Memorial Day Weekend Best Bets: May 27-30

Make the most of this long weekend with these excellent events

Friday, May 27

Domestic art

WHAT: Constellation: A Backyard Art Expedition
WHERE: South Minneapolis
WHEN: Friday 8 a.m. to Sunday dusk
A neighborly art crawl invites visitors into artists’ yards and garages to partake of concerts, movies, art swaps, and more. Learn more at

Friday, May 27

For the love of Uptown

WHAT: Box Wine Theatre’s Uptown: The Musical
WHERE: Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
A satirical comedy about Uptown neighbors who band together in musical protest of a chain grocery moving in. Learn more at

Saturday, May 28

Sweet music

WHAT: Got It Made at Pillsbury House Theatre
WHERE: Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
A sharp and funny musical about real estate agents in Minneapolis—a send-up of office politics, corporate scandal, and modern romance. Learn more at

Saturday, May 28

Driven to abstraction

WHAT: Heliotrope Music Festival
WHERE: Loring Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN 6 p.m.
A convocation of free-jazz ensembles and other avant-garde musicians offers the leading edge of abstraction in pop music. Learn more at

Sunday, May 29

Run away to the Cirque

WHAT: Cirque du Soleil’s OVO
WHERE: Mall of America parking lot
WHEN: 4 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show, OVO, offers a backdrop of, well, bugs, for the troupe’s signature circus tricks. Learn more at

Sunday, May 29

Woody returns

WHAT: Midnight in Paris
WHERE: Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: Various times
Woody Allen’s highly anticipated new film, a paean to Paris, stars Owen Wilson as a man who falls in love with Paris—even if it endangers his love for his fiancée. Learn more at

Monday, May 30

Honoring our veterans

WHAT: Memorial Day events around the Twin Cities
WHERE: Various locations
WHEN: Various times
Honor all the men and women who have served our country or are currently fighting to keep us safe at one of the following locations: the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Minnesota History Center, Fort Snelling, Lakewood Cemetery, the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, the gallery of memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol, The Landing in Shakopee.