The Renaissance Festival out in Shakopee is just getting started, while this weekend marks the beginning of the end of the Minnesota State Fair. Apple orchards across the area are beginning to open, while any still-open outdoor swimming pools are starting to trim their hours.
It’s also the last weekend of summer break for all of those lucky kids who have not yet started yet.
Yep, Labor Day Weekend marks summer’s swan song and fall’s impending arrival. Even so, it’s still a weekend with lots happening across the Twin Cities. In our Pick 3 Events, we have a unique art opening in a perhaps even more unique art space, a weekend of history, and an end-of-summer block party.
Plus, if you are looking for one last summer oomph for Labor Day or any day this weekend, we have some suggestions for you, too.
Friday, September 4 – Ute Bertog/Et al.
Tuckunder Projects, 5120 York Ave. S., Minneapolis
On a quiet street in Southwest Minneapolis is a house that doubles as an art gallery. Owner and Curator Pete Driessen, who is an artist himself, has transformed many parts of his home into exhibition space that features the works of unrecognized emerging artists.
The fourth exhibition of 2015, Ute Bertog/Et al. opens this weekend and features the paintings and mixed media works of Ute Bertog in the Main Gallery, the former tuck-under garage. The downstairs bathroom of the home, also known as The Leaky Sink Gallery displays paintings by Mark Rode.
The exterior of the house has spaces for artwork as well. Photographer Paul Wegner has created a site-specific photograph installation, and the group Aesthetic Raspberry Tactics (ART) will continue to have their Raspberry Patch/Chromatic Linguistics found in the yard.
This exhibition actually opens on Thursday, September 3 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and runs through October 4. TuckUnder has unstructured hours Wednesdays through Sundays and admission is free. For more information, check out the TuckUnder Projects website.
World War I, otherwise known as the Great War, took place 100 years ago, from 1914 through 1918. The United States, however, did not get involved in the war until 1917, and our participation tipped the scales in favor of the Allied powers. The war came to an end on November 11, 1918, and shaped the course of world history, with the U.S. emerging as a world power.
During World War I Weekend at Fort Snelling, you will be able to not only explore Minnesota’s role in the war, but also the ways this war shaped the world as we know it today. There will be costumed staff and reenactors to visit with, military demonstrations to watch, a WWI trench to explore and more.
World War I Weekend runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm all days. For more information, please visit the Fort Snelling website.
Sunday, September 6 – PorktoberFest Block Party
Day Block Brewing, 1105 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
What better way to acknowledge the end of summer than with an all-day block party featuring pork and beer? PorktoberFest will have a lot of both: lots of locally-made food (with an emphasis on pork) and lots of craft beer. There also will be plenty of vegetarian options and a whole slew of live music.
While the event itself starts at 11:00 am, the live music will kick off at 2:00 pm and will feature:
• Hustle Rose
• The Lone Crows
• Moon Grass Trio
• Fairfax, AK
• Frankie Teardrop
• Basement Brew
The fun runs all day until 10:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and includes a $5 food and beverage voucher. To get your tickets and for more information, please click here.
Monday, September 7 is Labor Day, which is the unofficial end to summer here in Minnesota. If you are looking for one last summer hurrah, you have some options. You can check out the Artist-Designed Mini Golf at the Walker one last time as it will shut down for the season at 8:00 on Monday.
If you want to grab one last outdoor concert at Lake Harriet, singer-songwriter Dustin Hatzenbuhler will hit the stage at 5:30 for the season’s final Music in the Parks performance.
You can also be a tourist in our city, get out on the Minneapolis lakes, and even go for a swim. For more information on any of these options, please click here.