ST. CLOUD — It's time to celebrate this weekend in Central Minnesota with some great music and fun including Sawyer Brown at Pierz Freedom Fest, Theatrical performance of Into the Woods at Pioneer Place, Hank Williams Jr. rocking the stage at Mystic Lake, The Sherburne County Fair and Disney's broadway performance of the Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre. Read more in The Weekender!

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    Pierz Freedom Fest

    Genola Ballfields

    There's some big musical acts making their way to Pierz this weekend. Saturday kicks off the 4th annual Pierz Freedom Fest. Sharing the stage are country music acts DiamondBack, Maiden Dixie and Little Texas beginning at 3:00 p.m. The night wraps up with Sawyer Brown rocking the stage at 10:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $40. Concerts take place at the Genola Ballfields. Gates open at 2:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -- Saturday, July 16th, 3:00 p.m.

    Sawyer Brown, Facebook
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    Into the Woods

    Pioneer Place

    The Curtain Call Community theatre returns to Pioneer Place with their performance of the classic Tony Award-winning book Into The Woods. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child and when they learn they can't because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. The show runs tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -- Thursday, July 14th, 7:30 p.m.
    -- Friday, July 15th, 7:30 p.m.
    -- Saturday, July 16th, 7:30 p.m.

    (Photo: Pioneer Place)
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    Hank Williams Jr.

    Mystic Lake

    Grab all your rowdy friends and head to Mystic Lake tonight (Thursday) to see Country Music legend Hank Williams Jr.  Williams Jr. will be performing on the Mystic Amphitheater where you will hear classics like “Family Tradition,” and “A Country Boy Can Survive.” Tickets for the show range from $40-$80 and they are going fast. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -- Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.

    Terry Wyatt, Getty Images
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    Sherburne County Fair

    Elk River

    The annual Sherburne County Fair makes it's way back to Elk River for another year. Today (Thursday) through Sunday you can experience carnival rides, fair food and live entertainment. Tomorrow (Friday) night the 1980s tribute band Hairball will take the stage. Tickets are $3 at the gate, kids 5 and younger get in for free. Fair hours run from 7:00 a.m. to midnight today through Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

    TICKETS AT THE GATES!

    -Thursday through Sunday, July 14th-17th, 7:00 a.m.

    Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON
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    Disney's The Lion King

    Orpheum Theatre

    Have another chance to catch Disney’s The Lion King as it returns to the Orpheum Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. This landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative team brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The show is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and is a must see performance. Tickets range from $49-$129 and seats are limited for this weekend.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -Thursday, July 7th, 7:30 p.m.
    -Friday, July 8th, 8:00 p.m.
    -Saturday, July 9th, 2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
    -Sunday, July 10th, 1;00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.