Minnesotans love their community celebrations both large and small, so it’s not necessarily serendipity that both the Strawberry Fest in Cottage Grove and Tater Daze in Brooklyn Park kick off today. And while these weekend-long events are clearly much more family friendly than, say, Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers U.S. Tour at the Cabooze (which is sold out, by the way, so it didn’t make the best day-of recommendation), it doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself ready make the trek to around the greater metro for some good ol’ fashioned Minnesota summer fun. Tater Daze runs Thursday through Sunday, and features a parade, potato mashing contest, and a petting zoo. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Park city website. Strawberry Fest also runs Thursday through Sunday, and features hot air balloon rides, bands, fireworks and a petting zoo. For more information, visit the Strawberry Fest website.