Weekend Best Bets: May 26–28

Take a spontaneous trip up north or back in time this Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday, May 26

Cheers, Friends

What: Skaalvenn Spirits Tasting
When: 4–7 p.m.
Where: Zipps Liquors, 2618 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Get a taste of local spirits from Skaalvenn Distillery of Brooklyn Park. The Scandinavian distillery—which translates as “Cheers, friends,” in Norwegian—offers a selection of vodka, rum, and flavored, distilled liquor aquavit. Bring your friends or make new ones. Learn more

A Warm Celebration

What: “Open Water” Exhibit
When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Lyric Center for the Arts, 516 Chestnut St., Virginia
It’s out with the cold and in with the heat, and in Minnesota, that’s cause for celebration. Featuring work from regional artists, the “Open Water” exhibit celebrates just that. So take a weekend trip up to Virginia and shop in all mediums at this annual gathering. Learn more

Saturday, May 27

From Fairy Tale to Fairly Stupid

What: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Production
When: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Where: The Underground Theatre at Duluth Playhouse, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth
What if classics, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, happened differently than you’ve been told? The Playhouse Theatre for Young Audiences ensemble in Duluth presents “fairly stupid tales”—old characters meeting new characters, including the Stinky Cheese Man. Learn more

Get Heated

What: Annandale Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off
When: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Annandale Municipal Parking Lot, 11 Oak Ave. S., Annandale
Save room for Annandale’s Chili Cook Off, drawing around 1,000 people annually. Sample the chili from local businesses and participating competitors and play a role in who wins People’s Choice. Discover new combinations and decide for yourself who made it best. Learn more

Sunday, May 28

Blast from the Past

What: Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling
When: Noon–5 p.m.
Where: Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul
Do Memorial Day right by roving the grounds of Fort Snelling to learn about American Indian history and the fort’s role in U.S. expansion. Pretend to time warp: engage with costumed actors, brace for cannon fire, and check out blacksmithing demonstrations. Learn more

Radio’s Golden Age

What: The Mysterious Old Listening Society
When: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Where: James J. Hill Center, 80 W. 4th St., Saint Paul
Speaking of time warp, step back into the golden age of radio. Performances of old suspenseful shows, such as Light’s Out Everybody and The Witch’s Tale, bring historical notes and trivia to life. Five actors produce all the sound effects and play multiple roles. Learn more