Weekend Best Bets: June 24-26

Friday, June 24

Jazz it up in Lowertown

What: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
When: Performances from 4 p.m.-midnight
Where: Lowertown, St. Paul and various locations throughout the Twin Cities
Jazz enthusiasts will unite at this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Headliners include Michael Franti & Spearhead and local favorites Sonny Knight and the Lakers. The festival is free and open to the public. hotsummerjazz.com

Planets in the Park

What: Universe in the Park hosted by Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
When: 8:30-10 p.m.
Where: Afton State Park, Hastings
Join astronomers from the University of Minnesota in learning about all things outer space. This program includes a talk about astronomy, as well as a chance to use telescopes to get a closer look at planets, stars, and more. This event is free and open to the public. dnr.state.mn.us

Saturday, June 25

Wake up!

What: Caffeine Crawl Twin Cities
When: Varying times between 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Where: Various locations across the Twin Cities
After a one-year hiatus, Caffeine Crawl Twin Cities is back for a third year of caffeinated celebration. Five different driving and bicycle routes will lead crawlers to some of the Twin Cities’ best coffee, chocolate, and ice cream shops, including Quixotic Coffee, K’ul Chocolate, and Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream. Tickets are limited and available online. caffeinecrawl.com

E.T. Phone Home

What: Showing of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
When: Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset
Where: Beltrami Park, Minneapolis
Grab your picnic blanket and popcorn for a showing of the 1982 family-friendly classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as a part of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Movies in the Parks series. Free and open to the public. minneapolisparks.org

Sunday, June 26

Show Your Pride

What: 2016 Pride Parade
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Third St. and Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Dress in your brightest colors for this fun parade celebrating love and equality. The parade will travel down Hennepin Ave., so get there early to snag a spot right on the street for the best view. This event is free and open to the public. tcpride.org

Party by the Lake

What: Travail Lakeside Party 2016
When: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Lakeview Terrace Park, Robbinsdale
This third annual party, hosted by Travail Kitchen & Amusements and Pig Ate My Pizza, will be full of awesome food, drinks, games, and music, including Roe Family Singers and Bad Bad Hats. Tickets are available online and kids 12 and under are free. travailkitchen.com