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Through Dec. 30

Marie and Rosetta

Marie and Rosetta

This play with music tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a 2018 inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame who has become a Facebook sensation with tens of thousands of shares of the vintage video of her playing electric guitar on the street cropping up in feeds for the past several years. Tharpe brought fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music and went on to influence rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: Park Square Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $20–$60

Through Dec. 30

British Arrow Awards

British Arrow Awards

Celebrate the UK’s most innovative and daring commercials from the creative world of British advertising. One of the Walker’s most popular traditions, back for the 32nd year, the British Arrows showcases an eclectic mix of riveting mini-dramas, high-tech extravaganzas, wacky British comedy, and vital public service announcements.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $14, $11.20 Walker members, students, and seniors

Through Dec. 30

A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol

It’s Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, he storms out, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” only Minnesota style.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: Chaska Community Center Auditorium Theatre

Cost: $25 for adults; $21 for seniors and students

Through Dec. 30

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

In the second Austen adaptation written by the esteemed duo Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, the Christmas tale takes a look downstairs at Pemberley. There, characters both familiar and new find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal where family secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested — but love and affection prevail.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $40-$50

Dec. 13

Brian Laidlaw

Book and Album Launch: The Mirrormaker by Brian Laidlaw

Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and cocktails, and at 7 p.m. the program will kick off, featuring a mix of poetry, music, and conversation from Brian and poet/performer Douglas Kearney. A book signing to follow.

When: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13

Where: Target Performance Hall, 1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Dec. 13–16

An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

An “Eventually” Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this heartwarming play set in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company’s employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Performances are at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.

When: Dec. 13–16

Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 ages 8-17, MNHS members save 20%.

Dec. 13–23


Christmas with Cantus

This year, the acclaimed vocal ensemble presents a modern take on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, re-imagined for today’s world. One hundred years ago, Edward White Benson, the future Archbishop of Canterbury, organized the original Lessons and Carols service for the purpose of keeping men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. This innovative new vehicle for meditation and thought quickly became a model embraced worldwide. In addition to celebrating the centennial of Lessons and Carols, highlights of Christmas with Cantus include Brian Schmidt’s O Magnum Mysterium, John Rutter’s Gabriel’s Message, Joni Mitchell’s River, and Franz Biebel’s Ave Maria.

When: Dec. 13–23

Where: Thursday, December 13, 11:00 a.m. – Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis; Friday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. – Fridley District Auditorium in Fridley; Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. – Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley; Monday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. – Colonial Church of Edina; Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. – Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata; Thursday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. – Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul; Friday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. – Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul; Saturday, December 22, 7:30 p.m. – Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater; Sunday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. – Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul

Cost: Varies by venue

Dec. 14

mannheim steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The band’s famed Christmas music is paired with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

When: Dec. 14

Where: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $48.50–$68.50

Dec. 14

breakfast under glass

Breakfast Under Glass & Behind The Scenes Tour

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory invites the public to escape the chill and enjoy a hearty breakfast experience in the warm, lush, tropical North Garden followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the expansive production greenhouse space and Sunken Garden’s Holiday Flower Show.

When: 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Dec. 14

Where: The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: $40 per person

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Dec. 14–15

Dark Sky Caravan inflatable planetarium

Dark Sky Festival

The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature presentations from Minnesota’s Dark Sky experts. University of Minnesota – Duluth Faculty Administrator Joel Halvorson, faculty researcher Jim Rock, and their students will bring back the traveling planetarium that visited Cook County in August. They will make stops at area
schools, before putting on public presentations over the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m., visitors can head to Voyageur Brewing Company, where the GeoDome will be set up until 9 p.m.

When: Dec. 14–15

Where: Grand Marais

Cost: FREE

Dec. 15

A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles

A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles

From recording and performing with Prince, George Clinton and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to appearing on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall, The Steeles have had a long and storied career, with a singing style that’s integral to the Minnesota sound.

