Woofstock, the Minneapolis Bike Tour and more

Minneapolis Bike Tour on Sunday, Sept. 20. Credit: Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board


Linden Hills is going to the dogs. The 11th annual Woofstock, the Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood’s post-dog days of summer festival, will bring thousands of canine companions and dog-lovers to the Linden Hills Business District. The area on 43rd Street between Upton Avenue South and Vincent Avenue South will have special events and discounts with plenty of “Fido finds,” from grooming and food to photography and bedding. Pooches can also compete in the Putting on the Dog Fashion Show and trick contests.

Where: 43rd Street between Upton and Vincent avenues

When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: explorelindenhills.com


Lakewood Cemetery Lantern Lighting

Lakewood Cemetery is hosting a new event for Minneapolitans to celebrate loved ones who have passed away. During cemetery’s Lantern Lighting Celebration in East Harriet, guests can decorate floating lanterns with words of remembrance in memory of a loved one. At dusk, participants will release the lanterns together into the cemetery’s lake during a nondenominational ceremony. There will also be live music and other family-friendly activities.

Where: Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave.

When: Sept. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation

Info: lakewoodcemetery.com


Minneapolis Bike Tour

Minneapolis is one of the country’s top bike cities partially because of its parkway system, and the best way of enjoying these paths is the Minneapolis Bike Tour. The family-oriented recreational tour spans the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System, a picturesque route around the city. There will be a 16-mile, a 25-mile and a 32-mile route to choose from, all of which are closed to traffic. Riders can rest at a post-ride event with live music and beer from New Belgium Brewing.

Where: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE

When: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m.

Cost: $20-$45

Info: minneapolisbiketour.com



The Soap Factory will welcome work from 17 artists, from five states across the Midwest, as part of its fourth Midwest Biennial. The exhibition, dubbed “superusted” and curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, features art selected from a series of some 120 studio visits across the region. The theme, a made up word in English, refers to “a far from ordinary state of change.” As part of the exhibition, The Soap Factory will be hosting a free opening reception on Sept. 12 from 7-11 p.m.

Where: The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE

When: Sept. 12-Nov. 8

Cost: Free

Info: soapfactory.org


Bacon and Beer Classic

After visited several cities nationwide, the Bacon and Beer Classic will bring bacon and beer to the ballpark at Target Field for a day of local breweries, restaurants and entertainment. The event boasts more than 60 local brewers such as North Gate Brewery and Sociable Cider Werks, along with chefs from over 30 local restaurants like Libertine and Wise Acre Eatery who are cooking bacon-inspired dishes. Guests can attend brunch (1-4 p.m.) or evening (7-10 p.m.) sessions.

Where: Target Field, 353 N. 5th St.

When: Saturday, Sept. 12

Cost: $59-99

Info: baconandbeerclassic.com


Fall Fine Arts Show

If you’re looking to see more of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, then this show is your best bet to see what it has to offer. More than 150 artists-members of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association will present work at the group’s Fall Fine Arts Show this month, ranging from photography and sculpture to painting and more. NEMAA will be hosting a free opening reception Friday, Sept. 18 from 6-10 p.m. with Chowgirls Killer Catering, Indeed Brewing and open artist studios. 

Where: Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE

When: Sept. 18-27

Cost: Free

Info: nemaa.org


Fashioning a Future

Northeast Minneapolis retailers Key North Boutique and T Lee Custom Designer Jewelry are throwing a fashion show fundraiser to benefit earthquake victims in Nepal. Style expert Grant Whitaker is emceeing the runway show that will feature women’s clothing and accessories from Key North and a new collection of 24kt and palladium jewelry from T Lee. The Journal and Southwest Journal are sponsoring the event.

Where: Key North Boutique. 515 1st Ave. NE

When: Sept. 11 from 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $10-100

Info: keynorthboutique.com


Taste of Greece

The Minneapolis Greek Festival returns to St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church featuring authentic Greek food, live music, dancing and plenty more. The first night, Friday, Sept. 11, kicks off with fundraiser for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, along with a 5K toga run and walk around Lake Calhoun. The festival continues with live performances from the Greek Dancers of Minnesota and St. Mary’s Hellenic Dancers, a courtyard café with flights of Greek wine and shopping in the festival’s Greek Boutique.

Where: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

When: Sept. 11-13

Cost: Free

Info: mplsgreekfest.org