Your Weekend Best Bets: June 14-16

Friday, June 14

HIJACKing Bryant Lake Bowl

WHAT: HIJACK + Heron Dance Show #5
WHERE: Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Mineapolis-based HIJACK dance group is back, and this time choreographers Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder have brought along New Orleans native Scott Heron. Be prepared for a show that’s out of the ordinary as they move between song, dance, mime, and ventriloquism. Learn more at

Friday, June 14

Eastern Spirit

WHAT: Spirit of Ukraine
WHERE: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
For a different kind of dance fix, check out the traditional folk dances performed by the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Spirit of Ukraine. Travel through Ukraine along with the dancers as they perform pieces from various regions around the country, all in authentic costumes and style. Learn more at

Saturday, June 15

Rock Hard

WHAT: Rock the Garden Afterparty
WHERE: First Avenue, Minneapolis
WHEN: 9 p.m.
Whether or not you snagged tickets to this year’s Rock the Garden, you can still enjoy good tunes in a sweet venue. Michael Kiwanuka will be headlining the after-party show, with local favorite Chastity Brown opening and DJ Jake Rudh keeping things funky. Learn more at

Saturday, June 15


WHAT: St. Paul Summer Beer Fest
WHERE: The Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
WHEN: 2-6 p.m.
If you need to whet your appetite for the Great Minnesota Get-Together a few months early, head out to the fairgrounds for the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Focusing on craft beers, the festival features more than 100 breweries, live music, food, a charity silent auction: basically, everything good about everything. Learn more at

Sunday, June 16

Over the Bridge

WHAT: The Stone Arch Bridge Festival
WHERE: Minneapolis Riverfront, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m.
This festival has something for everyone, from live music to the Father’s Day Car Show to the bevy of artists showing off their wares. Bring the kids along for some family-friendly art activities–or just build a birdhouse by yourself; we won’t tell. Learn more at

Sunday, June 16

To War

WHAT: War Horse
WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Based on a children’s book and made famous by Steven Spielberg’s 2011 movie, this production will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about puppeteering. The five-time Tony Award winner is this summer’s must-see Broadway show. Learn more at

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