It’s the first weekend in July, and a long weekend at that! Of course, the 4th of July is Monday with Independence Day celebrations all weekend long, but there’s much more happening in the Cities, too.
If you just can’t get enough Prince tributes, you are in luck. And, if you want to spend your Saturday exploring the Walker for free, this is your weekend. And finally, if you are in the mood to learn some fascinating history and solve a 1940 murder mystery, check out what’s happening on Sunday. It’s all in our Pick 3 Events. Enjoy!
Friday, July 1 – Prince Art and Sound Show
Gamut Gallery, 717 S 10th. St., Minneapolis
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two months since Prince died, but still there’s always room for more Prince tributes. And this one promises to be huge! Actually, it’s a three-day affair, starting on Thursday, June 30 and running through Saturday, July 2.
Over 60 artists have created pieces that will grace the walls with Prince-inspired art of every kind. Along with the art, you will find other Purple-inspired inspirations in the back yard, including a giant mural, a projection of Purple Rain and DJ sets all three nights.
Thursday’s event also serves as a fundraiser. Cost of admission that night is $10 and will feature the music of DJ Michael Holtz, a Paisley Park regular. Proceeds from Thursday will go to Vega Productions, which supports quality music and art education in schools.
Cover on Friday and Saturday is just $5, and on Saturday there will be a special all-Prince “So You Think You Can Dance” class.
The fun runs from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm all three nights and costumes are strongly encouraged.
Saturday, July 2 – Free First Saturday Stage & Screen
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
As you probably know, gallery admission is free at the Walker on the first Saturday of every month. And, on these Free First Saturdays, there is a theme that creates all sorts of fun for visitors of all ages.
This Saturday’s theme is Stage & Screen, which means family-friendly live music and a family-friendly film, plus plenty of art activities sprinkled in before, during and after.
The oh-so-fun Bunny Clogs take the stage at 11:00 am to sing about lima beans, potatoes, and road trips, while playing a musical style that combines funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Then at 1:00 pm, you can catch Birds of Passage, an 84-minute movie that is best enjoyed by kids 8-years-old and up. And if you’d like, you can help make a paper city at some point during the day, too.
Free First Saturday runs from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Sunday, July 3 – Fort Snelling Upper Post Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul
Did you know that during WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesota’s “Greatest Generation” began their military careers at the Fort? Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling.
Spend your Sunday morning on a special walking tour of Fort Snelling and learn much more information about the buildings, the architecture and the Fort’s role in the 20th century. Plus, this tour includes a 1940 murder mystery!
The tour begins at 9:00 and takes about two hours and will cover some rough terrain, so wear comfortable shoes. Plus, it is free!
No need to register, just show up. The meeting spot is the headquarters building (clock tower) across from the ball fields on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Colville Avenue. If you go to the historic fort, you’ve gone to the wrong place.
And let’s not forget Monday, July 4. If you are still wondering where to see fireworks, click here.
Happy 4th everyone!