TC Weekend | FMLY Fest, Irish Fair, Polish Fest, Pizza Lucé Block Party, Play on Penn, Art on the Ave & more!

This weekend’s lineup is a bit quieter than last weekend's, but no less engaging. From community gatherings and cultural fairs, to art crawls and music festivals -- there is a lot to enjoy this weekend! Scroll down to see what’s on tap; if you know of an event that readers should know about, sound off in the comment section below.

Play on Penn: Meat and Greet, August 8

Come on out to the second Meat & Greet, a Play on Penn event sponsored by Penn Avenue Community Works that aims to create an attractive destination for community-building and opportunity along the Penn Avenue corridor. The event offers free BBQ, live music, and an opportunity to interact and socialize with people in the community! Special guests include the Free Speech Machine, E.G. Bailey's Talking Tree Poetry, IMPACT Penn Avenue Story Series by Bully Creative, and a special showing of the film "A Place at the Table" presented by Appetite for Change and its Fresh Corners Initiative. Go here for more details.

Penn Avenue North and Broadway Avenue West

7 p.m. - 1 a.m.



5th Annual Cedar Riverside Health Fair, August 8

Join Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Community Center for the 5th annual Cedar Riverside Health Fair, offering preventive healthcare screenings, health education and fun activities for kids like a sports tournament, food and raffles! Over 30 local healthcare organizations will be on hand, including Health Partners, Mayo Clincic, MNsure, Children’s Dental Services and more.

The Brian Coyle Community Center

420 15th Ave South, Minneapolis | Call 612-876-9321 for more info

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


FMLY Fest, August 8-9

Join In The Heart of The Beast Theater for a two-day festival full of local and national music, and interactive art and sound installations. Festivities also include a bazaar market place, zine library, an ambient chill-out game cave and much more! Check the Facebook page for the full schedule.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis

6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

$12 one day / $17 two day pass
$3 / $5 pints from Steel Toe Brewing!


Irish Fair of Minnesota, August 8 – 10

This three-day fair, billed as the nation’s biggest free Irish Fair, features a Celtic marketplace, Gaelic sports, Irish food and drink, and local and international musical offerings, among other festivities.

Aug 8: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Aug 9: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Aug 10: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Harriet Island

200 Dr. Justus Ohage Boulevard, St Paul

Go here to download your free Metro Pass


Twin Cities Polish Festival, August 8 – 10

Another fun three-day cultural festival, the The Twin Cities Polish Festival, features authentic polish food and beer, a 5K run, children’s activities, a Twin Cities Polish Film Fest and much more!

55 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

Aug 8: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Aug 9: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Aug 10: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free admission

Art on the Avenue, August 9

Smith Avenue will once again mark the spot for the second annual Art on the Avenue. The art crawl will feature over 20 local artists, and two stages of music from artists such as Independent Progress, Mary & the Percolators, Chandy Gessner, The Jinnies, and more. Fun activities for kids will also be offered, including a scavenger hunt organized by Capital Deals Bike Shop, plus tasty food!

Smith Avenue (from the West Side end of the High Bridge in St. Paul to Dodd Road in West St. Paul)

Noon – 10 p. m.


The 11th Annual Pizza Lucé Block Party, August 9

The Block party fun continues with the 11th Annual Pizza Luce’ Block Party in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis. The festivities will include a day of great local music, pizza by the slice, brats and local brewed pints by Summit Brewing Company. Dunk tank fun will be handled by The Minnesota Roller Girls! Woohoo!

Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis

119 N 4th St, Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Lowertown Guitar Festival, August 9

Guitar lovers rejoice! The McNally Smith College of Music will host the second annual Lowertown Guitar Festival, offering live outdoor music at the beautiful Mears Park in downtown Saint Paul. Organizers stress that this festival, unlike other music fests, is not genre specific, with the focus being on diverse guitar-driven music. So expect a varied and unique line up of talent. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar and Summit Brewing.

Visit the website for more details

Mears Park

221 E 5th St, St Paul

2 p.m. – 10 p.m.



16th Annual Hosmer Library Talent Show, August 9

In the mood for some local talent? Hosmer Library is hosting its 16th Annual Talent Show with host Fancy Ray McCloney. The North Regional Library invites singers, dancers, poets, rappers, all ages, and all levels to come out and share their gifts with the community!

Hosmer Library

347 E 36th St., Minneapolis | Call 612-543-6900 to register
2 p.m.


Free Outdoor Music & Movies:

Music & Movies in the Park - Minneapolis

Rooftop Movie Night at Solera restaurant - Minneapolis

Music & Movies in the Park - Saint Paul



Updated 8/9/2014 6:23 p.m.

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