Weekend Best Bets: June 2–4

Summer’s in gear—meaning street festivals are, too. Check out what’s happening in St. Anthony Park and Edina, plus more things to do this weekend around the Twin Cities.

Friday, June 2

I Read the News Today…

What: Cantus covers The Beatles
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Twin Cities esteemed men’s vocal ensemble Cantus has arranged the entirety of St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Thus, the number-one album on Rolling Stones‘ “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”—the one with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”—gets the a cappella treatment from our decorated, nationally recognized group. Learn more

Theater for Millennials

What: The 10-Minute Play Festival
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake
In its 13th year, the Lakeshore Players’ 10-Minute Play Festival returns to the old northeast stage, debuting short works written by both professional and amateur playwrights from around the world. Actors and directors coalesce from all corners of the Twin Cities for a week-long departure into (ever timely) short-attention-span theater. Learn more

Saturday, June 3

St. Anthony Culture

What: St. Anthony Park Arts Festival
When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Como and Carter Avenues, St. Paul
To celebrate both the historic Carnegie-funded St. Anthony Park Branch Library and the neighborhood’s arts community, St. Anthony Park brings more than 70 artists and musicians to the library grounds for a one-day showcase of their work. Check out plant and book sales, too—proceeds benefiting the library’s summer reading program. Learn more

“Sins of Old Age”

What: MacPhail Presents: Sonomento: Petite Messe Solennelle
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South 2nd St., Minneapolis
Despite its name, Gioacchino Rossini’s chamber mass Petite Messe Solennelle is neither small (petite) nor solemn (solennelle). MacPhail’s forty-voice adult choral ensemble Sonomento performs the ironic piece—the best known of Rossini’s “sins of old age”—with accompanying piano and organ in MacPhail’s stately Antonello Hall. Learn more

Sunday, June 4

Your First Summer Street Festival

What: Grand Old Day
When: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Between Dale Ave. and Wheeler Ave. along Grand Ave., St. Paul
Two and a half miles of Grand Avenue filled with six outdoor music festivals, locally-made artisanal goods, sports-related activities, more than 100 food vendors (including booths selling fair food), and the First Parade of the Summer—all part of this annual festival. Four unique “districts” along the street provide something for all ages. Learn more

Arts in Edina

What: Edina Art Fair
When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: W. 50th St. and France Ave., Edina
The three-day Edina Art Fair attracts some 200,000 visitors a year, featuring 300 artists, craft beer and wine gardens, a zone for kids, and more. Rated among the top 50 art festivals in the nation, the festival this year offers a Fancy Kiddie Cocktail—smacking of raspberries, lime juice, lemonade, cranberry juice, and spiked with ginger beer. Learn more