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Weekend Picks: Juneteenth events are ramping up

From Prince's birthday to a Miss Juneteenth pageant, there's plenty to celebrate this weekend. Read on!

Prince sits astride his  purple motorcycle in his iconic purple suit, with steam in the air around him in the classic shot from the movie Purple Rain.

Celebrate the legacy of Prince this Friday with the classic film, “Purple Rain.” This R-rated film is being shown for free outdoors at East Side Sculpture Park in Saint Paul in honor of what would have been the Minneapolis legend’s 66th birthweek. The movie starts at 9 p. m.; chairs and blankets encouraged. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be provided, but you may want to bring popcorn and/or tissues depending on how much of a fan you are!

Join the Indigenous artist Heather Friedli in her vibrant art exhibition in all its colorful glory! Welcome yourself into a world of enchanting nature with this collection that captures the essence of the great outdoors. You don’t want to miss this visual journey of enchanting sights from lush forests to serene lakescapes. The opening reception takes place at the Friedli Gallery and Studio in Saint Paul tonight (Friday) June 7, 6pm to 8pm.

Take your taste buds on a trip with the third annual Asian Street Food Market. Explore the flavors of diverse foods and delicious tastes of Asian cuisine mixed with other cultural influences. Check out the lion dance, the talent show and the art, all while enjoying a beer from the beer garden. Saturday from 3 - 11 p.m. and Sunday from 3 -10 p.m. in the Sears parking lot in St. Paul.

Honor Black queendom with the Miss Juneteenth Minnesota State Pageant and dinner. More than just beauty, this event recognizes the extraordinary achievements of young women who have completed comprehensive training in etiquette, public speaking, confidence-building and more. Step forward and witness the grace, growth and glow of our local Black queens between the ages of 6 and 30 at this spectacular event. And of course, stick around to see who wins the crown across five of this pageant's newest divisions. The Pageant takes place on Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. at Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University. An award ceremony and dinner will follow at Delta Hotel Minneapolis from 6 - 8 p.m.

If you are looking for an outdoor Juneteenth event aligned with a good cause, join The Bridge for Youth for its third annual community Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. This free, Black-excellence-centered block party takes place directly outside of The Bridge on Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis. Shop with vendors, indulge with the food trucks, or just come to enjoy the music, performances, free haircuts, and family friendly activities.

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