Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining and drinking events going on around the Twin Cities:
1) Travail Returns from Summer Break
When: Thursday, 5 p.m.
Where: Travail Kitchen & Amusements
What: Following Travail's prevailed party and summer break, the restaurant opens its door back up this evening for dinner service. Keep in mind Travail will no longer be open on Tuesdays, but will continue date nights on Wednesday and Thursday, during which a tasting menu for two is $110. Check out the new menu here.
2) Minneapolis Aquatennial
When: July 18 through 26
Where: Various Locations in Mpls
What: The best days of summer are back with tons of events all week long including the beach bash, parade, and one of the largest firework shows in the country. On site food vendors will be at events not to mention food at Twins games, and events being held at the Midtown Global Market. For all Aquatennial event information and schedules, click here.
3) Highland Fest
When: July 18 through 20
Where: Ford Pkwy & Cleveland Ave S
What: The St. Paul tradition is back and in its 31st year. Highland Village is closed off to cars to showcase the neighborhood with live music, a beer and wine tent, art fair, petting zoo, wiener dog races, rides and games, 5k, and an array of food and beverage vendors. For details about the event, music lineup, and more, click here.
4) Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Harriet Brewing
What: The music and art festival is back to benefit the Longfellow community. They day-long music festival will have five musical stages showcasing more than thirty local, regional, and national acts. Harriet Brewing will be slinging brews and food from Natedogs, Gogi Brothers, Seven Sushi, and more will be on site. For tickets, music lineup, and other information, check out the RRDB Fest website.
5) Boom Island Brewing Belgian National Day
When: July 18 through 20
Where: Boom Island Brewing Co.
What: Celebrate Belgium and its beers at Boom Island's taproom this weekend. The brewery will release a festival-only special beer (including the very limited Cuvée de Boom, a blend of blonde ale fermented with Pinot Grigio grapes), host live music and food trucks (Natedogs, Simply Steve's, and Tollefson Family Pork), and celebrate Belgian history and culture. Details can be found here.
Also of Note: Sunday is National Ice Cream day so Sweet Science will have free ice cream samples at Verdant Tea's tasting room (Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m.). Lyn-Lake hot spot Heyday continues its second weekend of brunch service and here's a peek at the menu (Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). U of M landmark Stub & Herb's celebrates its 75th anniversary with 75 cent Schell's, sliders, and fries (Saturday, noon). The Herkimer wants to bus you to Canterbury to check out ostrich and camel races (Saturday, noon). All Pints North is next weekend and tickets are still available. And finally, cocktail wizard, Jesse Held is holding cocktail classes starting next weekend so get signed up before it's too late.
The Travail section of this post has been updated to reflect proper meal costs.
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