Chipotle’s Cultivate Fest returns to Loring Park with a lineup of bands, local chef demonstrations and new eats. The summer promotional event will feature performances from Walk the Moon, Atlas Genius and local rockers Hippo Campus, in addition to X Ambassadors and Anderson East. The food-focused festival will also have live demos from celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Richard Blais, plus locals Gavin Kaysen (Spoon & Stable), Jim Christiansen (Heyday), Erik Anderson and Jamie Malone (Brut, Sea Change). The event will also have a tasting hall, “Artisans’ Hall” and activities like Cultivate exhibits, a kids’ zone and pop-ups. Of course, Chipotle will be serving some of its own new recipes before they’re served in restaurants.
Where: Loring Park
When: Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
Como Zoo will once again host its Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, paying homage to Japan’s annual Obon holiday. The festival begins at 3 p.m. with exhibits, music, food and performances including taiko drumming groups, koto (Japanese sitar), shakuhachis (bamboo flutes) and traditional and contemporary dancing. Local groups will also feature their own talents in martial arts, Japanese flower arranging, origami and bonsai. The festival culminates at dusk with the lantern lighting when stone lanterns and hundreds of paper lanterns will float through the park’s Japanese garden pond and frog pond. A free Como shuttle will be available.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
When: Sunday, Aug. 23 from 3-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, children ages 3-12 and seniors are $3
Northeast Night Market
Bauhaus Brew Lab is hosting the year’s last summer market event, a wildly popular combination of local vendors, food trucks and beer. This Night Market will have 35 local artists selling handmade wares in addition to caricature and henna artists. A lineup of musicians and performance groups like The Brass Messengers, The Sunny Era, Black Isles Bellydance, Ash St. John and the Nathan Scott Phillips will also take the Northeast brewery’s stage. Other street performers and palm reader are also slated to come to this summertime event. Enjoy it before it’s gone.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE
When: Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $2 advance, $5 at the door
As part of its “International Pop” exhibition, the Walker Art Center is hosting Pop Remix parties in its Garden Terrace Room with live music, film screenings and nightly cocktail specials. The Aug. 13 event will mix a DIY liquid light show (6-10 p.m.) with live music from DJ Adora Tokyo (6-10 p.m.) and Wolf Lords (8 p.m.). The night’s screening will be Andy Warhol’s “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” with the Velvet Underground (6-10 p.m.). With inspiration of the Walker’s Pop exhibit, designers Emma Berg and Christian Joy are hosting a fashion show (7 p.m.) run by local producer Sarah Edwards.
Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave.
When: Thursday Aug 13 from 6-10 p.m.
Summer Beer Dabbler
The best place to sample brews from the Twin Cities, the Midwest and around the globe is the Summer Beer Dabbler, returning for its seventh year and this time at St. Paul’s CHS Field. Dabblers can try more than 75 beers, including a special Oak Barrel Brew that will be kicking off the festival. In addition to all the craft beer, the event also has plenty of fun with Human Foosball, a silent disco and live music from local musicians like Heiruspecs, Actual Wolf, BBGUN and more. And it wouldn’t be CHS Field without ballpark fare. Advanced tickets are cash only and available from several Twin Cities retailers.
Where: CHS Field, 360 Broadway St., St. Paul
When: Saturday Aug. 15 from 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door
Modern Antics proprietor Art Allen is hosting his nationwide slam-style pun-making contest once again, where 10 contestants will have to come up with the punniest answers to claim victory. Allen has expanded the pun contest nationwide, with Pundamoniums going on in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Madison. It’s first come, first served for competitors wanting to be the next Twin Cities pun champion.
Where: Club Underground, 355 Monroe St. NE
When: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
Star Trek Bar Crawl
Explore the final frontier of Northeast Minneapolis bars with the fourth annual Star Trek Bar Crawl. Perhaps the nerdiest of Northeast’s many bar crawls, the event is the best excuse you’ll have to dress like your favorite “Star Trek” character and enjoy a drink at your favorite neighborhood bar. The crawl starts at 1029 Bar and moves to Dusty’s Bar, 331 Club, Mayslack’s, Knight Cap and culminates at Dangerous Man.
Where: Various locations
When: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m.
Loft’s 40 for 40
From 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 to midnight on Aug. 22, the Loft Literary Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a full 40 hours of events around Minneapolis. While there are plenty of events, most in the $5-10 range, to choose from — from “Moms and Mimosas” to “New Sh!t Show Minneapolis” — here are our picks. Karen Sternal is hosting “Organic Poetry on a Stick” ($5) at the Mill City Farmer’s Market where anyone can publish their own poetry on a fan. Margaret LaFleur is hosting a white elephant book exchange ($20) at French Meadow Café where Loft fans can bring a surprise book and receive on in return. And the day culminates with the “Countdown to Infinity” dance party ($10) at the Loft (1011 Washington Ave. S.)
Where: Various locations
When: Aug. 21-22
Cost: Free and ticketed events