Weekend Best Bets: July 11-July 13

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

Friday, July 11

Hey, Batter Batter

WHAT: All-Star Fan Fest
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 9 a.m.
Swing in for a festival to celebrate the All-Star Game at Target Field, including panels with Hall of Famers, a swing at batting practice, a pitcher’s mound for giving your best fastball a toss, and more. For a full list of activities, go to mlb.com.


WHAT: Wreck
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
If you were stranded on an island… what would you do? Go on a journey with 13 shipwreck survivors in this Black Label Movement show combining intense choreography with an original score, with drama, violence, and compassion between strangers thrown together and faced with life or death. For tickets, go to guthrietheater.org.

Saturday, July 12

Praise the Loud!

WHAT: Basilica Block Party
WHERE: Basilica of Saint Mary, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
Rock around the block for a good cause with this loud-and-proud, weekend-long summertime tradition. Headliners include Ingrid Michaelson, Train, and Eric Hutchinson, among others, and chow includes fair-food favorites. Learn more at basilicablockparty.org.

A Hoppy Good Time

WHAT: Brew Battle
WHERE: Lakeville Area Arts Festival, Lakeville
WHEN: 1 p.m.
There’s no shortage of brews at this year’s Brew Battle, with fun on tap for the weekend. With an appearance by 33 breweries with more than 109 craft beers, it will be hard to sample even half. For more info, head to mnbeer.com.

Sunday, July 13

Picture Perfect

WHAT: Family Day: Ready, Set, Draw!
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Turn a blank space into a picture-perfect face during the MIA’s opening day of its new exhibit, Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the MIA. Kids can learn about art from the pros while making it themselves. Go to new.artsmia.org to learn more.


WHAT: Love’s Labour’s Lost
WHERE: Lake of the Isles, Mpls.
WHEN:  2 p.m.
What’s better than a play set outdoors being performed outdoors? Catch this early Shakespearean comedy about love and desire and reality versus fantasy. It’s the perfect entertainment for a sunny summer afternoon on the lake.  For more information, go to classicalactorsensemble.org.