Weekend Best Bets: August 23-25

Friday, August 23

Down on the River

WHAT: The River City Revue
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Get out of the Cities for a couple hours on this hot weekend and head up the Mississippi for a night of riverboat fun. Play games like R.I.V.E.R. (a clever BINGO variation) and cards in an old-fashioned parlour, all while being regaled with river tales by park rangers and live bluegrass music. Learn more at missriverfund.org

Friday, August 23

Everything in Its Place

WHAT: In Place
WHERE: Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
From imaginary islands to the world’s tallest mountains, the artists of the In Place show at the Light Grey Art Lab want to take you on a journey. You’ll be drawn into the landscapes of all 50 pieces by concept artists and illustrators at this opening reception. Learn more at lightgreyartlab.com

Saturday, August 24

A Spooky Saturday

WHAT: The Unsettled Foundation’s Scary-Story Reading
WHERE: Honey Bar, Minneapolis
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Get goosebumps in the midst of a heat wave at the Unsettled Foundation reading, where ghost stories get a major upgrade. The group’s mission is to share the spookiest stories around, and this event is sure to help you get your chill on. Learn more at theunsettledfoundation.com

Saturday, August 24

Tapped Out

WHAT: Twin Cities Taproom Tour
WHERE: Buses depart from 3701 Texas Ave., St. Louis Park
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
Spend your Saturday exploring the expansive world of craft beer with Taproom Tours, an unintimidating way for beer newbies to dive into the scene. Learn the difference between an IPA and a Porter as you’re shuttled between breweries and taprooms, or, if you’re already a beer connoisseur, sit back and enjoy the tasting, fun facts, and history. Learn more at taproomtours.com

Sunday, August 25

Bike for Your Life

WHAT: Life Time Gran Fondo
WHERE: Depart from 7201 County Rd. 110 W., Minnetrista
WHEN: 8 a.m.
Looking to burn off a few of those State Fair calories? Hop on your bike and ride through leafy Lake Minnetonka cities in the Life Time Gran Fondo, a bike trek of 15, 30, or 60 miles—depending how ambitious you’re feeling. Following the ride is an awards ceremony and barbeque. Learn more at ltgranfondo.com

Sunday, August 25


WHAT: LoLa Art Crawl
WHERE: Longfellow, Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Join the League of Longfellow Artists at the fifth annual LoLa Art Crawl, an art festival spread throughout the greater Longfellow neighborhood. With more than 100 participating artists in the area, this art crawl gives you the chance to peek into the studios and creative spaces where one-of-a-kind pieces are crafted. Learn more at lolaartcrawl.com

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