Best weekend bets: July 8-11

These shoes from Prince’s 2004 “musicology” era are on display at Paisley Park

Kevin Mazur © 1985-2021 Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson


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

Or: Live broadcast from the Cedar public access channel

The Cedar Public Access Channel hosts an Indigenous music series featuring artists such as the Wake Singers, Keith Secola, Corey Medina and others. The artists are from Minnesota, South Dakota and Arizona. The program will be free with suggestions donations in order to cover the costs of the program, then pay what you can.

Iconic shoes at Paisley Park

What: The beautiful collection: Prince’s personalized shoes
When: Friday July 9
Paisley Park, 7801 Audubon Rd., Chanhassen

The Prince Estate will celebrate the late Minnesota icon with an exhibition of The beautiful collection: Prince’s personalized shoes. It will be the largest Prince shoe show ever, unveiling more than 300 pairs. Reservations must be made in advance and tickets are on sale now.

Craft beer festival

What: St. Paul’s Summer Beer Festival
When: Saturday July 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: International Bazaar – Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

St. Paul’s most summery Oktoberfest takes place on Saturday, with live music, a silent auction, food vendors and samples from over 70 breweries. It will all take place in the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

80s and 90s party

What: Twin Cities Festival
When: Saturday July 10, 11 am-5pm
Or: Indoor skatepark and store at Familia headquarters, 835, avenue E. Hennepin, Minneapolis

Twin Cities Vintage Fest presents Saturday the biggest vintage scavenger hunt of the 80s and 90s. The vintage shopping event will feature over 40 vendors selling clothing, video games, toys and more. Early admission starts at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for general admission tickets.

Pride in July: Pro-Wrestling, Drag and Burlesque

What: Pride before the party
When: Saturday July 10, 5-9 p.m.
Or: The laboratory, 767 Eustis Street North, Office 115, St. Paul

Unlike previous years, the Twin Cities Pride festival at Loring Park will take place in July; so if you’re looking for something to do before pride, look no further than the F1RST Wrestling Pride Pre-Party. With wrestling, drag and burlesque shows, there is something for everyone. VIP tickets are already sold out, but general admission is still available.

Art in the park

What: Elmcrest Art Fair
When: Sunday July 11 10 am-4pm
Or: Elmcrest Park, 16303 Quicksilver St. NW, Ramsey

A day of free art lessons, food, live music and more will be held at Ramsey for the Elmcrest Art Fair. At the end of the evening, a prize is awarded to the best artist and you will have the chance to win the work of your favorite artist.

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