Weekend Best Bets: September 25-27


One Man’s Trash…

WHAT: Junk Bonanza Vintage Market
WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHERE: Canterbury Park
Piles of rugs! Stacks of records! Roomfuls of furniture! And nothing less than 40 years old! What began in 2006 as just another garage sale has sprawled into a yearly, multi-city event with more than a hundred vendors. There is food on site, so you can spend an uninterrupted day (or three) searching for that one, special treasure. For more info, visit Junk Bonanza.

Body Bouquet, and Balance

WHAT: Cities Wine Tasting
WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: International Market Square
Can you detect grapefruit undertones? Vanilla? Fresh-cut grass? Whether you’re a master sommelier or like the rest of us, you’re certain to enjoy some of the over 200 wines uncorked at the Cities Wine Tasting. And if wine’s not your thing, don’t worry—there’s plenty of beer. With live music from BoRiddley and the Riddle Boys. For tickets, visit Tempo Tickets.


Girls Take Flight

WHAT: Navigate Your World: Global Girls in Aviation Day
WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHERE: St. Paul Downtown Airport
The awesome news: the Experimental Aircraft Association is taking a few lucky girls up for a free flight. The bad news: you have to be between the ages of 10 and 17 to participate. AirSpace Minnesota will use the flights, demonstrations on how to learn to fly, and other activities to encourage girls to enter the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Register online here and be sure to sign up for the free flight. (It’s first come, first serve.)

Just an Autumn Beer Festival

WHAT: 8th Annual SurlyFest
”‹WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Surly Brewing Company
A get-together for all the iconoclasts. Sure, all the food’s German, you get a free stein, and there’s going to be a lot of beer (each ticket comes with 12 beer tokens). But Surly insists its new seasonal is a “Not-A-German-Style-Oktoberfest bier.” You can buy tickets at Tempo Tickets.


Run the Cities

WHAT: Women Run the Cities
WHEN: 8 a.m.
WHERE: Minnehaha Park
Three great races for runners of all levels: a 5k, a 10k, and a 10-mile. There is also a one-mile race for young runners. Guys can get involved by running with their daughters in the one-mile race or by volunteering. The No Limits Brass Quintet is playing the national anthem and pumping up racers at the start line. Visit Women Run the Cities for details.

One-Man Show

WHAT: John Hodgman
”‹WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cedar Cultural Center
John Hodgman is sporting a moustache in his promo photo for his latest one-man show, but will he still have it by the time he gets to Minneapolis? There’s only one way to find out: Go in person to the Cedar Cultural Center and watch the Daily Show alum explicate topics such as diverse as his home state and small-animal poisons. For information and tickets visit the Cedar.

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