Around Town: A Look at This Weekend's Events

The 2017 Autumn Brew Review. Photo: Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
The 2017 Autumn Brew Review.

September 13, 2018 07:36 PM

No plans this weekend? Need to get out of the house? Here is a look at what is going on in the Twin Cities this weekend.

10th Annual Global Roots Festival


Learn about the West Bank neighborhood's Scandinavian and East African roots during the Cedar Cultural Center's 10th Annual Global Roots Festival. The Festival will feature more than 14 bands, as well as workshops, film screenings and art activities. This year the Cedar Cultural Center expanded its annual festival to five days. 

Date: Friday - Wednesday 

Place: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis 

Sever's Fall Festival 

Summer may be coming to a close, but Minnesotans can celebrate the coming of fall with Sever's Fall Festival. Opening Friday, the festival offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze and live performances. According to the event's website, the event is the Midwest's original fall festival. The festival is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28.

Date: Friday - Sunday through Oct. 28

Place: Shakopee

Minnesota Renaissance Festival 

Step into medieval times by visiting the nation's largest Renaissance festival. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 48th year of existence. Over 300,000 people visit the festival to experience the works of artisans, food and drink and, of course, medieval entertainment.  

Date: Saturday and Sunday, weekends through Sept. 28

Place: Minnesota Renaissance Festival Site, Shakopee

St. Paul Oktoberfest

It's that time of year, let the Oktoberfest celebrations begin! This weekend in the metro, the Germanic American Institute will be celebrating Oktoberfest at the Schmidt's Brewery. The celebration follows that of the one in Munich, with a horse-drawn beer wagon parade, followed by a keg tapping ceremony. Festival attendees will be able to partake in traditional German food and beer. The festival organizers tout the event as Minnesota's most authentic Oktoberfest celebration.

Date: Friday - Saturday

Time: Saturday: 4 to 10 p.m. - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Place: Schmidt's Brewery, St. Paul

LoLa Art Crawl

Discover the art of the Longfellow Neighborhood during the 2018 LoLa Art Craw. The event is hosted by the League of Longfellow Artists, and hosts over 130 artists in 60 different locations throughout the neighborhood. 

Date: Saturday - Sunday

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Longfellow Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Lakeville Art Festival

For those who don't make it to the LoLa Art Crawl, the Lakeville Art Festival offers another chance to take in and purchase local art. The festival hosts over 90 exhibitors, featuring visual, performing and literary artists. 

Date: Saturday - Sunday

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville 

Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival

Minnesotans have yet another chance to see what local artists are up to during the Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival. The event includes a parade, art displays, live music, food trucks and more. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Place: Golden Valley

Open Streets - West Broadway

On Sunday, West Broadway Avenue will be closed to traffic and opened up to pedestrians, cyclists and skaters as a part of Open Streets. The rotating event closes major roadways in the city, allowing people to be exposed to local businesses and neighborhoods. West Broadway Avenue will be closed from Penn Avenue North to Lyndale Avenue North. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis 

Prairie Burn Music Festival 2018

Take in a vast spectrum of music while supporting the YMCA Twin Cities camp endowments during the Prairie Burn Music Festival. The festival offers multiple stages, with 11 different performers. Festival-goers can also enjoy archery, hayrides, rock climbing and pony rides. 

Date: Saturday

Time: Noon to 10 p.m.

Place: YMCA Camp St. Croix, Hudson, Wisconsin

Autumn Brew Review

Seeking a new brew? You'll have no trouble finding one at the Autumn Brew Review. The event will host over 100 Minnesota craft breweries, who will pour their beers, as well as new fall releases. The event is touted as one of the oldest and largest craft beer festivals in the Midwest. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 1 to 5 p.m.

Place: Hall's Island, Minneapolis 

Twin Cities Firefighters Block Party

Enjoy food, cold brews and live music all while supporting a good cause during the Twin Cities Firefighters Block Party. All donations made during the event help Operation Warm purchase coats for kids in the Twin Cities community. 

Date: Saturday

Time: 4 to 10 p.m.

Place: Fulton Brewing, Minneapolis

Minneapolis Bike Tour

Take to Minneapolis on two wheels during the Minneapolis Bike Tour. The ride starts and ends on Boom Island, taking riders through the city's parks and byways. 

Date: Sunday

Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Boom Island, Minneapolis 

Twin Cities Veg Fest

Living the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? Want to learn more about plant-based diets? Check out the Twin Cities Veg Fest. The event will offer food vendors, speakers and cooking demos. 

Date: Sunday

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Place: Harriet Island Park, St. Paul

Farmers Markets Across the Metro

What better way to purchase your produce than from local growers? Every week across the metro there are a number of farmers markets. Here's a look at the ones you can catch over the weekend:

Minneapolis Lyndale Market

Minneapolis Downtown Market

St. Paul Downtown Market 

Inver Grove Heights Market 

Savage Market 

Woodbury Market

Apple Valley Market 

Burnsville Market 

Lakeville Market


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