Weekend Best Bets: August 9-11

Friday, August 9

People and Pets

WHAT: Kevin Kling’s Humanimal
WHERE: Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The bond between people and animals is special, and Kevin Kling is spending his time this weekend exploring it. One of the best storytellers/writers/performers in the state, Kling will collaborate with fellow creative minds to explore the journey of the human/animal connection via tales, songs, and imagery. Learn more at openeyetheatre.org

Friday, August 9

Kilt Party

WHAT: Irish Fair
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: Starts at 3 p.m., runs all weekend
Nowhere else in Minnesota—possibly even the United States—will you find so many men eagerly sporting skirts in an attempt to win a Best Legs in a Kilt contest. Whether or not you can trace your roots back to Éire, head to St. Paul for dance lessons, Gaelic football, hurling, bangers, and, of course, beer. Sláinte! Learn more at irishfair.com

Saturday, August 10

Pump the Jams with Pizza Lucé

WHAT: 10th Annual Pizza Lucé Block Party
WHERE: N. Fourth St., Minneapolis
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Pizza Lucé is celebrating 10 years of slinging delicious pies with a block party at their downtown location this Saturday with pizzas (duh), pints, and a whole lotta tunes. The lineup includes Motion City Soundtrack and After the Burial—enough said. Learn more at pizzaluce.com

Saturday, August 10

Dreaming of Change

WHAT: The Dream Mile Twin Cities 5K Run/Walk
WHERE: State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.
Get in a workout and help others (all before 10 a.m.!) at the Dream Mile Run, which raises awareness and money for underprivileged children in India. This year, the proceeds will go to Door Step School, which brings education to disadvantaged children in urban areas. Following the run is an Indiafest carnival, a great opportunity to learn more about India’s culture. Learn more at thedreammile.org

Sunday, August 11


WHAT: Muddy Sunday Volleyball Tournament
WHERE: Washington County Fairgrounds, Stillwater
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.
Want to have some summer fun while getting a little dirty? Head out to Stillwater this weekend with a crew of your friends for a not-so-serene mud bath as you battle other teams on mud-filled volleyball courts. Proceeds from the event go to Habitat for Humanity. Mud plus charity equals fun. Learn more at muddysunday.org

Sunday, August 11

Open Wide

WHAT: Open Streets Minneapolis
WHERE: Minnehaha Ave. and E. Lake St., Minneapolis
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Inspired by the Columbian event Ciclovía, Open Streets is all about wandering: shutting down a major street each month for city-dwellers to take to the streets to enjoy activities, events, and refreshments. This month’s conquest is Minnehaha Avenue, between E. Lake Street and Godfrey Parkway. Bring your kids, pets, bikes, or walking shoes, and take joy in the open space. Learn more at openstreetsmpls.com

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