Weekend Best Bets: Sept. 2-6

Things to do Labor Day weekend around the Twin Cities: Chalkfest, Lowertown Sounds, and more
These things will be at the Ridgedale mall
These things will be at the Ridgedale mall


Even More Lowertown Sounds

What: Lowertown Sounds presents Tina Schlieske with the Sunken Lands
When: Thursday, Sept. 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mears Park, 221 Fifth St. E., St. Paul

In St. Paul’s Mears Park, the Lowertown Sounds free weekly concert series—a summer mainstay—has been expanded thanks to corporate sponsors, according to a press release. That means more performers in the first two weeks of September, like native Midwest rocker Tina Schlieske on Thursday. Find the full schedule here.

Diversity at the Capitol

What: Merge Twin Cities
When: Saturday, September 4, 1-9 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard., St. Paul

At the State Capitol, the Shine evangelical ministry presents a festival that aims to bring together more than 100 nations in the Twin Cities, following a week of Christian outreach by the organization. Guests can enjoy Hmong, Indian, and Latin American food, according to a Pioneer Press article, along with performances by Christian music artists KB, Chandler Moore, and Tasha Cobbs. The day is set to end with prayer and worship.

Northwest Chalk Art

What: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes
When: Saturday-Monday, Sept. 4-6
Where: Arbor Lakes, downtown Maple Grove

Arbor Lakes hosts what it describes as one of the largest street art festivals in the Midwest on Labor Day weekend this year. Masterful chalk drawings cover the streets of Arbor Lakes; murals go up throughout Maple Grove for self-guided tours; and you can check all this out virtually, too.

Labor Day at the Bandshell

What: Labor Day at Lake Harriet
When: Monday, September 6, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis

At the Lake Harriet bandshell, a summer music series closes out with Twin Cities Caribbean dance group Socaholix.

Why Giant Meerkats?

What: The Meerkat Meetup
When: Through Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Where: Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka

This may sound odd, but there are “oversized, brightly colored meerkat sculptures” coming to Ridgedale Center as part of a national tour, according to a press release. It’s thanks to the artist collective Cracking Art. The sculptures are made of recyclable plastic, and there’s some messaging going on: Care for the environment—and care for one another, too. The meerkats are free to check out.

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