TC Weekend | Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Twin Cities Pride Fest, Beer Dabbler, MN Food Truck Fair and more!

Updated: 6/27/2014 2:19 pm


Can you believe we're almost at the end of June? Time flies, so spend it wisely -- get out and enjoy some of the outdoor happenings around the cities. This weekend offers two big festivals -- the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Fest in Saint Paul, along with other fun happenings around town. Just like the last couple of weekends, this weekend might be a bit wet so plan accordingly.

See this weekend's lineup below, and use the comment section or email tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net to let us know about an event in your community.



Music and Movies in the Park, June 27 - 28 
Music and Movies in the Park is celebrating over 100 years of free entertainment in Minneapolis parks with 250 free concerts and movies taking place this summer. Bring a chair or blanket, some snacks and some bug spray and enjoy a night in the park. Go here to download a complete schedule, and see this weekend's offering below:
Friday, June 27; 8:30 pm: Rent
Lake Harriet Bandshell

Saturday, June 28; 8:30 pm: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Jackson Square Park



Rooftop Movie Night, June 29

If you can't get enough of outdoor movies, you'll have another opportunity at Solera's Rooftop Movie Night offered on Sunday (and Tuesday) nights. This Sunday's movie feature is Purple Rain, right on time for the movie's 30th Anniversary. Go here for the full schedule.  


900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting


For a complete list of outdoor movies -- in the parks, rooftops, and otherwise, see this handy list courtesy of


Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair, June 27 - 28 
Come on out and enjoy offerings from over fifty rare and antique book dealers at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Offerings include rare first editions, fine bindings, vintage books and much more. Ken Sanders, of Ken Sanders Rare Books, will be speaking at the event.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Progress Center)
1265 Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul
$5 - $7


Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 27 – 28 
There's nothing like an outdoor jazz concert on a summer day. The popular Twin Cities Jazz Festival, now in its 19th year, is considered one of the premiere music festivals in the region, offering up free jazz in the heart of downtown Saint Paul's historic Lowertown neighborhood. This year's top talent includes NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis (Friday; 8:30 pm) and Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves (Saturday; 8:30 pm), and a host of others. Check this schedule for stage locations and times. Go here to receive free Metro passes to the festival (Friday and Saturday). 

Mears Park
221 E. 5th St. Saint Paul
Friday: 4 – 10 pm in Mears Park; various times at local clubs
Saturday: 4 – 10 pm in Mears Park; various times at local clubs

This is a rain or shine event (there are many indoor stages in case of rain).



Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride, June 27 

The 3rd annual Beer Dabbler helps kick off the Pride festivities in Loring Park by offering a sample from 27 local breweries and 27 local food trucks and carts (food not included in ticket price), in addition to live music, games, dancing and other activities. Go here for more details.
Loring Park
1382 Willow St, Minneapolis
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Advance Tickets: $40; Day of Tickets: $48 (if available).




Twin Cities Pride Festival, June 28 - 29 
The Pride Festival caps off a week of festivities celebrating the LGBT community in the Twin Cities. The festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 300,000+ visitors, concerts on four stages, local art, dance lessons -- you name it! The Pride Parade, one of the biggest parades in the Twin Cities, is the crown jewel of the festival, kicking off on 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue at 11 am, Sunday, June 29. Go here for more details of events and a schedule.
Loring Park
1382 Willow St, Minneapolis
Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Festival admission is free



Nokomis East Neighborhood-Wide Yard & Garage Sale, June 28
Calling all bargain hunters! Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) invites you to the 5th annual community-wide garage and yard sale. The event features 110 separate sales locations, all in the Nokomis East area. 

Check the sales map or a listing for more detailed information.
8 am - 4 pm




MN Food Truck Fair, June 29 
If you missed your chance to buy a ticket to the sold-out Taco Tour, don't fret, tasty food can still be found this weekend at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair! The event will feature 35+ food trucks with food from around the globe --  including Gluten-free options (scroll down and check the trucks marked "GF"). The festivities include craft beer and live music. 2014 Theme: $5 Pair Share. Bring a friend, bring your appetite and enjoy!

Lake and Hennepin - 31st & Holmes (scroll down to see a map)

11 am - 9 pm






How will you spend this weekend? You can add your photos to this story with the #tcdpic hashtag (or the title of the event) and check back to see your tweet, photo or post in our Storify over the weekend. Don't forget to shoot us an email at tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net (or simply list the info in the comment section below), to let us know of an event in your community.


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Paige Elliott

(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.