5 things to do this weekend

Published 9:44 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018

By Bethany Tennis


1. Chapel Con

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Chapel Con is back. It will feature a number of celebrities in the pop culture community. In addition, contests involving cosplay and gaming will be available to participate in. Comic creators, artists and other industry professionals will be part of panels and interviews.

Merchandise and collectibles will be available. Chapel Con will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturday and will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Following the first day of Chapel Con, there will be a block party on Broadway in front of Chapel Comics and Collectibles Shoppe. The block party  will start at 8 p.m. and include a drink and draw at 112 on Broadway and live music from the Wicked Renegades. All ages are welcome to attend with no fee.


2. Shinefest Tractor Ride

Tractors will drive through Albert Lea on Saturday for the Shinefest Tractor Ride. Registration will be at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds starting at 7 a.m. The breakfast  will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The tractor route is roughly 55 miles and will travel to some surrounding towns. The tractor lineup will start at 8:30 a.m. and  will leave the Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. The tractors will visit all the retirement complexes in Albert Lea before continuing their route.


3. Movies in the park

Bring your family to the park and enjoy a fun movie night. “The Three Stooges” marathon will play at the Edgewater Park bandshell on Friday. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m and will last until 10:30 p.m. You can either take a seat on the benches or bring your own seating to watch the show.


4. ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Albert Lea Community Theatre will perform “Beauty and the Beast” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. Come enjoy this “tale as old as time” as it depicts a story of a girl named Belle and a prince who is trapped in the body of a beast. The Beast must learn how to love and be loved so he can be released from a spell that has been cast over him and his household. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic as it captures your heart with a story full of anticipation, adventure and love. You will witness amazing costumes and exemplary musical theater. The musical is directed by Gordy Handeland. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the theater lobby or at the CVB.


5. Lakers baseball game

The lights at Hayek Field will shine bright Saturday night when the Lakers take on a team from Ames.

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Come out and cheer on the Lakers while enjoying a good game of baseball.