Going to the Red Bull Flugtag? Here's what you need to know

Big crowds are expected in St. Paul.
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There will be big crowds in St. Paul on Saturday for various events, chief among them the return of Red Bull Flugtag to Minnesota's capital city.

An estimated 200,000 people are expected in St. Paul, which is hosting not only the Flugtag, but also an associated street party, a Minnesota United game, a Saints playoff game, St. Thomas Football, and a Thomas Rhett concert.

If you're planning on heading to the Flugtag, here's what you need to know about it:

What is it?

It's that crazy event where teams make their own flying contraptions, then fly them off a huge drop before crashing into the Mississippi River.

Where's it being held? 

This year's Flugtag is being held at the Harriet Island Park in St. Paul.

Where can I watch? 

There are two viewing areas, either from Harriet Island Park (200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd.) or from Upper Landing Park (180 Shepard Road, St. Paul.)

Harriet Island Park will have more stuff. You can view the teams before they flight, as well as sample a greater range of food vendors. Upper Landing Park will have an "abbreviated event experience" with fewer concessionaires.

You can't watch the event from bridges or sidewalks, the City of St. Paul says.

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Walking over the Wabasha bridge from downtown St. Paul will be the easiest way to get to the event. There's also free bike parking on site.

Red Bull Flugtag is urging people not to drive to the event if possible. But if you do, here's a map of the available lots.

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When does it start?

It runs between 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with gates opening at Harriet Island at 10:30 a.m.

The first team "takes flight" at noon, with the awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m.

What about the street party?

Oh yes, the Flugtag Street Party takes place from 2-11 p.m., and will be held on West Seventh Street between Walnut Street and Kellogg Boulevard.

The road will be closed between those streets, obviously, and shuttles to the party will pick people up from the corner of Robert Street and Fillmore Avenue.

You can get free rides to the party on buses or the light rail courtesy of Metro Transit from noon to 1 a.m. using this voucher.

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