Weekend Best Bets: June 24-27

Things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities: ”Lake Street Then and Now,” Eagan Art Festival, our very own GrillFest, plan ahead for the Pride Beer Dabbler, and more
The Pride Beer Dabbler returns this year on July 16, and tickets are now on sale
The Pride Beer Dabbler returns this year on July 16, and tickets are now on sale

Photo by Tj Turner

Boozy Block Party

What: Irie Minds and Druzy Rose
When: Friday, June 25, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Day Block Brewing Company, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis 

The feel-good concert atmosphere was dearly missed last year, but the reggae-rock group Irie Minds is back at Day Block Brewing Company to remedy that, also teaming up with the dreamy tunes of Druzy Rose. Select from an impressive range of craft beers and sustainability-sourced eats that are sure to set your feet loose. 

Pride Month: Public Reading

What: “Coming Out Together” Red Wing PFLAG Book Reading and Reception
When: Friday, June 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: North Studios Courtyard, 163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing

Celebrating community and advocating for acceptance are among the many Pride month goals for the Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay (PFLAG) chapter in Red Wing. Step out into the sunset for an outdoor book reading with the authors of Coming Out Together: The “How We Did It” Guidebook at the Anderson Center this Friday. Registration is encouraged for this free event but not required.

Eagle-Eyed Art

What: Eagan Art Festival
When: Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Eagan Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan

Wander dazzling displays of artistic skill in Eagan this weekend for free. The Eagan Art Festival showcases vendors’ various talents, whether they’re peddling beautiful beadwork or luscious landscape paintings. Check out the edible attractions, too, like mini-donuts and freshly squeezed lemonade. With in-person and virtual options, all are welcome. 

Tour Minneapolis’ Past and Present

What: Lake Street Then and Now Virtual Tour
When: Saturday, June 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: From the ease and comfort of your own home, and Lake Street (yes, simultaneously)

Bustling with legacy businesses and architectural landmarks, this incomparable corridor serves as the setting for Preserve Minneapolis’ latest virtual tour. Experience the triumphs and trials of the rebuilding efforts on Lake Street as guided by Iric Nathanson, the author of the recently published Minneapolis’s Lake Street.

BBQ Goodness

What: Minnesota Monthly’s 9th Annual GrillFest
When: Saturday, June 26, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, June 27, 1-5 p.m.
Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul

Fire up the grill and gather secret spice mixes at this 21-plus event, where guests dig into burgers and sip samples while two flavor-packed contests ensue. One carnivorous recipe will win the Burger Battle, while the classic drink with the best punch is crowned Bloody Mary Champion. Your ticket grants access to over 100 food and drink vendors. Best of luck making choices, but the competition is always delicious. 

Plan Ahead: Beer Dabblers

What: Pride Beer Dabbler and Summer Beer Dabbler tickets on sale
Where: Click here for tickets

The Pride Beer Dabbler is back this year, bringing together 70 local breweries and cideries, this time at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Tickets are now on sale, and the actual event is July 16.

The Summer Beer Dabbler is also coming back on August 28, with tickets going on sale starting Thursday, June 24, at noon.

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