Weekend Best Bets: August 29-31

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

Friday, August 29

Family Foolishness

WHAT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
This Chekov-inspired play is a fun summer hit—with verbal wit and gags, the Tony Award-winning show depicts one funny family weekend. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike face family crises, all while keeping a twisted sense of humor. For a behind-the-scenes look at the play, check out our interview with one of the lead actors. For ticket info, go to guthrietheater.org.

Beam Me Up

WHAT: Star Trek: The Exhibition
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Calling all Trekkies: The latest Mall of America exhibit has arrived to let you check out the History of the Future. This show features one of the largest collections of authentic Star Trek info and artifacts ever displayed, and it’s the ultimate fan experience—see actual show props and sets, climb onto the Starship Enterprise, and feel like you’ve been beamed straight to another galaxy. For more info, go to mallofamerica.com.

Saturday, August 30

Off to the Races

WHAT: Canterbury Park Food Truck Festival
WHERE: Canterbury Park, Shakopee
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Head out to Canterbury Park for a festival featuring a dozen of the Cities’ finest food trucks. Dig in while you check out the live horse races, place a bet or two, and see if you get lucky enough to win some extra cash—it means you can splurge on dessert. Go to canterburypark.com for more information.

Glo On

WHAT: The Glo Run
WHERE: Bloomington
WHEN: 6:40 p.m.
This isn’t a race for wallflowers: The Glo Run is for joggers who are looking to stand out. More a party than a 5K, this nighttime race lets runners show off their best and brightest with a neon costume contest and DJ spinning music late into the night. Go to theglorun.com to get more information and register for the race.

Sunday, August 31

Smash ‘Em

WHAT: Big Bugs!
WHERE: Minnesota Zoo
WHEN: 9 a.m.
It’s your last chance to check out the Big Bugs! exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo, which features giant animatronic critters along the zoo trails, as well as a live bug display and interactive exhibit pieces for kids. Learn why the creepy-crawlies are important to the ecosystem, but arachnophobes take note: You may want to stick to the big cat exhibits. Go to mnzoo.org to learn more.

Tomato, To-mah-to

WHAT: 1st Annual Tomato Tasting Party
WHERE: Tiny Diner, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
’Tis the season for tomato tasting—and Tiny Diner is taking it seriously with this late-summer soiree, which will show off more than 40 types of rare tomatoes. Head to south Minneapolis to snack on the fruit, check out live music, attend workshops on seed saving, and sample other picnic treats. To learn more about the event and the Seed Savers cause, go to tinydiner.com.