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Things to do this week include ”Jagged Little Pill,” Irish Fair of Minnesota, IndiaFest, and Bridge the Valley Bike Rally

PHOTO Split Rock Lighthouse

Seeing Stars 

What: Dark Sky Night
When: Aug. 8
Where: Splitrock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors 

Set your eyes on the sky for a night that will be out of this world. Hosted by Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, the Dark Sky Caravan is stopping at Split Rock Lighthouse for guided telescope exploration and a documentary showing.  

“Jagged Little Pill”

Taking Center Stage 

What: “Jagged Little Pill”
When: Aug. 8-13
Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Evoking emotion, this new musical written by former Minnesotan Diablo Cody details the imperfect life and revolutionary music of Alanis Morissette.

Luck of the Irish 

What: Irish Fair of Minnesota
When: Aug. 11-13
Where: Harriet Island Road, St. Paul  

Recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, the annual Irish Fair of Minnesota embraces Irish Heritage through music, dancing, food, and fun. Kids 13 years or younger get in free. General Admission Tickets are $20.  

For Art Enthusiasts & Book Worms  

What: Northwoods Art and Book Festival
When: Aug. 12
Where: Third Street and Lake Ave., Hackensack  

The 28th annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival hosts high-quality artists and award-winning authors. This family-friendly event in Hackensack will feature a “poetry safari,” traveling museum for kids, food trucks, craft beer, live music, and more.

A Cultural Celebration 

What: IndiaFest
When: Aug. 12
Where: Minnesota State Capitol Grounds, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul 

Celebrating 50 years, the Indian Association of Minnesota (IAM) invites all Minnesotans to IndiaFest—where Indian culture, heritage, and traditions intersect. The free event with food and family-friendly events lasts all day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Bikers Blast  

What: Bridge the Valley Bike Rally
When: Aug. 13
Where: Chestnut Plaza, Downtown Stillwater  

Experience the picturesque St. Croix Valley by bike. Surrounding Stillwater’s historic lift bridge, bikers of all ages, levels, and experiences can enjoy a summer ride on routes throughout Stillwater and Western Wisconsin.  

Student perform high flips on Russian poles during “Excalibur”

PHOTO Dan Norman

A Circus Act  

What: “Excalibur”
When: Through Aug. 13
Where: Circus Juventas, 1270 Montreal Ave., St. Paul 

Catch the show in its final performances! At Circus Juventas, the legend of King Arthur takes the stage with “Excalibur,” preformed by a highly-qualified youth circus troop. This summer extravaganza is the culmination of the students’ studies.