Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Festival

Ten Second Film Fest

Ten seconds might not seem like a lot of time, but participants in the Ten Second Film Festival have demonstrated that you can pack a lot of awesomeness into what amounts to a blink of the eye. Each year the Soap Factory hosts this fun, free party following the downtown Minneapolis Independence Day fireworks, which also includes cheap beer, live music, and local celebrities. Before the big event, gallery organizers invite folks to create 10-second masterpieces using lo-fi technology such as cell phones, laptop cameras, and iPods. Hundreds submit, but only the top 10 in 10 categories are screened. Past categories have included "Mindless Violence," "Moment of Zen," "The Kubrick Award," and "What the hell am I looking at?" What the hell indeed. Winners have included cute hamsters, smoky bubbles, and busted fingernails, and are determined by audience reactions during the screening.

Best Bike Ride (2013) Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski