What: July 4th BBQ
When: July 5-7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Valleyfair Amusement Park, 1 Valley Fair Dr., Shakopee
Celebrate with Valleyfair as they put on a Fourth of July weekend barbecue, with three full days of Independence Day picnicking that includes hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked turkey, and sides. In addition to viewing fireworks, a ticket gets you general admission to the rides. (Also check out what fireworks to see and foods to prepare.) Learn more.
For the Love of Hip Hop
What: For the Love Project 5
When: July 6, noon-10 p.m.
Where: Mears Park, 221 E. Fifth St., St. Paul
For the Love is going on its fifth year celebrating Minnesota’s amazing hip hop community with more than 20 musical guests, plus food trucks, live graffiti artists, and community vendors. Join them in Mears Park for this free hip hop festival. Learn more.
What’s in the Bag?
When: Sunday, July 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka
The Japanese shopping tradition Fukubukuro involves Happy Grab Bags filled with mystery gifts. It’s making an appearance at Ridgedale Center for the first time, where retailers such as Aveda, Sheer Treasures, and Häagen-Dazs offer bags filled with items 50 percent off. There will also be Lucky Seven Giveaways of $7,000 worth of prizes and a taiku drum performance by Ensō Daiko. Learn more.
When: Sunday. July 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St Paul
The Californa-based indie-pop band Cayucas makes a St. Paul stop on their tour after releasing album Real Life. Twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin will take the stage to perform what Pitchfork has described as “hooky tropical pop” music, with optimistic lyrics inspired by nostalgia and the “constant evolution of people.” Learn more.
Coco Gets Orchestral
What: Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert
When: Sunday, July 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Orchestra Hall puts on a music-and-movie event featuring the Oscar-winning film Coco. Animation and the Minnesota Orchestra collide as part of the orchestra’s Música Juntos Latin American programming, for this year’s Sommerfest, which runs through August 3. For the first time ever, a live orchestra will play along with a screening of Pixar’s animated tale of Miguel, who stumbles upon the Land of the Dead. Learn more.