Weekend Best Bets: September 7–10

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities

Thursday, September 7

Foshay Fashion

What: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff
When: 7–9 p.m.
Where: W Minneapolis, 821 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis
Designs by five up-and-coming fashion designers will hit the runway on Thursday to start Fashion Week MN. Even if you are not on stage, you can show off your designs by posting them to #MINNSTAFASHION’s photo wall. The best part: Your design might win a prize. Learn more.

Friday, September 8

Northfield Notoriety

What: Defeat of Jesse James Days
When: September 6–10
Where: Northfield
Who can resist bank raid reenactments, truck and tractor pulls, bingo, horse races, and parades? The annual festival remembers infamous bandit Jesse James’ famous raid of a bank in Northfield and celebrates the southern town’s victory over the scoundrel’s Old West ways. Learn more.

John Prine’s Midwest Music

What: John Prine Concert
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
This two-time Grammy winner and honoree of the Library of Congress is coming to MN. Prine has been praised by fellow musicians such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen for his trippy, evocative, Midwestern take on Americana—now at Northrop. Learn more.

Saturday, September 9

Animal Lovers Unite

What: Twin Cities Veg Fest
When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul
Veg out on a wide range of vegan dishes at this fest with the tagline “Celebrate Compassion” that features a panel on animal rescues. Want to eat more meat-free food but don’t know where to start? Learn about plant-based cheeses, vegan desserts, and more. Learn more.

Paint Like a Girl

What: Like a Girl Art Exhibit Opening Reception
When: 6–9 p.m.
Where: The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
Artist Lizzie Wortham paints haunting scenes of girlhood. Originally from Minnesota, Wortham has received praise from numerous organizations, including the Minnesota State Arts Board, for her at-turns melancholy, humorous, and fearsome works. Learn more.

Sunday, September 10

Peddles on the Parkway

What: Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour
When: 7:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Where: Begins and Ends at the University of St. Thomas           
The Twin Cities are filled with parks. Explore them along parkways this Sunday from the back of a bike. Rest stops are scattered throughout the tour, where snacks and live music are provided. Participants can choose from among a 15-, 32-, or 47-mile route. Learn more.

Abuzz in Stillwater

What: Polli*Nation Festival
When: Noon–6 p.m.
Where: Kissing Birch Farm, 10020 Norell Ave. N., Stillwater, MN
The event raises money for tiny pollinators—including but not limited to their poster child, the bee. Learn how to better suit your yard to pollinating birds, plus how to help bats and butterflies. Listen to live music, drink local beer, and sample local honey. Learn more.