When: Dec. 14–15

Where: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $26–$58


Nov. 16–Dec. 16

Go Back for Murder photo by Bob Suh
photo by Bob Suh

Go Back for Murder, by Agatha Christie

After receiving a letter from beyond the grave, Carla Crale is convinced her mother was wrongly convicted of her father’s murder. She persuades those who witnessed her father’s death 15 years ago to go back to the scene of the crime – revealing a dark and terrible truth.

When: Nov. 16–Dec. 16

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22. Senior citizens (age 62+) pay $18 (not valid on Saturdays).

Nov. 17–Dec. 16

Bobby Vee

Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story

With the tragic crash of Buddy Holly’s plane, a bright new star from Fargo emerged. Fifteen-year-old Bobby Velline performed at the Winter Dance Party in Moorhead, MN the day the music died. Bobby went on to record his first hit single, Suzie Baby, in Minneapolis, and soon would become a teen idol.

When: Nov. 17–Dec. 16

Where: History Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $15–$56

Dec. 16, Jan. 6

Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir

The Winter Concerts will be a celebration of holiday music, both religious and secular, performed by hardworking, talented boys from our community. These are unticketed, free performances.

When: Dec. 16, Jan. 6

Where: Dec. 16: Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Jan. 6: Landmark Center in St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Dec. 17


JazzMN’s “Jingle Bell Jazz”

JazzMN presents its annual holiday concert for one performance only. Singing popular holiday pieces recorded by Michael Bublé and Diana Krall is celebrated guest vocalist, Andrew Walesch.

When: Dec. 17

Where: Main Stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: $35 for the concert only (with some partially obstructed-view tickets available for $30). Guests may add dinner prior to the outstanding concert for just $15 per person.

Dec. 18

Cathedral of Saint Paul

Steven C. Christmas Together Concert

St. Paul-based multi-platinum pianist Steven C. Anderson, with guest vocalist Robert Robinson, will perform songs on his 9′ Bosendorfer piano from his acclaimed Christmas album, Christmas Beyond, which was recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in 2015. Steven will also play selections from his latest album Emotive, recorded in the round under the massive stained-glass dome of the Cathedral, with Steven at his piano at the center, encircled by 18 string players and singers.

When: Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul

Cost: FREE; $10 suggested donation


Dec. 18–30

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

This new production of the world’s most popular musical is direct from a two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway.

When: Dec. 18–30

Where: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $39–$199

Dec. 18–19

Celtic Holiday Hooley

Celtic Holiday Hooley

Traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa.

When: Dec. 18–19

Where: Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. Paul

Cost: Advance tickets $15, $18 at the door. $50 family ticket covers 2 adults and up to 3 of their minor children.

Dec. 18, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 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: Dec. 18, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Dec. 20

St. Paul Union Depot


Shopcicle, a monthly social-hour pop-up marketplace, will take place in the Head House on the third Thursday of the month from 3:00-8:30 p.m. Union Depot Bar & Grill, the new restaurant at Union Depot, will participate by offering its Happy Hour menu through the entire event, and the restaurant’s mixologist will craft a Shopcicle specialty cocktail that will be featured during the marketplace. Guests will have the opportunity to shop an array of beautiful, unique brands, and support local makers and the event charitable partner, The Arc Minnesota, while enjoying a bite and sip at the popular restaurant. Theme: Philanthropic Craftspeople

When: Dec. 20

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Dec. 21

Katie McMahon

Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas – Winter Solstice Celebration

Katie McMahon’s annual show falls on the Winter Solstice this year. Celebrating the longest night and shortest day, the rebirth of the sun and the promise of springtime, The O’Shaughnessy welcomes Katie, the Balkan sounds of special guest musicians Orkestar Bez Ime and the Corda Mor Irish Dancers as they regale the audience with festive songs and ancient traditions.

When: Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

Cost: $28 with discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT and groups of 10 and more

Dec. 22

Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness – The Night Before Christmas

Minnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning group presents a family-friendly musical adaptation of the beloved poem, “A Visit From St Nicholas.”

