Weekend Best Bets: August 15-17

Friday, August 14

Running the River

WHAT: Ragnar Relay Great River
WHERE: Winona to Minneapolis
WHEN: August 14–15
This race encompasses two days, one night, and 200 miles of terrain spanning from Winona to Minneapolis. Gather up 11 fellow runners for this ultra relay. Following the natural trails of the Mississippi, each runner takes three legs of the race while fellow team members await their turn. For more information, visit Ragnar Relay Series.

Sunny Sounds in Hinckley

WHAT: Under the Sun Tour
WHERE: Grand Casino, Hinckley
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Make the most of summer’s dwindling days—head north of the cities to Grand Casino Hinckley for the Under the Sun Tour. Snag a seat in the amphitheater for music from Uncle Kracker, Eve 6, Sugar Ray, and Better Than Ezra. For more information, visit Grand Casino Kinckley.

Saturday, August 15

Sculpture Garden Tunes

WHAT: Music at Fraconia
WHERE: Fraconia Sculpture Park, Shafer
WHEN: 1 p.m. 
Fraconia Sculpture Park in the scenic St. Croix River Valley is a nonprofit arts organization spanning 43 acres. The sixth annual music series brings family-friendly nights to the Earthen Amphitheater. Saturday’s theme is “Tour of Europe” showcasing music from Orkestar Bez Ime, Mark Stillman, Francine Roche, and more. For more information, visit Fraconia.

Blues and Brews

WHAT: Higher Grounds Blues Brews N BBQs
WHERE: Higher Grounds, Plymouth
WHEN: 4 p.m.
Blues Brews N BBQs emerged in 2012 as a benefit for local nonprofits including PRSM and Twin Cities Habitat. The blues-influenced set includes longtime local favorites alongside up-and-coming artists. With a brew and BBQ in hand, enjoy the Lamont Cranston Band headlining the main stage. For more information, visit Higher Grounds.

Sunday, August 16

Art in the Arboretum

WHAT: Art Crawl Through the Gardens
WHERE: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Take a stroll through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for the third annual Art Crawl Through the Gardens. Peer at portraits nestled among the flowers—the perfect blend of art and nature. Follow the Arboretum’s Three Mile Drive by foot, car, or circulator. For more information, visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Tame the Trails

WHAT: Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival
WHERE: Duluth
WHEN: August 15–16
Get ready to tame the trails with the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival. This two-day, family-geared event takes on the many miles of Duluth’s urban hilly terrain. The festival promotes and enhances Duluth’s trail system in partnership with COGGS, a nonprofit that aims to improve cycling opportunities for Twin Ports residents. For more information, visit Bike Duluth Festival.