Weekend Best Bets: July 17-19

Friday, July 17

True Tales Boldly Told

WHAT: RISK! Live Show and Podcast Taping
WHERE: Brave New Workshop, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Comedic actor and writer Kevin Allison presents a live performance and podcast taping of his show Risk! The popular new program has garnered over one million downloads each month. Allison, along with other local storytellers, will provide unexpected tales to bring the laughs. For more information, visit Brave New Workshop.

Music in the Zoo

WHAT: Indigo Girls
WHERE: The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Calling all music and animal lovers—spend an evening at the Minnesota Zoo with the Indigo Girls. The Weesner Family Amphitheater is nestled into a woodsy borough of the zoo, where you can listen to Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rock out with their well-tested duo sound. For more information, visit Music in the Zoo.

Saturday, July 18

Italian Heritage

WHAT: Festa Italiana Minnesota 2015
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Get the chance to taste every region of Italy (without having to renew your passport). Festa Italiana is a weekend celebration of Italian language, food, and culture held at Harriet Island. Learn how to expertly pair traditional wines and foods right on the river. To delve deeper into Italian heritage, take a gastro tour of Italy or a romantic gondola ride. For more information, visit Festa Italiana Minnesota

Park Play

WHAT: Lakefront Music Fest
WHERE: Lakefront Park, Prior Lake
WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
Head south of the river for Lakefront Music Fest at Lakefront Park in Prior Lake. With a blanket and lawn chairs in tow, festivalgoers can enjoy two music-filled nights in the park. Headlining Saturday’s line-up is American rock band Daughtry, and Rodney Atkins, Dwight Yoakam, Night Ranger, and more will also take the stage. For more information, visit Lakefront Music Fest

Sunday, July 19

Going Global

WHAT: Sister Cities Celebration & Ice Cream Social
WHERE: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 p.m.
Cool off with build-your-own ice cream sundaes at the Sister Cities Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion. The day celebrates cross-city relationships between Minneapolis and its 12 sister cities across the world. This year, the event recognizes a 35-year relationship with Ibaraki City, Japan, and 15-year relationships with Uppsala, Sweden, and Eldoret, Kenya. For more information, visit Meet Minneapolis.

Country Classics

WHAT: Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean
WHERE: Target Field, Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
Strap on your cowboy boots—Kenney Chesney’s “The Big Revival Tour” and Jason Aldean’s “The Burn It Down Tour” are teaming up for a ten-stadium tour throughout the summer. The country collaboration will be at Target Field this Saturday and Sunday with opening act Old Dominion. For more information, visit Target Field.