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Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from Feb. 11 to April 10


Free Tax Filing Assistance

Trained and certified AARP Tax Aide volunteers will work with taxpayers to prepare and electronically file federal and state income tax returns. Returns can be prepared only for Minnesota residents who are not required to file a state tax return in any state other than Minnesota or Wisconsin. Appointments can be made starting January 7, 2019 by calling 651-439-7434 between 9 am and 4 pm.

When: Appointments will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from February 11 to April 10.

Where: Community Thread, 2300 West Orleans Street, Stillwater

Cost: FREE

Feb. 19–24

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

When: Feb. 19–24

Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $39 to $145

Feb. 19–24


The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Falsettos

Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family.

When: Feb. 19–24

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul

Cost: $34–$117

Feb. 19–20

The Church Basement Ladies

The Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

As the ladies busy themselves with preparations for their church’s participation in the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, the audience sees their comings and goings from the eyes of the menfolk.

When: Feb. 19–20

Where: The Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $32

Jan. 30–Feb. 21

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away

The “Buddy Band” performs all the Holly Hits including “That’ll Be the Day”, “Rave On”, “Peggy Sue”, “Maybe Baby”, and “Not Fade Away”. Featuring cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY Award-winning production of “Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story.” Endorsed by Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.

When: Jan. 30–Feb. 21

Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Cost: $25–$32

Feb. 21; March 7, 21


Noir She Didn’t

Mystery Entertainment is now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Come for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller.

When: Feb. 21; March 7, 21

Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Minneapolis

Cost: $60

Jan. 11–Feb. 22


Tracing Time, art exhibition featuring Meghan Duda and Amenda Tate

Regional artists Meghan Duda and Amenda Tate create works that observe and record movement and time. Duda uses a large scale pinhole camera mounted on a trailer to photographically record scenic changes along the Mississippi River.

When: Jan. 11–Feb. 22; Opening reception: 6–8 p.m., January 11;  Artist Talk: 7 p.m., February 5

Where: Artistry, Bloomington Center for the Arts

Cost: FREE

Feb. 22–24 and March 1–3

Property Brothers

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Discover the latest in home improvement, design, landscaping, and more. Several celebrities will make appearances, including The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, on Feb. 23.

When: Feb. 22–24 and March 1–3

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $14 adult; $4 ages 6–12

Feb. 22

Victorian Secrets

Victorian Secrets

Mental illness, addiction, sexuality, and birth control were all part of Victorian life but were never spoken of in public. Discover the “secrets” of the Victorian era in this 75-minute program. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals that provide glimpses into the private lives of the Ramsey family, their neighbors, and friends. Learn about the issues they faced, what cures they used and what was really discussed behind closed doors. This program is intended for ages 18 and over and is offered at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

When: Feb. 22

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%

Oct. 5–Feb. 23

Holiday Inn

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn, the new Irving Berlin musical, tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance.

When: Oct. 5–Feb. 23

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: $51–$91

Saturdays through Feb. 23

Night Trains

Night Trains

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make-believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.

When: Saturdays through Feb. 23

Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul

Cost: $15 for individuals, special family rates


Feb. 24


VocalEssence Witness: They Persist

VocalEssence honors past, present, and future trailblazing African and African American women who persist against all odds to change their communities and the world. Atlanta’s Spelman College Glee Club will join the VocalEssence Chorus and VocalEssence Singers Of This Age in this program, which celebrates entrepreneurship, highlights the importance of education, and advocates for the equality of all.

When: Feb. 24

Where: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Cost: $10–$40


Feb. 26


Sneak preview of 2019–2020 Broadway at the Ordway

Be the first to know all the details about the lineup of exciting shows coming to the Ordway. From radically reimagined favorites to fresh new Ordway Originals, the season is chock full of performances you’ve never seen before. Live performances, light refreshments.

When: 7–8:30 p.m., Feb. 26

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Feb. 27–March 10

Blue Collar Diaries

Blue Collar Diaries

“Blue Collar Diaries” grew from a series of humorous monologues about people in Michelle Myers Berg’s neighborhood. The fifth of eight kids, Michelle grew up in St. Paul in a working class neighborhood cleverly disguised as “typically midwestern.”

