Weekend Best Bets: October 7-9

Your weekend to-do list in the Twin Cities

Friday, October 7th

Birds, Beers, and Appetizers

WHAT: Beauty, Birds and Beer
WHEN: 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: 520 Malcolm Ave. SE
Surly Brewing is celebrating Aveda’s 10-year Earth Month partnership with Audubon Minnesota. Enjoy beer tastings, delicious appetizers, guest speakers, live music, contests, and more. Surly will even be creating a special brew for the occasion. eventbrite.com

Inside is Frightful

WHAT: Haunted Basement X
WHEN: 6-11 p.m.
WHERE: The Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE
The Soap Factory is ready once again to receive terrified visitors in the building’s imposing basement, where a bevy of horrors and untold scares await those brave enough to venture down there. There’s also a no-touch, lights-on tour for those who prefer a toned-down approach. Tickets online. soapfactory.org

Saturday, October 8th

Never a Dull Moment

WHAT: ӬBurlesque Festival
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Lab Theater, 700 First St. N.
The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival aims to explore the wide variety of interpretations the performance medium is known for to create entertaining, at times comedic, stories. Shows in the festival take influences from theater, circus acts, cabaret, and drag. minneapolisburlesquefestival.com

Bury Yourself in Art

WHAT: Casket Arts Premier Open Studio Event
WHEN: 12-8 p.m.
WHERE: 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis
Open Casket is a premier studio event of the year, with a range of talented artists opening studios and their work to the public. A variety of guest artists will also line the hallways to showcase some of the best work in the Northeast Arts District. Look for live music, food trucks, beer and wine, live demonstrations, and other interactive activities. casketarts.com

Sunday, October 9th

Carve Out Some Fun

WHAT: Stillwater Harvest Fest
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: 101 Water St. S., Stillwater
It’s the perfect time to embrace the outdoors with pumpkin picking, great food, micro-brews and wine, with some live music to bring it all together. There’s something to enjoy for all ages, including pilots paddling giant pumpkins down the St. Croix River. harvestfeststillwater.com

Lap of Luxury

WHAT: Midwest Home Luxury Loft, Condo & Apartment Tour
WHEN: 12-6 p.m.
WHERE: Various locations
In its first year, this tour of luxury living showcases the area’s best in expert craftsmanship in the context of contemporary life. It’s a self-guided tour running throughout the weekend, and it’ll give ample ideas and inspiration for the next chapter in your own story. luxurylofttour.com