5 things to do this week: Kicking off the downtown summer festivities


Summer kick off

Summer is here and to mark the event, a kick-off will take place downtown from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Food will be provided by food trucks parked on Fountain Street from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and 112 on Broadway will serve drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring a chair and listen to the music at the Fountain Lake Park gazebo on Fountain Thursdays, with Holly Day at 11 a.m., Salsa del Soul at 2 and 3 p.m., and 507 Country from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Flea market

The Midwest Crossroads Flea Market Group hosts vendors at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The sale is located at 1105 Bridge Ave.



The Albert Lea Art Center, at 101 S. Broadway Ave., will host Bev Jackson Cotter from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Cotter will tell the story of Ann Bilansky, the only woman to be hanged in the state. The event is free and open to the public.


live music

Jake McVey will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bend in the Road, 25483 Minnesota Highway 13 in Manchester. McVey has opened for artists such as Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town. There is no coverage to attend.


Take the courses

Albert Lea Community Education will host an event at Jim Gustafson Field from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Coach Lon Nelson and volunteer staff will teach kids ages 6-12 track and field skills over three consecutive weekends, and on the fourth weekend kids can test their skills at a track and field meet . Pre-registration is required at alschools.ce.eleyo.com/course/1069/summer-2022/youth-track-and-field

David H. Henry