Craft beer, a Prince dance party and live music at this weekend's Capitol makeover celebration - Bring Me The News

Craft beer, a Prince dance party and live music at this weekend's Capitol makeover celebration

And the best part? Most of the fun stuff going on is free.

After nearly four years and $310 million in renovations, the Minnesota State Capitol is ready to show off its makeover.

That also means it's party time.

Minnesotans will come together this weekend for the grand reopening – three days jam-packed with free events, food trucks, craft beer, live music, and more. Organizers are calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime celebration of The People's House."

It kicks off Friday, Aug. 11 and runs through Sunday, and most of the happenings are free (though some require reservations.)

Here are some of the highlights, but you can find the full schedule of events here.

Yoga on the lawn

Stretching before you party is always a good idea, plus there will be free blueberry muffins from General Mills. 

Yoga classes will be led by the St. Paul YWCA at 7:30 a.m. each morning.


Musical groups will be performing all weekend long.

And because it wouldn't be a Minnesota celebration without a tribute to the Purple One, there's a Prince Dance Party on Friday night. DJ Dudley D – who has toured with Prince and The New Power Generation – will be spinning on the upper capitol mall beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Then there's the big show on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Duluth indie rockers Cloud Cult will co-headline with Minneapolis synthpop band, Poliça.

The concert will be followed by a fireworks show over the capitol.

Cap Untapped

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild will host a beer garden and sampling event at the capitol mall on Saturday, featuring 30 breweries from across the state.

You probably won't be able to enjoy your beer inside the capitol, but you can drink while admiring the new, fresh exterior from the foot of the front steps.

This event starts at 4 p.m. It's 21-plus and tickets are $25 – get them here.

Behind-the-scenes tours

The restorations are the whole reason for the celebration, so why not check out the before and after? Free behind-the-scenes tours will run all weekend long.

Participants will get to see parts of the building that are usually closed to the public, the Pioneer Press says, like the governor's office and the House and Senate retiring rooms (the former of which is where that "100 percent white male card game" took place).

Tours start at the information desk and will run every 30 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hotdish panels

There will be multiple opportunities over the weekend to catch one of these "Hotdish" discussions led by speakers such as former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Gov. Al Quie.

They're free, but it's best to reserve a seat since some of the talks are already booked – check here for tickets.

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