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

The sky is the limit this summer
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

MN bike season 2013: Parties, festivals, rentals, paths, and more
Photo by Stephanie Williams

Thursday, June 6

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

Pro racers whip around the track on bikes with no breaks. More info at www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com. 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, www.3-ad.com)

Through June 29.

MN bike season 2013: Parties, festivals, rentals, paths, and more
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Bike Art VIII
(Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-378-8888, www.alteredesthetics.org)

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  2013.northernspark.org. 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.

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

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

Ride your bike to this festival from noon to 4 p.m. and receive half-priced draft beer (meaning, $3 a stein), including

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

The Greenway Glow
(Midtown Greenway, 2834 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis; www.midtowngreenway.org)

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).

Beermuda
(Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, 5825 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-925-9854, www.midwestsupplies.com)

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 www.northeastride.org. 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 openstreetsmpls.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 

Thursday, July 18

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

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

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 www.facebook.com/TourDeFat. 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 openstreetsmpls.com. 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 mnmajor.com. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. $50.

Saturday, August 10

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 squarelakefestival.com.

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 openstreetsmpls.com. 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 www.minneapolisparks.org. 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 stpaulopenstreets.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

PurpleRide
(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 www.purpleride.org. 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 openstreetsmpls.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.

After the jump: Bike rentals and trails.

 

Bike Rentals

Baker Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparkdistrict.org, 2301 Cty Rd 19, Maple Plain 763.479.2473)

Cleary Lake Regional Park
(www.threeriversparkdistrict.org, 18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake 763.694.7777)

Hyland Lake Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparkdistrict.org, 10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington 763.694.7687)

NICE RIDE MN
(www.niceridemn.org)

Bike rentals available at over 100 kiosks throughout the metro.

Wheel Fun Rentals
(www.wheelfunrentals.com)
(Lake Harriet, 43rd St. W & E. Lake Harriet Pkwy. Mpls. 612.823.0077)
(Minnehaha Falls, 4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Mpls. 612.729.2660)
(Lake Calhoun, 3000 Calhoun Pkwy E., Mpls. 612.823.5765)
(Lake Nokomis, 52nd St. and Cedar Ave., Mpls. 612.729.2660)

Specialty bike rentals, including sit-down and four-wheel bikes.

Bike Tours and Trails

Afton State Park

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/afton/index.html, 6959 S Peller Ave, Hastings 651.436.5391)

4 miles paved.

Baker Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/baker-park.aspx, 2301 Cty Rd 19, Maple Plain 763.479.2473)

12.5 miles paved.

Banning State Park
(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/banning/index.html, (Hwy 23 and I-35), Sandstone 320.245.2668)

1 mile paved.

Bryant Lake Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/bryant-lake-park.aspx, 6800 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie 763.694.7764)

2.2 miles paved.

Carver Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/carver-park.aspx, 7200 Victoria Dr (Lake Auburn Camground), Victoria 763.694.7650)

10.7 miles paved.

Cleary Lake Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/cleary-lake-park.aspx, 18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake 763.694.7777)

4 miles paved.

Eagle Lake Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/eagle-lake-park.aspx, 11000 Cty Rd 10, Plymouth 763.694.7695)

1 mile paved.

Elm Creek Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elm-creek-park.aspx, 13080 Territorial Rd, Maple Grove 763.694.7894)

29.1 miles paved and unpaved, including mountain bike trails. Park connects to the North Hennepin Trail Corridor.

Fish Lake Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/fish-lake-park.aspx, 14900 Bass Lake Rd, Maple Grove 763.694.7818)

3.2 miles paved.

Fort Snelling State Park
(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fort_snelling/index.html, 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul 612.725.2389)

5 miles paved, 10 miles mountain bike.

French Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/french-park.aspx, 12605 Cty Rd 9, Plymouth 763.694.7750)

4 miles paved.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/hyland-lake-park.aspx, 10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington 763.694.7687)

8.7 miles paved.

Lake Calhoun
(www.minneapolisparks.org, 3000 Calhoun Pkwy, Mpls. 612.230.6400)

3.2 mi.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/lake-minnetonka-park.aspx, 4610 Cty Rd 44, Minnetrista 763.694.7754)

3.3 mile paved.

Lake of the Isles
(www.minneapolisparks.org, 2500 Lake Isles Pkwy, Mpls. 612.230.6400)

2.97 mi.

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/lake-rebecca-park.aspx, 9831 Cty Rd 50, Rockford 763.694.7860)

8.1 miles paved; 3.7 miles mountain bike trail.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park
(www.co.dakota.mn.us/LeisureRecreation/CountyParks/Locations/LebanonHills/default.htm, 860 Cliff Road (1 1/2 mi east of Pilot Knob Rd on Cliff Rd), Eagan 651.554.6530)

More than 6 miles of mountain bike trails.

Luce Line Trail
(www.luceline.com)

This trail runs 63 miles from Plymouth to Cosmos, Minnesota. Various areas of the trail are bike-, horse-, snowmobile-, and ski-friendly.

Minnesota Valley State Recreational Area
(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minnesota_valley/index.html, 19825 Park Blvd, Jordan 952.492.6400)

6 miles paved; 35 miles mountain bike.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/murphy-hanrehan-park.aspx, 15501 Murphy Lake Rd (Cty Rd 75), Savage 763.694.7777)

10 miles mountain bike trails.

North Mississippi Regional Park
(www.threeriversparks.org/parks/north-mississippi-park.aspx, 5114 N Mississippi Dr., Mpls. 763.694.7693)

1.6 miles paved.

Do you know of something bike-related that should be on this list? Leave a comment below or send info to events@citypages.com and we'll add it to this post and our online calendar.


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