Weekend Best Bets: July 22-25

Things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities: concerts, art installations, food, a carnivale, and more
The Bacon and Beer Classic returns to the Twin Cities this weekend
The Bacon and Beer Classic returns to the Twin Cities this weekend


Rescued During WWII

What: Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War
When: Thursday, July 22, 10 a.m. (through October 31, 2021)
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Opening this weekend at the American Swedish Institute, Kindertransport showcases astonishing acts of bravery that occurred during World War II, when approximately 10,000 Jewish children were rescued from Nazi Germany and brought to other countries, such as Sweden and Great Britain. This historic rescue mission is brought to life through artifacts, audio testimonies, and harrowing personal stories.

Classic Jams

What: Moondance Jam
When: Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24
Where: Moondance Fairgrounds, 7050 39th Ave. NW, Walker

Relive the glory days in Walker, Minnesota, this weekend at the Moondance Jam festival, with headliners like Halestorm and Todd Rundgren. Tons of classic rock artists will be there, so you can jam out all weekend long, with camping options available. (Feel free to bring your kids along, too, so you can show them what “real music” sounds like.)

Four Times the Energy

What: Nur-D and Finding Novyon, with Xavier Goodman and Jaki
When: Friday, July 23, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Fine Line, 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis

Four local artists with loads of talent and personality are putting on a show this Friday. If you crave high-energy, soulful, dance or lyrical music, and if you’re interested in supporting new and local artists—particularly in hip-hop—you won’t want to miss it.

Art-iversary in Red Wing

What: The Anderson Center’s 25th Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing

A historic location committed to cultivating creativity and inspiring artists, the Anderson Center is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Tower View program in Red Wing. To celebrate this milestone, they’ve planned a day of live music, food, readings, tours, and artist demonstrations.

Perfect Pair

What: Bacon and Beer Classic
When: Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Columbia Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis

Bacon and beer—for some, this is the end-all. The mouth-watering event takes place at the Columbia Golf course in northeast Minneapolis. Simply sign up for a time and walk hole to hole sampling bacon dishes, craft beers, and ciders.

Roller Coaster Carnivale

What: Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair
When: Select dates beginning Saturday, July 24, 3 p.m.
Where: Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee

A world of culture, entertainment, and cuisine is coming to Shakopee this summer—including food and drinks from all around the world, a parade with six floats, and almost 100 street performers, plus crafts for kids. It takes place at Valleyfair, so maybe check it out after you ride the Corkscrew.

Lyn-Lake Installations

What: Art exhibits at Soo VAC: Intervals and I Was Born With a Silver Spoon in Your Mouth
When: Saturday, July 24, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave., Minneapolis

Be one of the first to see two new art installments at the Soo Visual Arts Center. On display: Intervals by Megan Vossler and I Was Born With a Silver Spoon in Your Mouth by Candice Davis. These Minnesota-based artists examine time, trauma, and healing through the visual arts.

Windows to the Soul

What: Poetry in the Windows
When: Sunday, July 25, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books outdoor space, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Pangea World Theater has curated more than 20 poets (including Michael Kleber-Diggs, Shá Cage, and Tish Jones) to fill installations in the windows of Lake Street. Join them on Sunday at Moon Palace Books in celebration of this installation, or see the installations themselves, showcased on Lake Street, anytime until the winter of 2021.

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