Weekend Best Bets: August 7-9

Friday, August 7

Get Artsy

WHAT: Uptown Art Fair
WHERE: Uptown, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Get dazzled at the Uptown Art Fair—with works from more than 350 artists from around the world. The pieces span all media, including painting, sculptures, ceramics, and more. Over on the Subaru Performance Stage, there will be reggae, pop, and indie live music. When you get hungry, grab a bite from any of the 25 food vendors on-site. For more information, visit the Uptown Art Fair.

Luck o’ the Irish

WHAT: Irish Fair
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Don a kilt in true Celtic fashion for the Irish Fair. Embrace your Irish heritage (or fake it for the day) by shopping the marketplace, watching step-dance performances, and eating traditional Gaelic fare. The day continues with native Irish dogs, international bands, and sports. For more information, visit the Irish Fair.

Saturday, August 8

Pizza Party

WHAT: Pizza Luce Block Party
WHERE: Pizza Luce, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Pizza Luce Block Party takes the stalwart summer party to a new level—it’s the perfect chance to grab a slice and listen to a local lineup of bands. They will be serving pizza (of course), brats, vegan brats, and Izzy’s Ice Cream. Local talent taking the stage includes the Blind Shake, Har Mar Superstar, Retribution Gospel Choir, and more. For more information, visit Pizza Luce Block Party.

North by North Loop

WHAT: 3rd Annual North Loop Fest
WHERE: Cuzzy’s, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
North Loop friends and neighbors are gathering this weekend for the 3rd Annual North Loop Fest. The evening will showcase food from local restaurants including The Loop Bar + Restaurant, Cuzzy’s, and Freehouse. You can also pass the time in one of Fulton’s beer gardens enjoying live music. For more information, visit North Loop Fest.

Sunday, August 9

Light up the Night

WHAT: Lighthouse Night and Torchlight Concert
WHERE: Centennial Lakes Park, Edina
WHEN: 6 p.m.
At dusk, the Edina Model Yacht Club will light up the water at Centennial Lakes Park with remote-controlled boats. Enjoy the glowing ambiance with sounds from the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band and the Sousa Fifes & Drums at the Maetzold Amphitheater. Lighthouse Night also gives a nod to the past with antique cars and vintage piano playing. For more information, visit Centennial Lakes Park.

Pedaling North

WHAT: Headwaters of the Mississippi Bike Tour
WHERE: Itasca State Park, Park Rapids
WHEN: August 9–15
Intrigued by Itasca, our top choice for vacation of the year? Spend seven days and six nights cycling through northern Minnesota. The biking adventure kicks off today and will explore the mouth of the Mississippi, the Chippewa National Forest, and the land of Paul Bunyan. Time not spent pedaling will include canoeing through native wild rice, seeing local wildlife, and staying at pampered campsites or cabins. For more information, visit Bike Tours.