When: Feb. 27–March 10

Where: Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Cost: $32 for matinée shows; $36 for all other shows


Feb. 28


Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Escape from the chilly temperatures and enjoy a night out sampling more than 80 fine wines, locally brewed beer, and tidbits from area restaurants in the most beautiful winter setting in Minnesota, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

When: Feb. 28

Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul

Cost: $65–$125

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

March 1–24

My Antonia

My Antonia

After traveling throughout Nebraska, Illusion Theater’s acclaimed adaptation of Willa Cather’s novel will return to Minneapolis. My Antonia is the story of 1880’s European immigrants who came to the prairies of Nebraska in an attempt to make their American dreams come true.

When: March 1–24

Where: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $25–$45

March 1–June 8

TENDERLY, The Rosemary Clooney Musical

TENDERLY: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Featuring many of her signature songs such as “Come On-A My House,” “Tenderly,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” this production tells the story of Rosemary Clooney’s successes on film, radio, and TV, as well the struggles in her personal life.

When: March 1–June 8

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40

March 2


Black Tie Bingo

This fundraiser will feature 5 games of bingo, along with other activities and raffles. Proceeds from the event will support Community Thread’s new program based off of the national village model – a program that offers innovative solutions for supporting older adults as they age in place.

When: March 2

Where: Grand Banquet Hall, Stillwater

Cost: $75 per ticket or $600 for a table of 8. Includes hors d’oeuvres & 4 games of bingo.

March 2, 3

The Joffrey Ballet Anna Karenina with live orchestra

The Joffrey Ballet: Anna Karenina with live orchestra

Renowned choreographer Yuri Possokhov created this ballet in two acts, of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, a tale that has been called “the greatest book ever written.” The performance centers on the tragic tale of Anna Karenina, a married aristocrat and socialite, who indulges in a scandalous affair with a dashing officer, Count Vronsky.

When: March 2, 3

Where: Northrup Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $30–$75

March 2, 3

U Dance Fest

U Dance Fest

Get ready for world-class performances by some of the nation’s top ballroom competitors, including the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Competition Team, ranked 1st in the United States.

When: March 2, 3

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: $10 a session

March 3 and 31, April 14

Urban Expedition Landmark Center St. Paul

Urban Expedition

Experience cultures from around the world through music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more at this annual international event series. Feb. 10: Palestine, March 3: Romania, March 31: Great Britain, April 14: Vietnam

When: March 3 and 31, April 14

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Feb. 9–March 3



Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and the birth of feminism, this play tells the story of one woman’s fight over the span of 20 years to transform the lives of the women she works with by joining a union, taking legal actions and changing the consciousness of the men she works with.

When: Feb. 9–March 3

Where: History Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $15–$42

March 4, 11

James J. Hill House

Hill House Chamber Players Concert

The Hill House Chamber Players return for the 2018-2019 season with concerts selected around the theme “Trio Masterworks.” Enjoy an exploration of piano/violin/viola, cello, and clarinet trio variations, with one major trio as the centerpiece for each concert. Admission includes a 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Valet parking is available.

When: March 4, 11

Where: James J. Hill, St. Paul

Cost: $23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%

March 5

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Summer on Summit

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Irish Heritage

Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.

When: March 5

Where: James J. Hill, St. Paul

Cost: FREE, reservation required

March 5 and 6

A Woman of No Importance

Auditions for A Woman of No Importance

Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company will stage Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners. Auditions will be March 5 and 6 and four performances will occur from May 10–18.

When: March 5 and 6

Where: Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, South Minneapolis

Cost: FREE to audition, tickets TBA


March 5, 19

Senior Stroll Como Zoo and Conservatory

Senior Stroll

Senior Strolls take place on select Tuesdays from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for just for our 55-and-up aged friends. Each month will feature an opportunity to visit a part of the Zoo or Conservatory for a leisurely walk before the crowds as well as special activities and guests. This event is a great opportunity for Seniors to enjoy a free event that encourages being active and social with some adult learning to spice it up.

When: March 5, 19

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

March 10


37th Annual Seed Savers Exchange

This annual event begins with a seed saving expert sharing insights into heirloom plants and gardening, followed by a seed exchange where visitors can discover a variety of rare seeds. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home.

When: March 10

Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River

Cost: FREE

March 12

"Green Card Voices" Exhibit Opening

“Green Card Voices” Exhibit Opening

Featuring immigrants from 22 different countries, this exhibit tells stories of coming to Minnesota from countries all around the world, from Bangladesh to Cameroon to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this banner exhibit, visitors can view photographs of each immigrant and read bios of their unique stories. Then scan a QR code on your phone or another device to see first-person videos of each participant discussing their immigration experiences.

