Weekend Best Bets: August 28-30

Friday, August 28

T for Teen

WHAT: Rated T: Summer Daze
WHERE: Target Park, Mpls.
WHEN: 6–9 p.m.
Designed by teens, for teens—Rated T explores creative expression. Spend one last summer night with a showing of Jaws, taking part in lawn games, building sand sculptures and sipping on mocktails. Hosted by Minneapolis Institute of Art, the free social event is complete with snacks and a photo booth. For more information, visit Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

WHAT: Minnesota State Fair
WHERE: The State Fair Grounds, St. Paul
WHEN: Aug. 27 – Sept. 7
Not for the faint of appetite, the Minnesota State Fair is a dream come true for any foodie fanatic. With preference for the fried variety, standouts on this year’s taste line-up include deep-fried ribs, maple-bacon funnel cakes and walleye-stuffed mushrooms. If food isn’t your thing, the exhibits, rides and people-watching are reason enough to make your way to the fairgrounds. For more information, visit the Minnesota State Fair.

Saturday, August 29

Defy Gravity

WHAT: Circus in the Park
WHERE: Minnehaha Falls, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
The circus-based performance duo 2 Defy Gravity is hosting a free public performance in collaboration with other local performers. The St. Paul-based group will include the arts of silks, lyra, trapeze, and aerial dance at the outdoor event at Minnehaha Falls. For more information, visit 2 Defy Gravity.

Country in the Grandstand

WHAT: Carrie Underwood
WHERE: Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
After winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has risen to fame as an American country pop artist. Her induction into the Grand Ole Opry, seven Grammy Awards, and eight American Music Awards are just of few of her achievements. Underwood will be headlining the Grandstand on Saturday night with special guest Native Run. For more information, visit the Minnesota State Fair

Sunday, August 30

The Great Divide

WHAT: “Black and White”
WHERE: Weisman Art Museum, Mpls.
WHEN: Aug. 29 – Feb. 14
Take visual witness to the history of apartheid in South America at the opening weekend of the Weisman Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Black and White.” On display in the Carlson Gallery, the collection illustrates the segregation of black and white through the impactful use of printed images. South African students at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Arts and Craft Center crafted the works in the 1960s and ‘70s. For more information, visit the Weisman Art Museum.

English Era

WHAT: Renaissance Festival
WHERE: Fairgrounds, Shakopee
WHEN: Aug. 22 – Oct. 4
Knights, wizards and elves are just the start of the fantastical creatures at the Renaissance Festival. Spend the weekend watching live armored jousting, theatrical reenactments and shopping at more than 250 artisan booths. When you get a moment, take a break from the wenches and jugglers to grab a bite to eat—turkey legs and a mug of beer are festival classics.  For more information, visit the Renaissance Festival.

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