Weekend Best Bets: August 2-4

Friday, August 2

Get Your Zen On

WHAT: Common Grounds Yoga & Music Festival
WHERE: Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Looking for the ultimate relaxing retreat? Head to the three-day Common Grounds Yoga & Music Festival at Wild Mountain this weekend, where your days can be filled with a wide variety of yoga classes, local bands, eco-friendly shopping, and so much more. Can you say om? Learn more at commongroundsfestival.com

Friday, August 2

The Big One

WHAT: The Uptown Art Fair
WHERE: Uptown, Minneapolis
WHEN: 12 p.m.
The art festival you’ve been waiting for all summer has finally arrived. The 50th annual Uptown Art Fair is set to be one for the books. Professional works will be available for viewing and purchasing, a youth art fair will show the future of the Twin Cities art scene, non-stop live music will be blaring, and, of course, there will be plenty of food. The festival lasts all weekend, but plan carefully, as this event is second in attendance only to the State Fair. Learn more at uptownartfair.com

Saturday, August 3

On the Fringes

WHAT: The Minnesota Fringe Festival
WHERE: 16 venues across the Twin Cities
WHEN: Show times vary
The 11-day Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend, and there’s something for everyone at this performing arts event. From matinees to late-night shows, comedies to dramas, established writers to newcomers, the Fringe Fest is all about variety. Learn more at fringefestival.org

Saturday, August 3

Cray-zy Good Times

WHAT: Kräftskiva 2013
WHERE: Next to The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 p.m.
The Bachelor Farmer is celebrating two years of deliciousness with the second annual Kräftskiva festival, the restaurant’s spin on a traditional Swedish crayfish party. There will be plenty of crayfish, meatballs, and beer here, but be sure to save room for the alcohol-infused Sno-cones, served after dark. Learn more at facebook.com/TheBachelorFarmer

Sunday, August 4

Dog Days

WHAT: Paws on Grand
WHERE: Grand Ave., St. Paul
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Loads of heat and plenty of humidity define the dog days of summer. On Sunday, Grand Avenue takes that phrase one step further as the area’s businesses and local animal-rescue groups team up to celebrate pooches. Bring your pup along to take part in a photo contest, hang out in a pet lounge, and get doggy discounts at shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. Learn more at grandave.com

Sunday, August 4

Not in Kansas Anymore

WHERE: Circus Juventas, St. Paul
WHEN: 1 p.m.
Don’t expect to see clowns with big shoes and red noses at Circus Juventas. Instead, the youth circus company kicks off its Wizard of Oz-inspired show this weekend with plenty of flips, twists, and other acrobatic tricks. As the young performers make light of gravity, you, too, will be hurtled over the rainbow into a truly mysterious land. Learn more at circusjuventas.org

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