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Through March 1

Rocky Mountain Express

Rocky Mountain Express

Through a rugged, untamed wilderness, a courageous crew took on a seemingly impossible task — building a railway that would connect remote towns across the Canadian continent. Viewers of this film take a virtual seat aboard an early 20th-century steam engine and explore one of the greatest engineering feats in modern history, including aerial footage of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies.

When: Through March 1

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: $8.95–$9.95


Nov. 1­–Dec. 23

Looney Lutherans Hold the Lutefisk

Hold the Lutefisk

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas for the Looney Lutherans, offering a full program full of parody songs, audience participation, original numbers and comedic sketches.

When: Nov. 1­–Dec. 23

Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth

Cost: Tickets start at $29.


Nov. 4–Feb. 24

Night Trains

Night Trains

See dozens of model railroads dusted with snow and decorated with holiday lights.

When: 6–9 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 4–Feb. 24

Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul

Cost: Admission is $15 for ages 5 and older with discounts for groups of three or more (free for ages 4 and younger).


Nov. 10–12

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

The inaugural boutique held last year was so well attended that organizers have moved the event to a stadium to hold a collection of 200 vendors and artisan designers offering the latest styles, trends, jewelry, gifts, children’s items and gourmet foods.

When: Nov. 10–12

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Cost: $10 online and $12 at the door; ages 12 and younger can attend for free.


Nov. 14–Dec. 30

A Christmas Carol Guthrie Theater

A Christmas Carol

This perennial favorite hits the stage for its 43rd year, following Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.

When: Nov. 14–Dec. 30

Where: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets for Nov. 14–19 start at $15. Beginning Nov. 22, tickets start at $29.


Nov. 15–March 31

Sights, Sounds, Soul photographer Charles Chamblis

Sights, Sounds, Soul

This new exhibit features icons of the Minneapolis Sound and the African American community in the 1970s and ’80s — including Prince, Jimmy Jam and more — as captured by photographer Charles Chamblis.

When: Nov. 15–March 31

Where: Mill Commons, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Nov. 21–Jan. 7

Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House, Minneapolis

Gingerbread Wonderland

This third-annual multi-generational exhibit features elaborately decorated gingerbread houses, including iconic Twin Cities buildings, created by community members and professional bakers — and judged by local food critics. Wanna bake? Pick up a free gingerbread house kit from Norway House. Kits are first come, first serve and are available starting Oct. 24. Drop off your contributions between Nov. 7–17.

When: Nov. 21–Jan. 7

Where: Norway House, Minneapolis

Cost: Free for participating bakers (and ages 12 and younger) and $5 for ages 13 and older.

Info: More details, gingerbread recipes and patterns are available at

Nov. 24–Dec. 23

Holidazzle Santa


The Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will again bring the city’s annual holiday celebration to Loring Park. Enjoy food, drinks, movie nights, carriage rides, shopping, fireworks and visits from Santa.

When: Thursdays–Sundays Nov. 24–Dec. 23. See fireworks at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23.

Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Dec. 1–3, 8–10

European Christmas Market

European Christmas Market

Meander through decorated booths modeled after German Christkindlmarkts, featuring the work of local crafters and artisans, along with performances by carolers, dancers, musicians, plus visits from Santa and his reindeer.

When: Dec. 1–3, 8–10

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Dec. 7–31

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It’s a hard-knock life for Annie and the other orphans of Depression-era New York City, under the patronage of the wretched and scheming Miss Hannigan at the Hudson Street Orphanage. One day, Annie’s life is changed forever when Grace, the beautiful assistant of the enigmatic millionaire Oscar (Daddy) Warbucks comes to ask for an orphan to stay at his mansion for the Christmas holidays.

When: Dec. 7–31

Where: The Ordway, St. Paul

Cost: Tickets start at $47 (for partial view). For a 15 percent discount on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 p.m. shows, or Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. shows, use the online discount code GRP15OFF (courtesy of



Urban Expedition Landmark Center St. Paul

Urban Expedition

Experience cultures from around the world, including music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more at this annual international event series.

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 21 (Bulgaria), Feb. 11 (Japan) and 25 (Iceland), March 11 (Bolivia), April 15 (France)

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE



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Sundays at Landmark

This annual fall-through-spring series of cultural and arts events is designed to entertain, enrich and educate all ages.

When: 1 p.m. Nov. 12 (Traditions of Germany); 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 (Rose Ensemble); 1 p.m. Dec. 10 (Santa’s Workshop); 1 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 (Minnesota Boychoir); and 2 p.m. Jan. 28 (St. Paul Civic Symphony), plus more in the months ahead.

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: All the events listed here are FREE.


Sept. 10-Dec. 31

Eyewitness Views at the Mia

Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe

Commissioned in the 1700s by princes, popes and ambassadors, painters recorded many important events first-hand. This first-ever exhibition on the golden age of view-painting features many paintings never seen before in America.

When: Sept. 10–Dec. 31

Where: Mia, Minneapolis

Cost: $20


Oct. 6–Feb. 17


Life Could Be a Dream

See an award-winning musical about a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest with a dream of making it to the big time. Show songs will include Fools Fall in Love, Tears on My Pillow, Runaround Sue, Earth Angel, Stay, Unchained Melody, Lonely Teardrops and, of course, Life Could Be a Dream.

When: Oct. 6–Feb. 17

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40


Sept. 23 – April 22


AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera

Artist, Xavier Tavera, pairs photos of Mexican and Mexican-American veterans with their stories of returning from the battlefields to their homes in West St. Paul. The exhibit will serve as a reminder of their contributions as soldiers but also, recognize their struggles with racism and apathy after returning home.

When: Sept. 23 – April 22

Where: MN History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free for members; Admission fees apply for non-members; Active military and veterans receive free admission on opening day, Sept. 23


Sept. 28–April 26

Thursday Morning Artist Series at MacPhail

Thursday Morning Artist Series

Presented since 1892, this annual series features some of the best local musicians, performing a variety of works by classical composers on select Thursdays in the intimate recital setting of MacPhail’s Antonello Hall.

When: 10:30 a.m. Arrive at 10 a.m. for free coffee and donuts.

Where: MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets, all sold at the door, are $15 ($10 for groups or eight of more and $6 for students).



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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.


Sept. 23 – April 22


Renewing what they gave us: Native American artists in residence

This exhibit will feature artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists who participated in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Artist-in-Residence program. The program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. Works from Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman, and Holly Young will be exhibited alongside the MNHS collections objects that the artists studied during their residencies.

When: Sept. 23 – April 22

Where: MN History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free for members; Admission fees apply for non-members; Active military and veterans receive free admission on opening day, Sept. 23



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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 are $12.95–$16.95 for one film or $19–$25 for two.



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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.)



Sept. 13–Dec. 6



Dance, explore your creativity, engage your mind and socialize with like-minded people in this community-oriented dance class for ages 50 and older who want to explore a wide variety of dance forms, including social, modern, ballet and percussive styles. No experience is required.

When: 6:30–8 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 13–Dec. 6

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

Cost: Fees are $10 per class or $80 for a MovementWise membership, which includes 12 classes, a free ticket to a select Cowles Center performance, discounted show tickets and invites to membership events.

Info: or 612-206-3640