Weekend Best Bets: September 11-13

Your guide to the perfect Twin Cities weekend


September 11

Greek to Me

WHAT: Taste of Greece
WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Mpls.

Craving a traditional gyro? Or maybe some handmade baklava? Then head to this weekend celebration of Greek culture, with main attractions including these dishes. While you’re there, take in cultural attractions such as performances by the Greek Dancers of Minnesota, and take a tour of the church for historical context. For more info, check out Taste of Greece’s website.

Fun in the Sun

WHAT: James J. Hill Days
WHEN: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Street, Wayzata

Wayzata’s annual celebration of the famed railroad pioneer takes over downtown for a weekend of fun and games. Today’s attractions include a carnival, food and beer vendors, and live music from country singer Dierks Bentley. Come for the picturesque lakeside setting, stay for the contagious civic pride. Certain events within the festival have individual admission fees, so check out the website for details.


September 12

Art Party

WHAT: Avant Garden
WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Mpls.

The Walker’s biggest fundraiser of the year gives patrons a chance to participate in exclusive events as a thank-you for supporting the museum’s programs. Bid on works by Jack Whitten, Jim Hodges, Eva Rothschild, and others in the art auction. Then take in Ultramarine Fungus, a new interactive exhibit on loan from Amsterdam. The event also includes complimentary snacks and drinks, as well as an in-house DJ. For more info on how to participate, check out the Walker’s website.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

WHAT: Bacon and Beer Classic
WHEN: 1-4 and 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Target Field, Mpls.

This event celebrates iconic game-day treats in one of the country’s best ballparks. During a brunch and an evening session, the traveling event collaborates with local restaurants and breweries to provide one-of-a-kind bacon-inspired dishes as well as local craft brew samples. Participating vendors include Indeed Brewing Co., Sociable Cider Werks, Red Cow, Wise Acre Eatery, and many more. For tickets and more info, check out the event’s website.


September 13

Musical Activism

WHAT: Desaparecidos
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: First Avenue, Mpls.

This recently reunited band, led by Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst, has been getting plenty of airtime on 89.3 The Current since their latest album was released—and for good reason. Their politically aware, sonically challenging rock is topical, edgy, and very much of its time. For tickets, check out First Avenue’s website.

Bike For Your Breakfast

WHAT: Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas University, St. Paul

Bring a bike and an empty stomach to St. Paul for a traffic-free ride through the city. Choose from a 15-, 30-, or 45-mile route that hits all of the sights: historic Summit Avenue, the Mississippi River, Indian Mounds Park, and more. Take intermittent breaks at designated rest stops for some breakfast treats and fresh coffee from a variety of vendors, all without having to stop for cars. For more info, check out the event’s website.