Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 14-17

Things to do this weekend around the Twin Cities: VocalEssence, Summit Brewing, Cafe Meow, and more
VocalEssence's 2021-22 season is underway
VocalEssence’s 2021-22 season is underway

Photo by Kyndell Harkness

Girls in Film

What LunaFest
When: Thursday-Saturday, October 14-16
Where: Virtual

In a virtual film fest that benefits Girls on the Run Minnesota—a nonprofit that uses a curriculum of running to engage girls’ confidence—a selection of short films by and about women spans animation and drama, covering topics like women’s health, body image, cultural diversity, and more.

Runners at River Hill

What: The Mankato Marathon
When: Friday and Saturday, October 15-16
Where: Rivers Hill Mall, 1850 Adams St., Mankato

The Mankato Marathon, named one of the Top 10 Beautiful On-Course Scenery winners by the BibRave100, is back this weekend. Races include a full marathon, a 10k, and 5k, a kidsK, and Bold Challenges.

Happy Birthday, Summit! 

What: Summit Brewing Company Celebrates 35th Anniversary
When: Saturday, October 16, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Cir, St. Paul

Join Summit Brewing Company in celebrating their 35th anniversary this Saturday. Food is courtesy of Dark Horse Bar & Eatery, Lone Oak Grill, and New Bohemia, and of course your favorite Summit beverages are on their patio and in the newly reopened Ratskeller Beera Hall all afternoon.

Go Behind the Curtain

What: Theater Mu Hosts Family Exploration Day
When: Saturday, October 16, 12-3 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Theater Mu welcomes you to Family Exploration Day, a virtual event that will allow children and families to dive into the world of theater through two performances and interactive experiences with dance, puppetry, and set design. Sign up soon and get your activity kit while supplies last.

Hope Lives Here

What: VocalEssence Returns To In-Person Performance
When: Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

VocalEssence returns to the stage to perform works by Leonard Bernstein and Astor Piazzolla as part of a reflection on a year of pandemic life. The vocal ensemble will be joined by the Minnesota Dance Theatre performers and an instrumental ensemble. 

An Artist’s Evolution

What: Julie Mehretu Exhibition Comes to MN
When: Begins Saturday, October 16
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

The Walker Art Center is the final stop on the tour of artist Julie Mehretu’s works. Mehretu is best known for her large-scale abstract paintings, and the exhibition will feature over 75 of her drawings, graphics, and mapping over the years, allowing viewers to see the evolution of her work. 

Yoga with Cats

What: Cafe Meow Hosts a Yoga Class
When: Sunday, October 17, 8:45 a.m.
Where: Cafe Meow, 2323 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

Good meow-rning! Join instructor Amanda and the cats of the Cafe Meow for a morning yoga session, some cuddles with new furry friends, and a complimentary cup of tea. Keep in mind that all cats are looking for a new home, and Rescue Week is coming up very soon! These recurring yoga classes are held on select Sundays.

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Katherine (Kate) Lawless is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she studied journalism and history and discovered her passion for magazine writing after she joined Moda, UW’s fashion and lifestyle magazine, in her sophomore year. Three years later, she became Moda’s deputy editor and started an editorial internship with BRAVA, Madison’s women’s magazine. After completing the post-graduate Columbia Publishing Course, Kate is excited to grow as a writer and contribute to Greenspring's publications as an editorial intern.