Looking for something to do? Shouldn’t be a problem in Scott, frankly. We’ve got an ample supply of things happening all year, and we’ve collected a few community faves for you.
May we suggest getting friendly with farm stock — such as Friske the goat — at the Scott County Fair? Held yearly the last week of July, kids get a kick out of the animals, amusement rides, snacks on a stick, and all of the other traditions that make a county fair one of the best highlights of the summer. We sure are ready for this year’s fun on July 27-July 31, 2022! For the latest updates, stay connected on their website.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi
Wait, you haven’t attended the yearly Wacipi? Mark your calendar for August 19-21, 2022! A contest Pow Wow where dancers compete in categories and age groups, the SMSC Wacipi is a time to gather with friends old and new. Can’t-miss dances include the Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl, but we think you should attend as many of them as possible in order to soak in the colors and a rhythmic drum beat that celebrates Native American life.
Lakefront Music Fest
The Lakefront Music Fest is one of Scott’s highest profile events, offering two nights of classic rock and country by top national acts. On the bill in 2021 were Styx, Cheap Trick, 38 Special, Jake Owen and Noah Guthrie (we’re thinking attendees are still jammin’ out to Come Sail Away). In 2022 we’re looking forward to welcoming Toby Keith, Sammy Hagar, Collective Soul and more. This is a great way to get involved in the community, too, with great volunteer opportunities for the event. And a hearty “you’re welcome” in regards to putting that classic song in your head.
SMSC Tribal Gardens
Owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Wozupi Tribal Gardens grows certified-organic vegetables, herbs, fruit, and plant starts on an organic farm in Scott County. Their bounty is available for purchase at natural foods store Mazopiya in Prior Lake, and enjoyed at The Meadows Bar and Grill, Dakotah! Deli at Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, and Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel restaurants. The farm also produces maple syrup and manages bee colonies for plant pollination. At Mazopiya, you can learn more about the farm and enjoy a cup of Native-made coffee, pick up sage and sweetgrass, or explore traditional Indigenous foods.
Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve
Unspoiled wilderness earned this park an Important Bird Area designation from the National Audubon Society, but that’s not all: Enjoy fishing, challenging cross-country skiing and skijoring, geocaching, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating and paddling, and acres of lush forest. With one of the most challenging cross-country ski areas in all of the Twin Cities, it’s a great winter place to have fun, too. Check out the interactive map on their website to start your trek.
We collaborate with Scott County communities and Chambers of Commerce to pull together a master calendar of events. Bookmark it to never miss a thing! Got something cool to do or see? Submit your events for us to post, too.