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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–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


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

Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 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: Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 18, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Nov. 21–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: Nov. 21–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%

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

Nov. 23–Jan. 6 (plus Dec. 26 and 27): Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

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: Nov. 23–Jan. 6 (plus Dec. 26 and 27): Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

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

Nov. 23–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: Nov. 23–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%

Nov. 23–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: Nov. 23–Dec. 30

Where: Park Square Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $20–$60

Nov. 23–25

Hmong New Year

Minnesota Hmong New Year Celebration

This year marks the 40th annual celebration of one of Minnesota’s most vibrant communities. Merchandise vendors, cultural and ethnic food vendors, and businesses will be displayed at the event.

When: Nov. 23–25

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Cost: $10 at the door, $8 online, anyone over 65 or children under 42 inches tall is free


Nov. 28

Ina Garten

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

The country’s most beloved culinary icon is coming to Minneapolis in celebration of her newest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro. Joined by a moderator, Ina will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of life in the Hamptons, filming her television show, writing bestselling cookbooks and enjoying food with friends and family. An audience Q&A will directly follow the interview.

When: Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $53.50–$79.50

Nov. 29–30

40th Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar

40th Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar

The Bazaar will feature quality handcrafted items including, jewelry, wreaths, paintings, woven and wearable art, handmade lotions, soaps and more! Festive music and delicious treats will add to the enjoyment of holiday shopping. The Landmark Center Holiday Bazaar will offer shoppers a chance to win one or more of 75 items, donated by each of the exhibitors.

When: Nov. 29–30

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $5

Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9

St. Paul European Christmas Market

St. Paul European Christmas Market

The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is a free event based on the traditional, charming, and festive open-air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Gluhwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European inspired food and delicacies during the first two weekends in December.

When: Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Nov. 30–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: Nov. 30–Dec. 30

Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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

Nov. 30–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: Nov. 30–Dec. 30

Where: Chaska Community Center Auditorium Theatre

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

Nov. 30–Dec. 2

St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

Shop more than 190 exhibits with products and services dedicated to the die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiast. View all new ice fishing products, including fish houses, augers, underwater cameras, digital fish finders, rods and reels, tackle, accessories, apparel and much more.

When: Nov. 30–Dec. 2

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Cost: $20 for VIP tickets, $12 for adult non-member, $6 for adult Good Sam member, $5 for kids 6–12, FREE for kids 5 and under

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6–8

CSE Winter Light Show

CSE Winter Light Show

The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Now in its eighth year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition. This year the shows are bigger and better than ever! The show will last about 15 minutes.

When: 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6–8

Where: Civil Engineering Courtyard, University of Minnesota

Cost: FREE

Dec. 1–2

Duluth Winter Village

Duluth Winter Village

The Duluth Winter Village is a free, two-day community event where local small businesses will sell their goods out of festive wooden cabins. In addition to shopping, visitors will enjoy food and beverages, campfires by the lake, complimentary s’mores, live animals, carol singers and more.

When: Dec. 1–2

Where: Glensheen Mansion, Duluth

Cost: FREE

Dec. 1


Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners

Starting at 12:30 p.m., Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune will talk about the contest, how it’s judged, and what makes a great holiday cookie. Sample the winning recipes and enjoy hot cider and coffee from 1 to 3 p.m., then vote for your favorite cookie for the visitor’s choice award. Bring a holiday recipe to share and get baking tips.

When: Dec. 1

Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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

Dec. 1

Kirtan Path

Chanting to the Divine: An Evening in the South Asian Tradition of Kirtan

Kirtan is the musical tradition of call and response chanting from the Bhakti Yoga tradition in India. Join the Twin Cities-based band Kirtan Path in participatory devotional singing, open to people from all backgrounds, cultures, and religions. Experience the energy and vibrations of communal singing, connecting to the Divine and each other, opening our hearts and quieting our minds. Everyone participating contributes to the experience, emanating loving energy to the universe.

When: Dec. 1

Where: Klas Center, Hamline University, Saint Paul

Cost: A freewill offering will be collected

Dec. 1

2018 Craft Bash

Craft Bash

Saturday’s Craft Bash features more than 70 talented Minnesota makers curated by ACC, There There Collective, and the Food Building. Craft will range from ceramics, jewelry, fashion, and home décor to apothecary, candles, and letterpress cards. Guests will also be able to sample artisanal food and beverages, encounter live glassblowing demonstrations, and partake in a number of artist-designed participatory projects and hands-on experiences. There will also be a preview party, Decked Out, to kick off the festivities on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

When: Dec. 1

Where: Hennepin Made, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Dec. 1–30

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: Dec. 1–30

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $40-$50

Dec. 3

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, international best-selling author and associate editor of The Washington Post Bob Woodward will provide an inside look into the Trump presidency. Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House, currently the #1 international bestseller, is the most detailed and penetrating portrait of a sitting president in the first year of an administration. The event will be moderated by Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller.

When: Dec. 3

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $48.50, $58.50

Dec. 4

Flag of Kenya

Ken’ya Believe Kenya

Dodge’s O.W.L.S. (Outwardly, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program invites you to warm up at the nature center to explore Africa through stories of wildlife and culture. Optional lunch starts after the program.

When: Dec. 4

Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul

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

Dec. 4


SPCPA Vocal Arts Concert

Hear tomorrow’s music stars as the Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts Vocal Arts students perform their final concert for the year.

When: Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Dec. 4

Claire Wahmanholm

Book Launch: Claire Wahmanholm’s Wilder

Celebrate Claire Wahmanholm, winner of the 2018 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and her debut collection of poems, Wilder. The evening will feature a reception, a reading from Wilder, and a conversation between Claire and contest judge, Rick Barot. There will also be a special announcement about the future of the poetry prize.

When: Dec. 4

Where: Bell Museum, St. Paul

Cost: Free and open to the public. RSVP requested.

Dec. 5

Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra

Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra

This ensemble will perform holiday classics and help bring in the holiday cheer for the season.

When: Dec. 5, 12–1 p.m.

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Dec. 6

Ping Honzay

Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

Join Ping Honzay (pictured) and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of unique, hive-based crafts. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she’ll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating. You’ll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home.

When: Dec. 6, 1–4 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Cost: $45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Dec. 7

Fort Snelling

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

This event acknowledges the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” honors those who perished on that day, and also remembers those that live on to tell the history of that day. Refreshments will follow the program.

When: Dec. 7

Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Dec. 7

Chanticleer at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Chanticleer at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Holiday favorites Chanticleer return to the Saint Paul Cathedral, presented by MPR Classical. This year’s concerts will combine soaring motets of Palestrina, Corteccia, Sweelinck and Lassus with favorite carols.

When: Dec. 7

Where: The Cathedral of St. Paul

Cost: $18–$40


Dec. 8

TPT Studios

TPT Tours

You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at newly re-designed TPT Studios including the Almanac Set and our re-designed Street Space. You’ll also learn about the history of TPT and how we went from a small university TV station to one of the foremost PBS affiliates in the country! The maximum attendance for each tour is 15 guests. You are welcome to sign up individually or reserve all fifteen spots for your group.

When: Dec. 8

Where: TPT Studios, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

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


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. 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: $48.50–$68.50

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

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

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 Museum & Gift Shop

View models of every aircraft Northwest Airlines 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 Chicklets gum for unpressurized flights—and much more. Browse the gift shop for unique aviation items.

When: Wednesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel, Bloomington, 3rd floor

Cost: Free

Info: (telephone 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.)