When: Dec. 22

Where: Pantages Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $28.50–$58.50

Nov. 8–Dec. 22

Arts of the Holidays Show and Sale

Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale

The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale opens to the public with a Grand Opening on November 8, 6 – 9 p.m. It will be a merry night of shopping, a chance to meet some of the artists, cash bar and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. More than 100 local artists will be selling their work in the Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, November 9–December 22, 2018.

When: Nov. 8–Dec. 22

Where: Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata

Cost: FREE

Nov. 23–Dec. 23: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays



As downtown Minneapolis’ premier holiday celebration, Holidazzle has delighted residents, visitors and downtown employees for years. In 2018, this tradition is again bringing family-friendly programming to Loring Park completely free.

When: Nov. 23–Dec. 23: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Dec. 26–30

An Andy & Bing Christmas

An Andy & Bing Christmas

When people are asked what their favorite Christmas albums are, the vast majority of people mention two albums: the classic “Andy Williams Christmas Album” and Bing Crosby’s “Merry Christmas” album. Music from these classics will be performed by Ben Utecht, Mick Sterling, choral singers led by Cate Fierro, a full string section, a full array of percussion and a 4-piece horn section.

When: Dec. 26–30

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: $40 show only; $55 dinner & show

Dec. 29


New Year’s Tea

From 1928 until the 1970s, the Dupuis House at the Sibley Historic Site was operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a popular tea house. Celebrate the New Year as the Sibley Tea House “reopens” for the day. Enjoy tea and a four-course meal with friends and learn about New Year’s traditions in the early years of Minnesota statehood.

When: Dec. 29

Where: Sibley Historic Site, Mendota

Cost: $40/$35 for MNHS and DCHS members and Friends of the Sibley Historic Site

Dec. 29

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep” and “This Christmas Day.” 2018’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

When: Dec. 29

Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul

Cost: Tickets start at $43

Through Dec. 30

James J. Hill House

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement and first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill’s lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today. Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%

Through Dec. 30

Alexander Ramsey House

A Victorian Christmas

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During this guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s 1875 Steinway grand piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family, friends, neighbors, and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. The 60-minute guided tour starts every 15 minutes. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.

When: Through Dec. 30

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Bash

New Year’s Eve Bash

First, at 6 p.m., enjoy a special dinner menu, which includes appetizer and dessert. Then at 8 p.m., see a show (Holiday Inn, Steve Ray’s Comedy Cabaret or An Andy & Bing Christmas). After the show, enjoy any and all of the following entertainment options: dancing on the main stage to Michelle Barber and the Chanhassen Orchestra, Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret in the Fireside Theatre, a piano bar in the Hogarth Lounge, or the DJ in the Club Theatre. Just before midnight, champagne will be butler-served in souvenir commemorative flutes.

When: Dec. 31

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: Tickets package priced at $110 per person

Jan. 3–Feb. 17

Suspicion, oil, 30”x30”, by Karen Caldwell
Suspicion, oil, 30”x30”, by Karen Caldwell

The Warm and Cool of it: Maplewood artist Karen Caldwell

Artist Karen Caldwell sought to better understand warm and cool color theory by breaking the color wheel down to its basics, studying the color palettes of the masters, and mixing up her own color recipes. There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, January 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

When: Jan. 3–Feb. 17

Where: Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington Center for the Arts

Cost: FREE

Jan. 5

Fleetwood Mac Rumors

Classic Albums Live presents Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage — note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as “the world’s best musicians,” Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.

When: Jan. 5

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul

Cost: Tickets start at $31

Nov. 17–Jan. 6

Gingerbread Wonderland

Gingerbread Wonderland

You will find familiar buildings and landmarks, both contemporary and historical, created by everyone from professional bakers to first-time gingerbread enthusiasts. Anyone who is interested regardless of their gingerbread baking level is invited to participate in this local holiday tradition by bringing in a gingerbread house or building to put on display.

