Can’t-Miss Calendar

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Thursdays June 6–August 29 (except July 4)

Lowertown Sounds

Lowertown Sounds

The Lowertown Sounds concert series features live, local and original music, food trucks, local beer, cider and wine, and benefits the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network.

When: Thursdays June 6–August 29 (except July 4)

Where: Mears Park, Saint Paul

Cost: FREE

Infolowertownsounds.com


Thursdays June–August, for other dates, see website

Twin Cities River Rats

Twin Cities River Rats

The Twin Cities River Rats put on themed water ski shows all summer long on the Mississippi River in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, just south of the Broadway Avenue bridge. The team began back in the 1970s and has grown over the years into a 100+ member, nationally ranked team.

When: Thursdays June–August, for other dates see website

Where: 1758 West River Rd N, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infotcriverrats.com/events


On view starting June 7

The Art of Living with Dementia

The Art of Living with Dementia

This traveling exhibit shares the work and voices of seniors living with dementia who participated in a popular program launched by the city of Minnetonka. Participants took classes in watercolor, ceramics, charcoal drawing and more.

When: On view starting June 7

Where: Minnetonka Center for the Arts

Cost: FREE

Infominnetonkaarts.org


June 8–July 20

Essma Imady work

Torey Erin and Essma Imady Exhibitions

Essma Imady’s multimedia installation, Muscle Memory, Syrian Homecomings, uses her memories of home as a raw material. Syrian born Imady explores how the concept of home is altered by the elements of time and distance, as well as etched away by the forces of war and political climate. Torey Erin’s most recent installation, Seeming, brings together a suite of sculpture, photography, and film portraying contemplations of mortality, the theater of reality, ritual, and temporality.

When: Opening reception: June 8th, 6–9 p.m., exhibitions are from June 8—July 20, 2019

Where: SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infosoovac.org


June 12–September 25

Summer-Walking-Tours

St. Paul Walking Tours

The three tours, Rice Park Tour, Heart of the City Tour and Great River Tour, operate on a rotating schedule, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

When: June 12–September 25

Where: Rice Park Tour and Heart of the City Tour: Landmark Center; Great River Tour: Upper Landing Park

Cost: FREE, but reservations are required

Info: landmarkcenter.org


June 12–16

St. Louis Park Parktacular

St. Louis Park Parktacular

Events and activities include the Grand Day Parade, free admission to the St. Louis Park Aquatic Park, outdoor concerts, food trucks and much more.

When: June 12–16

Where: Wolfe Park, Saint Louis Park for most events

Cost: FREE, but reservations are required

Info: landmarkcenter.org


Thursdays June 13–July 25

White Bear Lake Marketfest

White Bear Lake Marketfest

More than 130 local businesses and vendors offer a wide variety of food, merchandise, art, and handcrafted goods.

When: Thursdays June 13–July 25

Where: Downtown White Bear Lake

Cost: FREE

Info: marketfestwbl.com


June 14–16

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

A weekend of art and music on the Minneapolis riverfront, this festival features 200+ artists, family activities, live music, and Art of the Car show, and more.

When: June 14–16

Where: Minneapolis Riverfront along NE Main Street and adjacent parks

Cost: FREE

Info: stonearchbridgefestival.com


June 15

James J. Hill House Father's Day Weekend

Father’s Day Weekend Tour

Enjoy theme tours exploring James J. Hill’s life as the father of 10 children on Saturday. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.

When: June 15

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Info: mnhs.org/event/6705


June 20–22

Jose James

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The 21st annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival will be headlined this year by vocalist José James (pictured), vocalist Nnenna Freelon, the James Carter Organ Trio, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand with Tom McDermott, and more.

When: June 20–22

Where: Mears Park and Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: twincitiesjazzfestival.com


June 21–23

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Back to the 50’s Weekend

The Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 46th annual “Back to the 50’s Weekend” will blanket the State Fairgrounds with more than 12,000 street rods, customs, classics and restored vehicles, all dating from 1964 and earlier, as well as 350 vendors and lots of activities.

