Weekend Best Bets: July 12-14

This weekend in the Twin Cities: the Basilica Block Party, Fox Trot, Mill City Summer Opera, and more
Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party

Photo by Coppersmith Photography/Courtesy Meet Minneapolis

Praise the Loud

What: Basilica Block Party
When: July 12-13
Where: The Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis

The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party is a summer concert staple, with the backdrop of the Basilica of Saint Mary adding to a beautiful landscape that overlooks the Minneapolis skyline. And with headliners like Kacey Musgraves, Jason Mraz, and CHVRCHES, the night is bound to be talked about by your co-workers next week. Learn more.

Prior Lake Performances

What: Lakefront Music Festival
When: July 12-13
Where: Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway SE, Prior Lake

It’s music-festival season, and the Prior Lake Rotary’s 10th annual outdoor fest is also one of the largest in the metro area. With more than 20,000 people in attendance last year, 2019 is set to match the excitement. Some of the best-known acts include Brad Paisley, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and the Steve Miller Band. Learn more.

5K for Parkinson’s

What: Twin Cities Fox Trot
When: July 13
Where: Harriet Island Park, 200 Dr. Justus O’Hage Blvd., St. Paul

Supported by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, this 5K dedicates its mission to furthering research into Parkinson’s disease. Runners and walkers alike trot their way to the finish line while enjoying the award-winning location: Harriet Island Park. Learn more.

Inclusive Cosmetics

What: 2019 Shades of Beauty Expo
When: July 13
Where: The Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

With the tagline “Every Woman. Totally Beautiful,” this expo is set to bring boldness to the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Celebrating women of color, the event features cosmetologists, fashion consultants, personal fitness trainers, and others offering learning opportunities in skin care, makeup, hair care, health, fitness, and more. Learn more.

Opera in the Ruins

What: Mill City Summer Opera, Cosi fan Tutte
When: July 14
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis

This opera, performed in the roofless, semi-dilapidated space of the Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard, was considered one of Mozart’s most controversial, about “the naiveté of love.” Sadly, Cosi fan Tutte also marks the last time the Mill City Summer Opera will take place in the historic courtyard. Learn more.

Amazing Race Right Here

What: The Great Amazing Race
When: July 14
Where: Kenwood Park, 2101 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

This outdoor, skills-based competition gives participants a taste of what it would be like to compete on the obstacle-surmounting, puzzle-solving reality TV show it’s named after. With up to eight challenge stations spanning 1.5 miles, it’s designed to get your heart pumping. Learn more.

Smarter Stand-up

What: Stand Up Science featuring Shane Mauss
When: July 14
Where: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave. W., Minneapolis

Comedy Central’s Shane Mauss brings his Stand Up Science tour to Sisyphus Brewing, where the laughs get cerebral. Mauss shares the stage with guest experts, and in Minnesota’s case that means Joseph P. Redden, a professor of marketing at the U of M, Sarah Heilbronner, a neuroscientist at the U of M, and the Twin Cities’ own beloved comedian Khadijah Cooper. Learn more.