Weekend Best Bets: December 5-7

Friday, December 5

Wanton and Wise

WHAT: 4000 Miles
WHERE: Park Square Theatre
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
4000 Miles is the comic Pulitzer Prize frontrunner from Amy Herzog portraying the generation gap that becomes when a millennial moves in with his grandmother in New York’s West Village. Step in on 21-year-old Leo and his grandmother, Vera, as they clash and complicate each other’s understanding of life today. For tickets, go to parksquaretheatre.org.

Winter Circus

WHAT: Borealis
WHERE: 7:30 P.M.
WHEN: Mystic Lake
Borealis, a slightly milder version of what you’ll find in a daredevil Cirque du Soleil performance, comes equipped with plenty of comedy, circus arts, and human contortions to spark imagination from a younger crowd. Fernando Quevedo’s holiday cirque invites you to remember the magic surrounding Christmastime. Go to mysticlake.com for more information.

Saturday, December 6

Visions of Sugarplums

WHAT: Holiday Bake Sale
WHERE: Union Depot
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Red velvet cupcakes, candy cane cookies, and a whole lot of icing: Don’t miss your chance to stock up on baked goods so local, the ingredients are practically within reach. No, seriously—the honey’s from Union Depot’s roof. Check out sweet treats and cooking demonstrations (Minnesota Monthly’s own Josie Franske will be baking up a batch of cookies at 11!). For more information, go to uniondepot.org.

Scenic Ride

WHAT: Holly Trolley + Vinternatt
WHERE: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line      
WHEN: 12:30 p.m.
Of all the nostalgic streetcar rides that the Minnesota Streetcar Museum offers each year, December’s may be the most special. Take a scenic ride along the lakes for a winter’s afternoon steeped in history. Later on, gather around the fire for some marshmallow roasting, streetcar decorations, and maybe even a surprise visit from the jolly old man himself. Visit trolleyride.org for more information.

Sunday, December 7


WHAT: Winter Bike Expo
WHERE: Freewheel Bike Midtown Bike Center
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Learn all there is to know when it comes to biking in the snow. This bike expo features a day full of seminars covering winter trail riding, commuting, and wheel science. Plus, after catching the Superfat_Crit bike race, you and the kids can test ride from a wide selection of fat bikes from Surly, Birkie, and a few other cycling gurus. For more information, go to winterbikeexpo.com.

The Christmas Spirits

WHAT: God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen III
WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Minneapolis’s own Hardcover Theater tells three new holiday ghost stories for a promised creepy, hardly scary, and deviously witty evening at the theater. For more information, go to hardcovertheater.org.