When: June 21–23

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Cost: At the door: Adults – $12; Kids 12 and under FREE with each paid adult

Info: msrabacktothe50s.com


May 31–June 23

Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

In 1890, young Ransome Foster leaves New York City for a new life in the Wild West, where he ends up beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees.

When: May 31–June 23

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22, $18 for ages 62 and up (except Saturdays)

InfoTheatreintheRound.org


June 23

Fete de la St. Jean Baptiste

Fete de St. Jean Baptiste Rendezvous

Join in the celebration of St. Jean Baptiste, patron saint of French Canadians, with a rendezvous of music, games, a bonfire. and more. In Canada, the Fete de la St. Jean Baptiste is a national holiday celebrated on June 24.

When: June 23

Where: Sibley Historic Site, Mendota

Cost: FREE

Info: mnhs.org/event/7133


June 23

Minnesota Food Truck Festival

Minnesota Food Truck Festival

The Uptown Food Truck Festival has grown to be the largest Food Truck Festival in the Midwest, with more than 65 food trucks. Food offerings will range from Poke Bowls and Bahn Mi to meat pies and Uptown favorites Tin Fish. The non-food trucks will offer on-trend fashion, men’s grooming services, music, and the Mobile Escape Room trailer. Other activities include life-size Jenga, mechanical bull, bean bag toss, Henna Tattoo Artists and a Psychic Tarot Reader. There will be live music and DJs on two stages.

When: June 23

Where: Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street to 32nd Street, and on 31st Street from Humboldt Avenue to Girard Avenue, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: uptownfoodtruckfestival.com


June 24

Connie Evingson

Music Monday with Connie Evingson

To launch a brand new music space in town, Nord Social Hall, French Meadow is hosting an ongoing series of jazz, blues and hot club swing, Music Monday with Connie Evingson, every other week beginning in May. Doors open at 5:30pm and music plays from 7–9pm. An organic farm-to-table menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with craft cocktails, wine and artisan beers will be available for purchase.

When: June 24

Where: Nord Social Hall, adjacent to the French Meadow restaurant in Minneapolis

Cost: $15 at the door

Info: frenchmeadowcafe.com


June 24–30

Bob Newhart

Minneapolis Comedy Festival

The first-ever Minneapolis Comedy Festival will make its debut in downtown Minneapolis across a myriad of stages, featuring Bob Newhart, Seth Meyers, George Lopez, Cedric “The Entertainer,” D.L. Hughley, John Crist and many more.

When: June 24–30

Where: Many venues in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: Varies

Info: MPLSComedyFest.com


June 25

Alzheimer’s educational conference

Alzheimer’s Educational Conference

The conference will bring in some of the nation’s leading dementia experts, and is designed to educate the community, and particularly caregivers, about a variety of Alzheimer’s-related topics, and provide valuable tips and strategies as well as information on local resources. Some of the topics that will be covered including the latest research, clinical trials, financial and long term care planning, public policy, federal funding for research, recreational therapy, and caregiver strategies. This event is part of our National Educating America Tour.

When: June 25

Where: FREE

Cost: Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Info: alzfdn.org


June 26, July 10, 11, 18

Lush Country

From Patsy Cline to Hank Williams: Classic Hits by Lush Country

Lush Country is an all-star band playing the best country from Patsy Cline to Hank Williams and everything in between. The seven band members are long-time Twin Cities headliners and “Prairie Home Companion” veterans who cover your favorite classic hits.

When: June 26, July 10, 11, 18

Where: $25–$35

Cost: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Info: etix.com


June 27

Latin History for Morons

Latin History for Morons

John Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes.

