Weekend Best Bets: June 5-7

Friday, June 5

Sing Out

WHAT: Cantus – Covers: A Pop Concert
WHERE: The Cowles Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
The acclaimed vocal ensemble returns to the Cowles for its annual crowd-pleasing pop concert. Featuring music ranging from ’60s classics to contemporary hits, Covers is intended to please audiences young and old, and showcases the group in a different context from its mainly classical repertoire. For tickets, check out the Cowles Center’s website.

An Artistic Afternoon

WHAT: The 49th Annual Edina Art Fair
WHERE: 50th and France, Edina
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Support artists both local and national as the first art fair of the year takes in Edina this weekend—it’s been named one of the top fine-arts fairs in the country and features creators in art forms from jewelry to sculpture. Foodies are in luck, too—in addition to its usual host of vendors, this year the fair will include locally made craft beers from the Freehouse. For more information, check out the fair’s website.

Saturday, June 6

Back in the Day

WHAT: Free First Saturday: Now and Then
WHERE: The Walker Art Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Bring the whole family to enjoy free gallery admission, art making, and other activities at the Walker on the first Saturday of the month. Summer is the best time of year to visit the museum’s Sculpture Garden, where the activities this month include reading sundials and tree rings, learning about the life cycles of live animals, and examining the garden’s transformation over the years. For more information, check out the Walker’s website.

Kick Back with a Cold One

WHAT: St. Paul Summer Beer Fest
WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
Celebrate summer with a Saturday afternoon sipping craft brews at the State Fairgrounds. This festival brings together more than 85 breweries, live music, educational seminars, and more. Make your plan of attack using our local taproom guide, and get ticket information at the festival website.

Sunday, June 7

A Grand Ol’ Time

WHAT: Grand Old Day
WHERE: Grand Avenue, St. Paul
WHEN: 8 a.m.
St. Paul’s annual food and arts festival satiates those who need a bit of a State Fair fix in June. Featuring live music, family-friendly activities, and food from a wide variety of local vendors (from Brasa to Smack Shack, and many in between), this day-long festival serves as a great way to kick off summer. For more information, check out the event’s website.

Open Wide

WHAT: Open Streets Minneapolis on Lyndale
WHERE: Lyndale Ave. between 22nd St. and 42nd St., Mpls.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
It’s no secret that the Twin Cities are great for biking and walking, so leave the car in the garage today and celebrate the sunshine at the first Open Streets Minneapolis event of the year. This event carves out 20 blocks of Lyndale for bikers, walkers, rollerbladers—anything but a car. So grab your wheels or your dog and head out to eat, shop, and explore the neighborhood in a new way. For more details, head to the Open Streets website.