Weekend Best Bets: October 14-16

Your weekend to-do list in the Twin Cities

Friday, October 14

Shape Sound, Visualize Music

WHAT: Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ordway Theater, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
Directed by Emmy-Award-winning choreographer Travis Wall, Shaping Sound is a mash-up of dance styles and musical genres performed by a company of contemporary dancers. Appropriate for dance lovers of all ages. Tickets online. ordway.org

What’s That Noise?!

WHAT: Dreadwood Haunted Forest
WHEN: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: 835 CR-E, Hudson, WI
Take a little nighttime trip to Dreadwood Haunted Forest, just 25 minutes east of St. Paul. Prepare to feel unsettled, frightened, and pursued, and whatever you do—DON’T stray from your guide. The walk is a half-mile long, so comfortable shoes and warm clothes are recommended. Food and drinks will be available before and after you enter. Tickets and discounts available online. dreadwoodhaunt.com

Saturday, October 15

So Many Books, So Little Time

WHAT: Twin Cities Book Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
WHERE: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Progress Center and Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by Rain Taxi, the Twin Cities Book Festival is the prime destination for avid readers and writers to meet authors, discover books, and celebrate literary culture. Start off the morning by mingling with local authors and attend presentations throughout the day by writers such as Andre Alexis, Charles Baxter, Janice N. Harrington, Francine Prose, and more. Admission is free. raintaxi.com

A “Purrfect” Afternoon

WHAT: Pints and Purrs
WHEN: 1-9 p.m.
WHERE: Boom Island Brewing Company, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis
Join Boom Island in celebrating their first ever Pints and Purrs event, where cat and beer lovers can unite—and support a good cause.  All proceeds will benefit St. Paul nonprofit Feline Rescue, Inc. Activities include Kitty Krafting, a Video Cat Fashion Show, Kitten Therapy, and Cat Trivia. Feline Rescue, Inc. will supply the kittens for the Kitten Therapy and Louisiana Purchase Cajun food will be available in the Boom Room. facebook.com

Sunday, October 16

Happy National Pizza Month!

WHAT: Pizza Farm at Food Building
WHEN: 12-5 p.m.
WHERE: Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis
Enjoy mouthwatering pizzas made with Baker’s Field Flour & Bread stone-milled flour for the dough, Red Table Meat Co. salami, and The Lone Grazer Creamery mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Able Seedhouse & Brewery will be providing locally brewed beer and The Draft Horse will be serving food and beverages as well, including gluten-free options. facebook.com

Pumpkins, Corn, and More 

WHAT: Sever’s Fall Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee
Sever’s Fall Festival is celebrating 20 years of family fun this year with activities including a corn maze challenge, an obstacle course (new for 2016), an exotic petting zoo, pig races, a pumpkin patch, an extreme corn pit, and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets online. seversfallfestival.com