Weekend Best Bets: August 30-September 1

Friday, August 30

Heat and Intrigue

WHAT: The Maltese Falcon
WHERE: Raspberry Island Amphitheater, St. Paul
WHEN: Dusk
Revel in the last days of summer and embrace the heat at The Maltese Falcon, one of the last outdoor summer movies of the season. Murder, a black widow, and a mysterious statue make this film noir goosebump-worthy, skyrocketing temps and all. Pick up a pint of ice cream at Izzy’s beforehand and bring your own portable fan.  Learn more at stpaul.gov

Friday, August 30

Brush Up on Your BBQ

WHAT: Knife Skills: BBQ Edition
WHERE: Lake Calhoun Whole Foods, Minneapolis
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Bump up your burgers a notch and impress all of your friends with a set of skills and killer dishes, courtesy chef Jeremy at Whole Foods. This gluten-free class with vegetarian and vegan options will also teach you cutting techniques and provide options for sides and dessert. Learn more at wholefoodsmarket.com

Saturday, August 31

The Greatest Get-together

WHAT: Minnesota State Fair
WHERE: State Fair Grounds, St. Paul
WHEN: Through Labor Day
You know how the song goes: “Our state fair is a great state fair, don’t miss it, don’t even be late.” So: don’t. Brave the hot weather and enjoy this last hurrah of summer with grilled corn on the cob, fried pickles, and anything and everything on a stick. Don’t miss the Lift Bridge Mini Donut beer at the Ball Park Café. Learn more at mnstatefair.org

Saturday, August 31

Chomp on This

WHAT: Green Giant Corn Feast
WHERE: Valleyfair, Shakopee
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Valleyfair is adding tasty grills to roller-coaster thrills this weekend for the annual Corn Feast, where you can eat all the corn-on-the-cob you can handle for free with your admission. Just be sure to pace yourself before you jump in the front car of the Wild Thing. Learn more at valleyfair.com

Sunday, September 1

Apples Abound

WHAT: Apple and Raspberry Picking
WHERE: Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Kick off September by heading to Afton Apple Orchard, where you can pick your own juicy apples to usher in fall. If you’re not quite ready to let go of summer, have no fear: it’s still raspberry season, and Afton has them in droves. Of course, you can always split the difference and pick some of both. Learn more at aftonapple.com

Sunday, September 1


WHAT: Opening Weekend at Shafer Corn Maze
WHERE: Shafer Corn Maze, Shafer
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Spend some quality time with someone you care about this weekend and get lost in the Shafer Corn Maze. It’s shaped like Paul Bunyan this year, with three paths of varying difficulty, so you can decide just how much you like the person you may be stuck with for awhile. Learn more at shafercornmaze.com

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