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The Twin Cities boasts a robust literary community which makes the Twin Cities Book Festival an anticipated, annual event. Things kick off on Friday the 13th with an opening reception featuring author talks from John Freeman, Lawrence Joseph, and others. Then, Saturday’s fun begins at 10:00 AM and runs to 5:00 PM.

The free festival is held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and offers book and author-centric festivities for all ages. Also, don’t miss the chance to hop aboard the poetry bus, featuring various workshops all day long. It’s a chance to support national and local authors, to peruse thousands of records and books, and to pick up one (or several) for a restful weekend cozied up and reading on the couch.

If you can’t make it to the festival, several local bookstores regularly host author events and can give you the reading fix you see—Open Book is a downtown favorite. Many of the world’s greatest writers have called Minneapolis home; perhaps you can find one that speaks to you. Happy reading!

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Weekend Happenings

Between Halloween happenings, musical openings, and murder museum exhibits, there’s a wide range of things to do this weekend. Pumpkin Nights sprawls across the fairgrounds beginning on Friday night. It’s a family friendly event that runs through October 29th, which gives you plenty of time to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Take a walk through the creative, carved pumpkin displays and stop for a fall snack on the way. Pumpkin Nights is open until 10:00 PM during the week and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Music Man, a beloved play that tells the tale of con man who conjures up the guise of leading a children’s band, comes to the Bloomington Center for the Arts for nearly a month. And for an outing of a different tune, the Science Museum of Minnesota debuts Murder at the Museum as its quarterly Social Science event. The adults-only event is closed to the public and invites guests to enjoy music, cocktails, special programs, and activities happening throughout the night.

Even with all the normal hustle and bustle of the city, there’s always something inviting about sticking close to home. With ample art, food, music, and entertainment right in our own neighborhood, a more low-key weekend can be just what’s needed. Either way, it’s always nice to have options, which there are plenty of. What’s one seasonal event on your must-do list this year?

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

-C.S. Lewis

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