Weekend Best Bets: May 1-3

Friday, May 1

Pop Culture Palooza

WHAT: Wizard World Comic Con
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, Mpls.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Embrace your inner hero with a weekend full of comics, video games, graphic novels, and everything else pop culture has to offer. Meet some of your favorite characters and celebrities, and kids under 10 are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets are available at Wizard World.

Always Believe

WHAT: Peter Pan
WHERE: Children’s Theatre Company, Mpls
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Let your imagination soar as you take a trip to Never Never Land as the Children’s Theatre Company presents the magical story of Peter Pan. Along with the charming Tinker Bell and the heroic Peter Pan, this Children’s Theatre Company show boasts updated characters, songs, and choreography. Purchase your tickets at the Children’s Theatre Company.

Saturday, May 2

Beer for a Cause

WHAT Arts & Crafts: A Fundraiser for COMPAS
WHERE: Northeast Upper Cut Boxing Gym, Mpls
WHEN: 3 p.m.
Show your support for Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS) with local artists, craft beer, food trucks, and live entertainment from Communist Daughter and the Jack Brass Band. Enjoy tastings from 612 Brew, Sociable Cider Werks, Summit, Tin Whiskers, and many other local breweries. All proceeds from the event help fund COMPAS. For ticket information, visit Brown Paper Tickets.

The Lyn-Lake Horsemen

WHAT: The Charity Derby at Herkimer Downs
WHERE: The Herkimer Pub & Brewery, Mpls
WHEN: 4 p.m.
In celebration of the Kentucky Derby, The Herkimer Pub & Brewery is hosting their very own version of the famous race. Watch Lyn-Lake business members dressed as horses race around the block as they compete in the Charity Derby, and enjoy special southern-inspired cocktails. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sundown Horse Shelter. Visit The Herkimer for more information.

Sunday, May 3

MayDay, MayDay

WHAT: 41st MayDay Parade & Festival
WHERE: Powderhorn Park, Mpls
WHEN: 11 a.m.
It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate the warm weather with hand-built puppets and masks, music, and fun performances at the 41st-annual MayDay Parade and Festival.  This May marks the 39th year of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s efforts in community building through art. For a complete schedule of events visit HOBT.

Celebrating Victory

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo in Minneapolis
WHERE: El Nuevo Rodeo, Mpls
WHEN: 1 p.m.
Party it up at El Nuevo Rodeo and kick off the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. With three stages of live entertainment, scrumptious food from a handful of vendors (including plenty from El Nuevo Rodeo), and beer gardens. Visit El Nuevo Rodeo’s Facebook page for more information.