Third Thursday: Bike Night
Minneapolis turns into the land of 10,000 bikes during the summer — which the Minneapolis Institute of Arts capitalizes on with the Bike Night edition of its Third Thursday series. Activities are bike- and art-oriented, with bike gear from local vendors like One on One, Twin Six and Bird Industries, a free bike check from the Hub Bike Co-op, Bike Night Bingo for the chance to win a Surly Disc Trucker from Surly Bikes, gelato served by “food bike” Geno’s Gelato, gallery tours spotlighting Finnish bicycle design and hand-painted art bikes by Gregg Rochester. There’s a photo booth hosted by Nice Ride, a cash bar and live music from neo-soul group Southside Desire. (6-9 p.m. Thu. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. www.artsmia.org.) Jahna Peloquin
Extreme Race Day
Canterbury Park’s Extreme Race Day sounds like something out of Animal Planet with a dash of “Ace Ventura,” as professional jockeys race camels, ostriches and zebras. The event draws the biggest crowd of the year to the park, though no odds are given for official bets. (Side wagers are strongly encouraged.) Each animal can race at a near-30-mph pace, roughly the same as an average racehorse, though their sense of direction isn’t quite on par. The day includes pony rides, face painting and a petting zoo, and begins with a horse race. (12:45 p.m. Sat. $5. 17 & younger free. Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee. 952-445-7223 or www.canterburypark.com.) J.P.
Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show
Motorcycles, hot rods, burlesque and rockabilly converge for this annual carnival-slash-motorcycle rally-slash-block party. The show offers plenty of eye candy, from the bikes — mint-condition vintage Ducatis, Vespas, street fighters, café racers, sidecars, mopeds and ironhead hardtails — to the tatted-up bikers, to the street and stage performers. Motorcycle heads can enter their prized possessions into any of a dozen categories in a juried contest for $10. The lineup of 11 musical and burlesque acts includes Rapedoor, Violent Shifters, Red Desert, Le Cirque Rouge, Sean Anonymous and Crankshaft, with food and drink from the Modern Cafe, Pizza Lucé, Fulton Brewing, PBR and 2 Gingers. (Noon. Sat. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Av. NE., Mpls. www.beardedladymotorcycleshow.com.) J.P.