Performances With Pup: Your Twin Cities Weekend

Put that laptop away and clear the calendar! It’s time to unwind bc there’s things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities. Leash pup and sniff out these bark-worthy adventures in dog-friendly Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Things to Do Near Minneapolis This Weekend

1. Shakespeare in the Pub

Sociable Cider Werks, Minneapolis
Thursday–Friday, July 21–22, 6–7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 4–5:30 p.m.; donations suggested

Raise thou a pint at this weekend’s inaugural production of “The Tragedy of Richard III,” hosted by Sociable Cider Werks. Your terrier’ll love the terror and mayhem that unfolds during this free performance. Performed by the Gray Mallard Theatre, floof might even learn something from the tyrant’s rise and eventual demise during this 90-minute Shakesperean ride. 

2. Live Jazz

56 Brewing, Minneapolis
Sunday, July 24, 3–5 p.m.

Close out your weekend with a little bit of music with your mutt. The Hard Bop Collective is a pack of former professional jazz musicians whose sole purpose is to introduce new musicians and audiences to venues without a cover charge. Ah, pup yeah! Grab a cozy seat in their taproom or plop down on the patio—dogs are welcomed inside and out.

3. Farmers Market

Hopkins Farmers Market, Hopkins 
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Looking to make a barkcuterie board? Between the locally grown produce, artisan products, cheeses, and meats, this farmers market has got it all. While you’re shopping, pup can vibe out to their live music and get her paws on the preferred-customer weekly raffle too. Woof to the wise: this market has dog-gone good bakery treats!

4. Picture Day at Inbound BrewCo

Inbound BrewCo, Minneapolis
Sunday, July 24, 12–3 p.m.

Time to flash woofer’s pearly whites—Inbound BrewCo’s picture day is here! Caitlin Nightingale Photography will be capturing pawfessional photos of your adorable pooch for just $25 each (at the door). Solo selfie? Pawrent portrait? You can get your paws on either one. Don’t furget to grab a pint or two after—Inbound welcomes floofs inside and out.

Things to Do Near St. Paul This Weekend

1. Live Music at Keg and Case

Keg and Case, St. Paul
Thursday, July 21, 7–9:05 p.m.

Start the weekend shenanigans a wee bit early with Andrew Fredrick’s July Music Residency at the Keg and Case Market. Located on the historic grounds of the iconic Schmidt Brewery, this community hub features a uniquely curated market, casual eateries, a craft brewery, and a bustling, dog-friendly park with a diverse calendar of events.

2. Stroll and ‘Splore in Stillwater

Itchin’ to stretch those legs? Take your fur babe out for an easy Sunday drive to Stillwater. Start it off with a fresh-pressed juice from The Goodery or a latte on MADE Coffee’s pawtio. Rover on over to Lowell Park for some views of the river and the historic lift bridge. Finally, finish the day with a cold one on one of the many dog-friendly patios (most with live music). We ruv PD Pappy’s for the marina vibes, Thor’s Hard Cider for the grounds to roam, and The Freight House for its ginormous patio fit for any Dane. 

Need a Furry Fren in Your Life?

Sniff out these local adoption events happening this weekend to meet your new slobbery soulpup.

Underdog Rescue 

  • Head to Bentley’s Pet Stuff in Excelsior where Underdog Rescue might introduce you to your new furry bestie. It’s gonna be a dog-gone good time. Come meet some adorable, adoptable pups on Saturday, July 23 from 12:30–2:00 p.m. Don’t furget you can look up pup profiles on their website in advance to see which cuties will be attending! 

Sniff out more events on our calendar and submit your own events here. And don’t furget to tag us @SidewalkDog in pics of your tail-waggin’ weekend!

Featured photo: Tamara Bellis

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