SeVy Gospel Quartet will perform on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18 in Afton.
SeVy Gospel Quartet will perform on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18 in Afton.
8/3 and 8/7 — Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

Summer programs introduce visitors to Native Dakota culture, as well as the heritage of pioneers who farmed the area. A Prairie Festival on Aug. 3 celebrates Minnesota’s First People; 10am-2pm. Good Acre offers cooking demonstration and meal on Aug. 7. See website for registration and time. 2097 W. Larpenteur Ave., Falcon Heights. Details: 651-646-8629,

8/15 — Muslim Women in Minnesota, Rochester

Siham Abdi, Ashalul Aden, and Fardousa Jama are among those who will speak about the challenges of being Muslim women in southern Minnesota. Community discussion and Q&A facilitated by Regina Mustafa, founder of Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam. Free. 6-7:30pm. Rochester Area Foundation, 12 Elton Hills Drive N.W., Rochester. Details:

8/8 — Women’s Suffrage, Shakopee

A group of South St. Paul women were the first in Minnesota to vote after the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Lois Glewwe— whose three aunts were among them — will share the story of 21-year-old Marguerite Newburgh, a stenographer who was identified as the very first woman to vote at 6am when the polls opened. $5. 6:30pm. Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee. Details: 952-445-0378,

8/17-18 Music in the Trees, Afton

Musicians will perform from five tree hunting stands within Belwin’s dying four-acre, red pine grove at a two- day festival. SeVy Gospel Quartet will perform on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Special performance 1pm on Aug. 18 features the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT). Free. 11am-3pm. Belwin Conservancy Education Center, 1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton. Details: 651-436-5189,

8/24 — Historic Forestville

By 1860, 150 residents lived in Forestville, setting up wheat farms, a school, two sawmills, a blacksmith shop, two hotels, and a distillery. When the railroad bypassed the southeastern Minnesota town in 1868, the town began a decline. By 1880, the population was down to 55. The last pioneering business closed in 1910. A new historic tour in this ghost town explores the history of women in the area. $6-8. 11am-2pm. Historic Forestville, 21899 County Road 118, Preston. Details: 507-765-2785,

8/31 — Music@Franconia

Listen to reggae/funk/jazz band Ipso Facto at a family- friendly concert series held at an amphitheater set within Franconia’s 43-acre outdoor exhibition of more than 120 sculptures. Bring a chair or blanket, visit on-site food trucks, and take guided exhibition tours to meet artists-in-residence. Free. 2-6pm. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail N., Shafer. Details: 651-257-6668,