Weekend Best Bets: September 22–24

Your to-do list for the Twin Cities this weekend includes a Celtic celebration at Ren Fest, Open Streets on Nicollet, and more.

Friday, September 22

What Do You Mean “We”?

What: We the People
When: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 141 East 4th St., St. Paul
Open your eyes to LGBTQIA and artists-of-color’s experiences through the We the People art exhibition. Local and national artists bring to question, “Who is the ‘we’ in the U.S. Constitution?” Thirty-five pieces of art tell those stories, including paintings, photography, and sculptures. Learn more.

Tappy Hour

What: Tappy Hour: Free Group Tap Dance Lessons
When: 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. North, Suite 004, St. Paul
Bring your family and friends dancing—and learn the steps for the first time. It’ll be hard not to bond. Ellen Keane instructs the free, hour-long group tap lesson, shoes provided. By the end of the evening, you, too, will know the basics of tap. Learn more.

Saturday, September 23

Life Is the Bubbles

What: Under the Sea Yoga
When: 8 a.m.
Where: SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, 120 E. Broadway, Bloomington
Led by an experienced CorePower yoga instructor, start your day off with yoga under the sea. Surrounded by fish, bring your yoga mat, ticket confirmation, and positive energy. Afterward, partake in a shopping event from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with 20 percent off your purchases. Learn more.

Surly An Evening Well Spent

What: Surlyfest
When: 11 a.m. (music ends at 10 p.m., the brewery closes at midnight)
Where: Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Celebrate the 10th annual SurlyFest this Saturday, jamming out to live music by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Caroline Smith, Duluth rock band the Black-eyed Snakes, and more while enjoying Surly Food Truck bites, games, and beer. (Event open to all ages.) Learn more.

Sunday, September 24

Guinness and Kilts

What: The Renaissance Festival
When: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: MN Renaissance Festival, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee
This weekend, the Renaissance Festival is celebrating Irish and Celtic Culture, meaning Irish dancers and a kilt competition will entertain you with stomping and scrutiny of man skirts while you engage in free Guinness tastings and brace for the mashed potato eating competition. Learn more.

Making Way on Nicollet

What: Open Streets Minneapolis
When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Downtown Minneapolis might not strike you as a great place to get active with your friends and family, but Open Streets Minneapolis closes Nicollet Avenue to cars so that you can use it as a safe space to bike, walk, or shop down. Wander over; it’s free. Learn more.

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