When: June 27

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $49, $79, $89, $109

Info: HennepinTheatreTrust.org


June 27

Sinatra and Company: Music From the Rat Pack Era

Sinatra and Company — Music From the Rat Pack Era

Colleen Raye, Tim Patrick, Debbie O’Keefe along with the 10-piece Blue Eyes Band under the direction of Todd Matheson present an evening of music and tales from the ’50s and ’60s crooners — guys and gals — in the legendary Rat Pack. You’ll hear songs from Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., plus tunes and stories from Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

When: June 27

Where: Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $28

Info: ames-center.com/sinatra-and-company.html


June 29

Boathouse Tours

Lake Minnetonka Boathouse Tours

Melinda Nelson and Karen Melvin of Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka are returning to host two exclusive guided Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka bus tours to benefit the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.  The two tours provide a rare opportunity to explore approximately eight boathouses around Lake Minnetonka. Melinda and Karen will narrate the tours, providing insights, stories, and anecdotes about the original homeowners as well as the families who are honored to be the stewards and caretakers of these charming structures.

When: June 29

Where: Minnetonka Center for the Arts

Cost: Half day $125 member / $140 non-member, full day $200 member and non-member

Info: minnetonkaARTS.org


June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sep. 28

CARS AND CAVES FOR CHARITY SHOW

Cars and Caves

Collector, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles are displayed all throughout the AutoPlex’s 120 garage condominiums. These nationally-known “man caves”’ are themed to reflect the owners’ specific interests along with their personal car and automobilia collections. Guests are encouraged to drive to the AutoPlex in their collector, classic or exotic car or motorcycle, which can also be displayed at Cars and Caves. All guests are encouraged to arrive early due to limited on-site parking. Coffee, beverages and food will be provided by local food trucks at this family-friendly event. Each Cars and Caves event will spotlight a charity group, and donations will be collected for that charity on site.

When: June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sep. 28

Where: Chanhassen AutoPlex

Cost: FREE

Info: chanhassenautoplex.com/cars-and-caves


June 29–30

Eagan Art Festival

Eagan Art Festival

The theme for the 25th Eagan Art Festival is World Art Celebration. See a juried art show of 100 artists, an artist demonstration and get creative with the annual community art project in the Art Experience tent.

When: June 29–30

Where: 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan

Cost: FREE

Info: eaganartfestival.org


June 30

Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir

This spring, the nationally recognized Minnesota Boychoir will present two concerts — one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis — featuring performances by the 150 boys, age 6–18, in all four Boychoir ensembles: Allegro, Cantando and Cantar, as well as Cantabile, the 50-member flagship choir. The second concert, at Ted Mann, will also feature the Minnesota Boychoir’s alumni choir, AlumSing and Adult Choir.

When: June 30

Where: Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: boychoir.org


July 6

Minneapolis, MN Detective Day

Minneapolis Detective Day

CluedUpp is the British detective game that’s just like a giant, outdoor version of the board game Clue. The Minneapolis version of the game is called “Sneaky Finders” and is set in the fictitious town of Millingham. Your team of detectives will be tasked with cracking the case as you stalk the streets, tracking down virtual witnesses and eliminating suspects.

When: July 6

Where: West Downtown, Minneapolis

Cost: $46 per team of up to six adults

Info: cluedupp.com


July 6

Jane Fonda

An Evening with Jane Fonda

Join two-time Oscar award-winning actress Jane Fonda for a career retrospective live on stage. Jane will share stories from her extraordinary career, in film, TV, exercise and activism.

When: July 6

Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: Starting at $58

Info: ordway.org


July 11–13, July 18–20

Herb Johnson III by Tim Rummelhoff
Herb Johnson III by Tim Rummelhoff

Momentum: New Dance Works Festival

Momentum: New Dance Works, a widely respected platform for commissioning and presenting original contemporary dance of all genres, selected four artists based in Minnesota: Jonathan van Arneman, Herbert Johnson III, Judith Holo Lue Choy and Leslie Parker. The program culminates in a this performance festival.

When: July 11–13, July 18–20

Where: Frey Theater, St. Catherine University, St. Paul

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Info: oshag.stkate.edu/momentum/


July 12–13

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

9th Annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

In addition to the live musical performances, this year’s RRDBFest event will continue to showcase a wide variety of local Longfellow artisans – each showing off an eclectic array of work, from paintings, illustrations and recycled art to jewelry, textiles and much more.

