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Nokomis Days 2023

August 4-6

NOKOMIS DAYS: A Beloved Nokomis East Tradition
(The First Weekend in August)

The Nokomis East community is lucky to be home to so many businesses, both storefront and home-based. Some are new additions who have recently opened their doors, but others have called the neighborhood home for decades. Thanks to those businesses with the deepest roots in the community, we learned about a much-loved tradition from the past: Crazy Days.

You may be familiar with the annual Nokomis Shoe Shop Sidewalk Sale, which happens every year over the first weekend in August. However, 30-plus years ago, businesses all along 34th Ave used to hold festivities at the same time. The goal? Drawing people into the neighborhood to celebrate the vibrant nature of Nokomis East. 

Nokomis Shoe Shop has continued the Crazy Days legacy every year with their annual sidewalk sale. Last year, we helped bring the celebration back to Nokomis East for the first time in 30 years. This year, it continues, and we've given it a new and even better name to showcase our Nokomis pride: NOKOMIS DAYS.

We hope you'll join us for this year's Nokomis Days!

There is a $50 fee to participate, and includes a NEBA membership. (Participation is covered for current NEBA members.) 

Contact us by email for more information:

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We've teamed up with Nokomis Life and Bitter Buffalo!

A portion of t-shirt sales benefit Every Third Saturday (ETS). 

Limited shirts available for purchase at on 8/6

The Wellness Center (11-3pm) & Bitter Buffalo (11-5pm).

