Best Bets: Aug. 21-27

Things to do around the Twin Cities this week: Minnesota State Fair (duh), Crayfish Party, a backyard barbecue, and more
Fair visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the action from the Midway rides and the SkyGlider ride.
Fair visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the action from the Midway rides and the SkyGlider ride.

Courtesy Minnesota State Fair

Break Out the Crayfish

What: Crayfish Party
Friday, Aug. 25, 6-9 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Sweden’s annual crayfish festival has an iteration here on the lawn of the American Swedish Institute. Guests shovel down so much dill-brined crayfish and stay for the singalongs and complimentary shot of aquavit.

Cycling Celebration

What: Outerbike
Aug. 25-27
Where: Spirit Mountain Lodge, 9500 Spirit Mountain Place, Duluth

Highlighting Duluth’s status as one of six International Mountain Bicycling Association Gold Medal Ride Centers in the the world, this event features vendors, contests, demos of new bikes, and more.

Sounds Like She’s Singin’

What: Running in the Shadows: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Friday, Aug. 25, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Day Block Brewing Company, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

Enjoy your favorite hits from Fleetwood Mac, performed by tribute band Running in the Shadows.

Get-Together At Last

What: Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 24-Sept. 4
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul

Minnesota’s biggest blockbuster event kicks off on Thursday. Prepare with these resources:

Up-Down’s Summer Send-Off

What: Backyard BBQ at Up-Down
Saturday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

One more backyard bash for summer 2023: Head to the Minneapolis arcade bar for a cookout with hot dogs, cocktails, and yard games.