Things to Do While Your Friends Are at CONvergence

Another year, another CONvergence. If you’re not attending, this is the time when all of your geeky-minded friends suddenly disappear for four days (or more, depending on recovery time). Maybe cons aren’t your thing. Maybe your significant other finally put their foot down on your board-game budget. Maybe you’re feeling too under the weather to gallivant around in your form-fitting Melisandre cosplay. Or maybe you’re like me and are stuck going to a wedding smack-dab in the middle of CON time.

No matter the reason, you’re probably looking for something else to satiate your geek cravings this weekend. Don’t stay at home refreshing Twin Cities Geek . . . well, do that, but take an occasional break and check out these events!

Polar Bear Centric

Polar Bear Centric by Sally Foster Photography

Catch a Show at HUGE Theater

Friday, July 3 @ 8:00 p.m. (and more)
3037 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis

This weekend, there are a plethora of shows at HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Their new lineup debuts this weekend, so you can catch three brand-new shows on Friday night: an all-night pass for $18 gets you into Three Strange Days performing their version of “the Harold” at 8:00, long-form improv veterans Drew & Matt at 9:30, and a three-pack of duos for the 10:30 show. Our favorite of the night is Polar Bear Centric, an explosive, high-energy duo performing as part of the 10:30 slot. HUGE is ADA accessible and a volunteer-run nonprofit that normally features shows every night of the week but Tuesday. Keep in mind that this weekend, they will be closed on Saturday for Independence Day. For more info, visit or check them out on Facebook.

Play MojoKickball

Sunday, July 5 @ 1:00 p.m.
Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis

Relatively new to the Twin Cities, MojoKickball is a little bit dodgeball, a little bit tag, a little bit kickball, a little bit hot potato, and a whole lot of fun. Created by Texas transplant Eric Heiberg, this game is gathering a steady following with weekly Sunday games in Minneapolis on any day there’s no snow on the ground (and, occasionally, even when there is). If you want to get some exercise and meet about a thousand new friends, stop by and play. Come dressed in comfortable clothes and sneakers, and bring water and a donation in any amount to help pay for the field rental. Players pride themselves on being welcoming and open minded. Read more about it here. Still nervous? Here’s a tutorial.

Appreciate Some Art at the Patches + Stitches Opening Reception

Friday, July 3 @ 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Light Grey Art Lab
118 East 26th St., Minneapolis

Patches & Stitches Promo Material courtesy of Light Grey Art Lab

Patches & Stitches Promo Material courtesy of Light Grey Art Lab

This new exhibit is an ode to love and expression through hand-made textile pieces from over 70 artists. Who needs CONvergence when you can go to your very own arts con, in a way? The artists use everything from cross-stitching to denim to embroidery to flora and fauna to screen printing to letterpress. If you show up at 7:00 p.m. sharp, you’ll get to witness a guided talk with one of the artists, Teagan White (who is also an award-winning children’s book illustrator and designer). You can find more information on the event itself here on the Yelp page or on the official website.

Lay Your Cards on the Table at Modern Saturday

Saturday, July 4 @12:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Games
1425 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis

If you can’t make CONvergence but still need your gamer fix, head over to Mead Hall for their Modern Saturday Magic tournament. Prizes are given in store credit, but each participant will also receive one booster pack. Participation is $10. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Catch the Fireworks

On Saturday night, there will be Independence Day fireworks over CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown after the Saints game, along the riverfront in Minneapolis, in Apple Valley as part of Freedom Days, in downtown Stillwater, and more. The StarTribune has rounded up a whopping 31 options for fireworks viewing in the Twin Cities metro area. Take your pick! Shows start around dusk, and while most are on July 4 itself, there are a few opportunities on Friday as well.

Hang Out on a Patio

Well, not just any patio. Your neighbors might not like that. I recommend scoping out the brand spankin’ new Betty Danger’s Country Club, where you can sip your cocktail sky-high on their Ferris wheel, or at Tiny Diner, where the food and drink are vastly underrated. Just because your friends are all indoors at CONvergence doesn’t mean you have to be!

What will YOU be doing while your friends are at CONvergence? Comment below and let us know!

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