Axios Twin Cities Weekender

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Happy Thursday! Audrey and Max here with your long weekend itinerary.

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1 big thing: A taste of the State Fair

Look how empty those fairgrounds are! Photos: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

T-minus 90 days until the Great Minnesota Get-Together β€” but if you're craving a Pronto Pup ASAP, head to the fairgrounds this weekend for the fourth annual Kickoff to Summer at the Fair.

What's happening: The "slice of the fair" features over three dozen food vendors (including Peachey's Baking Company's beloved Amish doughnuts), live music and entertainment like inflatable axe throwing, mini-golf, giant slide rides and more.

  • Because attendance is limited each day, it's a chance to enjoy the fair atmosphere without the intense crowds.

🎟️ Details: Thursday-Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-7pm. $13 online, $16 at the gate. Free parking.

In other entertainment news...

🏎️ Check out cool rides at Cars and Caves, which returns to the Chanhassen Autoplex on Saturday morning. This month's theme: classic cars 25 years or older. Free

πŸ•―οΈ Saturday is the fourth anniversary of George Floyd's murder, and the George Floyd Global Memorial will host a Rise and Remember event at 38th and Chicago that afternoon.

  • The group will offer free wellness services like meditation from 2-6pm, and a candlelight vigil led by Floyd's family will be held at 7pm. Free

🌭 Enjoy bottomless beer and hot dogs (for two hours) at Fair State Brewing Cooperative's Frank 'n' Free For All event in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. Veggie dogs also available. $20

πŸ¦β€πŸ”₯ May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and AAPI-owned brewery Arbeiter Brewing in south Minneapolis hosts the inaugural Asian Phoenix Festival on Sunday.

  • Expect a craft market featuring lotus lantern making, performances, a bounce house and brews like Arbeiter's Tokki Korean rice lager. Free

πŸŽ‰ Celebrate Hmong culture at The Qeej and Hmong Arts Festival on Sunday at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, featuring food, arts and music using traditional Hmong instruments like the qeej. Free

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Remember and honor veterans this Memorial Day by volunteering for Flags for Fort Snelling, a group that places a flag at every grave at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

  • Many positions are already filled, but there is still availability for headstone ushers (who ensure each gravestone receives a flag) on Sunday and flag collection duty after the event. Free

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2. ▢️ Streaming guide

"The 1% Club," hosted by Patton Oswalt. Photo: Adam Rose/Prime Video

Here's what's new on Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Max, Paramount+ and BET+.

What we're watching: A new game show that tests how the brain works, a sci-fi thriller with a star-studded cast and a new season of "The Kardashians."

Max's pick of the week

"The 1% Club" β€” Available now on Prime Video and Fox

State of play: Comedian Patton Oswalt hosts this new game show in which 100 contestants compete to answer a question only 1% of the country can get right for a prize of up to $100,000.

What they're saying: "Your CV has nothing to do with how you'll do in the game," Oswalt told Axios. "I have watched people that are literally working part time at a pet store smoke people with multiple Ph.D.s. It's kind of fascinating."

Don't miss these

"Atlas" β€” Available tomorrow on Netflix

Driving the news: Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu and Sterling K. Brown star in this new sci-fi film about a misanthropic analyst who must learn to trust her AI-controlled bodysuit so she can capture a corrupt robot.

Fun fact: This is J-Lo's second thriller in two years with Netflix. She also starred in "The Mother," released in May 2023.

"The Kardashians" β€” Available now on Hulu

The intrigue: Kourtney's pregnancy with her first child with Travis Barker is at the center of the fifth season of this reality show.

More to watch

"Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza" on Paramount+

  • This three-part documentary dives into the origins and evolution of Lollapalooza and its co-founder Perry Farrell. Available now

"Stax: Soulsville, USA" on Max

  • This doc about the Memphis-based record label behind soul artists including Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes won the TV Premiere Audience Award at SXSW. Available now

"The Ms. Pat Show" season 4 on BET+

  • This Emmy-nominated sitcom returns with guest stars including Richard Lawson, Tommy Davidson, Flex Alexander and Golden Brooks. Available now

"The Beach Boys" on Disney+

  • The story of the pop music pioneers is told in this documentary with never-before-seen footage and new interviews. Available tomorrow

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πŸ€” Audrey... isn't sure what she's doing yet. Thankfully, she knows a person who compiles an amazing Twin Cities events guide each week.

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Thanks to our editor Delano Massey and copy editor Egan Millard.