes stops at the Four Firkins and Steel Toe Brewery. Proceeds support St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP). 12-4 p.m., $30.

Northeast Ride
(Northeast Armory, 1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-341-7231)

This 12-mile ride features historical landmarks, stops at neighborhood parks, lawn games, and activities. More info at 10 a.m., $20/$25; free for kids 12 and under.

Sunday, June 23

Open Streets Minneapolis
(Lyndale Avenue, from 22nd to 42nd Street)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 

Thursday, July 18

Third Thursday: Bike Night
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis;

Featuring valet bike parking, outdoor music from Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, Bike Night Biker Bingo, folks from the Twin Cities bike scene, and beer. Free. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 27

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Tour de Fat 2013
(Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis)

Ride your bike to this festival featuring performances, live music, beer, food, a bike giveaway, and other happenings. More info at 12-5 p.m., free.

Sunday, July 28

Open Streets Minneapolis
(Central Avenue Northeast, from 27th Ave. NE to 18 ½ Ave. NE)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.

River-to-River Ride
(Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, 651-436-8385)

This 100K cycling tour features lovely views along St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. There's also a 20-mile ride available, plus an event village featuring a kids' course, food, entertainment, music, and more. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sign up at 7 a.m.-3 p.m. $50.

Saturday, August 10

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Square Lake Film Festival
(Square Lake, 13359 Partridge Road N., Stillwater)

Featuring live music, local film screenings, bike ride from the Twin Cities, barn dance. More info at

Sunday, August 11

Open Streets Minneapolis
(Minnehaha Ave., from East Lake St. to Godfrey Pkwy.)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.

Sunday, September 15

Minneapolis Bike Tour

Featuring 14-mile and 36-mile routes exploring the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System. More info at 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $35/$40.

Open Streets St. Paul
(University Avenue, from Hamline Avenue to Marion Street)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

(Elm Creek Regional Park, 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove)

Here you'll find a 25-mile river route and 8-mile family route available. The event benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. More info at 8 a.m. $25.

September 21

Open Streets Minneapolis
(Lowry Ave. N., from Washburn Ave. N. to Lyndale Ave. N.)

With open biking, walking, and skating, plus special happenings. More info at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.

After the jump: Bike rentals and trails.

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