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Exploring Burnsville, MN: Exciting Things to Do and Events in August

Located in the heart of Minnesota, Burnsville offers a vibrant mix of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and community events. If you’re planning to visit Burnsville in August, you’re in for a treat. The city comes alive with a plethora of activities and events that cater to a variety of interests.


Minnesota Zoo

Just a short drive from Burnsville, the Minnesota Zoo offers an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with a diverse range of animals. Explore the exhibits, from the fascinating underwater world of marine life to the vast prairies where bison and other North American animals roam. The Minnesota Zoo is a fantastic family-friendly destination that guarantees an educational and entertaining experience for all ages.

Don’t forget to check out the new Treetop Trail during your visit!


Museum of Illusions Mall of America

A new attraction to Mall of America will blow your mind with illusions, installations, images and perspective changing experiences. Museum of Illusions is a one-of-kind experience that cannot be missed.


Buck 54’ Bar and Grill Summer Live Music Series

Kickstart your month with the Buck 54’ Live Music Series. Every Friday evening, you can enjoy local live music over a meal and drinks. Live music begins at 6pm, but if you get there early you can take advantage of happy hour!


Alimagnet Dog Park

For those traveling with furry friends, a visit to the Alimagnet Dog Park is a must. This expansive park boasts open fields, walking trails, and dedicated off-leash areas where your canine companion can frolic and make new friends. Take advantage of the beautiful August weather and spend a day enjoying the outdoors with your four-legged buddy.

Traveling with your fur baby? Don’t forget to book a room at a dog-friendly hotel like the Wyndham Minneapolis South/Burnsville.


Steve Cole at the Ames Center

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August 18 at 7pm 

As one of the most renowned contemporary jazz artists of our time, Steve Cole has captivated audiences worldwide with his rich saxophone melodies and dynamic stage presence. His signature sound blends jazz, R&B, funk, and soul to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience. With Steve Cole’s smooth and soulful tunes as the soundtrack, you’ll be transported to a world of relaxation and musical bliss. Buy your tickets today or at the box office.


Crystal Beach

Cool off from the summer heat at Crystal Beach. This picturesque beach features a sandy shore, clear waters, and a peaceful atmosphere. Take a swim, relax on the beach, rent a paddle board or canoe, or enjoy a picnic with your loved ones. With lifeguards on duty and a designated swimming area, Crystal Beach provides a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.


Mountain Biking at Terrace Oaks

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies! Terrace Oaks offers a single loop short mountain biking trail through dense woods. 


Weiner Dog Races at Canterbury Park 

Photo Credit: Canterbury Park

On August 13th bring the family to Canterbury Park for horse racing as well as weiner dog racing! Watching these short legged fury friends run will bring a smile to your face. Additionally, there will be face painting and pony rides for the kiddos. 


Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Prepare to step back in time when you visit this family-friendly festival full of tasty food, drinks, endless live entertainment and so much more. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival runs every weekend from August 19 – October 1. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the box office.


Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get Together is an annual event not to be missed! The food, the shows, the rides, the fun is truly endless! Save yourself the stress of parking and avoid the traffic by staying in Burnsville. The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority offers direct bus service all days of the fair to and from Burnsville Transit Station. 

Weekdays: Every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. -10 a.m. and hourly until 8 p.m. 
Weekends and Labor Day: Every 15 minutes from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and every half hour until 8:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Labor Day)
Cost: $5 round trip in advance when purchased on the app or $6 cash when boarding the bus – kids under 4 ride for free

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