Weekend Best Bets: September 6-8

Friday, September 6

Greeking Out

WHAT: 25th Annual Taste of Greece
WHERE: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Break baklava with your fellow Minnesotans at St. Mary’s annual Taste of Greece festival, where there will be plenty of Greek food, music, dancing, and fun to go around. Events continue throughout the weekend, but Friday night includes a 5K around Lake Calhoun to benefit MLD (metachromatic leukodystrophy). Learn more at mplsgreekfest.org

Friday, September 6

Meat Ya There

WHAT: Fourth Annual Kramarczuk’s Kielbasa Festival
WHERE: Kramarczuk parking lot, Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 p.m.
Celebrate all that is Eastern European with some of the Twin Cities’ tastiest charcuterie at Kramarczuk’s Kielbasa Festival. Kramarczuk’s will supply the food and beer to go with the live music and family entertainment. Learn more at kramarczuk.com

Saturday, September 7

Pancakes and Art

WHAT: Pancakes & Booze Art Show
WHERE: The LOFT @ Barfly, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
For just $5, you can view art from more than 75 of Minnesota’s emerging artists and hit the all-you-can-eat pancake bar. Because, you know, what goes better with art than a fresh short stack? Check out the art battle, photo booth, and body painting while you dig through your pile of pancakes. Learn more at pancakesandbooze.com

Saturday, September 7

Celebrating Summit

WHAT: Summit’s Backyard Bash
WHERE: Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Celebrate Summit Brewing Company’s anniversary at the annual Backyard Bash, where the cask ale will be flowing, the food will be tasty (think: World Street Kitchen and Barrio), and the live tunes will be rocking. Half of the event’s proceeds go to the Minnesota Music Coalition to support local musicians just like those who will be taking the stage. Learn more at summitbrewing.com

Sunday, September 8

Stomp Your Feet

WHAT: St. Croix Vineyards Grape Stomp Festival
WHERE: St. Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Wiggle your toes in a bucket of grapes at this weekend’s Grape Stomp Festival at the St. Croix Vineyards. Prizes will be awarded for grape-stomping style, plus visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic, enjoy samples, listen to live music, and make a day of it by taking a winery tour. Learn more at scvwines.com

Sunday, September 8

A Cycling Classic

WHAT: St. Paul Classic Bike Tour
WHERE: Summit Avenue, St. Paul  
WHEN: 7:30 a.m.
Just because Labor Day has passed doesn’t mean you need to pack up your bike just yet. The St. Paul Classic Bike Tour is the perfect way to enjoy an early fall day. Ride routes range from 15 to 45 miles long. Those with more ambition can register for the Classic King of the Hill Bike Race and struggle up Ramsey Hill for cash and glory. Learn more at bikeclassic.org

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