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Make this Memorial Day Weekend memorable

Looking for things to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered!

A graphic design image of the words Minnesota Soul. Soul is spelled in large font type and in bright colors, with the S made to look like a piano, the O like a saxophone, etc.

Prepare to be immersed in Black art and culture at “MN Soul” this Saturday at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The day includes musical performances by Jamecia Bennett, The Steeles and the MN Soul Mass Choir, among others. Several youth dance companies will be showing off their moves and there will be a “Griot Village” featuring Black-owned businesses. The event is free and open to the public, but there will be lots of opportunities to spend your money on food, art and crafts. 

Six men, mostly Black, stand side by side outdoors next to a wooden fence. There are trees and a lake behind them.
The Socaholix

After you’re done at MN Soul, head over to the Hook and Ladder to celebrate love and positivity with three Midwestern Caribbean bands: the International Reggae All-Stars, Socaholix and Innocent. The vibes get underway Saturday at 6 p.m. under the canopy and run until 10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in advance for $18 or for $25 at the door, with an optional afterparty. This event is 21+.

A man and a woman face the camera, holding tacos and drinks in their hands. They are both wearing sunglasses and smiling.

Are you more in the “fiesta” mood? CHS Field in St. Paul is hosting Tacos and Margaritas from 11am - 5pm on Saturday. Enjoy authentic Mexican food, professional wrestling, and a live DJ throughout the event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; kids ages 5 and under get in free.

A young boy dances in traditional dress while playing the Qeej. Other boys can be seen doing the same thing in the background.

The Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota and the Hmong Cultural Center Museum are copresenting the Qeej and Hmong Arts Festival to the River Centre in Saint Paul on Sunday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. The festival celebrates the Qeej instrument, which is made up of six bamboo reeds and whose notes correspond to spoken words. It’s an important part of Hmong funeral ceremonies as well as other rituals. The festival will feature other traditional Hmong instruments, dance and games. The event is free and open to the public with food and merchandise available for purchase from vendors.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with the Asian Phoenix Festival at the South Minneapolis brewery Arbeiter on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arbeiter is an Asian-owned brewery; the Asian Phoenix represents resilience, revitalization, and harmony. The brewery owners say the phoenix has become an important symbol to the South Minneapolis neighborhood as they work to renew and rebuild what was lost after the spring 2020 uprising. In addition to Tokki Korean Rice Lager on tap and Green Tea Lemonade adult slushies, there will be lion dancers, Korean three drum dance and breakdancing, arts and crafts from a number of local makers, plus food from Union Hmong Kitchen and Amazing Momo.

Whatever you choose to do, have a great Memorial Day Weekend! 


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