Weekend Outlook: Fair


"A Gift for Planet BX63" by Off Leash Area

Let's hope for good weather this weekend, because there are lots of great outdoors events and festivals for the whole family.

Off Leash Area is bringing its highly physical theater to a garage near you. That's right, the theater company usually performs out of its own garage, but is now taking its performance of "A Gift for Planet BX63" on tour to residential garages in Minneapolis, Plymouth, Blaine, Brooklyn Park and Eagan. The show is billed as a melding of "The Little Prince" and "The Gods Must Be Crazy."

This weekend 13th Ave NE in Minneapolis is being transformed into the Nordeast Music Festival, with live music, a silent auction, chair massages and... a meat raffle. Bands to perform include the Hopefuls, Zoo Animal, the Roe Family Singers and Screaming Vermillion.

Kids of all ages are welcome to the "CARNiVAL DE WONQUE!" this Saturday. Presented by Patrick's Cabaret, the event includes lots of games that cost just 25 or 50 cents to play (ring toss, fish pond, etc), as well as a hula hoop contest and live music by The Brass Messengers.

This Saturday also marks the Red Stag Block Party, featuring live music all day (Heiruspecs and E.L.nO., among others), yet another hula hoop contest and great food that's locally sourced. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ann Bancroft Foundation (the explorer, not the actress) to support microgrants to help young girls reach their goals.

And the mother of all festivals, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival gets underway this weekend in Shakopee. Feel free to wear your swords, knives, dirks and daggers, but leave the axes, claymores, maces, pikes and guns at home.


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