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With this Groupon offer is $8 for $15 to spend at the Uptown Diner.  I’ve been here just once but I loved the food!  Listen to this, they have sweet potato tater tots at no up-charge!!

Uptown Diner
2548 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405


It was such a bummer that Northern Spark got rained out on June 14th, so the Midtown Greenway Coalition is giving it another go and will feature a few Northern Spark exhibitions that were rained out.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Kix Field
2835 Clinton Ave S

The Internet Cat Video Film Festival is back to Open Field on the Walker Art Center lawn!  This free event has gained worldwide attention BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME.  Expect for there to be a huge showing,  get there early and take advantage of public transportation.

Celebrate the third year of watching cat videos together when the Internet Cat Video Festival returns to the Walker’s Open Field. This year’s kitty rumpus features a new selection of videos programmed by Will Braden, creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award.

The evening will be hosted by Tom Weber, cat video enthusiast, veteran #catvidfest juror, and cohost of MPR’s The Daily Circuit. Live music from Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers, a cash bar, food trucks, and feline-themed activities round out this festive evening.

Schedule of Events:
6 pm: Food trucks, cash bar, and activities on Open Field
7 pm: Live music by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
8:45 pm: Reel begins
10 pm: Program concludes

Click here for my recap from 2012.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Walker Art Center

Join the REI experts as they reveal their favorite fall hikes and help you plan an escape to cooler temperatures and fall colors on a day-hike. In this class, they will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking. Learn about trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go.

Class size is limited so RSVP soon if you are interested.

September 24, 2014
Bloomington REI

The Walker’s popular perennial showcase of free films and eclectic music returns to Loring Park and Open Field this summer. Bands kick-start each evening—look for a mix of local and national luminaries and DJ hosts from 89.3 The Current spinning between the music and films.

  • August 4: The Cloak Ox with High Noon
  • August 11: ZuluZuluu with D.O.A.
  • August 18: The Handsome Family with Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • August 25: Christian Marclay’s Graffiti Composition and Screen Play

Mondays, August 4-25, 2014
Music begins at 7 pm; movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm). In case of rain, events move to the Walker Cinema
Loring Park




Over its 100-year history, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has amassed an extensive collection of works on paper. The selection of drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present day includes stellar examples by such masters as Guercino, Annibale Carracci, George Romney, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha.

This eye-opening exhibition illuminates the historical and ongoing role of drawing as a means of study, observation, and problem solving, as an outpouring of the artist’s imagination, and as a method of realizing a finished work of art.

This exhibit is at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through September 21, 2014.

DEAL ALERT: Normally tickets to this exhibition are $12-14 for adults but you can view this exhibition for FREE on the second Sunday of each month.  If you want more flexibility, check out this Living Social deal for tickets.

I LOVE this tour!  With this Living Social deal receive registration for the Minneapolis Bike Tour for just $25 (Reg. $55).  The registration package includes a 16, 25 or 32 mile tour, t-shirt, bike bell, and beer. This tour benefits the Minneapolis Parks department so I would pay full price if you are able.  If not, take advantage of this deal!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Come to the 2014 Ice Cream Peanut Butter and Jam for free Izzy’s Ice Cream and live music!  Just bring a jar of peanut butter for the food shelf. Food and fun for the whole family.

Here’s the line-up:

1:30PM-2:30PM: DJ Snuggles
2:45PM-3:45PM: The Auto Body Experience
4:00PM-5:00PM: Elizabeth Ghandour
5:15PM-615PM: Pill Hill
6:30PM-7:30PM: The Falderals
7:45PM-9:00PM: The Hounds of Finn

This FREE fundraising event will be held outside in Merriam Park and is sponsored by the Union Park District Council and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.

Check out this map for the event location: and click here for more details regarding transportation

The Red Stag Supperclub & The Growler are proud to bring you Minneapolis’s First Collaboration Festival, In Cahoots! 8 Minnesota breweries formed 4 teams to create 4 new collaboration beers that will debut at this year’s block party. You vote on the best brew! A portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team’s local charity! The free event will be held outside at the Red Stag on Sunday, August 3, from 2pm-8pm, rain or shine.

Please leave the pets at home as this is a hot asphalt event.