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July 17–Aug. 18

Stinkers

Stinkers

In this world premiere production, stay-at-home dad Brad (John Catron, Lone Star Spirits, The Heiress) agrees to let his newly released-from-prison mother Joyce (Wingert) visit him and his two high-energy toddlers – portrayed by puppets operated by Megan Burns (Little Women, The Wolves) and Reed Sigmund (Jungle debut) – while his wife is away on business.

When: July 17–Aug. 18

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $40–$50

Info: jungletheater.org


July 12–18

Lumières françaises film festival

Lumières Françaises Film Festival

Now in it’s 4th year, Lumières Françaises is a week-long film festival celebrating the brightest talent in French language cinema presented by MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Lumières Françaisespresents the latest award-winning francophone films from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas, and vivid documentaries.

When: July 12–18

Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $6–$12

Info: mspfilm.org/lumieres-francaises/


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 12–Aug. 25

rule of thumb

Agatha Christie’s Rule of Thumb

The evening features three one-act murder mysteries by the most-read mystery writer of all time, Dame Agatha Christie. In The Wasp’s Nest, Hercule Poirot comes between a bitter triangle of lovers to prevent a sinister murder; in The Rats, adulterous lovers find themselves lured to a flat, only to be framed for murder; and completing the triple bill is a tense thriller about a woman who is hospitalized after seemingly falling from her balcony in The Patient.

When: July 12–Aug. 25

Where: Park Square Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $25–$60

Info: parksquaretheatre.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 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: July 18

Where: $25–$35

Cost: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Info: etix.com


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 18–20

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

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

Info: oshag.stkate.edu/momentum/


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 19–Aug. 18

Footloose

Footloose

Things go from bad to worse when Ren McCormack realizes that his town has outlawed his only outlet, dancing, the girl he likes is the conservative preacher’s daughter, and her boyfriend has a mean right hook and a target on Ren’s head. Based on the beloved 1980s film, this musical features all the songs that made it famous.

When: July 19–Aug. 18

Where: Schneider Theater in the Bloomington Center for the Arts

Cost: $17–$46

Info: artistrymn.org/footloose


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


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 24, Aug. 22, Sept. 18

Murder on the Mississippi

Murder on the Mississippi

Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions brings an immersive murder mystery theatrical experience to life. Cruise down the Mississippi River while enjoying a beverage, taking in gorgeous scenery, and helping to solve a murder mystery on this unique Jonathan Padelford riverboat experience.

When: July 24, Aug. 22, Sept. 18

Where: Jonathan Padelford Riverboats, Harriet Island, St. Paul

Cost: $25

Info: parkconnection.org/murderonmississippi


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


July 25–August 4

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

The year is 1958, and much-adored rock-and-roll idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the US army. His songwriter and agent, Albert, and Albert’s secretary and some-time girlfirend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance to take place on The Ed Sullivan Show, which they hope will help sell Birdie’s new song “One Last Kiss,” and ultimately save Almaelou records from going under.

When: July 25–August 4

Where: Chaska Community Center

Cost: $12–$17

Info: cvft.org/bye-bye-birdie-2019


July 26, Aug. 8, 15

Adult Nights Out The Minnesota Zoo

Adult Nights Out

The Minnesota Zoo’s series of events for grown-ups provides guests with the opportunity to explore the Zoo after hours. Food and beverage are available for purchase. Online reservations go live closer to the event dates.

When: July 26, Aug. 8, 15

Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

Cost: $10 admission fee, but free for members

Info: mnzoo.org


July 27

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 2019

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 2019

FLOW is a non-juried, self guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and a half of the West Broadway corridor. There will be dance performances, art demonstrations and family activities.

When: July 27

Where: West Broadway and 2nd Street North, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: northmpls.org/flow


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: July 27, Aug. 31, Sep. 28

Where: Chanhassen AutoPlex

Cost: FREE

Info: chanhassenautoplex.com/cars-and-caves


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

tony bennett

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


Aug. 1

A League of Their Own

Movie Night at the Ballpark

AARP Minnesota will be hosting the Fifth Annual Movie Night at the Ballpark, screening A League of Their Own (rated PG). Moviegoers can take in the event in the stands or they can bring a blanket to enjoy the movie from the outfield of the park.

When: Aug. 1

Where: CHS Field, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: aarp.cvent.com


Aug. 1–Sept. 15

The Saint Paul Bike Classic: A Retrospective of 25 Years of Poster Art

The Saint Paul Bike Classic: A Retrospective of 25 Years of Poster Art

The Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour is a rolling festival featuring live music at every rest stop, refreshments, and the beautiful parks and historic parkways of Saint Paul. Over the years, Minnesota’s best artists and illustrators — Adam Turman, Roberta Avidor, David Mataya, Stuart Loughridge and Chank Diesel — have created eye-catching designs promoting the ride. This North Gallery exhibit features historic maps and photos, as well as classic posters, ride guides, T-shirts, “I Topped Ramsey Hill” buttons and a giant free-standing banner suitable for selfies.

When: Aug. 1–Sept. 15

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: landmarkcenter.org


Aug. 2–4

Uptown Art Fair

Uptown Art Fair

More than 380,000 people are expected to converge on this showcase of 350 artists from around the country, making it the 2nd most attended event in Minnesota, behind only the State Fair.