  • All Weekend, August 4th-6th
    Crema - Beat the heat with "Nokomis Days" refreshments all weekend long! Located at 5013 - 34th Ave S #NokomisLife: Watch for #NokomisLife at events all weekend long for merch sales and giveaways! Nokomis Shoe Shop - Yearly Sidewalk Sale (Fri 9-6, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5) Located at 4950 - 34th Ave S Nokomis Surplus - 3 Day Sale (9-5 each day) Located at 4935 - 34th Ave S The Painted Turtle - Drinks for a Cause! (12-7 each day) A portion of beer and wine sales go to The Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota & Wisconsin (GDROMN)! Located at 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy
  • Saturday & Sunday
    Tipsy Steer: Food and drink specials all day long.
  • Friday, August 4th
    10am-3pm: Vegan East "Lake Nokomis Beach Cupcake" Don't miss their vegan Nokomis Days treat while supplies last! Located at Vegan East (5501 - 34th Ave S) 5pm-7pm: Big Bell Ice Cream Truck at Natalie Lyon Farmers Insurance Located at Natalie Lyon Farmer's Insurance (4937 - 28th Ave S) 5pm-8pm: NEBA Outdoor Concert sponsored by Hiway Credit Union & NEBA, in partnership with Nokomis Tattoo & McDonald's Liquor & Wine. Located at Nokomis Tattoo back parking lot (4933 - 34th Ave S). 7pm-10pm: Carbone's Music Fest 2023, Day 1 Schedule Located at Carbone's (4705 Cedar Ave S)
  • Saturday, August 5th
    6am-2pm: Rick's Coffee Bar Discounted drink specials. Located at Rick's Coffee Bar (5402 - 43rd Ave S) 10am-2pm: Oxendale's Vendor Fair Check out vendors, artists, businesses, and organizations, including: * Ax Fitness: Find ways to reach your personal fitness goals in an inclusive sweat community! * Babusya's Kitchen Cookbook: A very special fundraiser for Ukraine from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Alliance. * Cub Scout Pack 38: Archery activity to showcase the fun of scouting. * FairVote Minnesota: Learn about Ranked Choice Voting. * Fit to Live and Young Living Non-toxic Products: Learn practical ways to reduce toxic chemicals in your home. * Friends of Minnehaha Park: Meet volunteers working to protect and build knowledge about our iconic park, and learn about their efforts and upcoming events. * Joanies Rocks: Raw & Collectible Rocks, Crystals, Minerals, & related Jewelry & Carvings. * MN Alliance With Youth: Come check out an exciting opportunity through AmeriCorps, the Minnesota Alliance With Youth! Learn more about this year of service, the associated stipend and student load deferral. * South Mpls Meals on Wheels: Learn more about the people who make meals on wheels possible -- and how you can help! * The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA): Making community connections throughout Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, and Wenonah. * The Longfellow-Nokomis Messenger: News for everyone, delivered to everyone. * WebVolta: Savvy thinkers, creators, and web & software solutions -- with sweet treats to share! Located in the Oxendale's Parking lot (5025 - 34th Ave S) 10am-3pm: Vegan East "Lake Nokomis Beach Cupcake" Don't miss their vegan Nokomis Days treat while supplies last! Located at Vegan East (5501 - 34th Ave S) 10am-4pm: The Workshop: Pottery Throwdown & Sale! * 10-11:30am - Pottery Throwdown * 11:30-4pm: Sale/open house Located at The Workshop (5004 - 34th Ave S) 10am-3pm: New Branches Community Party Indoor/outdoor party with family-friendly games, refreshments, sitting area, air conditioning. Located at New Branches (5011 - 31st Ave S) 11am-2pm Natalie Lyon Farmers Insurance: Parking lot party! Giveaway items and an event where kids can "Go Fish" for goodies! Located at Natalie Lyon Farmer's Insurance (4937 - 28th Ave S) 12pm-3pm: Nokomis Makers Market: Outdoor market! With a variety of vendors including artists, markers, and more. Located at Shoreview Triangle (5342 - 25th Ave S) 12pm-3pm McDonald's Liquor & Wine: Classic Car Show! Stop by for a classic car show! Located in the McDonald's Liquor & Wine parking lot (5010 St & 34th Ave) 12pm-4pm: Lady and the Beard Salon: A family friendly carnival! Come for games, prizes, entertainment & surprises! Located at Lady and the Beard (5200 - 47th Ave S) 12pm-4pm Tipsy Steer: Parking lot party! Kiddie & doggy duck ponds of prizes! Food and drink specials all day. Located at Tipsy Steer (5000 Hiawatha Ave) 1pm-3pm: Fusion Fun! Blend up your afternoon with NENA (Nokomis East Neighborhood Association) and meet the Minneapolis Mounted Police (horses and humans!) while checking out the new restaurant Fusion Pancake House & Bistro! Located in the parking lot behind Fusion Pancake House & Bistro (5001 - 34th Ave S) 1pm-5pm Riverside Evangelical Free Church: Community Picnic Free neighborhood picnic with hot dogs, brats, potato salad, potato chips, and root beer floats! We'll also have onsite eye screening for children. Located at Riverside Evangelical Free Church (3401 Boardman St) 1pm-10pm: Carbone's Music Fest 2023, Day 2 Schedule Located at Carbone's (4705 Cedar Ave S) 2pm-4pm Nokomis Tattoo: Underdog Rescue Event! Meet your new best friend in the Nokomis Tattoo parking lot and event space! Located at Nokomis Tattoo (4933 - 34th Ave S) 2pm-5pm Town Hall: Parking lot party! Come for our award winning beer with some wine and food from our own scratch kitchen -- live DJ & Band! Located at Town Hall Lanes (5019 - 34th Ave S)
  • Sunday, August 6th
    10:00am Trinity of Minnehaha Falls: Outdoor Community Worship Free coffee & donuts. Located at Lake Nokomis Community Center Outdoor Pavilion behind the new pickle ball courts (2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy) 11am-3pm The Wellness Center MN: Free Chair Massage & Drawing! Stop by for a free chair massage and enter your name in a drawing for the chance to win a free service! We'll be giving tours of our float pod for those who are interested. Located at The Wellness Center (4201 E. 54th St) 11am-5pm The Bitter Buffalo: Check out our print shop! Pull a print or make a custom shirt or camp flag! Located at Bitter Buffalo (4557 - 34th Ave S) 11am-8pm Grande Sunrise: Bouncy House & Drink Specials! (see details) 11-8pm - Two Bouncy Houses in the parking lot for the kiddos 2-4pm - Two free short tap beers with a purchase of any item of the menu in the dining area for the adults! Located at Grande Sunrise (5554 - 34th Ave S) 2pm-5pm Bull's Horn: Parking lot party! Bull’s Horn Parking Lot Party with Venn Brewing beer collab, SunBean Coffee, flea market, BBQ pork and chicken, and DJ Truckstache. Located in the Bull's Horn Parking Lot (4563 - 34th Ave S) 4pm-5pm The Painted Turtle: Yoga by the Lake! Get your downward dog on by Lake Nokomis with Fit to Live Today, then support Drinks for a Cause! A portion of beer and wine sales Nokomis Days weekend benefit The Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota & Wisconsin (GDROMN). Can't make Sunday's yoga class? Email or visit for a free online class. Located at Painted Turtle (4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy)
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While the Nokomis East neighborhood of South Minneapolis is made up of four primary communities (Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah), we encourage other Nokomis area businesses (outside of the quadrant) to participate in NEBA.

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