TC Weekend | Concrete and Grass Music Fest, Wedge 40th Anniversary, Summer Beer Dabbler, Nokomis Monarch Fest and much more!

September may usher in the end of the summer season, but the outdoor festivities roll on this weekend with a flurry of fun events to enjoy. Butterflies, peace poems, music, cultural festivals, night markets -- you name it, this weekend has it! Scroll down to see what’s on tap.

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Concrete and Grass Music Festival, Sept 4 - 6

Located at the historic Mears Park in Lowertown St Paul, this popular music festival, now in its 8th year, offers free outdoor music featuring a range of genres, including: jazz, opera, chamber music, rock, dance, roots and world music. The festival is made possible through a unique partnership between the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, the Schubert Club and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Visit this link to see this year’s lineup of artists and other info.


Taste of Greece, September 5 - 7

The 26th annual Taste of Greece takes place this weekend offering Greek food, homemade Greek pastries, local Greek musicians and much more! Bring three non-perishable food items and receive two free tickets (good for food and drink throughout the festival weekend). Go here for the menu and other information.

St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis

Sept 5: Noon – 10 p.m.

Sept 6: Noon – 10 p.m.

Sept 7: Noon – 6 p.m.



Kramarczuk's Kielbasa Festival, September 5 - 6

Kramarczuk’s is celebrating the Fifth Annual Kielbasa Festival, with live music, family entertainment, grilled sausage, and local and European beers. The tented event takes place in the Kramarczuk’s parking lot, and for the price of admission attendees receive a commemorative beer stein and a free beer.

215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Sept 5: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sept 6: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

$15 general admission includes free first beer

$5 under 21/designated driver

Kids under 5 years free

Cease Fire: Peace Poems, September 6

Join poets Zoë Bird, Richard Broderick, Wendy Brown-Báez, IBé, Ethna McKiernan, Thomas Smith and other community members to dream and envision peace in our homes, communities and world at large. Organizers encourage you to bring a poem of your own to share. Light refreshments will be offered, and books will be available for purchase.

Friends Meeting House

1725 Grand Ave, Saint Paul

7 p.m.



Unity in Worship 2014, September 6

Unity in Worship has been connecting communities through the arts for 14 years. This year's event features food vendors, children's activities and performances by Shed G., Sabathanites Drum Corps, Beyond the Dance Team, UIW Reunion Choir, and the Sabathani Senoirs: Still Kickin’ Dance Crew. Don't miss it!

Sabathani Community Center

310 East 38t Street, Minneapolis

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

$15 in advance

$20 at the door

Call 651-249-5656 or 612-821-2306 for more info



Little Mekong Night Market, September 6

Make sure you don’t miss the final night market of the season! The market features food from local restaurants and food trucks, fresh produce and plants, artisan crafts and other merchandise, along with arts and entertainment for the whole family.

Check the Facebook page for updates.

400 block University Ave, Minneapolis

5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Free admission

Minneapolis Monarch Festival, September 6

The Sixth Annual Nokomis Monarch Festival is back with more colorful fun this year, but at a new location due to flooding and turf and plant damage along the lake shore. Making an appearance this year: The Kalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance group, Shiny Lights, Salsa Del Soul, Chico Chavez & Guayaba Tropical Band, puppetry from Heart of the Beast Theatre, and of course, monarch butterflies! New Location: 49th Street at Woodlawn Blvd, east of the Nokomis Community Center and above Lake Nokomis

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SeeMonarchs reign over Lake Nokomis celebration  (a recap of last year’s event, including gorgeous photos)

Summer Beer Dabbler, September 6

The Summer Beer Dabbler is back again for its sixth year of celebrating the love of craft beers! This year's event offers 65 local, regional, and national craft breweries, plus gourmet food from local food trucks, live music and more.

Midway Stadium (baseball field)

771 Energy Park Dr, Saint Paul 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

$40 (order online here)





Interfaith Action: Calling All Volunteers, September 6

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and Project Sweetie Pie invite you to an afternoon of fellowship and gardening. The event features an interfaith collaboration of 14 congregations who will work together with community members to help plant and weed Karamu Gardens, and discuss issues pertaining to affordable housing and sustainable living. Come on out, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!

Karamu Garden

1600 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.



The Wedge 40th Anniversary Block Party, September 7
The Wedge is celebrating 40 years, and thanking the owners and neighbors who made it possible with a free block party! Featuring food, live music, and a Meet the Farmers tent, the event promises to be a good time for the entire family.

2105 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis 22nd Street (between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues)

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.



Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, September 7

Mark your calendars for this family-friendly festival, a traditional Southeast Asian harvest moon festival co-presented by the Vietnamese Community of Minnesota. The 8th annual event offers a chance to make crafts, hear folk-tales, see the colorful Lion Dance, and make a lantern for the parade through Rice Park at dusk.

Landmark Center

75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


(Photo courtesy of the Landmark Center)




Updated 9/4/2014 11:30 a.m.

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