When: July 12–13

Where: The Hook and Ladder Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $15 advance, $18 day of show, 2-day weekend pass: $30 advance only (limited)

Info: thehookmpls.com


July 12–24

Mill City Summer Opera

Mill City Summer Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi fan Tutte is a sophisticated comedy about the naiveté of love, and considered to be one of Mozart’s most “controversial” operas. The performance will be in the only American venue where world-class opera is performed in historic ruins under the stars.

When: July 12–24

Where: Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard, Minneapolis

Cost: Opening Night tickets ($200-$250) include a gala reception, reserved seating for the performance and an after-party with the cast. Tickets ($50-$125) for all other performances will be available for purchase for donors of $250 or more beginning May 7.

Info: millcitysummeropera.org


July 13

Northern Clay Center

McKnight Summer Open House

Join a community of clay lovers for an afternoon open house and see the works of talented mid-career artists from across the country and the world. Partake in fellowship, picnic food, fun, and hands-on, clay-themed games and contests.

When: July 13

Where: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: northernclaycenter.org


July 13

Art at St. Kate's

Art at St. Kate’s

Art at St. Kate’s features quality work by 100 juried artists who create and sell fine crafts including clay, fiber, glass, leather, jewelry (gold, silver, stone, beaded), metal, paper, wood, mixed media, as well as fine arts including painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This art fair has everything from leather handbags and belts, cloisonné pendants, and stained glass to hand-woven scarves and shawls, turned wood, original cards, metal sculptures, quilts, hand-blown glass bowls, hand-made paper, plus pottery tiles, vases, plates, teapots, and mugs. Strolling musicians and food trucks are also part of the art fair.

When: July 13

Where: Cleveland and Randolph Avenues on the Saint Paul campus of St. Catherine University

Cost: FREE

Info: artistscircle.org


July 16–19

Cantus

Cantus: Unrequited

Cantus presents the third installment of its popular chamber music series, coupling solos and duets with the full ensemble texture at four Twin Cities venues – Landmark Center, Westminster Presbyterian Church, American Swedish Institute and The Museum of Russian Art. Featuring Robert Schumann’s most famous song cycle, Dichterliebe (Op. 48)., Unrequited is a journey of finding love, losing it and moving on.

When: July 16–19

Where: July 16: Landmark Center, Saint Paul; July 17: The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis; July 18: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis; July 19: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis

Cost: $32

Info: cantussings.org


July 17

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger – 100th Anniversary of the Music and the Man

Listen to the music of Pete Seeger and sing along to songs like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” while delving into Pete’s history and passion for social justice, including civil rights, the environment, labor issues, and equality.  Hear the behind the scenes stories of how Pete’s music played into the panoramic backdrop that was the Sixties.

When: July 17

Where: Maplewood Library

Cost: FREE

Info: rclreads.libcal.com


July 19

Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival

Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival

Day includes arts showcase featuring works created by older adults, make-and-take art activities, live music and entertainment, wellness opportunities, food, games, and more! Admission is free, and food and activities are priced for affordable fun.

When: July 19

Where: 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: celebratemsf.com


July 19–28

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters

The story follows Minnesota-born sisters LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews as they began their recording career in the ‘30s, rose to stardom entertaining American GIs in WWII, and walked a winding path to success which gained them more top 10 hits than the Beatles. The show includes over 20 crowd-pleasing hit songs such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”

When: July 19–28

Where: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Cost: $30 for VIP up-front seating; $20 general admission for adults age 25 and up & children age 8-12; $10 general admission for young adults age 13-24

Info: MaplewoodHistoricalSociety.org


July 23–Aug. 11

T. Mychael Rambo

42nd Street

The cast for this classic musical features Twin Cities favorites Jamecia Bennett, Tyler Michaels King, Tyler Lueck and T. Mychael Rambo (pictured). Also featured are Phillip Attmore as Billy Lawler and Kimberly Immanuel as Peggy Sawyer, the wide-eyed ingénue who dreams of tapping her way to Broadway stardom.

