Pick 3 Weekend Events June 17 – 19

Pick 3 Weekend EventsHere we are, creeping up to another weekend in Minneapolis. Of course, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and if you are still wondering what to do for Dear Old Dad, we have some ideas for you.

We also have some ideas about how to spend your time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From all things German to recycled art to a summertime tradition, there is plenty for you to do this weekend. Check out our Pick 3 Events and enjoy!

Friday, June 17 – GermanFest Minnesota
Schmidt Brewing Company, 882 7th St. W., St. Paul

Celebrate German culture through food, music, dance, art, eduction and more at the family-friendly GermanFest Minnesota. It is going to be a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend of German goodness with literally something for everyone.

Taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy all sorts of polka bands, all kinds of German beer and food, cultural and historical talks, a family zone, games, dancing, German cinema, tours of the former brewery, and more. We should probably also mention the Art Tent, Dachshund Races, Fire Demonstrations, Friday Night Gemütlichkeit and Human Foosball.

There is no cost to attend, and you can even take Metro Transit to and from for free. And if you decide to drive, there will be plenty of on-street parking.

GermanFest runs Friday from 4:00 pm until 10:00pm; Saturday from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm; and Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. For a comprehensive run-down of each day’s events, please click here.


Saturday, June 18 – Art Up-Cycle – The Exhibition
Kolman & Pryor Gallery, 1500 Jackson St. NE, #395, Minneapolis

You may remember an article we published back when there was snow on the ground about a gallery in Northeast Minneapolis willing to pay $1 for unloved, unwanted or unused paintings. That gallery was Kolman & Pryor and they were looking for paintings on stretched canvas or on wood panel which would be repurposed and up-cycled in a new exhibition in the spring.

Art Up-Cycle: The Exhibition opened earlier in June and on Saturday, the gallery is hosting a free reception from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Gallery co-owner and curator, Patrick K. Pryor, gallery artist, Jodi Reeb, and local artists, Jim Dryden, Laura Hallen, Nathanael Flink, Erik Benson, James Holmberg and Carolyn Swiszcz all upcycled pieces from the winter sale, using three to four pieces in their new work.

Their work will be on display through July 16, when the exhibition closes. For more information and for gallery hours, please click here.


Sunday, June 19 – Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Minneapolis Riverfront

The 22nd Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival hits the Minneapolis Riverfront for three days this weekend. There will be plenty of art from over 250 artists and lots of music from dozens of local bands throughout the weekend. Plus, concerts on Water Power Park both Friday and Saturday nights (with fireworks following the music on Friday). There also will be a spot specifically for family fun in Father Hennepin Park at the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge, and a Father’s Day Car Show with an impressive display of classic, imported and restored cars.

The festival runs Friday from noon until 8:00 pm with a free concert on Water Power Park from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm (concert from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm); and Sunday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Plan to stop by at some point and see why Minneapolis Happening readers voted the Stone Arch Bridge Festival a Finalist in the Festival category of the 2015 Happening List!

For more weekend happenings, be sure to check out the Minneapolis Happening calendar.

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