Weekend Best Bets: October 17-19

What to see, hear, and do this weekend

Friday, October 17

Fright Night

WHAT: Trail of Terror
WHERE: Shakopee, MN
WHEN: 7:00 p.m.
Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, and the October spooks are once again rising from the grave (bwa-ha-ha). This annual event includes spine-chilling attractions such as the Howling Pines woods walk, as well as some scare-free activities for all the fun without the fright. Find tickets and more info at trailofterrormn.com.

Fascinating Rhythm

WHAT: Nice Work If You Can Get It
WHERE: Ordway Theater
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
For a feel-good jaunt back to the swingin’ days of the Roaring ’20s, check out Nice Work If You Can Get It, a Gershwin musical set in 1920s New York. Before and after the show, a dance instructor will teach the Charleston and some basic swing dancing steps to audience members, but spots are limited! Visit ordway.org for tickets and more info.

Saturday, October 18

Historical Hauntings

WHAT: Victorian Ghost Stories
WHERE: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
WHEN: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Some hot cider will make up for the shivers down your spine when you hear these ghostly tales of days gone by. Actors in full costume will perform dramatic readings of stories by Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, and the Brothers Grimm. Reserve your spot at events.mnhs.org.

Dog Tales

WHAT: Super Pet Saturday
WHERE: Minnesota Children’s Museum
WHEN: 10 a.m.
The Pals on Paws pups from Therapy Dogs International are visiting the children’s museum. Kids can read their favorite book with these furry friends, and afterward can attend the FutureVet presentation, with a real veterinarian, to learn about caring for pets both at home and in the vet’s office. Find the details at mcm.org.

Sunday, October 19

Apocalyptic Exploration

WHAT: Ruination: City of Dust
WHERE: Lake Nokomis
WHEN: 9:30 a.m.
This bicycle mystery tour lets you explore Minneapolis on a team, trying to discover which deadly problem has led to the cataclysmic destruction of the city. (Don’t fret: We’re talking in the year 2314 here.) Register your team and take 2-3 hours to investigate the tragedy that led to Minneapolis becoming the “City of Dust.” To find out more or register a team, visit northern.lights.mn.

Walk It Off

WHAT: Walktoberfest
WHERE: Walker Art Center
WHEN: All day
It’s the 75th anniversary of the Walker Art Center, and the museum is celebrating with free admission and extended hours, as well as activities including film screenings, an Oktoberfest beer garden, and free music. Find out more at walkerart.org.

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