Updated 7/13/2014 1:25 a.m.
The Fourth of July fireworks may be behind us, but there’s plenty of summer fun ahead! This weekend presents a diverse range of festivals in the Twin Cities — the big Basilica Block Party, and a number of smaller, free festivals around town. See this weekend’s spirited lineup below:
The 20th Annual Basilica Block Party is here with another dynamic lineup of performers to rock the block! Sponsored by Cities 97, the concert features headliners Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Train, as well as performers Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others. The long-running event serves as a fundraiser for Basilica Landmark. Go here for ticket and schedule info.
N. 16th Street at Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
The grounds of St. Catherine University marks the spot for the 7th annual outdoor art festival, an art show run by artists for artists and open to the public. The show will feature over 100 juried artists with fine arts ranging from watercolor to sculpture, and fine crafts including clay, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and more.
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free; Free parking is available.
Free outdoor movies and concerts in the Twin Cities
Movies (movies usually begin at dusk):
Curious about those green Nice Ride bikes? Come to the Midtown Greenway Community Bike Festival and enjoy free Nice Ride bike demonstrations, bike tune ups and bike decorations, the festive sounds of Salsa del Soul, and iced tea and coffee courtesy of Peace Coffee and Freewheel Bike.
2834 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis (On the Greenway across from Freewheel Bicycle)
Noon to 5 p.m.
Folk music lovers unite! The 16th Annual Northeast Folk Festival takes place Saturday, with an impressive line up of folk artists. Bring a friend and come on out enjoy an afternoon of free local music.
2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis
Starts at 12 p.m.
Lowertown is showing love for the local hip-hop community with an all-day and all night celebration featuring DJs, rappers, spoken word artists, dancers and more. Chris Styles from KMOJ, and Rob of the Thank You Rob Podcast are among the hosts for the event. Bring your dancing shoes and your love of local hip hop and join the fun.
213 East Fourth St., St. Paul
Starts at 2 p.m. and goes to the wee hours
Honoring Pan Asian culture and spirit, the Dragon Festival, now in its 11th year, showcases Asian performance art, children’s activities, food, Taiko drumming, and the popular Dragon Boat race, with the gorgeous Lake Phalen serving as a backdrop.
1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (both days)
Free (including free parking at Lake Phalen and Gustavus Adolphus Church)
Featuring performances by GRRRL Party, Hippo Campus, Black Diet, Heiruspecs, the Clock Ox and more, this rain or shine block party is back with a lineup that is sure to please. In addition to music, the event, now in its 12th year, offers organic picnic food and a local artist market, with a portion of proceeds benefitting People Serving People. Eureka Recycling, a non-profit waste-reduction organization, is partnering with Barbette to ensure the block party is a zero waste event. Organizers recommend leaving dogs at home as this is a hot asphalt event.
1600 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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