Culture compass: bands, bonfires and brunch

Whether you’re looking for live music or to spend some time outdoors, this weekend in the Cities is full of events you won’t want to miss.

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Morgan La Casse

Meg Bishop and Frankie Carlson

Whether you’re looking for live music or to spend some time outdoors, this weekend in the Cities is full of events you won’t want to miss.  

Friday: Battle of the Bands 

Stop by the basement of Coffman this Friday and check out the best bands and solo artists that the University has to offer. Get the chance to cast your vote for the performers who you want to see move on to the next round of the battle and show support for your talented peers in the preliminary round of this historic competition. Winners perform at Spring Jam 2020. 

When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Whole Music Club (located in the basement of Coffman Union), 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis 

Cost: Free

Info: sua.umn.edu

Saturday: WinterFest 

Enjoy Loring Park’s winter free-for-all. Grab some hot cocoa, s’mores and a pair of free rental skates from the warming house while you enjoy one of the Twin Cities’ most lovely parks. The event will also include music, crafts, face painting, and if you really want to embrace the season’s charm, take a carriage ride or try ice fishing.  

When: 1 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Info: minneapolisparks.org

Sunday: 80’s Extravaganza: Drag Brunch

Sleep in, grab your best friends, put on something a little “extra” and get ready to dance! Head downtown on Sunday morning to find a breakfast buffet topped off with bottomless mimosas and all your favorite ’80s jams! The show will star Minneapolis drag queens Sasha R. Cassadine, Genevee Ramona Love, Utica Queen and Loring Mitchell.

When: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Where: CRAVE Restaurant

Cost: Tickets $12.50 per person; buffet $15.95, bottomless mimosas $15 with buffet purchase