When: July 23–Aug. 11

Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $34–$111

Info: ordway.org


July 27–28

Loring Park Art Festival

Loring Park Art Festival

More than 25,000 art lovers are expected to be in attendance. Family events, food vendors, live music, and unique entertainment will take place in the beautiful outdoor setting of Loring Park.

When: July 27–28

Where: Loring Park at Oak Grove and Hennepin Avenue

Cost: FREE

Info: loringparkartfestival.com


July 28

Concours d'elegance

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

This event will feature more than 200 rare, historic and superbly- conditioned cars, boats and motorcycles from as early as the 1900s displayed along the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

When: July 28

Where: Excelsior Commons

Cost: $25 per person and only 4,000 tickets will be sold. Children 12 and under and active/retired military members receive free admission. Advance tickets are now available online at a discounted rate through July 1, 2019 at https://squ.re/2Sc2Beb.

Info: 10000lakesconcours.com


July 28

Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams featuring Ben Utecht

Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams featuring Ben Utecht

Andy Williams sold over 100 million records worldwide and still has a vast audience. Dove Award-Nominated Singer And Super Bowl XLI Champion Ben Utecht joins a cast of musicians for songs like “Moon River,” “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story,” “Born Free,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and many more.

When: July 28

Where: Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $40, $30, $25. Groups of 10+ save $5 per ticket

Info: ames-center.com/moon-river-ben-utecht.html


July 28

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Tony Bennett

At the age of 92, Tony Bennett is not slowing down and his latest recording, with long-time friend and musical colleague, Diana Krall, “Love Is Here To Stay” topped the jazz charts upon its debut and was just nominated for a Grammy Award.

When: July 28

Where: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $74.50, $84.50, $13o

Info: HennepinTheatreTrust.org


July 30–Aug. 4

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Rich with musical hits, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset;’ “If I Were A Rich Man;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” this is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter

When: July 30–Aug. 4

Where: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $39 to $145

Info: HennepinTheatreTrust.org


August 8

Hope, Health and Humor

Hope, Health, and Humor

This event is designed to promote hope and discovery for women’s heart health. Included in this event will be food, drinks, educational presentations, and socializing/network opportunities.

When: August 8

Where: Minneapolis Event Center

Cost: $40

Info: mplsheart.org


Oct. 19

Powderhorn Culinary Arts Show

Powderhorn Culinary Arts Show

Thousands of attendees are expected at this celebration of all things food-related.

When: Oct. 19

Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Cost: TBD

Infoppna.org/culinaryartshow


Sept. 27–Oct. 6

The Looney Lutherans

The Looney Lutherans in Young(ish) at Heart

The wacky trio of Looney Lutheran ladies are back, with some age-defying wisdom for the ages, music, comedy and help from the audience to create a fun, interactive and family-friendly show.

When: Sept. 27–Oct. 6

Where: Black Box Theater at the Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: TBD

Infolooneylutherans.com


Sept. 27–Oct. 6

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

During the 10-day event, more than 20 artists’ workspaces are open to the public, giving visitors a unique opportunity to speak directly with the artists in the environments where they create works featured in national and local galleries and shows.

When: Sept. 27–Oct. 6

Where: Cook County

Cost: FREE

Infovisitcookcounty.com


March 1–Sep. 28

Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia ©2018 RICHRYAN

Mamma Mia!

ABBA’s hits tell the story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

When: March 1–Sep. 28

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: Starting at $53

Infochanhassendt.com


May 17–Oct. 28

The Vikings Begin

The Vikings Begin

This is the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary new exhibition featuring dozens of early Viking artifacts, many that were excavated from boat graves and are nearly 1,400 years old. The installation features Viking helmets, swords, jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with historical significance, that tell stories about the people buried with them and the society they belonged to. The exhibition is on its first tour outside of Scandinavia and was produced by Sweden’s Uppsala University and its Gustavianum museum.

When: May 17–Oct. 28

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: Included in museum admission: $12 adults; $8 seniors; $6 ages 6-18 and students; free for ages 5 and under and ASI members

Info: asimn.org