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Things to do in the Twin Cities: ’80s and ’90s vintage fest, St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, exhibit of Prince’s shoes, and more
These shoes from Prince's 2004 "Musicology" era are on display at Paisley Park
These shoes from Prince’s 2004 “Musicology” era are on display at Paisley Park

Kevin Mazur © 1985-2021 The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson

Mini Show Tah

What: Mni Sota Native Music Series
When: Thursdays, July 8-29, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Cedar Public Access Channel Live Stream 

The Cedar Public Access Channel is hosting a Native music series featuring such artists as the Wake Singers, Keith Secola, Corey Medina, and others. The artists hail from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Arizona. The program will be free with suggested donations in order to cover the costs of the program, so pay what you can.  

Iconic Shoes at Paisley Park

What: The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes
When: Opening Friday, July 9
Paisley Park, 7801 Audubon Rd., Chanhassen

The Prince estate will be celebrating the late Minnesota icon with an exhibition of The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes. This will be the largest ever display of Prince’s shoes, unveiling over 300 pairs. Reservations must be made in advance, and tickets are on sale now.  

Craft Beer Fest

What: St. Paul Summer Beer Fest
When: Saturday, July 10, 1-5 p.m.
Where: International Bazaar – Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

St. Paul’s summeriest beer fest takes place Saturday, featuring live music, a silent auction, food vendors, and samplings from more than 70 breweries. All will take place in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds’ International Bazaar.

’80s and ’90s Vintage Fest 

What: Twin Cities Vintage Fest
When: Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Familia Headquarters Indoor Skatepark & Shop, 835 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Twin Cities Vintage Fest presents the largest ’80s and ’90s vintage treasure hunt Saturday. The vintage shopping event will feature more than 40 vendors selling clothing, video games, toys, and more. Early-bird admission starts at 10 a.m., or 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for general admission tickets.  

Pride in July: Pro-Wrestling, Drag, and Burlesque 

What: Pride Pre-Party
When: Saturday, July 10, 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Lab, 767 North Eustis St., Suite 115, St. Paul

Unlike previous years, Twin Cities Pride’s festival in Loring Park will take place in July; so if you’re looking for something to do before Pride, look no further than F1RST Wrestling’s Pride pre-party. With pro-wrestling, drag, and burlesque shows, there is a little something for everyone. V.I.P. tickets are already sold out, but general admission is still available. 

Art in the Park 

What: Elmcrest Art Fair 
When: Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Elmcrest Park, 16303 Quicksilver St. NW, Ramsey

A day of free art classes, food, live music, and more will be held in Ramsey for the Elmcrest Art Fair. At the end of the night, an award goes out to the best artist, and you’ll have the chance to win your favorite artist’s work.

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