Weekend Best Bets: July 18-July 20

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

All Geared Up

WHAT: Pedalopolis
WHERE: The Hexagon, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 p.m.
Roll out for a mysterious bike ride (under five miles) as part of Pedalopolis, a six-day bike festival across the metro. Your destination? Only the leader of the Secret Society of Midnight Cyclists will know. Go to tcbikefun.org for more info on the festival’s other events, including a Tour de Breweries and a Short Jorts Dance Party.

The Fest of the Fest

WHAT: Highland Fest
WHERE: Highland Village, St. Paul
WHEN: 4:45 p.m.
The Highland Business Association kicks off a weekend filled with family-friendly activities. Whether it’s Zumba in the park, wiener dog races, an all-Ford car and truck show, or fireworks, Highland Fest has it all. Go to highlandfest.com for the full schedule.

Saturday, July 19

Music Marathon

WHAT: Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival
WHERE: Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue, Mpls.
WHEN: 12 p.m.
With more than 30 bands (in various styles and genres), local DJs, visual artists, craft food and beverages, and a dance performance, this year’s acclaimed Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival is a true party. And it’s all for a good cause—the fourth annual community-event-gone-block-party will benefit Patrick’s Cabaret and its programming. Head to rootsrockdeepblues.com for tickets.

Motor Man Mystery

WHAT: On Track For Murder: A Streetcar Murder Mystery
WHERE: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Mpls.
WHEN: 9 p.m.
The conductor of your streetcar has been electrocuted and murdered… Now it’s your task to figure out whodunnit. Play detective for the night and narrow down suspects on the Lake Harriet Streetcar. For tickets and info, visit trolleyride.org.

Sunday, July 20

Just Keep Swimming

WHAT: Minneapolis Aquatennial’s Star Tribune Beach Bash
WHERE: Thomas Beach, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Show some lovin’ for Minneapolis’ lakes, rivers, and streams at thi official civic celebration. Round up the family at Lake Calhoun for a sandcastle competition, milk carton boat races, canoe rides, logrolling, and more. For the full nine-day Aquatennial schedule, go to aquatennial.com.

A Comedic Shakespearience

WHAT: Shakespeare on the Lawn
WHERE: Brit’s Pub, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Watch three men (clad in tights) perform 37 Shakespeare plays in just 97 minutes on the rooftop garden at Brit’s Pub. The Actors Theater of Minnesota is sure to keep you laughing at The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), whether you’re familiar with all the plays or not. Learn more at britspub.com.