Weekend Best Bets: July 23-26

Things to do this weekend: Aquatennial, foraging for mushrooms, a double feature at the Franconia, and more
The Aquatennial, over Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Photo by Greg Lundgren

The Aquatennial Returns Online

What: Aquatennial Online
When: Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25
Where: aquatennial.com

Minneapolis’ summertime Aquatennial celebration is virtual in 2020. This weekend is when the annual celebration, known for water-ski shows and spectacular fireworks, really heats up. On July 23, highlight videos of the River Rats’ ski performances go online, and the Mpls Craft Market hosts a virtual workshop. On July 24, the Aquatennial Street Show features musical performances (including Jeremy Messersmith). And on July 25, look forward to Caribbean recipes, more music, and replayed video of the crowd-favorite Target Fireworks. Find more here.

Socially Distant Orchestra Concert

What: Mississippi Valley Orchestra Pop-Up Performance
When: Thursday, July 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis

The Mississippi Valley Orchestra community ensemble is back for a special performance at Bauhaus Brew Labs. The orchestra will play three 45-minute sets while listeners enjoy Bauhaus brewskis. This is a socially distant event, so register online via Open Table at the Bauhaus website in advance. Additionally, $1 from every beer sold during the performance will be donated to #RestoreNorth to help rebuild North Minneapolis.

A Racial Justice and Accountability March

What: March for Those Who Were Not Filmed
When: Friday, July 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Mueller Park, 2509 Colfax Ave. S., Minneapolis

This Minneapolis march acknowledges victims of police violence who did not receive the same visibility as George Floyd—“those who were not filmed.” Organizers of this march are demanding that “communities be in charge of who polices and protects their own neighborhoods” and that “businesses hold themselves accountable in regards to racial justice and providing a safe environment for all social identities of workers,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Gather at the Mueller Park basketball court to listen to speakers and proceed to the march.

A Chance to Find Wild Mushrooms

What: Summer Foraging Workshop
When: Saturday, July 25, 5 p.m. (and ongoing)
Where: Location disclosed after you sign up

Ironwood Foraging has been guiding Twin Cities residents in safe harvesting of wild foods since 2017. Now, they’re obeying limits on group gatherings while still offering workshops throughout the summer. So, curious about the wonders of local plants and fungi? This three-hour class will delve into plants, trees, and mushroom identification and usage. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance here.

A Double Feature at the Franconia Sculpture Garden

What: Film at Franconia: Fantastic Fungi and Fly Amanita
When: Saturday, July 25, 9-11 p.m.
Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer

At the incredible Franconia Sculpture Park, only an hour-long drive from the Twin Cities, enjoy a double feature courtesy of the park’s new free outdoor film series. The series, which highlights the best in art films, presents two flicks: Fantastic Fungi (81 minutes), a deep look into the magical and medicinal life of fungi, and Fly Amanita (4 minutes), a spunky short film wherein an Amanita muscaria mushroom shares thoughts on the relationship between fungi and humans. Parking is $5 per car. Snacks and drinks available are for purchase. Register in advance for this event here.

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