Weekend Best Bets: July 1-3


“Some Enchanted Evening”

WHAT: South Pacific
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Guthrie Theater
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s powerhouse musical about the romance, prejudice, and life during World War II on a South Pacific island has opened at the Guthrie Theater. The play follows two couples—a Marine lieutenant and a South Pacific island girl, and a U.S. Navy nurse and a French plantation owner—as they struggle with the stereotypes and expectations of their time. Tickets are available online, by phone, or at the Guthrie box office. guthrietheater.org

“As You Wish…”

WHAT: The Princess Bride
WHEN: 15 minutes after sunset
WHERE: Lake Harriet Bandshell
Summer weekends in the Twin Cities means movies and music in the parks. This Friday, bring a blanket and bug spray, and immerse yourself in a classic story of romance, giants, revenge, and some serious sword fighting. The Belfast Cowboys, a Van Morrison cover band, will perform before the movie starts. minneapolisparks.org


Unleash Your Inner Artist

WHAT: Free First Saturday at the Walker
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Walker Art Center
Take advantage of the Walker Art Center’s free gallery admission the first Saturday of each month, which includes live music and family-friendly films. This Saturday, help the Walker start their new month-long community art project by folding and connecting pieces of paper to make a big geometric structure. If you’re still looking for things to do, check out the Walker’s rooftop Skyline Mini Golf—just try not to hit your ball over the edge. walkerart.org

Freedom For All

WHAT: Hmong Freedom Celebration
WHEN: July 2-3, all day
WHERE: Como Park, St. Paul
Hmong immigrants and refugees have lived and thrived in the Como Park neighborhood for more than 40 years—and they’re celebrating. The annual Hmong Freedom Celebration and Sports Tournament will take place at Como Park’s McMurray Field and will feature flag football, soccer, volleyball, tuj lub (top spinning), and sepak takraw (kick volleyball). Booths will sell food and cultural items and teach attendees about Hmong culture and history. Admission is $5. hmongfc.org



WHAT: Upper Post Murder Mystery Walking Tour
WHEN: 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Fort Snelling
Have you ever wanted to play a real-life version of Clue? Head to Fort Snelling this weekend and learn about a true 1940s murder mystery. A costumed guide will show you around the historic Upper Post buildings, disclose what military life was like century ago, and tell you the chilling tale of a murder at the post. Tours are free to the public. mnhs.org

Fete for the Fourth

WHAT: Bloomington’s Summer Fete
WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington
Ring in Independence Day with Bloomington’s annual festival. The fun kicks off with a carnival, live music and kids’ shows on two performance stages, and more fair food than you can eat. And don’t miss one of the best fireworks displays in the state—it’ll start just after 10 p.m. bloomingtonmn.gov