When: March 12

Where: Minnesota History Center, Minneapolis

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

March 15


Stories from the Book of Harbor Light

This new collaboration with zAmya Theater and The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center is a theater production about homelessness, created and performed by people who have experienced it. It is inspired by the true stories behind a large-scale mural (above) on the facade of the Harbor Light administrative building, across from the Harbor Light Center, the largest adult shelter in the five-state area.

When: March 15

Where: 900 Hennepin, Minneapolis

Cost: A donation of $20 is suggested. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

March 15–24


Cantus: When I Grow Up

From childhood through adulthood, Cantus reflects on the cycle of life. Exploring themes of adolescence, companionship, parenthood and acceptance of mortality, When I Grow Up considers how we become who we are.

When: March 15–24

Where: March 15, 7:30 p.m.: Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis; Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater; March 17, 2:00 p.m.: Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis; Thursday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.: Colonial Church of Edina; Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.: Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul; Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.: Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata

Cost: Prices vary by venue

March 16

Scarborough Fair

Hats, Horses and High Tea

This annual event will showcase hats that are perfect for the Kentucky Derby, a polo match, Easter, or upcoming weddings. Hand made hats will be available to try on and custom order. Tea and other beverages, as well as finger sandwiches, cake, and scones with clotted cream, will be served.

When: March 16

Where: Scarborough Fair, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

March 16, 17

Irish Heritage Tour

Irish Heritage Weekend

Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age on a themed tour. Tours will include favorite Irish songs and stories of the Hills and their servants, many of them Irish, to explore the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.

When: March 16, 17

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

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

March 16, 17

Irish Dance

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration and Day of Irish Dance

On Saturday, the Irish Music & Dance Association (IMDA), in partnership with Landmark Center, proudly hosts its 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration featuring regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. On Sunday, the Day of Irish Dance focuses solely on dance performances.

When: March 16, 17

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $5–$7

March 17

Spark! Baking for Memory Loss

SPARK! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss

Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Mill City Museum is a member of SPARK!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.

When: March 17

Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE, reservation required

March 17

Connie Evingson

The Best of Jazz at the Jungle

Connie Evingson will perform highlights from the past decade’s shows, from September 2009’s debut concert celebrating the music of Peggy Lee, Happy with the Blues, to Gypsy in My Soul, Ellingtonia, He’s Hip – Songs by Dave FrishbergLet it Be Jazz – The Beatles Songbook, The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Series, Summer Samba, Desert Island Picks,  American Songbook and more. Accompanying Evingson are New York City pianist Jon Weber, Gordy Johnson (bass) and Dave Karr (saxophone). Evingson has appeared with Wynton Marsalis and Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the JazzMN Orchestra, among others.

When: 4 p.m., March 17

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $30


March 19

Cosmos flowers

Simple Seed Starting

Now is a great time to start seeds for annuals to enhance your yard. Learn an easy technique that doesn’t require indoor space, lighting, or heat mats. Prepare and plant one container to take home, and Dodge will show you how to set up plastic containers outside to let nature do the work.

When: 7–8:30 p.m., March 19

Where: Dodge Nature Center Farm Entrance, West St. Paul

Cost: $10

March 21–24

Candide, Photo Credit: Allen Weeks
Candide, Photo Credit: Allen Weeks


Great music, light romance, dark villains and broad comedy made Leonard Bernstein’s Candide an instant classic. The cast will be joined by a full orchestra, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, and members of the VocalEssence Chorus.

When: March 21–24

Where: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis

Cost: $35–$45

March 23

Classic Albums Live presents The Beatles – Abbey Road

Classic Albums Live presents The Beatles – Abbey Road

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage — note for note, cut for cut.

When: March 23

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul

Cost: $34–$57

March 23–24

The 51st Arrowhead Auto Body Motorhead Madness

The 51st Arrowhead Auto Body Motorhead Madness

More than 100 one-of-a-kind customs, trucks, 4x4s, hot rods, street rods, race cars, cycles, and antique autos are on display. Judges will decide who will go home with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

When: March 23–24

Where: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Cost: Adults $12 / Children ages 6–12 $5 / Kids 5 and under FREE

March 27–28

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and still the smartest person in the room.

