Culture compass: Lakes, festivals and block parties

Enjoy the lakes and Minneapolis’ many events coming up this summer.


Friday: Twin Cities Clown Cabaret at Can Can Wonderland

Performing every second Friday of the month, the Twin Cities Clown Cabaret is the pinnacle of ridiculous physical comedy. The show will cover a wide range of clowning styles from the classic red nose to performances in the circus ring. 

Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Avenue North, Suite 004, St. Paul

When: 9:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Age: 21+

Saturday: Red Hot Art Festival

What better way to spend your Sunday than walking around and supporting local DIY artists? From jewelry to cross-stitch to screenprints, the Red Hot Art Festival celebrates the diversity of local talent and artistry. With headliner Gully Boys performing at 5 p.m. and food from vendors like West Bank’s Keefer Court Bakery, it’s bound to be a good time.

Where: Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday: 17th Annual Bastille Day Block Party

Go to France without the pricey plane ticket this Sunday at Barbette in Uptown. Bastille Day is France’s equivalent of the Fourth of July, so get celebrating! Enjoy frites, drinks, ice cream from MN Nice Cream and a variety of DJs. This event will happen rain or shine. 

Where: Barbette, 1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis

When: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free


Do this: Go to a lake 

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” so why not take advantage of some nearby? Take a stroll around the picturesque Lake Harriet, rent a kayak or canoe at Bde Maka Ska, or have a much-needed day at the beach at Lake Nokomis. Summer is going by quickly, so go while the going is good! 

Watch this: “Rachel

Comedians John Early and Kate Berlant star in “Rachel,” a short film directed by Andrew DeYoung that was released a few weeks ago. What seems like a normal party quickly becomes the setting of a comedic thriller, as a mysterious party guest overstays her welcome. Watch through the credits for footage of the real-life events that inspired the film.

Make this: Fruit salad

Take advantage of lovely, summery fruit by throwing together whatever produce you have in your fridge — or whatever looks best at the store or farmers’ market. Go classic, or mix it up by adding savory elements. Mango and cucumber? Watermelon and feta? Yes and yes.