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Sept. 21

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Cantus with Sweet Honey in the Rock

Minnesota’s acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble and the famed, all-female African-American performance ensemble join forces for an evening of song, starting with separate sets, followed by a combined dynamic finale.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21

Where: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Cost: $30–$100

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Sept. 23

Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian magazine’s annual event includes free admission to many museums nationwide, including more than a dozen Minnesota destinations.

When: Sept. 23

Where: Minnesota

Cost: FREE. Downloadable tickets, good for two people each, are required.


Sept. 23



Local R&B musicians fuse Afro-futurism and soulful melodies into fresh modern music sounds with Nooky Jones and special guest Lady Midnight, who uses multidisciplinary music to inspire reflection into contemporary issues.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 23

Where: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $10


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. 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


Sept. 24

Czech and Slovak Festival

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Czech, Slovak, Bohemian and Moravian cultures at this annual festival with live music, ethnic food and beer, folk dance performances, children’s games, craft booths and more.

When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 24

Where: CSPS Hall, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Sept. 26

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New to the Twin Cities? Maybe you’re just interested in getting to know some local businesses better…or excited about Fall. Enjoy autumn drinks, activities, live music, explore the Minnesota History Center while connecting with other newcomers & longtime residents and meet with local organizations.

When: 5–7:30 p.m.; Sept 26

Where: MN History Center; St. Paul

Cost: Free


Sept. 15–Oct. 15

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The Abominables

Minnesota’s unique youth hockey culture is the star of this one-of-a-kind world-premiere musical, created by and for Minnesotans. Geared toward ages 8 and older, the story follows Mitch, who’s always played on the A team, but is worried he might get sent down to the B team. When a young hockey-playing yeti appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse.

When: Sept. 12–Oct. 15

Where: Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets start at $15; $5 lap passes are available for ages newborn to 3 years.


April 15-Sept. 25

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Robert Anderson’s Gardens of Kaleidoscopes

The exhibit features 15 interactive garden kaleidoscope installations on the Arboretum’s Dahlberg and Morgan terraces, as well as inside the Oswald Visitor Center. The kaleidoscopes of varying heights allow everyone from children to adults to be able to enjoy them. Intricate prism designs create interactive, living sculptures.

When: April 15-Sept. 25; see website for hours

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen

Cost: Visitors age 16 & up:  $15; Children 15 & Under: Free admission; Members: Free admission year-round; children up to age 15 free. Adults accompanying members in the same vehicle are $12 if they are not included under member’s membership level; University of Minnesota Students: Free; Free Third Mondays of the month, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Aug. 19–Oct. 1

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Renaissance Festival

King Henry and his court invite one and all to his immersive 16th-century European village, featuring 12 stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes and more than 250 marketplace artisans.

When: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. weekends Aug. 19–Oct. 1, plus Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and Sept. 29 (Festival Friday)

Where: Rural Shakopee

Cost: $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older and $23.95 for adults.


July 6–Oct. 22



This tribute to “the legendary ladies of country music” — from the theater company behind the Church Basement Ladies — features jukebox songs of love, heartbreak, family and faith, celebrating the power and resilience of women.

When: July 6–Oct. 22

Where: Plymouth Playhouse

Cost: $29


Sept. 7–Oct. 6


This renowned nonprofit organization — celebrating the stories of everyday Americans — will record interviews in the Twin Cities as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collections of human voices ever recorded.

Minnesota Public Radio is hosting StoryCorps as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The MobileBooth is an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio.

When: Sept. 7–Oct. 6

Where: George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: Call 800-850-4406 or visit to make a reservation.

Sept. 8–Oct. 1

Taking Steps

The Theatre in the Round Players open their 66th season as the longest-running theater company in Minneapolis with the story of a hard-drinking tycoon and the crumbling old mansion he wants to buy. He’s joined by his unhappy wife, his brother-in-law and others, who find themselves confused by a series of misunderstandings that escalate into an evening of hilarious theater.

When: Weekends Sept. 8–Oct. 1

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets are $22 ($18 for ages 62 and older on Friday and Sundays)


Sept. 8–Oct. 29

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Sever’s Fall Festival

Take the grandkids out to experience Minnesota’s favorite fall traditions, including corn and hay-bale mazes, an exotic petting zoo, a giant slide, pumpkin blasters, pig races, zip lines, a gourd walk and many other activities.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 8–Oct. 29, plus Oct. 19–20

Where: Shakopee

Cost: $15 for ages 4 and older at the door.

Info: See for discounted tickets and coupons.

