Weekend Best Bets: October 2-4

Your guide to the perfect weekend in the Twin Cities


Artisanal Libations

WHAT: Tapped & Uncorked
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval
The Friends of Roseville Parks are throwing a bash starring some of the best local wineries, breweries, and, new this year, distilleries. (A century after prohibition, the twin sisters of artisanal alcohol—wine and beer—are thriving and their little brother, liquor, joins them on stage). There will be food trucks for the hungry and music by local party band Power of 10. Get tickets at PourFORParks.

The ‘Cho’ in ‘Psycho’

WHAT: Margaret Cho
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Pantages Theater
Fun fact about Margaret Cho: During the making of her 1994 ABC sitcom American Girl, the studio actually hired a consultant to teach the comedienne how to be more Asian. Today, ABC is home to the stereotype-busting sitcoms Fresh Off the Boat and black-ish, and Cho is bringing her PSYCHO TOUR to Minneapolis.


Walk, Eat, Repeat

WHAT: The Historic Northeast Walking Food Tour
WHEN: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
WHERE: Northeast Minneapolis
Since 2010, Rebekah Leonhart and Julie Gann have led adventurous foodies on walking tours of Twin Cities cuisine. This autumn, they offer a 1.5-mile hike through Northeast to sample tastes ranging from Greek to Polish to 100 percent American: Target Field sausages. For more information visit Twin Cities Food Tours.

Grown-up Fun

WHAT: The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival Closing Night Bash
”‹WHEN: 10 p.m.
WHERE: Hell’s Kitchen
The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival is running from the first to the third of October, so you can catch this huge-scale show featuring more than 100 performers at the Lab Theater as early as Thursday of this week. And if you’re still in the mood (and if you’re 18 or older), check out the Closing Night Bash. Festival co-producer Elektra Cute gets on stage, as do more than a dozen others.


A Fundraiser for Furry Friends

WHAT: PetOberfest
”‹WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Fetch Delivers Warehouse
Some of the offerings at this year’s PetOberfest (an annual fundraiser for Twin Cities Pet Rescue) are pretty straightforward: a doggie fashion show for the kids, adult beverages for the adults, and a food truck for everyone on two legs. Others, like the carnival games for dogs, you’ll have to see for yourself. For more info visit the Facebook event page.

October Screams

WHAT: The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement
”‹WHEN: 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: The Soap Factory
You’re dying to see this year’s Haunted Basement, yet you’re terrified of long lines, you say? Beat the crowd and kick-start your Halloween at the Twin Cities premier haunted house. Just remember your safe word in case it’s all too much. Get tickets at Tempo Tickets.