Weekend Best Bets: August 4–6

Uptown Art Fair, Fringe Festival, Har Mar Superstar and Hippo Campus—plus more this weekend around the Twin Cities

Friday, August 4

Uptown Funk You Up

What: Uptown Art Fair
When: Noon–8 p.m.
Where: Lake St. and Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
For three days, browse art from 350 vendors in fields including 2D art, ceramics, photography, and more. Drawing nearly 400,000 visitors every year, the largest art fair in Minnesota also feastures live music, a youth art show, and the winners of the All Dolled Up Diorama contest, where all your favorite, most iconic dolls pose in Minnesota scenes. Learn more.

On the Fringe

What: Minnesota Fringe Festival
When: 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Various locations around Minneapolis
Described as an “11-day Hieronymus Bosch painting,” Fringe Festival begins this weekend with 167 shows in dance, comedy, musical theater, drama, and “something different.” Following the evening’s last show, fringe goers can head to Grumpy’s downtown to hang with artists and compare reviews while enjoying five different brews from Surly. Learn more.

Saturday, August 5

Tuna Tunes

What: Acoustic Hot Tuna
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have been performing Americana music—blues, folk, and rock—together for 50 years as Hot Tuna (not to be confused with the hot dish). Their eclectic bluegrass sound comes to the Dakota Jazz Club for another one of the jazz club’s intimate evenings of close, nuanced, deep listening. Learn more.

Hopeful Hip-Hop

What: Hazelfest
”‹When: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Hazelden Campus, 15251 Pleasant Valley Road, Center City
The fifth-annual music festival also celebrates recovery and community support, with some proceeds of every ticket to the chemical-free event going to services for those struggling with addiction. The lineup includes MN indie rockers Hippo Campus and Har Mar Superstar, guest speakers, and a yoga class for a day of catchy music and positive energy. Learn more.

Sunday, August 6

Piping Hot Pipe Organs

What: Cathedral of St. Paul Organ Concert
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Kicking off the Organ Historical Society’s convention, the opening recital will feature a performance by Canadian organist Ken Cowan, praised for his technique, playing on two historic pipe organs. Take in the grand, ornate, arching, beautiful Beaux-Arts French architecture of the St. Paul Cathedral while appreciating surprisingly melodic tunes. Learn more.  

Craft-Beer Collab Celebration

What: In Cahoots!
When: 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Where: Red Stag, 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis
This event features seven debut collaborative efforts from 14 brewers, including Bent Paddle/Able and Fulton/Bad Weather. The rain-or-shine event is part of Open Street Days Northeast. Streets closed to car traffic allow patrons to walk and bike. You can expect live music and fitness demos at the zero-waste, 11th-year annual block party. Learn more.

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