Take your dear old dad for a walk along the Mississippi River during the Stone Arch Festival. Featuring over 250 artists who specialize in everything from ceramics and glass to mixed media, the festival is one of the best annual showcases for artists and art-lovers. There’s also the music: this year’s line-up stretches across four stages and includes Andy Juhl, White Light Riot, Sarah Morris, Wizards Are Real, Tortuga, and other great bands to provide the day’s soundtrack. You’ll also be able to snack at Stone Arch — this year the new Minnesota Made Artisan Market (presented by Whole Foods) hosts vendors including Unpeeled Kombucha, Salad Girl Salad Dressings, Peace Coffee, and Angie’s Kettle Corn. And if you need a break to rest your feet, the The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Stone Arch Festival of the Arts’ film series, Minnesota Reek: Movies From Our Own Backyard. Free; for more information, visit stonearchfestival.com.
If you’ve had the Pedal Pub pull up alongside you outside a bar or while in your car, you know how the bar on wheels turns riders into raving, pedaling maniacs. Now imagine a bunch of those filled with teams wearing costumes going head to head in a racing competition. The 2nd Annual Pedal Pub Races in Northeast Minneapolis Riverfront District begins in the Surdyk’s parking lot, where teams of 8-10 individuals (4 of whom must be ladies) will race from First Ave. NE to E. Hennepin and back. Pedal pubs can be reserved for $150 per team, and each pedal pub will race two or three times during their time allotted (either 12-3p.m. or 3-6p.m.). Just watching? Enjoy food from Chef Shack and live music by Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers. Gathering for the races starts at 11a.m. For more information, visit NortheastMinneapolis.com.
Love your tattoos? Thinking about getting a new one? Or do you heat up anytime you see someone inked up, but you’re not ready to commit yourself? If yes to any of the above, you’ll be in heaven at special installment of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Third Thursday series, “Body Art.” Pick up a pocket guide to body art in the MIA collection, mingle with other (body) art lovers or stop by Uptown Tattoo booth for a complimentary temporary (paint-on) tattoo. The event will be held outdoors at (weather permitting) and feature local rock/country group, the Reckless Ones. Free. Event runs from 6-9p.m. For more information, visit the MIA’s website.
Minnesotans love their community celebrations both large and small, so it’s not necessarily serendipity that both the Strawberry Fest in Cottage Grove and Tater Daze in Brooklyn Park kick off today. And while these weekend-long events are clearly much more family friendly than, say, Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers U.S. Tour at the Cabooze (which is sold out, by the way, so it didn’t make the best day-of recommendation), it doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself ready make the trek to around the greater metro for some good ol’ fashioned Minnesota summer fun. Tater Daze runs Thursday through Sunday, and features a parade, potato mashing contest, and a petting zoo. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Park city website. Strawberry Fest also runs Thursday through Sunday, and features hot air balloon rides, bands, fireworks and a petting zoo. For more information, visit the Strawberry Fest website.
Actor Charles Numrich confesses that he has to use “lots and lots of bug spray” to make sure he delivers a top-notch portrayal of a dead Caesar lying in the grass. Donning a tunic and sandals tonight in Minnehaha Park, Numrich and the rest of the Cromulent Shakespeare Company will bring Minnesotans a little Shakespeare as part of Minneapolis/St. Paul Parks and Recreation Summer Series: Shakespeare in the Park. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and a few snacks, and watch Numrich and other charismatic Cromulent company members tell the classic story. Play starts at Minnehaha Park at 7pm and is free and open to the public. For more information visit cromulentshakespeare.org.