Weekend Best Bets: Aug. 9-11

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Pizza Lucé Block Party, Irish Fair of Minnesota, Queen in concert, and more
Irish Fair
Irish Fair

Black History at Mill City

What: The Builders: Shaping Minnesota’s Architectural Landscape on the Color Line
When: Aug 8.-Oct. 27, museum hours
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis

This weekend, Mill City Museum, in partnership with the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, invites visitors to explore the stories of African American architects who shaped the Twin Cities into what they are today, including Casiville Bullard, whose résumé includes work on the Minnesota State Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Paul, and the Foshay Tower. Learn more.

Luck of the Irish

What: Irish Fair of Minnesota
When: Friday, Aug. 9, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Harriet Island, 160 W. Water St., St. Paul

Celebrate Irish culture at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, known as one of the most authentically Irish festivals nationwide. Run a “ZeroK” (a three-meter-long race), enjoy the live music and dance events, try some Irish cuisine at the Celtic Kitchen, and, of course, grab some whiskey or Guinness at one of the many Irish pubs. And, for all the dog lovers, the Native Dogs of Ireland will have a variety of terriers, setters, and spaniels to pet. Learn more.

Mat Kearney at the Zoo

What: Mat Kearney in concert
When: Friday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley

The Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphitheater is known for bringing audiences up close and personal with birds during the day and with artists after sunset during the summer’s Music at the Zoo series. Rock artist Mat Kearney takes the Zoo stage with a set that’s sure to feature everything from electronic samples to acoustic guitars. Learn more.

Lush Living in the Metro

What: Midwest Home‘s Luxury Home Tour
When: August 9-11 and 16-18
Where: Various Twin Cities locations

Take a self-guided tour of the metro’s most fabulous new homes. Locations include Wayzata, Edina, Lake Elmo, and more. Learn more.

Queen Will Rock You

What: Queen and Adam Lambert in concert
When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.
Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

For lifetime aficionados and new fans, two original members of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) perform live with the vocal talents of Adam Lambert during this St. Paul stop on the Rhapsody Tour. Learn more.

Pizza, Pints, and Performances

What: Pizza Lucé Block Party
When: Saturday, Aug. 10, noon-10 p.m.
Where: Pizza Lucé, 119 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis

On Saturday, join Pizza Lucé and the Current for an annual favorite filled with pizza, local craft beer, and live music right in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District. Local craft breweries like Surly Brewing Company, Indeed Brewing Company, and Bauhaus Brew Labs keep your glasses full and host such events as a Mario Kart 64 tournament. The music lineup features local artists Har Mar Superstar and Chastity Brown. Learn more.

Horse Racing and Beer Tasting

What: Beerfest: Made in MN
When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee

On Saturday, more than 45 Minnesota breweries come together at Canterbury Park for an evening of horse racing and craft beer tasting. Celebrate the best of beer, whether you enjoy a refreshing cider or a dark IPA, while supporting your local brewpubs and cideries. The After Hours Band provides live music while you sip and place your bets. Learn more.

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