Here are the MSR editors’ top picks of free (and low-cost) events, arts and activities to enjoy throughout the Twin Cities and greater metro area.
Friday, September 14
‘Imagine North’ Block Party
4-7 pm @ Plymouth and Penn avenues, Mpls. FREE.
THOR Companies presents the ultimate Northside block party featuring live performances by Paris Bennett, NUNNABOVE, Maxx Band and Lioness. Hosted by Javonta Patton.
The Evolution of African American Cuisine: The Green Book
5:30-9:30 pm @ Breaking Bread Café & Catering, 1210 West Broadway Ave., Mpls. $15-$25
The last in a series presented by Onyx Culinary Collective exploring the evolution of African American food. Chefs will prepare some of the foods featured in restaurants highlighted in The Green Book — go-to guide, from 1936 to 1967, for Black travelers to navigate the dangers and humiliations of racial segregation.
Twin Cities Music Lounge
9:30 pm—1 am @ Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul. $10-15
Live event brand highlighting Minnesota’s rising vocalists, singer/songwriters and bands in the following musical genres: R&B, alt-R&B and Neo-soul music.
Saturday, September 15
Open Streets – West Broadway
11 am—5 pm @ West Broadway Ave. from Penn Ave. N. to Lyndale Ave. N., Mpls. FREE
Bike, walk, play and shop at this free street festival featuring local businesses, artisans, music and fun.
Minneapolis Sound Exhibit Opening
1-3 pm @ Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St., Mpls. $7
Sabathani launches new exhbits on Minneapolis Sound and the desegregation of the Minneapolis Public Schools, featuring exclusive, never-before-seen photos from the early days of the Sound, signed artifacts, and memorabilia and products available for purchase. Individuals featured include Prince, Morris Day & The Time, The Revolution, Cherelle, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Mazarati, and more.
Eat Street Food, Music & Arts Festival
1-9 pm @ Nicollet Avenue between 25th – 27th Streets, Mpls. FREE
The Whittier Alliance Neighborhood Organization kicks off its inaugural festival featuring live music, performances and activities from local cultural organizations as well as a kid-friendly zone with activities for all ages.
Sunday, September 16
Prince’s Side of the Street: North Minneapolis Landmarks Walking Tour
10-11:30 am @ Corner of N. 8th Ave. & Upton Ave. N., Mpls. $10
Walking tour of the late legend’s Northside neighborhood, including two of the four houses he grew up in, along with his neighborhood school and the location where his first band started.
Twin Cities Veg Fest
11 am—5 pm @ Harriet Island Regional Park, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St. Paul. FREE
Annual fest showcasing plant-based foods with a day of cooking demonstrations, inspiring presentations and information for omnivores, vegans and vegetarians alike.
Tuesday, September 18
Northside Community Job and Resource Fair
3-7 pm @ Minneapolis North WorkForce Center, 800 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls. FREE
Meet dozens of local employers and community-based organizations. No registration needed, and it’s free!
Thursday, September 20
Cool Like That Fashion Show: A Tribute to Hip Hop
7-10 pm @ Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE., Mpls. $10-$25
Hip hop-inspired fashion show presented by Black Fashion Week MN celebrating the Twin Cities’ top and emerging Black fashion designers and beauty movers and shakers.
Minneapolis Professional Diversity Career Fair
11am—2pm @ U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Mpls. FREE.
Meet face-to-face with more than 50 hiring companies that will be onsite.