When: March 27–28

Where: The Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $40–$85

Through March 29

Mirrored Mosaics: Artists’ Reflections on Being Muslim in Minnesota

Mirrored Mosaics: Artists’ Reflections on Being Muslim in Minnesota

This art exhibit celebrates the work of nearly 20 artists with a connection to the Muslim community in Minnesota.

When: Through March 29

Where: Art Works, Eagan

Cost: FREE

April 4–20

38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)

38th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)

Each year, the festival showcases the latest films by both emerging and veteran filmmakers from around the globe, totaling more than 250 films from 70+ countries.

When: April 4–20

Where: Most showings will be at St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: TBA


April 4

The State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships

The State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships

Twenty-four of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players will convene in Minneapolis to participate in the event. The night features the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship, the Men’s and Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championships and the Applebee’s Team Shootout. The winners of the Men’s and Women’s 3-Point Championships will then compete in the Reese’s Puffs Battle of the Champions.

When: April 4

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $15–$38


April 5

Reese's Final Four Friday

Reese’s Final Four Friday

See the Final Four players up close for free in their final open practices before the semifinals, followed by the Reese’s College All-Star Game in the afternoon.

When: April 5

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

April 5–8

Final Four Tip-Off Tailgate

Tip-Off Tailgate

This four-day tailgating party will feature free interactive activities and live entertainment in the heart of the city.

When: April 5–8

Where: Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


April 5–8

Final Four Fan Fest

Final Four Fan Fest

Celebrate a variety of sports with interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, autograph signings, a home run derby, free cheer clinics, a climbing wall and a chance to snap a selfie with the Final Four championship trophy.

When: April 5–8

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $4–$10 for ages 13 and up, free for ages 12 and younger.

April 5–7

American Craft Show

American Craft Show

The American Craft Show showcases the work of more than 240 of the country’s most talented contemporary artists presenting their latest handmade creations. This year’s show will focus on spring and summer fashion tips, as well as what is trending in the craft categories featured at the show, including jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor.

When: April 5–7

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Cost: $12 for a one-day pass, $11 online, $5 after 5 p.m. Friday night on-site purchases only, entry for children 12 and under and American Craft Council members is free.


April 6

This snare drum was used during the Civil War by the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
This snare drum was used during the Civil War by the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Civil War Symposium

Attend the annual Civil War Symposium to explore the 2019 theme of working women and the Civil War.

When: April 6

Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Cost: $10/students free, registration recommended. Limited lunches are available for advanced purchase of $15.


April 12–13

Textile Garage Sale Pop Up

The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale

Individuals and businesses donate fabric, yarn, thread, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, books, beads, buttons, sewing machines, tools, looms, specialty equipment – filling a warehouse of textile finds, which are then resold at garage sale prices. Donations are tax deductible and it all benefits Textile Center’s programs. Donations accepted: April 11, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

When: April 12–13

Where: U of M ReUse Program Warehouse, 883 29th Ave SE, Minneapolis

Cost: The preview sale: April 12, 5:30 – 8 p.m.: Advance admission: $30/$25 members, door admission: $35; The Big Sale: April 13, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Admission: $3, Bag Sale from 3 – 4 p.m. for $5


April 16–28

Betty Buckley in Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in this production of Hello, Dolly!, winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.

When: April 16–28

Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $39–$135


Jan. 26April 28

Imagine: Surreal Photography by Erik Johansson

Imagine: Surreal Photography by Erik Johansson

Find impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual artist, who creates dream-like realities through clever and complex montages of nature using his own photographs knit together digitally.

When: Jan. 26April 28

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $12 adults, $8 seniors ages 62 and above, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID, FREE for ASI members and children under 6

May 11–12

Wordplay Book Festival

Wordplay Book Festival

More than 10,000 book lovers are expected to attend the Loft’s inaugural festival, featuring more than 100 authors, including Steven King, Dave Barry and Amy Tan.

When: May 11–12

Where: Mill City neighborhood of Minneapolis

Cost: $10 for general admission; paid entry includes the $5 voucher to spend at the festival. Free for kids 17 and younger.


