Weekend Best Bets: October 9-11

Everything you should be doing this weekend in the Twin Cities


A Sprawl of a Crawl

WHAT: The St. Paul Art Crawl
”‹WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Union Depot
The St. Paul Art Crawl began in 1991 with five locations, all in Lowertown. This year’s iteration of the biannual event will see the work of more than 300 artists sprawled across six neighborhoods. Union Depot is the focal point of the festivities, and dancers and classical musicians will be performing at the historical building. The whole beautiful mess is mapped out online at St. Paul Art Crawl.

Legend-Tripping at the Ruins

WHAT: Minneapolis Ghost Walks
”‹WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mill Ruins Park
The organizers of the successful Madison Ghost Walks are bringing their haunted history tours to Minneapolis. There are no rent-a-ghouls on the payroll, just guides armed with flashlights and spooky-but-true, family-friendly stories of Mill Ruin Park, City Hall, Foshay Tower, and seven other Minneapolis haunts. Tickets for the 90-minute tours can be purchased here. Also, be sure to check out this lesser-known haunts for your Halloween festivities.



Benevolent Beers

WHAT: Nordeast Big River Brewfest
”‹”‹WHEN: 1 p.m.
WHERE: East Side Neighborhood Services
East Side Neighborhood Services invites you to lift a stein and help immigrant, refugee, and low-income families meet their basic needs. The Nordeast Big River Brewfest is a fundraiser featuring more than 200 local beers, local food, and live music. You can buy tickets here; each one comes with a beer mug.

The Power of a Good Story

WHAT: NerdCon: Stories
”‹WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center
Leave your Batman mask at home, this gathering is strictly for those who geek out over a good book or podcast. Mara Wilson, Lev Grossman, and The Giant Squidstravaganza (makers of The Celphalapodcast) are just some of the eclectic guests slated to appear. Panels include “The Benefits of Diverse Stories” and “Embettering your Word-doing.” There’s a novel’s worth of info (and tickets) available at NerdCon.



Dream Houses

WHAT: 25th Annual Midwest Home Show
”‹WHEN: Oct. 9-11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The Midwest Home Show is presented by our sister publication, and that means we know how extravagant this blow-out really is. Get design ideas to perfect your dream home, connect with professionals who can make your dream a reality, or learn how to give your tired furniture a DIY makeover. Check out the full list of exhibitors and events at Midwest Home.

The Indie Screen

WHAT: The 8th Annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival
WHEN: Oct. 7 – 11
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater
The docket for Sunday includes a slate of surreal black-and-white shorts, a drama about a veteran addicted to painkillers, and two documentaries; one is about jazz and the 1971 Attica Prison riot, and the other follows an “outrageously un-PC New Zealand talk show host” as his life unravels. Film buffs can purchase an all-access pass for the entire festival. For a full schedule visit MSPFilm.