Weekend Best Bets: September 15–17

Your weekend to-do list around the Twin Cities includes bluegrass, cocktails, and a dog fest

Friday, September 15

Better than Swedish Meatballs

What: Cocktails at the Castle
When: 7–11 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Join the American Swedish Institute at their castle-like Turnblad Mansion for a night celebrating women’s art, ranging from yarnbombing to blacksmithing to paintings and music. Sip a beer from Urban Growler, Minnesota’s first women-owned microbrewery, or grab a bite of Swedish food from FIKA Café. Learn more.

Fall in Love with String

What: String at Yellow Tree Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m., additional showtimes until October 15
Where: Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 Fifth Ave. SE, Osseo
Celebrate Yellow Tree Theatre’s tenth season with a re-imagining of the playhouse’s first production. Starring the theater’s founders, Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson, String is a feel-good comedy that tells the story of a budding romance between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Learn more.

Saturday, September 16

Not Your Mother’s 5K

What: Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Wild Mountain, 37200 Wild Mountain Road, Taylors Falls
This is not a 5K for the faint of heart. As if running 3.1 miles wasn’t enough work, this race sends teams over an obstacle course with trampolines, the “Accelerator 3.0,” and, of course, plenty of mud. After the race, the party continues with music, a pie eating contest, a mechanical bull, and other outdoor activities. Learn more.

Paws for a Cause

What: Can Do Woofaroo
When: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Can Do Canines, 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope
Bring Fido or Fluffy along for this dog-friendly walk including vendors, food trucks, assistance dog demonstrations, a canine costume contest, and more. Fundraising supports Can Do Canines, an organization that trains assistance dogs and partners them with people with disabilities for free. Learn More.

Sunday, September 17

Bluegrass with a Minnesota Twist

What: Pickin’ Dockside
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Como Dockside, 1360 Lexington Pkwy N., St. Paul
This afternoon of Americana music pairs the award-winning Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper with the Minnesota-based bands Kind Country and The High 48s. Also joining these bands is Kansas teen star Julian Davis to round out this “hearty bluegrass buffet” on the shore of Lake Como. Learn more.

Cycling through Minneapolis

What: 2017 Minneapolis Bike Tour
When: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis
Ditch the car and get on your bike for this no-motors tour of the Minneapolis trail system, beginning and ending at scenic Boom Island Park. Come for the exercise, stay for the live music, food, and a free beer to round out the afternoon. Learn more.