Weekend Best Bets: June 27-June 29

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, June 27

All That Jazz

WHAT: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
WHERE: Mears Park, St. Paul
WHEN: 4 p.m.
Round up your jazz-loving friends (or fans-to-be) for the largest free jazz event in the Twin Cities. Day two of the three-day festival will feature performances by Red Planet, Lulo Reinhardt, and Branford Marsalis. Go to twincitiesjazzfestival.com to learn more.

Shaking Up TV

WHAT: Rewire’s TV Takeover
WHERE: tpt Studios, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
For the final episode of TV Takeover, the St. Paul Almanac will be in control of tpt’s broadcast air. As the award-winning guidebook makes live TV, you can join the studio audience, enjoy art installations, and sample refreshments from Icehouse Restaurant, Republic, and more. Go to tvtakeover.net for tickets.

Saturday, June 28

Free to Be

WHAT: Twin Cities Pride Festival
WHERE: Loring Park, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
More than 300,000 people will come together to celebrate the GLBT community at the 42nd-annual Pride Festival—one of the largest in the country. Some of Saturday’s festivities include a concert, art exhibition, and even a dog drag contest. Go to tcpride.org to see the full schedule of events.

The Rain in Spain, Mainly

WHAT: My Fair Lady
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Catch the opening night of the musical My Fair Lady, which tells the story of Eliza Doolittle and how a professor, Henry Higgins, helps her become a high-society lady. This first-ever Guthrie production will run through August 31. Head to guthrietheater.org for ticket information.

Sunday, June 29

Street Superstars

WHAT: Minnesota Food Truck Fair
WHERE: Lake and Hennepin, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
There’s something for everyone (including picky eaters) at the second annual Minnesota Food Truck Fair—where more than 40 food trucks from the Metro area will take over Hennepin Avenue, along with craft beers and live music. Some participating trucks include Falafel King, The Anchor Fish and Chips, and AZ Canteen. Go to mnfoodtruckfair.com for more info about the global cuisine.

Soccer Fever

WHAT: FIFA World Cup match
WHERE: Brit’s Pub, Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.
Claim your spot on Brit’s 10,000-square-foot lawn and watch the World Cup match on a big projection screen—perfectly apt, since Buzzfeed named our downtown Anglophile restaurant the best bar for watching the World Cup in Minnesota. So grab some chips and settle in to catch the match (even if you aren’t a “football” enthusiast). Go to britspub.com for details.

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