It’s going to be another happening weekend in these parts, with the Basilica Block Party taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Open Streets on Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis.
But of course, there is so much more.
Ever wanted to canoe on the Mississippi? How about immerse yourself in hip hop? Or, run through an explosion of color on purpose?
We’ve got details on all of that in our Pick 3 Events. Check it out and enjoy!
Friday, July 8 – Canoe Ferry at Boom Island
Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE., Minneapolis
Have any thoughts about the future of river recreation on the Mississippi? Want a fun canoe ride on our beloved urban river? Stop by Boom Island Park for an evening of culture, community and canoeing.
Canoe Ferry is a pilot program designed to get new and less-experienced paddlers onto the water. National Park Service rangers from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area will be joined by Mississippi Park Connection staff and guides from Wilderness Inquiry who will be offering free canoe rides on the Mississippi River in exchange for your thoughts and ideas for river programming in the North and Northeast Minneapolis area.
You will also have opportunities to learn about the Mississippi River’s history, water quality, plants and animals, and the historic ferry route on which this paddle is based. It’s a free, family-friendly event although participants must be at least 30 lbs. in order to fit into the provided life jackets.
Saturday, July 9 – The Village of Hip Hop
Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Attention hip hop fans: the place for you to be is the Pillsbury House Theatre as the Universal Movement for the Advancement of Hip Hop (UMAHH) presents The Village of Hip Hop.
This is a free and family-friendly event with a variety of activities and events for all ages. You can participate in dance workshops, browse the art galleries, enjoy film presentations and sit in on educational talks. Plus, music will be provided by DJ Francisco and Kool Akiem, and let’s not forget about food and vendors.
The Hip Hop Village is happening on both Saturday, from 1:00 pm until 6:30 pm and on Sunday from 1:50 pm until 5:40 pm.
Sunday, July 10 – The Color Run
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul
The Color Run is the largest 5k event series in the world, and it’s making a stop in the Twin Cities on Sunday, July 10.
This year, the Color Run Tropicolor World Tour will combine the enjoyment of a 5k with all the fun of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories, music, and colors. The Twin Cities run benefits the Special Olympics Minnesota, an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities through the power of sports.
Color Runners will bathe in a tropical array of colors and island scents and they pass through the shade of palm trees, inflatable arches and island-style music in the Tropicolor Zone. Participants can expect to be whisked away to paradise and splashed with vivid colors every kilometer as they pass a different color zone. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach—an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws.
The race starts in waves at 9:00 am, 9:45 am, and 10:30 am. The cost to participate is $44.99 and you can register to do so by clicking here.
For more weekend happenings, be sure to check out the Minneapolis Happening Calendar.