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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

Jan. 11–Feb. 3

These Shining Lives
Photo by Ron Ravensborg

These Shining Lives

Based on the true story of four women who worked at a factory in Illinois in the 1920s, painting watch dials to glow in the dark using a special paint made with radium.

When: Jan. 11–Feb. 3

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22

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

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. 17–25

Melody As Barbra Streisand

Decades: A Tribute to Streisand

Melody Mendis, the Midwest’s premier Barbra Streisand singing impersonator, stars in a show that follows Barbra’s musical choices from her start in the 60’s to the new Millennium. From Funny Girl to Yentl, with many other favorite songs in between!

When: Jan. 17–25

Where: Plymouth Playhouse

Cost: Matinee performances are $28 and evening performances are $33.

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. 22, Feb. 5, 19, 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: Jan. 22, Feb. 5, 19, March 5, 19

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

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. 2527

Kevin O’Connor

Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

The show will offer remodeling, interior design, sustainability, and home improvement presentations scattered throughout the show and more than 300 go-to resources and vendors. It will feature nationally-known TV hosts on the Slumberland Furniture Main Stage, including: Kevin O’Connor (pictured), host of “This Old House” on PBS and Jeff Devlin of HGTV and DIY Network television shows.

When: Jan. 2527

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium

Cost: $10 if purchased online and $12 at the door; $4 for children ages six – 12; children five and under are free

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

Jan. 2627


Winter Carnival Orchid Show

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory unveils their orchid collection several miles from most of the Winter Carnival action.

When: Jan. 2627

Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul

Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12

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. 1


Music in the Park Series: A Musical World Tour featuring Lumina

Travel around the world with Lumina as you listen to languages and songs from many countries! Twin Cities vocalists Linda Kachelmeier, Angela Grundstad, and Clara Osowski, and string player Ginna Watson will have you singing along and moving to the music. Learn about distant lands and people of many cultures through music.

When: Feb. 1

Where: Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul

Cost: Choose your own pricing: tickets from $0 – $5 per person

Feb. 2

Friends Gala Ramsey County Library

Friends of the Ramsey Count Libraries Gala

For many classic stories, a memorable feature is often a hat: Sherlock Holmes, The Cat in the Hat, etc. As an ode to headwear, the sixth annual Friends of Ramsey County Libraries Gala celebrates the best (and perhaps worst) headpieces that help define literary characters with “Hats Off to the Libraries.” Join your library-loving, hat donning friends for a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts (by The Grateful Table), adult beverages (by Fair State Brewing), and entertainment, such as live music, a silent and live auction, tests of skill and intrigue, trivia, prizes, and a photo booth. And you and your hat will be judged in a costume contest by a costume expert (costumes are encouraged but not required). All proceeds benefit the seven branches of the Ramsey County Library.

When: Feb. 2

Where: Roseville Library

Cost: $50 per person in advance, or $60 at the door. $25 of each ticket is tax deductible as a donation.

Feb. 2



Matinee references different cinematic themes, from film noir to musicals to romance, while telling the story of a woman floating between the realms of reality and fiction.

When: Feb. 2

Where: Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Red Wing

Cost: $20 adult, free admission for a child, 14 and under, with the purchase of a regular priced adult admission.

Feb. 5

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

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: The Servant’s Life

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.

When: Feb. 5

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Feb. 5

Container garden

O.W.L.S. Container Gardening

Don Feeney, Master Gardener for Dakota County and DNC volunteer will advise O.W.L.S. (Outwardly, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) on container styles, plant varieties, and soil types that will allow you to garden successfully in small spaces. Pre-registration is required.

When: Feb. 5

Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul

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

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

Feb. 8–10

Golf Show

Minnesota Golf Show

Dozens of golf industry exhibitors present the latest in golf equipment, gadgets, gifts, garb and getaways.

When: Feb. 8–10

Where: 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis

Cost: $13 in advance

Feb. 8

Dr. Scott Sharkey

The Marvelous Marsh – Dr. Scott Sharkey

Dr. Scott Sharkey, nature photographer and one of our perennial favorite guests will share his outstanding photography from the Bloomington Marsh that he helped several years ago to restore and preserve and continues to visit.

