Weekend Best Bets: August 19-22

This weekend in the Twin Cities: cars, country music, food trucks, art, fairs, and more
50 food trucks are invading downtown Anoka this weekend


Food, Drinks, and Fun for All

What: Anoka Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday, August 21, noon-10 p.m.
Where: 2015 South First Ave., Anoka

Downtown Anoka is coming alive this Saturday with food, drinks, and more. The Anoka Food Truck Festival is free and open to the public and has fun for the family—dogs and people alike. The event is partnered with Feed My Starving Children to ensure that all the feasting and festivities will also support a good cause.

Cars, Trucks, and Bikes

What: Minneapolis Mile Car Show
When: Saturday, August 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

A gearhead’s paradise, the Minneapolis Mile Car Show is playing host to a variety of different automobiles. Everything from muscle cars and motorcycles to Teslas and Smart Cars will be on display for ticketholders. Food and drinks will be available so you can spend all day finding your dream car.

History and Art

What: Inner Structures-Outer Rhythms: Contemporary Arab and Persian Design
When: August 20-November 7
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis

Experience another world at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design starting on Friday. Thirty contemporary designers from the Middle East/North African region have provided a wide array of pieces inspired by their home’s culture. The exhibits on display provide an intimate look into the history and art of a unique region.

Free Fair

What: Steele County Fair
When: August 18-22
Where: Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 South Cedar Ave., Owatonna

Tired of waiting for the State Fair? Head down to Owatonna this weekend for the self-proclaimed largest county fair in Minnesota, where you’ll find tons of classic fair food, drinks, and games with no cost of admission and no more waiting. 

Boundary Waters Day Trips

What: Boundary Waters Day Trips
When: August 18-24
Where: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, 6282 Cranberry Rd., Finland

The Boundary Waters is a classic Minnesota destination for good reason. The natural beauty is practically unmatched, but not everybody has the time or skills to be Bear Grylls, camping for days at a time. Thankfully, guided day trips are available so you can paddle and portage your way through the wilderness without knowing how to start a fire or pitch a tent.

Four-legged Fun

What: Pet Party
When: Sunday, August 22, 12-3 pm
Where: Mississippi Market Co-op, 1500 West Seventh St., St. Paul

Fun for pets and pet owners alike, this outdoor event involves a pet costume contest, professional pet photography, rescue dogs, dog accessories, and even free treat samples. 

Camping and Country Music

What: Winstock 2021
When: August 20-21
Where: Winstock grounds, 3233 230th St., Winsted

If country is your jam, Winsted is the place to be this weekend. Rock out to some of the biggest names in country music—like Luke Combs and Sam Hunt. Camp out if you want, or commute the brief drive from the metro for a jam-packed weekend.

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