U.S. Bank Stadium gets rockin’

The Get Out Guide features all the events to get you out around Minneapolis.

U.S. Bank Stadium. Photo by Eric Best

Concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium

Minneapolitans have had to watch U.S. Bank Stadium slowly take form for the past few years, and now it’s finally open. After a sold-out soccer game in early August, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is set to see two wildly different back-to-back concerts — not to mention fans. Plus, it’ll get its national TV debut during week three of the Vikings’ pre-season with a Sunday, Aug. 28 game against the San Diego Chargers.

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Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan, one of country music’s most popular figures today, will be U.S. Bank Stadium’s first concert — the stadium’s first big-ticket non-sporting event. The Georgia-born singer-songwriter is touring on last year’s full-length release “Kill the Lights” — known for singles “Kick the Dust Up,” “Strip it Down” and “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” — backed by Alabama-based group Little Big Town and “Mind Reader” singer Dustin Lynch.

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave.

When: Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $37.50-$123

Info: lukebryan.com

Photo by Merijn Bos
Photo by Merijn Bos


Hardcore Metallica fans may look a little more like hardcore Minnesota Vikings fans than Luke Bryan’s listeners. The legendary thrash metal band — one of the genre’s founders — will take the football stadium as its first rock show and one of the band’s only shows of the year following their years on hiatus. Fellow California-born metal band Avenged Sevenfold and tour mate Volbeat — a Danish hard rock band — will open the currently sold-out show.

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave.

When: Saturday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

Cost: $49.50-$149.50

Info: metallica.com/tour



Crayfest is moving to a larger space this year for fans of crawfish, beer and live music. Smack Shack is once again putting on the fest with all its all-you-can-eat crawfish and all-you-can-drink beer. This year’s music lineup features Paul Mayasich (12-12:45 p.m.), Frogleg (1:15-2 p.m.), New Primitives (2:30-3:15 p.m.), Solid Gold (3:45-4:30 p.m.), The Suburbs (5-6:30 p.m.) and Wain & Friends (7-8 p.m.). The 21-plus event is located in the parking lot behind the North Loop restaurant at 3rd Street North and 7th Avenue North.

Where: Parking lot behind Smack Shack, 700 N. 3rd St.

When: Saturday, Aug. 20 from 12-8 p.m.

Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at the door

Info: smack-shack.com

Summer Beer Dabbler

The Summer Beer Dabbler returns for its eighth year, bringing more than 100 breweries and 300 beers to the home of the St. Paul Saints. Beer aficionados can try unlimited samples from just about every brewery in town, from 2 Towns Ciderhouse to Wasatch Brewery. Beyond the brews, the Dabbler will feature performances from Nooky Jones (8-9 p.m.), K.Raydio (7-7:45 p.m.), Porno Wolves (6-6:45 p.m.) and Hipshaker (5-6 p.m.), not to mention an all-day silent disco and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Concession stands from CHS Field will also be serving up ballpark fare.

Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St.

When: Saturday, Aug. 20 from 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at the door, $20 for designated drivers

Info: beerdabbler.com

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Submitted photo

In Cahoots! Block Party

Kim Bartmann is throwing yet another summer block party, this time the third year of her craft beer collaboration festival, In Cahoots! A dozen Minnesota craft breweries, combined to form six teams, have come together to create collaborative brews to debut at Red Stag Supperclub. And the event has a musical lineup of local favorites, including psychedelic indie rock band Night Moves, theatrical Minneapolis legend Mark Mallman and Doomtree rapper Sims. Black Market Brass, Farewell Milwaukee and BradyScott are also on the entertainment bill. For food, the restaurant will offer brats, pulled pork sandwiches, fish tacos and more.

Where: Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave. NE

When: Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: redstagsupperclub.com

Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Polish Festival
Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Polish Festival

Twin Cities Polish Festival

The Twin Cities Polish Festival returns to bring all things Polish to Main Street. This year’s celebrations feature two stages of polka music and traditional Polish folk dancers. The fest will also be home to exhibitions, including those from artists Liliana Chwistek and Dorota Wojcik, and has hosted the Minnesota State Amateur Polka Dance Championships and Chopin concerts. The free fest runs Friday, Aug. 12 from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Nicollet Island-East Bank riverfront, 43 SE Main St.

When: Aug. 12-14

Cost: Free

Info: tcpolishfestival.org

50 Year Mission Tour

It may seem like light-years ago, but “Star Trek” has now been dazzling would-be space cadets for 50 years. Whether it was the latest “Beyond” movie or Gene Roddenberry’s “The Original Series,” the universe of Captain James Kirk and the final frontier have continued to captivate audiences and create the most diehard fans. For Trekkies, the 50 Year Mission Tour convention is taking over downtown’s Hyatt Regency hotel with appearances from the franchise’s biggest names — William Shatner included — along with parties, panels and more.

Where: Hyatt Regency, 1300 Nicollet Mall

When: Aug. 12-14

Cost: $25-35 per day, VIP and packages available

Info: creationent.com