Weekend Best Bets: July 20-22

Your weekend to-do list includes the X Games, blues and funk in St. Paul’s Lowertown, a statewide art crawl, and more

Friday, July 20

Go X-Treme on Friday

What: X Games
When: Noon
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
The X Games are back in Minneapolis to showcase the best in extreme sports, live music, and tons of food and drinks. BMX, motocross, and skateboarding events begin at noon and last until DJ Kaskade performs at 11 p.m. to end the night. X Fest, an action sports festival, will also be taking place throughout the day. Learn more.

Funky Town, St. Paul

What: Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival
When: 4:30-11 p.m.
Where: Mears Park, Lowertown, St. Paul
Celebrate the fifth year of the Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival in Mears Park. The lineup includes Free and Easy, who cover funk songs old and new, High & Mighty, with their strong horn section and vocalists, and ’70s R&B band the Ohio Players, whose hits include “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” Learn more.

…Here We Go Again

What: Mamma Mia!
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
Just in time for its film sequel to hit theaters, Mamma Mia! opens at the Ordway. The disco hits of ABBA guide a plot of romance and misunderstanding. The cast of Minnesota-based and national talents includes Minneapolis’ Caroline Innerbichler as Sophie, who invites her mother’s old flames to her wedding to determine which is her father. Learn more.


Saturday, July 21

Open Studios in West-Central

What: Art of the Lakes Studio Tour
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Ottertail, Douglas, and Grant Counties in west-central Minnesota
This scenic, drive-yourself tour features work by 56 artists in 24 art studios spanning Ottertail, Douglas, and Grant Counties. The drive takes you through picturesque valleys and alongside lakes, while you get to know artists and shop their works. The free tour has yellow signs posted throughout the area to guide you. Learn more.


Sunday, July 22

Celebrate Sisterhood

What: Minneapolis Sister Cities Day
When: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
Help Minneapolis celebrate its involvement in the Sister Cities program for more than 40 years, with 12 Sister Cities. This year’s party also honors Minneapolis’ 10th anniversary of being a Sister City with Cuernavaca, Mexico. The good time kicks off with free ice cream and multicultural entertainment, spanning Japan, Somalia, Mexico, and more, and including dance and drum performances, plus family-friendly activities. Learn more.

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