When: Nov. 17–Jan. 6

Where: Norway House, Minneapolis

Cost: $5, children 12 and under FREE


Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Jan. 6 (plus Dec. 26 and 27)

Winter Lights at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Winter Lights

Winter Lights is a walking tour of 14 themed vignettes in areas close to the Arboretum’s main buildings, including four new outdoor vignettes, sculptures and an expanded S’more Village. Indoor areas feature  a 24-foot-tall live poinsettia tree.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Jan. 6 (plus Dec. 26 and 27)

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Cost: Free with gate admission: $15 for ages 16 and up, free for 15 and under

Jan. 8


Quilting Naturally

Dodge’s O.W.L.S. (Outwardly, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program invites you to warm up at the nature center with host Jeannette Root, past president of the MN Quilters, to share stories and quilt designs inspired by nature. Optional lunch starts after the program. Pre-registration required.

When: Jan. 8

Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul

Cost: $15 program and lunch; $5 program only

Jan. 10–13

Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show
(Pioneer Press photo by Dave Orrick)

Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping & Vacation Show

Get early Boat Show pricing with all of the major fishing, runabout and pontoon lines on water. See the latest and greatest in outdoor electronics by the experts from Reeds and area tackle dealers. Book early to get the best dates from the hundreds of campgrounds and resorts from the Midwest and Canada. You can even book an African Safari at the show. Check out Steve Porter’s free live Trophy Whitetail Deer Display. The Great Lakes Timber Show, Fur-Ever-Wild, Live Trout fishing and Kids Fishing Clinics with Ron Schara on Sat. and Sun. mornings.

When: Jan. 10–13

Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre

Cost: Adults $12.00; ages 6-12 $2.50; under 5 free

Jan. 11

Victorian Superstitions

Victorian Superstitions

Superstitions were a part of Victorian society, from wedding cakes and dating customs to death and mourning rituals. Explore the mysterious world of Victorian superstitions in this 75-minute tour.

When: Jan. 11

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, Saint Paul

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

Jan. 12

Rosy Simas


In Weave, individual and embodied stories are the vibrant threads that mesh in a performance woven of story, dance, moving image and quadraphonic sound. For many Native peoples, weaving is a way of life, an individual and communal act in which cultural stories and tribal knowledge are conveyed. Stories within cultural materials seem invisible, intangible, until they are made and shared. Weave crafts these stories though Rosy Simas, an award-winning Haudenosaunee (Seneca) artist.

When: Jan. 12

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul

Cost: Tickets start at $22

Jan. 12


The History of Fake News in the US

The history of partisan media in America stretches back to the partisan newspapers of the early republic through the sensationalized yellow journalism of the Gilded Age. Americans did not start demanding accuracy from news until the 20th century, when influential citizens grew tired of their privacy being violated by muckrakers and tabloid writers, and journalists established their first code of ethics.

When: Jan. 12

Where: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

Cost: $16, MNHS members save 20%

Jan. 12–Feb. 10

The Children

The Children

On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend arrives, revealing a frightening request.

When: Jan. 12–Feb. 10

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $35–$50

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center

Dance of Joy X — Rhythm of Spring

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center (TCCDC) presents a special performance to celebrate 2019 Chinese New Year. The show features the dances of diverse ethnicities in China, reflecting thousands of years of history and myth.

When: Jan. 12–13

Where: The O’Shaughnessy Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door

Jan. 13, Feb. 20, 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.

When: Jan. 13, Feb. 20, March 3 and 31, April 14

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Jan. 15

"Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement, and the Media" Film Screening

“Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement, and the Media” Film Screening

The film is a gripping account of American history told like never before by an all-star lineup of civil rights leaders, pioneering African American reporters who chronicled the movement, journalists from across generations, as well as present-day activists who adopted the tactics of their forebearers to awaken America to the shame and injustice of racial inequality in the modern era.

When: Jan. 15

Where: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

Cost: FREE

Jan. 19

VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival

VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival

Every social movement in modern history has been inspired by music that rouses the masses, speaks truth to power, and cements public consciousness. On MLK weekend, join VocalEssence and guest artists to raise your voice and give back. Sing songs of protest and progress, move your feet to the rhythm of justice, try your hand at spoken word performance, and participate in a short service project. Lunch will be provided.

