Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 25-27

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Halloween happenings, a beer crawl, dance, ”Harry Potter,” comedy, and more
Teaċ Daṁsa: Loch na hEala (Swan Lake), at the Walker Art Center
Teaċ Daṁsa: Loch na hEala (Swan Lake), at the Walker Art Center

Photo by Marie-Laure Briane

Swan Loch

What: Teaċ Daṁsa: Loch na hEala (Swan Lake)
When: October 24-27
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

Irish dance and theater artist Michael Keegan-Dolan brings to life a contemporary adaptation of the famous ballet Swan Lake. It’s a mix of Ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland, with live Nordic- and Celtic-infused music played by Dublin’s Slow Moving Clouds.

Get in the Groove

What: Rooted
When: October 25
Where: The Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Celebrate the history and roots of hip-hop culture while watching seasoned choreographers, up-and-coming talent, and everyone in between—featuring Tish Jones, Carnage the Executioner, and Desdamona in a special edition.

How to Dance to Opera

Where: James Sewell Ballet: Opera Moves
When: October 25-27
Where: Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Renowned choreographers Jennifer Hard and Eve Schulte present two new works, followed by a James Sewell Ballet classic, Opera Moves, pairing operatic selections with elegant choreography.

Dance ’til You’re Dead

What: Strange Things: A Halloween Dance Party
When: October 26
Where: First Avenue, 701 N First Ave., Minneapolis

Ahead of the big costume contest on the night of Halloween, Flip Phone brings the party at First Avenue, with DJ Shannon Blowtorch accompanying Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Raja.

Race, Revolution, and Rhythm

What: Caravan: A Revolution on the Road
When: October 26
Where: The Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, choreographer Rennie Harris, and visual artist Andrew Scott collaborate on an exploration of racial injustice using live music, dance, projections, and sculptures.

Daily Show Stars

What:The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up Tour
When: October 26
Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis

Writers Kat Radley, Matt Koff, David Angelo, and Joseph Opio dazzle with their wit, satire, and more-personal material that you’ll never see on The Daily Show.

He Did the Bash

What: Monster Bash Halloween Music Fest 2019
When: October 26
Where: Lake Monster Brewing Company, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul

Gentleman Speaker, Apollo Cobra, the Bad Man, and Graveyard Club come to Lake Monster Brewing for a night of live music, food trucks, tasty brews, and a Halloween costume contest.

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary

What: Spooktacular Carnival and Grand Day Parade
When: October 26
Where: Main Street, 2168 7th Ave., Anoka

After 99 years as Anoka Halloween Capital of the World, the city has earned its name as a prime spot for scares, sweets, and a huge Halloween parade.

Bottoms Up

What: Halloween Bar Crawl
When: October 26
Where: The Pourhouse, 10 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis

Stop in at 10 spots while enjoying specialty drinks, professional photographers to capture those candids, and a $1,000 costume contest.

Bats in the Belfry

What: Minnesota Bat Festival
When: October 26
Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington

Sure, bats are an archetype of Halloween, but they’re also vital to Minnesota’s ecosystem. Learn about bat preservation while enjoying live presentations, crafts, face painting, and trivia at this third annual fest.

Music for Muggles

What: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
When: October 26-28
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

Unleash your inner wizard in an immersive experience as the Minnesota Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s full score of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the movie plays on the big screen.

Caught in a Trance

What: Improv Under Hypnosis
When: October 27
Where: The Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Step into the surreal as Colin Mochrie, from Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, presents side-splitting improv under hypnosis with legendary hypnotist Asad Mecci.