Weekend Best Bets: July 24-26

Friday, July 24

Artsy Affairs

WHAT: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
WHERE: North Mpls.
WHEN: All day
Venture through studios, galleries, theaters, and various spaces for the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition expects more than 10,000 art enthusiasts, community members, and families to make their way out for the weekend. The self-guided tour showcases wide-ranging genres of art from graffiti to ballet. For more information, visit North MPLS.

Literary Love

WHAT: Book Arts Crawl
WHERE: Minnesota Center for Book Arts Gallery
WHEN: 6 p.m.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is hosting its Book Art Biennial July 23–26. The weekend includes workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and a gala celebration. On July 24, authors and readers alike will gather for the Book Arts Crawl with receptions at the Walker Art Center Library, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Form + Content Gallery. For more information, visit the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Saturday, July 25

Blues in the Park

WHAT: Lowertown Blues Festival
WHERE: Mears Park, St. Paul
WHEN: 12 p.m.
The Minnesota Blues Society and the Lowertown Blues Festival Committee are jazzing things up for this second annual festival. The free event aims to foster love and appreciation for the Twin Cities jazz scene. Grab a beer and a lawn chair and kick back for a day of jazz in Mears Park. For more information, visit the Lowertown Blues Festival.

Gallery Opening

WHAT: Matthew Gaulke Art Opening
WHERE: Showroom, 615 W. Lake St. Mpls.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
Explore Matthew Gaulke’s art opening at Showroom. The artist’s vibrant mixed media collection utilizes bold colors and heavy lines. Gaulke refers to his work as “eye candy” for the spectator. The reception will include drinks and appetizers with a chance to mingle with the artist.  For more information, visit Showroom.

Sunday, July 26

Local Brews

WHAT: NE Brewers Block Party
WHERE: Sociable Cider Werks, Mpls.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
Sociable Cider Werks is hosting its second annual NE Brewer’s block party. Come sip on your choice of spirit from Sociable, Wander North Distillery, 56 Brewing, 612 Brew, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and more. Pair your pint with grub from a local food trucks onsite and enjoy live music from Sam Cassidy, The Brass Boys, and more. For more information, visit Sociable Cider Werks.

Saddle Up

WHAT: North Star Rodeo
WHERE: Dead Broke Arena, Hugo
WHEN: All Day
Saddle up for a weekend of roping and riding at the North Star Rodeo in Hugo, Minnesota, just north of the Twin Cities. The International Gay Rodeo Association aims to break down sexual and gender stereotypes, creating an inclusive environment in the land of rodeo sports. The day will include horse speed events, rough stock, roping, and more. For more information, visit North Star Gay Rodeo Association.