Weekend Best Bets: August 5-8

This weekend around the Twin Cities: live music, Indian dance, State Fair-inspired food, a drag show, and more
A spread of Minnesota State Fair-inspired food awaits at the Potluck food hall in Rosedale Center
A spread of Minnesota State Fair-inspired food awaits at the Potluck food hall in Rosedale Center


On a Journey with Ragamala Dance Company

What: Inspired: A Journey to Varanasi
When: August 5, 5 p.m.
Where: Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

Transport yourself to Varanasi, India—the City of Light—as Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota opens its lobby to show a short film that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ragamala Dance Company’s The Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim, followed by a Q&A and cuisine from Hot Indian.

Country Fun in ’21

What: WE Fest
When: August 5-7
Where: Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes

If you’ve been missing live country music, the wait is over—WE Fest returns this weekend at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, about a three-and-a-half-hour drive northwest of the Twin Cities. Featuring headliners Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton, among others, WE Fest 2021 is looking to be an exciting return to country festivals. Whether you want to come for a day or set up camp for the whole three-day event, you can purchase your tickets on WE Fest’s website.

Amazing Abodes

What: Midwest Home’s Luxury Home Tour
When: August 6-8, 13-15, noon-6 p.m.
Where: Various featured homes—find more information at midwesthome.com

The 19th annual Luxury Home Tour from Midwest Home magazine is back in person for 2021. Purchase your ticket for $20 on Midwest Home’s website and explore the Twin Cities metro’s most luxurious houses of the year on self-guided tours.

The Power of Drag

What: POWER: A New Drag Revue
When: August 6, 9 p.m.-midnight
Where: The Black Hart of Saint Paul, 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul

Catch a new series of drag shows, called POWER and presented at the Black Hart of Saint Paul, this Friday. Hosted by the Twin Cities-based, Black-owned entertainment company Luzious Entertainment, the revue will feature performances by local musicians and drag artists, including Andre 1000, Lala Luzious, and more. The event is 21-plus only.

Beers and Dogs for a Cause

What: Pup Fest
When: August 7, noon-10 p.m.
Where: Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, 3134 California St. NE, Minneapolis

Canine Companions, a nonprofit that provides assistance dogs at no charge, is partnering with Broken Clock Brewing Company this Saturday to raise money for people in need of service dogs. Head to the Broken Clock taproom with your pup for good beer, food from Kham Fu Dee, and MN Nice Cream, with specialty dog vendors on hand. With every pint sold, $1 will be donated to Canine Companions.

Free Yoga & Fresca

What: Crisp & Green + CorePower Yoga fitness event
When: August 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Where: Crisp & Green, 755 Lake St. E., Wayzata

Crisp & Green’s Wayzata location is partnering with CorePower Yoga on Saturday morning to give guests a free outdoor fitness event and will also be providing free Frescas after class. Bring your own mat and reserve your spot through Eventbrite on Crisp & Green’s website.

Chill Day at Day Block

What: Rise on the Hill at Day Block Brewing
When: August 7, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Day Block Brewing Company, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

If you like beer, pizza, and live music—and you have $10 to spare—head on over to Day Block Brewing Company on Saturday for a chill night out accompanied by music from the band Rise on the Hill.

Fair-Inspired Fare at Rosedale

What: Minnesota Fare
Ongoing through Sept. 6
Where: Potluck at Rosedale Center, Roseville

If you’re not able to make it to the State Fair this year—or even if you are—you can still head over to Potluck Food Hall at Rosedale Center to indulge in delicious fair-themed food (see photo). Along with unique fair-inspired menu items, vendors at Potluck will also be featuring giveaways for guests to take home.