Weekend Best Bets: August 15-August 17

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, August 15

Sip and Sample

WHAT: Heavy Table’s North Coast Nosh
WHERE: Open Arms of Minnesota, Mpls.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
Brewers, cheese makers, coffee roasters, and other purveyors will share their local culinary creations at the North Coast Nosh. Voted by MNMO as the “Best Foodie Event” in 2012, this year’s soiree will also feature a special party called the “Pre-Nosh.” For tickets, go to heavytable.com.

You’re All Set

WHAT: Summer Set Music and Camping Festival
WHERE: Somerset Amphitheater, WI
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Concertgoers at Summer Set can multi-task at the height of our warm–weather season with opportunities to tube on the Apple River, camp, and enjoy northern Wisconsin with three days of live music as ongoing backdrop. This year’s celebration features a huge range of artists. Check out the lineup and the weekend’s festivities at summersetfestival.com.

Saturday, August 16

Getting Medieval

WHAT: Minnesota Renaissance Festival
WHERE: Renaissance Fairgrounds, Shakopee
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Rewind to the 16th century for the first day of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival—the largest Ren Fest in the U.S., with more than 300,000 fair-goers per year. The theme for the weekend is Highland Fling, so dig out your kilt and expect Scottish dancers, village vendors, a keg toss, and more. Go to renaissancefest.com for tickets.

Wonders of the TC

WHAT: Discovery Day
WHERE: Convention Center Plaza, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Whether it’s a giant sidewalk chalk board game or an interactive cell phone-based mystery, there are plenty of opportunities at Discovery Day to explore new ideas—it’s an ideal way to spend time with the whole family. For more info, go to minneapolis.org.

Sunday, August 17

Renewed Resources

WHAT: Luxury Remodeling Tour
WHERE: Across the Twin Cities
WHEN: 12 p.m.
See what top custom remodelers are up to across the Cities on a self-guided tour of luxury remodeling projects. Whether you’re thinking of remodeling, or just curious to see how others make their abodes their own, there’s never a bad time to get inspired—and to rethink the environments we see every day. Tickets are available at midwesthomemag.com or at Kowalski’s Markets.

Agrarian Cuisine

WHAT: Dinner on the Farm with Chef Andrew Gerson
WHERE: Luster Lands Organic Farm, Harris
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of feasting, a farm tour, backyard games, poetry readings, and other activities during a laidback barn party—part of the Brooklyn Brewery’s nationwide tour. Head to brooklynbrewerymash.com to get tickets and learn about the tour’s other events, including a “Mash Bash” and lessons on home brewing.