Southern Minnesota’s biggest block party? If thousands of people gathering in downtown Faribault for live music, kids’ activities/events and a food/vendor marketplace are any indication, the answer is a resounding “yes”! Join the party on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival, presented by the Paradise Center for the Arts and held on the 200-300 block of Central Avenue from 11am to 11pm. This free event includes 12 hours of music featuring headliners GB Leighton and Hitchville, a beer garden, a home-brew contest, beanbag tournament, food trucks, grill-smoker raffle and more. For tickets and more information, call 507/332-7372 or go to paradisecenterforthearts.org.