The fourth annual Kraftskiva festival will bring headliner Polica, and not to mention crayfish, to the streets outside The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar. In addition to the local synthpop group, the summer crayfish party will have performances from indie-pop rockers Ra Ra Riot, local folk-rock band Rogue Valley and Minneapolis DJ Jonathan Ackerman. The night would not be complete without chilled crayfish, meatballs, sweet corn and warm bannock. Fulton beer, adult snow cones and aquavit will be available to wash it all down.
Where: The Bachelor Farmer, 50 2nd Ave. N.
When: Saturday, Aug. 1 from 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Red Stag Block Party
Another summer, another block party. But Red Stag Supperclub is bringing something new this year with the city’s first collaboration festival, In Cahoots! The Northeast Minneapolis restaurant will host five teams from 10 local breweries that will create five new collaborative beers to debut at the block party. And festivalgoers will vote on the best brew. With a lineup of entertainment from Mixed Blood Majority, Field Trip, Al Church, The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band, Burlesque of North America and more, there’s plenty to love at this all-ages block party.
Where: Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave. NE
When: Sunday, Aug. 2 from 2-8 p.m.
Pizza Luce Block Party
Pizza Luce is serving up one of the best summer festivals for local music with a lineup of Minnesota talent. The block party will feature performances from Rogue Valley, L’Assassins, Tiny Deaths, Frankie Teardrop, Pink Mink and The Blind Shake. Special guests Retribution Gospel Choir from Duluth, Sims, Mike Mictlan and Har Mar Superstar will also take the stage off North 4th Street downtown. To cool off, Izzy’s Ice Cream and Summit Brewing Company will be offering their fare.
Where: Pizza Luce, 119 N. 4th St.
When: Saturday, Aug. 8 from 12-10 p.m.
North Loop Fest
North Loop Fest returns for a third year, packing Cuzzy’s downtown for summertime entertainment. Oklahoma will be opening for the event, which will feature entertainment from High & Mighty and a live DJ set from Jeff Borg Entertainment.
Where: Saturday, Aug. 8 from 6-10 p.m.
When: Cuzzy’s, 507 Washington Ave. N.
National Night Out
Minneapolis is a leader nationwide in National Night Out with thousands of annual neighborhood block parties going on around the city on the first Tuesday of August. From the Northeast River District to Armatage, blocks across Minneapolis are home to barbecues, outdoor movies and tons of other activities at registered National Night Out events. The Minneapolis Police Department and other departments will once again make the rounds to registered events around the city. Now in its 32nd year, Minneapolis National Night Out has been ranked No. 1 in total events in cities with populations over 250,000.
Where: Various locations
When: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Nershfest embodies the tried-and-true combination of music, beer and food in nearly every summertime festival — not to mention, it’s free. The annual Minnesota-born folk music festival will welcome The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Ginstrings, Sleep Study, The Lowland Lakers, and General B and the Wiz to Harriet Brewing. The event will blend these live performances with a streaming playlist with acts like Beck, Florence and the Machine and Reptar. Nershfest is also partnering with the MN Brewery Running Series, adding a 5k fun run to the day’s festivities.
Where: Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Ave. S.
When: Saturday, Aug. 1 from 12-10 p.m.
Internet Cat Video Festival
The Internet Cat Video Festival began a few years ago as an experiment from the Walker Art Center, but it has quickly become an international phenomenon via social media and the press, from The New York Times to Japanese television. Its fourth iteration will bring cat lovers to CHS Field in St. Paul for cat videos curated by Will Braden, recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty Award (People’s Choice). Barb Abney of Go 96.3 will host the film fest, which is regularly attended by celebrity cats like Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. In addition to fuzzy feline media, there will be cat-themed activities at 6:30 p.m. and this year’s screening starting at 8:30 p.m.
Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul
When: Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 6:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $10, $6 ages 6-12
Children’s Theatre Company Season Opener
Children’s Theatre Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a free season opener at Target Field. CTC Alumna and two-time Tony-nominated actress Laura Osnes (winner of “You’re the One that I Want”) will perform, in addition to performances by Theatre Arts Training students and the company’s cast for the upcoming season. The event will also have interactive games and a never-before-seen filmed theatrical production of perennial CTC favorite “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
Where: Target Field, 353 N. 5th St.
When: Aug. 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.