Weekend Best Bets: June 28-30

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Rock the Garden, Boathouse Tours, the Roots, and more
Rock the Garden
Rock the Garden Music Festival

Carina Lofgren, Walker Art Center

Rock the Sculpture Garden

What: Rock the Garden Music Festival
When: June 29
Where: Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

Start your summer off right and jam out at the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden this weekend. With a lineup of eight indie and rock artists—including the National and Courtney Barnett—two stages, food trucks, a beer tent, and a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline, Rock the Garden is ready to rock your world. Learn more.

Boathouse History

What: Lake Minnetonka Boathouse Tours
When: June 29
Where: Minnetonka Center for the Arts, 2240 N. Shore Dr., Wayzata

On the glistening blue waters of Lake Minnetonka, intricate boathouses dot the shoreline. This weekend, hop on a bus and take a tour of these gorgeous, historic boathouses. Each tour is guided by Melinda Nelson and Karen Melvin, award-winning coauthors of Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka. Learn about the history of Lake Minnetonka, the boathouses themselves, their original owners, and the current tenants who have restored them. Learn more. (Click here to read Midwest Home‘s in-depth look at the boathouses, including an interview with photographer and tour guide Karen Melvin.)

Legendary Laughs

What: Minneapolis Comedy Festival
When: June 24-30
Where: Orpheum Theatre, Pantages Theatre, Woman’s Club Theatre, Target Center, State Theatre

Seth Myers, George Lopez, Bob Newhart, and more big names will headline theaters around Minneapolis, bringing you more of this week-long comedy event. Learn more.

Summit Stroll

What: Summit Avenue Garden Stroll
When: June 30
Where: Summit Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Lookout Park
513 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

From its sprawling stretches of urban green space to its historic gardens, wander through the magnificent outdoor spaces of St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. All proceeds from this event go toward efforts to keep the unique neighborhood clean and preserved for future generations. Learn more.

Jimmy Fallon’s Jammers

What: The Roots
When: June 30
Where: Mystic Lake Casino Showroom, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake

The Roots are coming to Mystic Lake, bringing their unique blend of jazz and eclectic hip-hop with them. The Grammy-winning official house band of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is known for their creative use of instruments, so they’re prime for live listening. Learn more.

Junie B. on Broadway

What: Junie B. Jones: The Musical
When: Showings on June 28, 29, 30
Where: Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth, 55 Victoria St, St Paul

Based on the popular children’s book series, this musical, narrated by a rambunctious and lively young girl, aims to draw laughs from kids and parents alike. Join Stepping Stone Theatre for Junie B.’s story about the importance of friendship in the topsy-turvy life of a first grader. Learn more.

History at Your Heels

What: Preserve Minneapolis Walking Tours, Nicollet Mall and Prince’s Side of the Street
Where & When: Nicollet Mall, 20 South Washington Avenue, Minneapolis (June 29) & Prince’s North Minneapolis, Upton Ave North & North 8th Ave, Minneapolis (June 30)

Don’t know much about the unique culture and architecture of Minneapolis? This weekend, Preserve Minneapolis is offering two walking tours. Learn how Nicollet Mall became the hopping street that it is today. Otherwise, the “Prince’s Side of the Street” tour explores the northside neighborhood that shaped the Purple One into a legendary artist. Learn more.