Bear with Me (While I Tell You About…): 502


The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour
Saturday, August 30 • 8pm
Camp Bar • 490 Robert St. N., Minneapolis

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a new, full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans comedians, they’ll be showcasing the rainbow of queer comedy. The show will be headlined by Los Angeles-based comedian Casey Ley, hosted by Adam Guerino, and featuring Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez, and Rachel McCartney. Visit for tickets and more information.


MIX: Labor Day Weekend
August 31 • 6pm-2am
Union Rooftop • 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Return to the Union rooftop—rain or shine—to bookend your summer with MiX. This time you’re asked to bring non-perishable food items and/or household supplies to help stock the shelves at The Aliveness Project. Resident DJ’s Shiek and Lenka Paris will be back behind the decks as always. No cover, 21+. Search “MIX: Labor Day Weekend” on Facebook for more information.


4th Annual Northern Decadence Weekend
August 31 – September 1
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

If it’s Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans, it’s Southern Decadence, but in the Twin Cities, it is definitely Northern Decadence Weekend, and the eagleBOLTbar pulls out all the stops for this wild and crazy weekend as part of their 16th anniversary. Friday, its 2-4-1s from 2-4pm and 3-4-1s from 4-7pm. Saturday is highlighted by Leathers and Feathers Decadence Night from 9pm-2am, and includes a special appearance by Raging Stallion model Aleks Bulldocek…WOOF! If you have any pep in you after Saturday night, Sunday will feature brunch and build your own Bloodies from 10am-2pm, Showtunes beginning at 4pm and beer bust 4-8pm. And since Monday is a holiday, you get to do beer bust all over again from 4-8pm. Get your sleep before and after Labor Day Weekend because it’s going to be a wild Northern Decadence Weekend. For a complete schedule of events and specials, visit


Mankato Pridefest
September 5-7
Various locations in Mankato

We’re into the homestretch of local GLBT Pride festivals, and it’s a beautiful time of year to head to Mankato for the annual Mankato Pridefest. The weekend is highlighted by a few big events. First, it’s the Pride Parade on September 6 at 11:30am. The parade route down Riverfront Drive begins at the Blue Earth County Library, marches down Riverfront Drive, and ends at the festival grounds at Riverfront Park, Mankato. Everyone is invited to create a float, march along, or cheer from the sidewalk! After the parade, head over to Pridefest from 12-5pm at Riverfront Park. The event features music, food, exhibitors, artists, kids crafts, inflatable fun activities, and more! Stage line-up features the Key of Joy, City of the Weak, the David Yellen Band and lots of your favorite kings and queens. The day winds down with the Pride dance Party from 8pm-12am at the VFW. Get ready to dance your face off at this Pride tradition! Tickets are $5 in advance, and can be purchased at the Coffee Hag. $7 at the door. 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Tickets are on sale through September 5. All events are rain or shine! Unfortunately, Mankato does not allow pets at Mankato parks, including Riverfront Park. Visit for a full list of events and information.


The Brunch Brigade
September 7 • 10am
The Freehouse • 701 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis

Join Lavender Magazine and the Minneapolis Movie Bears as we explore the Twin Cities brunch scene, and enjoy a delicious meal while having great conversation with a great group of men and women. Everyone is welcome, and The Freehouse’s full brunch and drink menu will be available for purchase. Seating is limited so reserve your seat by logging on to and pay $5 per person. When you show up at the event, you get your $5 back to put toward your bill.

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