Weekend Best Bets: June 30–July 2

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities

Friday, June 30

Zoo Tunes

What: Ziggy Marley Concert
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
Ziggy Marley, son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, brings some island-inspired jams to help celebrate 25 years of music at the Minnesota Zoo’s outdoor amphitheater. Your concert ticket gets you into the zoo for a few hours before the music starts, so you can roam around and see the animals before settling in and rocking out. Learn more

Old Favorite, Modern Twist

What: Circus 1903—The Golden Age of Circus
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
Magicians, puppeteers, and circus performers combine their talents to present a contemporary take on the golden age of circuses. Circus 1903 calls their show “innovative and more humane” than the traditional circus, using giant puppets rather than live elephants. The spectacle is kind to both animals and kids, so bring the family along to the all-ages show. Learn more


Saturday, July 1

Festivities with Focus

What: Wanderlust 108
When: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: Harriet Island Park, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul
The world’s only mindful triathlon features a 5K walk or run, yoga class, and guided meditation. In addition to the three-part event, classes on yoga, hooping, essential oils, photography, and music are offered. Not only do you help yourself at this celebration of mindfulness, you help others when proceeds from your ticket are donated to help end child hunger. Learn more

Do Try This at Home

What: Intro to Brewing
When: 11 a.m.­–2 p.m.
Where: Northern Brewer, 6021 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Watch the beer-brewing process unfold from beginning to bottling, demonstrated by a professional. After observing the tricks of the trade and having a Q and A session, participants get a free pint class and 10 percent off the purchase of a kit to try brewing at home. Learn more


Sunday, July 2

Nationwide Notables and Hometown Heroes

What: Go Fest
When: 1:45–9 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze, 913 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
Go 96.3 bases their radio station on the idea that “alternative music” means “something different,” and they want their festival to emulate that as well. They’ve called in nationally renowned artists who have played at festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as local artists. Big names, up-and-comers, and DJs will all be under the same roof (or lack thereof) at this outdoor concert. Learn more

Easy-going Ensemble

What: Minnesota Sinfonia Concert
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul
The professional chamber orchestra brings the “lighter side” of their music to the waterfront venue, welcoming everyone—kids and dogs included. Visitors can enjoy waltzes, polkas, show tunes, and classical favorites, all free of charge. Learn more

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