Culture Compass: Water, the wild west and a women’s prison

Maraya King

Culture Compass

Friday: Hamel Rodeo

Yee-haw! Here’s your chance to grab some friends, break out your cowboy boots and toss a few back — all whilst cheering for your favorite steed. It’s not often that you get to put on Western gear (unironically) and experience a new culture, so have at it!

Where: Corcoran Lions Park, 19101 County Rd. 10, Corcoran

When: July 5 – 8, 7:30 p.m. 

How much: $17

Saturday: Basilica Block Party

The Basilica Block party began in 1995 to raise funds to restore the Basilica of Saint Mary. Twenty-three years later, this party is not one to be missed. With performers like Third Eye Blind, CAKE and more this celebration has a little something for everyone. 

When: July 6 – 7, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis

How much: $70

Sunday: The Color Run 5k 

If you’re looking for that exercise motivation, this could be the perfect place! Flying colors and jogging runners will make for an exciting Sunday morning. 

When: July 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

How much: $30

Culture to consume

Listen to this: “Scorpion” by Drake

Drake’s new album dropped on Friday and fans have already begun dissecting its cryptic lyrics. With more than 20 tracks, there is a little something for everyone. “Scorpion” is the perfect workout or pool party soundtrack. 

Drink this: Water

Whether you’re spending the Fourth of July with your roommates, co-workers or extended family — there will be alcohol involved. With high temperatures and patriotic-themed shots, you should make sure you’re getting at least a couple bottles of water in here or there. 

Watch this: Orange is the New Black, Seasons 1-5

Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original, began in 2013 and has been making jaws drop ever since. The series follows the lives of inmates in a women’s prison and never disappoints. Netflix announced season six will be premiering on July 27, which means you have just enough time to start watching or get that much-needed refresher.