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Tomato Fight, Raspberry Fun and Hops & Horses: Your Weekend Best Bets

Make the most of your weekend with these sizzling summer events.

Each week, we'll bring you Best Bets to make sure your summer weekend is put to good use.

Friday, July 13, 6:30-10 p.m.

Enjoy a night of premier craft beers & heart-pounding live racing with over 50 unique craft beers at .

Tickets include admission to Canterbury and bottomless glass of craft beer in the Silks Party Area. A wristband will allow you to come and go from Silks Party Area as you please. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of event.

The Hopkins Raspberry Festival is a nine-day celebration that culminates this weekend with numerous events in downtown Hopkins. Families can watch the MN Disc Dog Frisbee Competition, take part in family activities or watch the parade.  for a full guide to the festivities.

Midwest Tomato Fest

Saturday, July 14

This Saturday, the second-annual Midwest Tomato Fest takes place in downtown Minneapolis, and promises to be bigger and messier than ever. Event organizers are expecting up to 6,000 fruit-wielding fighters to attend the festivities, which kick off at noon. The food and music choices through the afternoon will have a Minnesotan feel with local favorites including Absolute Gruv, the Blend, and the Tim Sigler Band taking the stage, and food trucks from Barrio, World Street Kitchen, and Nate Dogs. The event will, of course, culminate in the tomato fight itself, which is composed of only spoiled and inedible tomatoes. 

Bastille Day Block Party

Sunday, July 15, 3-10 pm

1600 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis

Free! Rain or Shine! A Zero Waste Event! Join us for the free annual block party! Featuring live music by Patty & the Buttons, Sleep Study, Prissy Clerks, A. Wolf & Her Claws, Peter Wolf Crier, The Brass Messengers and Astronautalis. Street entertainment with Infiammati Fire Circus, Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater, Familia Skateshop, dance collective Epitome-No Question, and MC Foxy Tann.

Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.

881 3rd Ave, Excelsior, MN 

A fundraiser by kids for kids. 

Family Beach Volleyball, Stuffed Animal Cake Walk, Henna Tattoos, Kids Silent Auction, Fairy Tale Characters and more. Minnetonka teens, Girl Scouts, youth organizations, community volunteers, and business are raising money to help support the summer camp food program at Kwanzaa Community Church/Freedom School of North Minneapolis. 

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