When: Feb. 8

Where: Bryant Square Neighborhood Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Feb. 8

Victorian love

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love

Throughout the Victorian era, a suitor would use love letters, floral bouquets, and small gifts to indicate his intention of marriage. In this 75-minute Valentine’s Day program, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine’s Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters, and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor. This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: Feb. 8

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

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

Feb. 9

Defending The Caveman

Defending The Caveman

Written by comedian Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology, Defending the Caveman played for two and a half years on Broadway, making it the longest running solo play in Broadway’s history. It is now a worldwide hit with productions in 30 countries, and scheduled to open in more than 60 cities in North America this season. Defending the Caveman offers a hilariously insightful prehistoric look at the original battle of the sexes.

When: Feb. 9

Where: Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $30

Feb. 10, 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: Feb. 10, March 3 and 31, April 14

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

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. 14

Victorian couple

Victorian Poetry Slam

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th-century poetry recited in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Daly will perform, dressed in 1890s evening wear, a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning, and more. The poems will deal with love, romance, temperance, sports, war, and even James J. Hill. Audience members are invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud. Light refreshments and tours of the Hill House will follow the program.

When: Feb. 14

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $12/MNHS members save 20%

Feb. 14

horse drawn sleigh

Love In The Wild – Date Night

Dodge Nature Center will reveal the “love” secrets of a variety of animals. Your date night will include social time indoors with a glass of wine and cheese and a presentation that will show you the funny and unusual ways creatures attract a mate. After that you will have time to snuggle up with your loved one in a picturesque horse drawn sleigh that will venture through the winter forest.

When: Feb. 14

Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul

Cost: $60 per couple

Feb. 14

The Love Show Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling’s Love Show

Featuring stories and songs performed by Marc Anderson, Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer, master of ceremonies Kling guides one and all through a unique look at love’s journey through the kaleidoscope of carnival, circus and midway fun. And back by popular demand, special guest film and television impresario, Ali Selim, joins the fun.

When: Feb. 14

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

Cost: $27 with discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT and groups

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


Feb. 1416


Enchanted Evening – A Valentine’s Dining Experience

Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day. Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner. Seatings will be at 5:30pm and 8:00pm.

When: Feb. 1416

Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul

Cost: $170 per couple

Feb. 15–17

St. Paul Home + Landscape Show

St. Paul Home + Landscape Show

Get inspired and get started with hundreds of exhibitors in landscaping, kitchens & baths, windows, decks & more.

When: Feb. 15–17

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Cost: $9 adults, $2.50 children 6-12, free for children 5 and under


Feb. 15–16

The Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul
The Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul

Not in Our Neighborhood

A little-known instance of racist violence, in Saint Paul’s Groveland Park neighborhood, comes to light in Landmark Center. African-American attorney William Francis — later the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia — and his civil rights activist wife, Nellie, planned to move from the Rondo neighborhood to a home on Sargent Ave. Their plans were met with petitions, demonstrations, death threats, and eventually two separate cross burnings.

When: Feb. 15–16

Where: F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $10


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

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

Feb. 17

Balkan Festival

Balkan Festival

This event brings together the music, dance, language, foods, costume, and arts & craft traditions of several countries hailing from the Balkan region of Eastern Europe. The program is produced in partnership with Ethnic Dance Theatre.

When: Feb. 17

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $4/$6

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

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. 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

Feb. 28

Forensic Science in the Victorian Era

Forensic Science in the Victorian Era

Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the birth of forensic science in the 19th century and how it has shaped our modern criminal justice system. Learn how the founding disciplines, advancements in technology, and increasing knowledge of human anatomy shaped one another over the years. Also, get to know real-life scientists and fictional detectives who helped create a genre that is as intriguing now as it was 150 years ago. 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: Feb. 28

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $26/MNHS members save 20%

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 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 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

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.


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


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


July 11–13, July 18–20

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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




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.)