Southwest Minneapolis is packed with family fun this weekend, from bright morning sunlight to spooky dusk.
Get your Halloween off to an early start with down the . The organizers are billing it as "Terror on the tracks!" but say it will be "not too scary."
When: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: All rides start at the Linden Hills Station at Queen Avenue S and W 42nd Street.
Price: Adults $4, Children 11 and under $3
Does the thought of ghosts and goblins keep you indoors at night? Why not check out ' decidedly daytime-focused of their on top of their garage. Free ice cream (Sebastian Joe's) and lunch on the grill (courtesy of Carquest Auto Parts), and maybe, just maybe, Quality Coaches' owner will take you up on the roof to see the panels.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Quality Coaches, at the corner of 38th St. and Nicollet Ave. S.
Looking for one last burst of outdoorsy fun before the snow? Come down to the next to the to , an invasive plant that chokes out native flora. Just follow the signs at the visitor shelter at the Sanctuary's East entrance. Tools and gloves will be provided.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Roberts Bird Sanctuary (Peace Garden entrance), 4124 Roseway Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Also, don't forget to check out the , which runs until Oct. 30 every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Halloween fun continues at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where organist will be playing his own original score on the piano with the silent film Nosferatu: a Symphony of Horror in the museum's Pillsbury Auditorium. The movie, considered to be the first (and possibly the best) vampire movie ever made, is a landmark of the horror genre.
When: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis)
Price: $10 for the public, $5 for MIA members
If you're looking for a break from the ramp-up to Halloween, check out Four Gates Physical And Energetic Culture's . Acupuncture treatments, Personal Training Sessions, and Kettlebell Classes will be raffled off, and you can also avail yourself of free mini-acupuncture treatments, snacks, and kettlebell demo classes.
When: Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: , 4238 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lastly, don't forget, you still have two more Sundays of the
Outside Southwest Minneapolis
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Why Go: Catch a live jazz performance featuring the Grammy winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano with James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela.
When: Friday, Oct. 21 & Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Why Go: The historic Landmark Theater at 50th & France welcomes its first ever film festival featuring 6 .
Price: General Admission $9, Seniors (65+) & Children under 12 $7
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why Go: Swing by the annual boutique to explore two floors of hand-made crafts, eat Sloppy Joes, enter raffles, sip refreshments, craft projects for kids, and take a chance to win a hand-stitched "Dahlia" quilt.
Price: Free admission