When: Jan. 19

Where: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

Cost: Free, registration required. Optional discounted museum admission $6-10

Jan. 19

Capitol Art & Artists Tour

Capitol Art & Artists Tour

See the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations and learn about the elaborate conservation work recently performed to bring the art back to its original appearance. Visit legislative chambers, the Governor’s Reception Room, Rathskeller Cafe, and the new exhibit space on the 3rd floor. View works by artists Kenyon Cox, Edwin Blashfield, John LaFarge, Elmer Garnsey, Howard Pyle, and others. Hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and see how the art, architecture, and overall decorative plan harmonize to make the Capitol one of the premier public buildings in the United States.

When: Jan. 19

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul

Cost: $10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%

Jan. 19

Fab Four

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute

The Emmy-Award-winning Fab Four performs uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.” Their performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career.

When: Jan. 19

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $35–$55

Jan. 19, 20 and 21

Martin Luther King

MLK Weekend + “The 1968 Exhibit” Closing Family Activities

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on the legacy of 1968 with art activities, service projects, and performances throughout the weekend. Plus, stop in to see The 1968 Exhibit before it closes.

When: Jan. 19, 20 and 21

Where: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

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


Jan. 20

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: Jan. 20

Where: Mill City Museum, St. Paul

Cost: Free, registration required.

Jan. 24Feb. 2

Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival

This multi-faceted festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 75 events and nearly 1,000 volunteers. Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, dogsledding, a torchlight parade and more.

When: Jan. 24Feb. 2

Where: Rice Park, St. Paul and Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Cost: Most events are FREE

Jan. 2427

boat show

Minneapolis Boat Show

Find your dream boat and everything that goes with it at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

When: Jan. 2427

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: Adults: $14, children ages 12 & younger: FREE

Jan. 25

Angels and Madams illustration

Angels and Madams

In 1881, residents of St. Paul’s fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul’s not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This 75-minute program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: Jan. 25

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, Saint Paul

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

Jan. 27

St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert

St. Paul Civic Symphony: Winter Carnival Concert

The St. Paul Civic Symphony will perform “Hot & ‘Cool’ Classics!” celebrating the 2019 Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

When: Jan. 27

Where: Landmark Center, Saint Paul

Cost: FREE

Jan. 27

charlie awards

The Charlie Awards

Come for live music, skits and video honoring the 2019 recipients of the Charlie Awards, a peer-to-peer recognition of the very best in food and drink in the greater Twin Cities area. Included in the price of your ticket is the awards show and afterparty at Seven Steakhouse, with food stations, prizes and a cash bar.

When: Jan. 27

Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $30

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

Jan. 31

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, the First Fandom

Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the first modern “fandom” that grew in response to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Early fans penned articles and stories featuring their favorite characters, created fan groups, and held public displays of mourning upon the death of characters. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 pm and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion.

When: Jan. 31

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, Saint Paul

Cost: $26/MNHS members save 20%

Feb. 1–17



Before she became the snake-haired monster known for her deadly stare, Medusa was a priestess devoted to Athena. But following an assault by Poseidon, Medusa was transformed by the goddess meant to protect her. Reimagined by an all-female performing ensemble, Medusa will explore questions of power, betrayal, healing, and rage.

When: Feb. 1–17

Where: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $20–$30

Feb. 7


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. 7

Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Minneapolis

Cost: $60

Sept. 12–Feb. 14

The Church Basement Ladies

The Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950’s.

When: Sept. 12–Feb. 14

Where: Ames Center Black Box Theatre, Burnsville

Cost: $32 -$42


Oct. 26–Feb. 16

Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me a Tenor

Set in 1934, the wacky story of Lend Me a Tenor provides an escape into classic comedy. The mistaken identities, one-liners, and slapstick transport you into the films of Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and the Marx Brothers. Passionate yearnings and sentimentality will harken back to romantic comedies like It Happened One Night and Bringing Up Baby.

When: Oct. 26–Feb. 16

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40

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


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.


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.

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.


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




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.)