Music festivals, a bacon chase and more

Midtown Global Market Music Festival. Credit:

Midtown Global Music Festival
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.
When: Saturday, July 19 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Midtown Global Music Festival returns for its fourth year, bringing international-themed live music and dancing at one indoor and two outdoor stages. In partnership with the Minneapolis Aquatennial (July 18–26), festivalgoers can expect performances from cultures across the globe.

The day will start off with Ina-Yukka , a mother-and-son Andean Folk

 duo and Native American drumming from Hoka-Hey. The afternoon will round out with Aztec dance troupe Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue, a Zumba class led by members of the Backyard Initiative, blues tunes from the Brian Nielsen Band and Barbara LeShoure. There will also be music from jazz duo Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira, the West African group Duniya Drum and Dance, country music from 2/3rds MN, and Ross Sutter playing Scandinavian folk. For those inclined to dance, there will be Middle Eastern dance and belly-dancing lessons from Jawaahir Dance Company and a salsa dance class. To finish out the festival, Q-Band will be hosting a big-band salsa party.

With both indoor and outdoor events, festivalgoers can journey in and out to take advantage of the more than 40 vendors in and around the market. Of course, being the Midtown Global Market, there will be food from the market’s array of diverse restaurants, so take advantage of El Burrito Mercado’s tamales and Holy Land Deli’s kebobs, or cool off with refreshing Italian ices or custard from Grand Italian Ice. There will kid activities for families and artisan vendors selling multicultural merchandise.

The Wolf of Walmart
Where: Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave.
When: Runs July 11 to Nov. 1
Cost: $18 to 30

The Brave New Workshop is known for its comedic parody performances, and “The Wolf of Walmart” is no different. However this musical satire, directed by Caleb and Katy McEwen, diverges from the pack: unlike other Brake New Workshop shows, “The Wolf of Walmart” doesn’t have a limited theme. It seems no one — pop culture, politics and everyday life — is safe from this performance, opening July 11 and running to November. The show even includes a retail-store rap battle and one audience member will achieve “selfie immortality.” For cheaper tickets, students can get in on Thursdays for $10.

Bacon Chase
Where: Lake Nokomis Park, 955 West Lake Nokomis Pkwy
When: Saturday, July 19 at 9 a.m.
Cost: $25–$30 for .05K, $45–$70 for 5K

The national Bacon Chase festival is kicking off a national tour at Lake Nokomis Park with two races, the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage (a 3.1-mile dash) and the .05K Blitz to Bacon. These non-competitive, family-friendly races have one thing waiting for runners at the finish line: unlimited bacon — not to mention Blood Maries for adults. Registration also gets participants access to the festival, a Bacon Chase shirt and a bacon-scented bib. Vegetarians are welcome to watch, though there aren’t any veggie options. Runners can burn a few calories running and make up for it at the finish line. 

Best Days of Bakken
Where: Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S
When: July 22 to 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Coinciding with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, the Bakken Museum is throwing a free, five-day celebration of its historical exhibits and programming. The electricity, science and technology museum will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) theme each day to focus the event, which will include plenty of outdoor activities in the museum’s Green Energy Art Garden and programming in the new Great Hall Exhibit. Families are free to picnic at the museum and enjoy designing interactive balloon cars or seeing Tesla Motors’ zero-emission Model S car on Technology Day. 

Taste of Eat Local Minnesota
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Club Room, 2009 University Ave. SE
When: Thursday, July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $50

The 9th annual Taste of Eat Local Minnesota is coming to the TCF Bank Stadium this month with 15 of the area’s local and independent restaurants and breweries. Each restaurant will serve up its own unique culinary flavors and each dish will have its own wine or beer pairing. In order to complement guests’ senses, local band High & Mighty will also play live music. Every guest will get a free wine glass and be eligible to win a prizes and a gift card good for any Eat Local restaurant.

Tour de Fat
Where: Loring Park
When: Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 for beer

New Belgium Brewing is celebrating all things summer — beers, bikes and bemusement — with its 15th Tour de Fat event in Loring Park. Tour de Fat will feature eclectic entertainment, from a fashion and costume show, music from The Handsome Little Devils and Black Joe Lewis and a bicycle parade through Minneapolis. Though New Belgium will be serving 10 of its beers, kids are welcome at the event and can ride bikes in the bike corral and play games. New Belgium is also looking for someone in the Twin Cities pledge to live car-free for a year, swapping their car keys for a stipend for commuter bike. The event is free, but donations and beer and merchandise sales will benefit the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minnesota Off Road Cycling and Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

Northeast Brew’s Block Party
Where: Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE
When: Sunday, July 27 from 2 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Northeast is known for its plethora of craft breweries and taprooms, but now they are all coming down under one roof. Social Cider Werks is hosting a block party featuring plenty of favorites of the Northeast brewing scene, such as 612 Brew, Indeed Brewing, Fulton and many others. To go with the drinks, there will be food from Anchor Fish & Chips and several food trucks. To round out the evening, Social Cider Werks is hosting local bands Black Diet, Fort Wilson Riot and Bomba de Luz, among others. Eureka Recycling will also be on-hand to make this a zero-waste event.

Where: Light Grey Art Lab, 118 East 26th St. #101
When: Friday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m., runs through Sept. 5
Cost: Free

Light Grey Art Lab is opening its newest exhibition, Stacks, a collection of zines — small, artistic magazines — from more than 60 artists. These limited-edition art zines take a journey through time via the details and memories of each individual art, who cover the years 1984 to 2014. Each zine is personal and commemorates the history, culture and childhoods of each artist from around the world. This zine exhibition opens Aug.1 and runs to Sept. 5.


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