Weekend Best Bets: August 8-August 10

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

Friday, August 8

Cheers to Conservation

WHAT: 6th Annual Brew at the Zoo
WHERE: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
WHEN: 7 p.m.Who says the zoo is only for kids? Round up your beer-loving friends for a “suds-sipping safari” including local domestic and microbrews, appetizers, and live music. All proceeds go toward the Zoo’s Conservation Funds. Head to mnzoo.org for tickets.

Tap Masters

WHAT: Buckets and Tap Shoes, Minnesota Fringe Festival
WHERE: Music Box Theatre, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
“Rhythmic-swingin’-funky-jazzy-rockin’-magical-groove” is how the performance group Buckets and Tap Shoes describes its thing. And their name is pretty descriptive—they use percussive instruments ranging from buckets to (you guessed it) tap shoes to various found objects. For tickets and more info on other Minnesota Fringe Festival shows, go to fringefestival.org.

Saturday, August 9

A Slice of Fun

WHAT: 11th Annual Pizza Lucé Block Party
WHERE: Pizza Luce, Downtown Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Grab some pizza by the slice, brats, and beer while listening to hip-hop music in the Warehouse District. Alongside Minnesota bands such as Dem Atlas and Heiruspecs, the Minnesota RollerGirls will also make an appearance at the dunk tank. Learn more at pizzaluce.com.

Nighttime Adventure

WHAT: Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Tour
WHERE: Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove
WHEN: 8 p.m.
For a relaxing Saturday night, it’s just you, a paddleboard, and the full moon. Enjoy the water while also getting a full-body workout; experience is recommended and equipment is provided. Go to threeriverspark.org to make reservations and learn about Three Rivers’ other full-moon programs.

Sunday, August 10

Good Craic

WHAT: Irish Fair of Minnesota
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Experience the luck of the Irish (whether you’re Irish or not) by making some time this weekend to check out the biggest free Irish fair in the U.S. Learn about authentic Irish heritage with activities such as step dance, a traditional tea room, Gaelic sports, and more. For more info, go to irishfair.com.

Give and Steak

WHAT: Grilling Science: The Perfect Steak
WHERE: Whole Foods Lake Calhoun, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Master your craft during the peak of grilling season with the help of Chef Jeremy. With a menu ranging from prime beef steaks to grilled asparagus, he’ll teach you that there’s more to the perfect BBQ than you may think. For tickets, go to wholefoodsmarket.com.