May 11

Beach Boys

The Beach Boys Performing at PACER’s Annual Benefit

The Beach Boys changed America’s music landscape, and they continue to play their hits to sold-out houses. Led by Mike Love, you’ll hear timeless songs like “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Good Vibrations,” and many more. This event celebrates PACER’s work on behalf of families of children with disabilities and students who are bullied. All proceeds support PACER’s programs.

When: May 11

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: Starting at $75


May 19, June 9

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: May 19, June 9

Where: May 19: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul; June 9: Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


May 21

VocalEssence Cantare

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré!

VocalEssence ¡Cantaré!, now in its 11th year, invites composers from Mexico into Twin Cities classrooms where they teach students to sing and compose in traditional Mexican forms. The highlight of the program is the end-of-season concert where students from each year’s participating schools show off their new bilingual performance skills. This year’s participating schools include Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School of New Hope, Field Community School of Minneapolis and Harding High School of St. Paul.

When: May 21

Where: Ordway Music Theater, St. Paul

Cost: Children and youth ages 0-17 are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. $10 tickets are currently available as part of a Family Series Subscription. Single tickets will be available on Monday, March 18, 2019.


May 31–June 8


Covers: A Pop Concert

Following the past three years of covering complete albums, Cantus will arrange and perform Joni Mitchell’s iconic Blue in its entirety.

When: May 31–June 8

Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $6–$33

June 7

Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone

Known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit, Paula Poundstone is an accomplished comedian, author, lecturer, host and actress. Her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, debuted at #1 on Amazon Best Sellers list in Humor and Hardcover within the first 10 days of its release, and its audio book, read by Paula, was one of five finalists for the 2018 Audio Book of the Year.

When: June 7

Where: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $52.50, $41.50, $36.50


June 21–23

old car

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


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


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. They will participate in the 14-month program that combines professional development and creative process exchanges to strengthen their artistic and professional futures. The program culminates in a two-week performance festival on July 11-13 & 18-20, 2019.

When: July 11–13, July 18–20

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

Cost: TBA


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.


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




Knitting for Good

Love to knit (or crochet, or quilt or sew)? Love a good cause? Our drop-in group will allow you to bring your creative talents to support good causes, such as hats for premature babies and welcome blankets. All skill levels are welcome, and please bring your projects to this group.

When: 7–8 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Shoreview Library

Cost: FREE



Living in the Age of Airplanes

Living in the Age of Airplanes

This giant screen film will renew your appreciation for the amazing invention of airplanes as it explores the wonder and grandeur of flying on the only screen large enough to convey it. Filmed in 18 countries across all seven continents, Living in the Age of Airplanes explores the countless ways the airplane affects our lives – even when we don’t fly. Narrated by Harrison Ford. Run time: 48 minutes. All ages.

When: Ongoing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: Adults: $9.95, seniors and children 4-12: $8.95, children 3 and under free; other fees apply to museum admission



Northwest Airlines History Center

View models of every aircraft NWA flew during its 82-year history, along with vintage stewardess uniforms, photos, books, advertising material, serving items, a workable 747 Second Officer’s panel, a wooden propeller from an airmail biplane — even the Chiclets gum for unpressurized flights — and more. You’ll also find a gift shop with unique aviation items.

When: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Northwest Airlines History Center’s new home is on the third floor of the Crowne Plaza Aire hotel in Bloomington.

Cost: Free

Info: or 952-876-8677


Mixology and Magic

Magic & Mixology

BANK’s cocktail menu features whimsical tricks such as smoked ice cubes and cocktails like an Old Fashioned served inside an ice sphere. Their resident magician David Harris will present table side illusions for guests to be awed and amazed.

When: Tuesdays from 5–7 p.m.

Where: BANK, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Senior Exercise

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors Free Exercise Program

Enjoy fun, gentle exercises for adults, led by a qualified instructor.

When: Tuesday and Friday afternoons

Where: Saint Anthony Park Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Somalis + Minnesota

“Somalis + Minnesota” Exhibit

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. A relatively recent immigrant group, arriving in large numbers following the outbreak of civil war in Somalia in 1991, they have made significant advances in a short amount of time. This new exhibit tells the story of Somali immigrants, their arrival in their newly adopted home of Minnesota, and the successes and struggles they faced.

When: Ongoing

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free


Magnet Senior Center

Magnet Senior Center

Minneapolis Central Library and Westminster Presbyterian Church have joined forces to expand the hours and programming of the Magnet Senior Center, which opened last summer in response to the closing of the Skyway Senior Center in downtown Minneapolis. Individuals 50 and older of all faiths are welcome at both locations.

