While the Kentucky Derby has come and gone, horse races in Minnesota continue throughout the summer. As of last week, folks can now take a fun little road trip to Shakopee and enjoy a day of food, entertainment, and gambling at Canterbury Park. Special events this year include Memorial Day races, where there will be plenty of family-friendly things to do, like face painting and a petting zoo. David "The Bullet" Smith Jr. will also be shooting himself out of a cannon that day. Wednesday, July 3, will feature patriotic happenings, including a large fireworks show, while free hot dogs will be served all day on July 4. Other days of note are three food-truck festivals (June 22, August 9, September 14); Extreme Race Day, featuring unusual animals and race challenges (July 20); and the Labor Day Wiener Dog Wars, where low-rider pups will dash toward the finish line (September 2). Is happy hour special enough for you? Thursdays boast $1 deals, while Thursdays and Fridays offer drink specials such as $2.50-$3 beers.
Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Mon., May 27, 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 17. Continues through Sept. 14, 2013