TC Weekend | Open Streets Franklin, Powderhorn 24, IndiaFest, Japanese Lantern Lighting, Greek Fest and more!

Another fun-filled weekend is upon us, with a diverse and invigorating lineup of cultural, community and humanitarian festivities taking place in the Twin Cities. Let the fun begin -- scroll down to see what’s on tap!

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Powderhorn 24, August 15 - 16

It's all about bikes this weekend in the Powderhorn neighborhood, as residents and friends bike for 24 hours straight. The event is in celebration of the Powderhorn neighborhood and surrounding south Minneapolis area, and sponsored by neighborhood businesses and community organizations. The event pits local bikers against one another in friendly competition to see who can do the most laps in a 24 hour span, while also highlighting the neighborhood. It's too late to sign up to participate in the event, but you can still go and cheer. Go here for more event information.

Powderhorn neighborhood, south Minneapolis
7 p.m



City Challenge: Discovery Day On The Plaza, August 16

If you're looking for a bit of adventure this weekend, try Discovery Day at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The family-friendly event allows for an afternoon of free social activities and games, including a city-wide mystery game of discovering hidden treasures in the city. There will also be environmental science activities, and displays of projects from local schools and organizations.

Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza

1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



IndiaFest, August 16

IndiaFest is a joyful annual event that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of India. Sponsored by India Association of Minnesota (IAM), the event features delicious cuisines from local Indian restaurants, cultural performances and exhibits, a Bazaar, children’s activities, and raffle giveaways from organizations like the Minnesota Twins and Target.

Saint Paul, Capitol Grounds

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Saint Paul

12 - 6 pm



Celebrate Mercado Central, August 16

Mercado Central is celebrating its fifteenth year and also honoring Mexican freedom fighter Emiliano Zapata, on what would be his 135th birthday. The celebration will feature tasty food, family-friendly activities, live music and more! Find more event details here.

Mercado Central
1515 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.




Little Mekong Night Market, August 16

The third Little Mekong Night Market kicks off this weekend, offering another opportunity to experience delicious local food, handicrafts, music, exhibits, cultural performances, and other activities. Check the Facebook page for updates.

379 University Avenue West, Saint Paul (400 block of University Ave near Mai Village Restaurant)

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.



The World’s Finest Greek Festival, August 16 - 17

St. George church grounds will mark the spot for “The World’s Finest Greek Festival.” The event will feature delicious Greek food, including Greek pastries and St. George’s “World Famous Gyro.” The Greek Dancers of Minnesota will be on hand, as well as children’s activities, church tours and much more! Organizers are requesting attendees bring canned goods to support their community food shelf, if able.

1111 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul (the corner of Summit Avenue and Lexington Parkway)

Aug. 16: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Aug. 17: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.



Open Streets - Franklin Avenue East, August 17

Don’t miss the largest Open Streets of the year! Bike, walk, or skate and explore local businesses and attractions along a transformed, car and traffic-free Franklin Avenue in south Minneapolis. Free Metro Passes are available.

Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.






Four Sisters Pop-Up Farmers Market, August 17

While at Open Streets Franklin, stop by the Four Sisters Pop Up Farmers Market, a project to imagine the possibilities of a Farmers Market in the Phillips neighborhood. Go here for more information.

Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, August 17

The Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is a family-friendly event showcasing Japanese traditions, art, music, food, and martial arts, in the spirit of Japan’s Obon holiday. At dusk, the lantern lighting — hundreds of paper lanterns floating in the Japanese Garden pond — will provide a delight for the eyes.

Como Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul
3 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Gates and exhibits open at 3pm, with various performances starting at 3:30)

Lantern lighting at dusk
$5 per person; $3 children ages 3-12 and Seniors; Free for ages 2 and under



For the Children of Palestine Benefit, August 17

If you’re looking for an event with a humanitarian cause, the Parkway Theater is hosting a benefit to raise money for clean drinking water for the children of Palestine. The event is all-ages and family friendly, featuring children’s activities, poetry and spoken word readings, a live auction, short films screenings, Palestinian food donated by Holy Land and much more. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

The Parkway Theater

4814 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis

2 pm - Midnight

$15 suggested donation at the door


Free Outdoor Music & Movies:

Music & Movies in the Park - Minneapolis

Rooftop Movie Night at Solera restaurant - Minneapolis

Music & Movies in the Park - Saint Paul


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Updated 8/15/2014 12:30 a.m.

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(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.