When/Where: 9 a.m.–noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Heller Commons, 1200 Marquette Ave.) and 9 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and Thursdays Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall)

Cost: FREE


Tuesdays 4:30–6 p.m. and Saturdays 1–3 p.m.


Seed Library

The Growing West Side Seed Library is a depository of seeds available to the community at no cost. A grower visits the Riverview Library and “checks out” the seeds of their choice. The grower plants and tends to their garden and, if possible, saves some of the seed, then returns a portion to the library for others to use the following year.

Where: Riverview Library, St. Paul

When: Tuesdays 4:30–6 p.m. and Saturdays 1–3 p.m.

Cost: FREE



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Deep Roots: Plants as Medicine

Examine the history and future of plant-based medicine around the world in this exhibit sponsored by Minnesota’s LeafLine Labs.

Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis

When: Opening June 22

Cost: Included with museum admission of $10–$5 (free for ages 4 and younger)





In this new addition to the museum’s exhibit galleries, visitors are invited to run, kick, swing and jump to explore the science of bodies in motion

When: Ongoing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: This exhibit is included in regular museum admission, which now costs $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older.



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Fly Over America

Go on a small-plane ride across America (and now Canada) at this movie-theater-style ride. Music and special effects — such as mist, wind, sounds and scents — make you feel like you’re truly flying through the scenes displayed before your eyes.

When: 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sundays

Where: Mall of America, Bloomington

Cost: Tickets for adults (13 and older) are $18.95 + tax and children (12 and under) are $14.95 + tax. (*Pricing subject to change)



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Yoga at Union Depot

Get your Om on at beautiful Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.  Free classes are offered Monday nights, Tuesday midday, and Saturday mornings. All classes are offered for a variety of skill levels and are taught by the talented instructors from Studio 925.

When: Ongoing; see website for details

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: Reservations are not required for attendance. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water, and towel if needed.


Capitol Tours 

After more than three years of restoration work, the Minnesota State Capitol reopens this month with free tours.Guides will provide an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government, and will highlight the massive restoration efforts, including murals and paintings returned to their original 1905 patterns and colors, cleaned and repaired exterior marble work and new public spaces in the basement, featuring exposed limestonefoundation walls.

When: Public guided tours — 45 minutes long — will return January 3 on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Cost: FREE



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Tours of the Cathedral of St. Paul 

The Cathedral of Saint Paul was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland, who secured the site in 1904. Situated on the highest point in St. Paul, this magnificent building welcomed waves of immigrants that flooded into Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The building houses its own museum and gift shop and the tours are given by their knowledgeable network of volunteers.

When: Every Tuesday through Friday; 1:00 p.m.

Where: 239 Selby Ave, Saint Paul 55102

Cost: FREE; though donations are gratefully received. Tours are suspended on Holy Days and civil holidays.




Alexander Ramsey House Tours

Take a guided tour of Minnesota’s first territorial governor’s historic home — one of the best-preserved Victorian-era homes in the country, offering a glimpse into life in the 1870s.

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 2

Where: St. Paul

Cost: FREE



Daisy Camp

Daisy Camp

Getting divorced? Get educated and empowered with a day of lectures and question-and-answer sessions with local legal, financial, real-estate and mental-health professionals, including attorneys trained in collaborative law.

When: Ongoing

Where: 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550, Edina

Cost: $60 (includes refreshments and lunch); scholarships are available.

Info: See for updates.


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Journey to the South Pacific

Go on epic adventure through the tropical islands of West Papua, New Guinea, to experience one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, featuring Jawi Mayor, a 13-year-old boy.

When: Through September

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for ages 4 to 12 and 65 and older.



Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

This event is geared toward women who are contemplating divorce, who are in the process of getting divorced or who have already filed for divorce. Explore the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. Discover what resources are available to help you. Talk with others experiencing similar life changes. Learn from experts who have guided others through divorce.

When: 9 a.m.–noon on the second Saturday of every month

Where: Minnetonka Community Center, Shady Oak Room, Minnetonka

Cost: $25 (Men are encouraged to attend Mondays for Men from 5 to 8 p.m. on select Mondays in St. Louis Park. Cost is $25.)