Sept. 10-Dec. 31

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


Sept. 15–Oct. 8

Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) & Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine). Aladdin North American Tour Original Cast. Photo by Deen van Meer
Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) & Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine). Aladdin North American Tour Original Cast. Photo by Deen van Meer


This Disney Theatrical production, adapted from the Oscar-winning animated film, makes its Minnesota premiere, including many of the cherished songs from the original movie soundtrack. More than 100 moving lights and 300 costumes animate the show, along with pyrotechnics and a magic carpet that actually flies.

When: Sept. 15–Oct. 8

Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets start at $39.


April 8–Nov. 11

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WW1 America

Experience the extraordinary stories of Americans (both the legendary and the unsung) during this turbulent time. After its opening run, the exhibit — including original artifacts, images, voices, music, hands-on exploration and multimedia presentations — will begin a three-year tour to premier historical museums around the country.

When: Opening April 8, on the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the first world war, show has been extended through Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day – all Veterans will receive free admission on closing day).

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with regular admission of $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and older and college students, $6 for ages 5 to 17; and free age 4 and younger; admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.


March 3–Oct. 28


This hugely popular Broadway-style production, also featuring tunes made popular from the 1978 film, is back for the first time in more than a decade. The show, first staged at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 2006, became the venue’s best-selling show of all time and it has remained so since.

When: March 3–Oct. 28

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

Cost: $65–$89



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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)



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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

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.




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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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.)


Through Oct. 1


Summer Flower Show

Hosted by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, this year’s display is a showcase of blue and orange hues, complimented by yellow and chartreuse accents, designed with petunias, geraniums and lilies.

When: Through Oct. 1

Where: Como Park & Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Through October 21

Livin’ La Vida Lutheran

The Looney Lutherans — three wacky gals, promoting their new (fictional) cookbook — present a family-friendly variety show, featuring music, comedy and audience interaction.

Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Minneapolis

When: Through October 21

Cost: Tickets start at $39.


Through October

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Hot Lunch

Internationally recognized installation artist and New Ulm native Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA, has completed his largest and most challenging installation to date —13,000 strands of yarn, each 60 feet long, totaling 721 pounds and featuring 103 colors —all hanging from a 55-by-45-foot skylight.

When: Through October

Where: Atrium at the north entrance of the Mall of America, Bloomington

Cost: FREE


Sept. 12–April 8

Musical Theater Series

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017-2018 musical series continues with a variety of Ordway-produced shows and a Broadway tour (Kinky Boots) to illuminate a variety of diverse musical styles and universal themes.

When: In the Heights (Sept. 12–17), Annie (Dec. 7–31) and Kinky Boots (April 3–8, 2018)

Where: The Ordway, St. Paul

Cost: Subscription packages for the series start at $130.


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

Through October



The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species.

When: Garden hours are 7:30 a.m. until one hour before sunset, seven days a week through Oct. 16 and weekends through Oct. 31. The Martha Crone Visitor Shelter is open from 10 a.m. until one hour before sunset Monday to Saturday and from noon until one hour before sunset on Sundays.

Where: 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Coming Up

Oct. 1

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Caponi Art Park & Medieval Fair

The Middle Ages come to life with authentic costumes, music, dance, weaponry and interactive demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism.

When: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 1

Where: Caponi Art Park, Eagan

Cost: $5


Oct. 3


Books & Bars

Jeff Kamin is reinventing the book club. Lively, moderated discussions about books alternate between venues in St. Paul and Minneapolis the first two Tuesdays each month. This month’s featured book is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict (who will be in attendance).

When: 5–8 p.m. Oct. 3

Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Oct. 12


The Splendid Table Live

Incoming host, Francis Lam is honoring retiring longtime host, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, in this special live event. The episode, which features conversations sprinkled with musical interludes, will be recorded as Lynne’s final broadcast of The Splendid Table.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $22–$49


Oct. 14


This third-annual event benefits the American Brain Tumor Association and its mission to provide resources to those diagnosed with brain tumors.

When: 9 a.m. Oct. 14

Where: Como Lake, St. Paul

Cost: Registration fees apply.


Oct. 14 and 21


A Prairie Home Companion

Join Chris Thile for his second season hosting Minnesota’s venerated variety show, featuring storytellers, musicians and comedians.

When: 4:45 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21

Where: Fitzge­rald Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $33­–$49


Through Oct. 31

Cows Can Dream

This family gallery exhibit — based on a book of the same title — features a three-dimension installation and immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam, a “girl cow” who wanders through Sweden’s Wanas Konst sculpture park.

When: Through Oct. 31

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: Regular museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6–18 and free for ages 5 and younger.