When: Aug. 2–4

Where: Centered on the intersection of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave.

Cost: FREE

Info: uptownminneapolis.com


Aug. 2–3

Vail Uptown Garage Sale

Vail Uptown’s Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser

Until the event, non-profit Vail Uptown is accepting donations of small furniture, bicycles, household electrics, lawncare items,  tools, household goods, sporting goods, camping gear, electronics, outdoor kids’ toys, costume jewelry, handbags and clean linens. Vail Place is a community resource center for adults with serious mental illnesses.

When: Aug. 2–3

Where: Uptown Minneapolis Clubhouse, 1412 West 36th Street, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: vailplace.org


Aug. 3

10th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day

Military and Citizen Service Day

Learn about the meaning of citizenship and service and how they have transformed over time. Service-focused tours will be offered throughout the day, highlighting those who served at Fort Snelling and how the fort has changed from 1820 to 1946.

When: Aug. 3

Where: Historic Fort Snelling. St. Paul

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

Info: mnhs.org/event/7197


Aug. 3–4

Powderhorn Art Fair

Powderhorn Art Fair

Shop hundreds of local and regional artists on Powderhorn Lake, taste foods from local food trucks and enjoy exploring the Powderhorn community.

When: Aug. 3–4

Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: ppna.org/powderhorn-art-fair


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


August 8

American Swedish Museum

Summer Lawn Party

Enjoy live music with Nordic Rävar, Viking craft demonstrations, Viking games, an outdoor film viewing of Outlander and more. The museum is open during the event for after-hours viewing of The Vikings Begin exhibition.

When: August 8

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members / $5 children

Info: asimn.org


Aug. 8–11

Ricky Skaggs

40th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival

This event, formerly known as Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, is a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Event of the Year Nominee. IBMA Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky Skaggs, and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will headline.

When: Aug. 8–11

Where: El Rancho Mañana Campground, Richmond

Cost: In advance: $95 for Minnesota Bluegrass & OId-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) members and $105 for non-members. Tickets will be $120 at the gate. Tickets for teens (13-19) are $10 for any day or $20 for the weekend.

Info: MinnesotaBluegrass.org


Aug. 9–11

Irish Fair of Minnesota

Irish Fair of Minnesota

The festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities and one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide, attracting 100,000 people in 2018. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and even enjoy a pint or two.

When: Aug. 9–11

Where: Harriet Island, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: irishfair.com


Aug. 9–11

Twin Cities Polish Festival

Twin Cities Polish Festival

This annual festival offers music on a polka stage and a cultural stage, Polish dances, cultural and educational displays, food and a variety of children’s activities.

When: Aug. 9–11

Where: 43 SE Main St., Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: tcpolishfestival.org


Aug. 17

Beer Dabbler

Summer Beer Dabbler

This festival will feature more than 140 breweries sampling over 450 beers, live music and food from CHS ballpark vendors.

When: Aug. 17

Where: CHS Field, St. Paul

Cost: $20–$65

Info: beerdabbler.com


Aug. 22–Sept. 2

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota’s biggest event, by far, will once again feature unusual foods on a stick, rides, animals, exhibits, shows and much more.

When: Aug. 22–Sept. 2

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights

Cost: $12 admission online, pre-fair

Info: mnstatefair.org


Aug. 23

Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind

Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind

Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. In this guided tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters, and journals, and discover how the influential Ramsey family handled a very human reality. This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: Aug. 23

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%

Info: mnhs.org/event/6937


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


Aug. 31

Labor for James J. Hill House

During Labor Day weekend, visitors can enjoy tours highlighting the rich labor history of James J. Hill’s world. Learn about the artisans who constructed the mansion, the lives of the home’s domestic staff, the railroad workers who built and ran Hill’s empire, Hill’s clashes with labor organizers, and more.

When: Aug. 31

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

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

Info: mnhs.org


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 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


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


Oct. 4, 5

Oktoberfest

Twin Cities Oktoberfest

The family-friendly festivities feature authentic German food, live music, traditional German entertainment, festival games and shopping. The tap line-up will include Summit Brewing’s Oktoberfest, the award-winning Keller Pils, an exclusive brew for Twin Cities Oktoberfest and many other beers along with wines and hard cider.

When: Oct. 4, 5

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center

Cost: TBD

Info: twincitiesoktoberfest.com


Oct. 13

Divine Light

Divine Light

Joining the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will be Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini. Skillfully selected for the space, the wide-ranging blend of music from all over the world includes György Ligeti’s 16-part Lux Aeterna, made famous in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

When: Oct. 13

Where: Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, Saint Paul

Cost: TBD

Info: vocalessence.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


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


Nov. 17

Christian Mark Gibbs

What a Mighty God

VocalEssence is honoring the tradition of African American spirituals in a special November VocalEssence WITNESS performance. What a Mighty God will feature Dr. André Thomas conducting the Midwest premiere of his Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy. Joining the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers will be the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and guest soloists NaGuanda Nobles and Christian Mark Gibbs (pictured).

When: Nov. 17

Where: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi

Cost: TBD

Info: vocalessence.org