Weekend Best Bets: June 26–28

Friday, June 26

Double Duty

WHAT: My Morning Jacket
WHERE: Northrop Auditorium, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Come see why this acclaimed band is known for its live shows. Fronted by prolific singer/songwriter Jim James (also of Monsters of Folk), My Morning Jacket builds upon its arena-ready, psychedelic sound for its seventh full-length album, The Waterfall, released last month. Up-and-coming local band Hippo Campus opens tonight, followed by rapper Lizzo at Saturday’s show. For tickets and more information about this two-night event, check out the Northrop’s website.

Birthday Bash

WHAT: MIA Summer Party
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
This year marks the MIA’s 100th anniversary, so the museum is raising the bar for their annual summer party. In addition to an open bar, the event features DJ sets from electronic duo Chromeo, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, and R&B singer Caroline Smith, as well as music from local rapper Allan Kingdom, all under a custom-made tent on the museum’s front lawn. For more information, visit the MIA’s website.

Saturday, June 27

A Gay Old Time

WHAT: Twin Cities Pride Festival
WHERE: Loring Park, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Sponsored by non-profit organization Twin Cities Pride, this annual festival celebrates the LGBTQ community through creating awareness about social issues and bringing together the community’s members and supporters in solidarity. Activities include live music, dancing, and cabaret shows, and same-sex weddings will be performed on the festival grounds. The weekend ends with a parade along Hennepin Avenue. For more information, check out Twin Cities Pride’s website.

Let It Ride

WHAT: #NicestDayEver
WHERE: Various Nice Ride stations, Mpls. and St. Paul
WHEN: All day
Co-sponsored by The Minneapolis Foundation and Nice Ride, this daylong event looks to set a record for most Nice Ride bike trips taken in a single day. To help reach that goal, free helmets and 24-hour bike passes will be available at certain Nice Ride stations throughout the Cities. On top of that, a dollar will be donated to local non-profit Free Bikes 4 Kids for every used Nice Ride bike. For more information, check out the event’s website.

Sunday, June 28

Northern Exposure

WHAT: Harmony in the Park
WHERE: Leif Erikson Park, Duluth
WHEN: 4 p.m.
For the second time this summer, Classical MPR invites Minnesotans to take advantage of the state’s abundance of choral music with a free outdoor concert. This event features music from Twin Ports Choral Project and Lake Superior Youth Chorus, as well as Duluth’s own Echoes of Peace Choir. The scenic, lakeside Leif Erikson Park makes for a perfect venue. For more information, check out the event’s website.

Once More, With Feeling

WHAT: Once
WHERE: State Theatre, Mpls.
WHEN: 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Based on the 2006 movie, this Tony Award-winning musical has an unconventional format: The actors play their own instruments onstage, taking the place of a live orchestra and grounding the production in reality. Still transporting in its delicate love story and haunting music, Once gives audiences a truly special theater-going experience. For tickets, check out the Hennepin Theatre Trust website.