Weekend Best Bets: August 2-4

The best events around the Twin Cities this weekend: Uptown Art Fair, ”Floyd’s,” the Fringe Festival, the X Games, and more
From "A Confederate Widow in Hell"
From “A Confederate Widow in Hell”

Photo by Dan Norman

X-treme Weekend

What: 2019 X Games
When: Aug.1-4
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

The 2019 X Games return to Minneapolis for a four-day showcase of the best in extreme sports, from skateboarding to BMX and motocross. And check out a killer lineup of live music—see: Diplo, P.O.S, Wu-Tang Clan, Incubus, and more. Learn more.

Sandwich Story

What: Floyd’s
When: Friday, Aug. 2 (playing through Aug. 31)
Where: Guthrie Theater, McGuire Proscenium, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Commissioned by the Guthrie, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage tells the comedic story of a truck-stop sandwich shop named after its stringent owner (Floyd) and the formerly incarcerated employees trying to get back into the work force and accustomed to society. A diverse group of cooks form under a zen master to learn the secret to crafting the ideal sandwich. Learn more.

Up for an Art Fair

What: Uptown Art Fair
When: Aug. 2-4, times vary by day
Where: Calhoun Square, 2815 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Featuring over 350 artists from around the country, this event has ranked among the best art fairs in the U.S. and has drawn more than 380,000 patrons, so kick off the first weekend of August at the 56th annual Uptown Arts Fair. Learn more.

Luxe Living

What: Midwest Home‘s Luxury Home Tour
When: August 2-4; 9-11; and 16-18
Where: Various Twin Cities locations

Take a self-guided tour of the metro’s most fabulous new homes on the first three weekends of August (with remodeled homes showing only August 2-4). Locations include Wayzata, Edina, Lake Elmo, and more. Learn more.

Cray-zy Crayfish

What: Crayfest
When: Aug. 3, noon-7 p.m.
Where: Smack Shack, 603 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Hosted by Smack Shack, Crayfest is back for the seventh year. Enjoy live music, a crayfish boil, all-you-can-enjoy beer and hurricanes, and more. Prince tribute band Chase & Ovation is set to headline. Must be 21+ to attend. Learn more.

Slash and Burn

What: Slash, ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators Concert
When: Aug. 3, 8 p.m.
Where: Mystic Lake Showroom, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW, Prior Lake

Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, brings its Living the Dream Tour 2019 to the Mystic Lake Showroom this Saturday. “Living the Dream” is the third studio album by the legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist and rock icon Slash to feature Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Expect hit singles “Driving Rain” and “Call of the Wild.” Learn more.

On the Fringes

What: A Confederate Widow in Hell
When: Saturday, Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Southern Theatre, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is in full swing August 1-11, to present artistically adventurous works of theater at venues throughout Minneapolis. To kick things off on a bold, unsettling, aptly weird note, catch this award-winning supernatural dramedy written and performed by Willi Carlisle and Joseph Fletcher. After 150 years of waiting, a widow, played by Carlisle, returns to resolve her fate and faces the legacy of the American South. A Confederate Widow in Hell exposes the false narratives that linger from the American Civil War by shedding light on the history, economics, and politics of white Southern identity. Learn more.