Can’t-Miss Calendar

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May 19–27

Young Bob Dylan

Duluth Dylan Fest

May 24, 2018 marks the 77th birthday of Duluth’s native son, Bob Dylan, 2016 Nobel Prize recipient. Highlights this year include the Armory Arts & Music Center benefit concert, a Dylan-themed art show, poetry, a singer/songwriter contest, music, and more.

When: May 19–27

Where: Many locations in Duluth

Cost: FREE

Infobobdylanway.com/dylan-fest.php


May 24, 31

Knitting

Knit 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. We’ll be welcoming your suggestions for community service crafting projects. Please join us for this unique opportunity to gather with your crafty neighbors as we Knit for Good!

When: May 24, 31

Where: Shoreview Library

Cost: FREE

Inforclreads.org


May 24

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Yoga can help seniors both physically and mentally.

Yoga for Beginners

Need to de-stress? Interested in meditation? Learn about yoga (a Sanskrit word meaning “yoke” or “union”) from an experienced yoga instructor. Yoga helps to activate and reconnect mind and body, which can relieve tension and stress. Bring a yoga mat if you have one; however a mat is not required to attend. All ages and physical conditions are welcome.

When: May 24

Where: Brooklyn Park Library

Cost: FREE

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


May 26

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Louis Hill (right), son of James J. Hill (left), oversaw the creation of Glacier Park Lodge in Montana, a natural jewel accessible by the St. Paul family’s Great Northern Railway. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Death of the Empire Builder Day

James J. Hill, known as the “Empire Builder” for building rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America’s Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny.

When: May 26

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

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

Infomnhs.org


May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29

CARS AND CAVES FOR CHARITY SHOW

Cars and Caves for Charity Show

View some of the coolest cars from classics and muscle to antiques, street rods and exotics. Tour some mind blowing luxury man cave garages. Take your family pic by a replica Batmobile or Scooby Doo van! Free admission, charity donations encouraged.

When: May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29

Where: Chanhassen Autoplex

Cost: FREE

Infochanhassenautoplex.com


May 26–June 24

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - Jungle Theater 2018 Season
PHOTO CREDIT: William Clark

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Starring Thomasina Petrus as Billie Holiday, backed by a live jazz rhythm trio — Thomas A. West as Jimmy Powers (piano), Kevin Washington (drums) and Ron Evaniuk (bass). The Jungle stage will become a small, intimate bar in 1959 Philadelphia where the legendary Holiday recounts her life story through the songs that made her famous.

When: May 26–June 24

Where: Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $37-$47

Infojungletheater.com


May 26, June 12, 23, 25, 30

Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural

Help Paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural

Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from Wright’s Lake Park. Smocks/t-shirts will be provided, as well as free chalk for sidewalk art and popsicles or snacks at some events. All ages welcome!

When: May 26, June 12, 23, 25, 30

Where: May 26: Wright’s Lake Park, June 12: Normandale Lake Park Bandshell, June 23: Wright’s Lake Park, June 25: Wright’s Lake Park, June 30: Bloomington Civic Plaza

Cost: FREE

Infobloomingtonmn.gov


May 26–28

Fort Snelling Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend

Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks to learn about the experiences of U.S. soldiers and the role of the military in the growth of the nation. On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the fort’s parade ground with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

When: May 26–28

Where: Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members and mothers accompanied by a child free

Info: mnhs.org


May 28

Memorial Day Ceremony Lakewood Cemetery
Trumpeter Takako Seimiya Senn played Taps at the conclusion of the 2016 ceremony.

Memorial Day Celebration

The day will begin with a ceremony to honor veterans and continue in the afternoon with WWI-era inspired activities, including “Community Sings” in the Memorial Chapel, a make-and-take “Victory Garden” planting activity, guided walking tours of WWI veterans buried at Lakewood, a special exhibit about what life was like in 1918 and more, all to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II.

When: May 28

Where: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infolakewoodcemetery.org


May 29

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Genealogy Research: Problem-Solving Using Cemetery Records

Professional genealogist Shirleen Hoffman will provide an overview of cemetery records and how they can be helpful in your research about your family. She will show you how to find cemetery records, what to look for and how to interpret them.

When: May 29

Where: Excelsior Library

Cost: FREE

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


May 30

Waging a Living by filmmaker Roger Weisberg

Waging a Living, by filmmaker Roger Weisberg

So this is true: work hard, get ahead? Well that’s the American Dream. See how that goes, day-to-day, for four diverse low-wage earners. Or, as one of them says: “hustling backwards.” Enjoy the free film and snacks, then stay for the post-film discussion facilitated by Jody. With thanks to the collaboration of the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov) and the Hamline Midway Elders.

When: May 30

Where: West 7th Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.org


May 30

Hmong Meal in a Pot

Hmong Meal in a Pot

Learn about Hmong gardening and food traditions and how you can harvest a Hmong meal to serve your family this summer! Children are welcome accompanied by an adult.

When: May 30

Where: Rondo Community Library

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.org


May 31

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Music of The Beatles

Join MacPhail Teaching Artist Mandi Verstegen for an afternoon of The Beatles. We’ll bring back the hits, learn about the band and the way they changed our culture, and have a great time singing favorite tunes, playing instruments and sharing our favorite Beatles hits and moments. Participants of all musical backgrounds from absolute beginner to lifelong musicians are welcome!

When: May 31

Where: Plymouth Library

Cost: FREE

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


May 31

Elisa Korenne

Author Talk: Elisa Korenne

Korenne’s debut book, “Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story,” is a Midwest Bookseller Bestseller and a finalist for the Indie Book Award. Korenne will present short readings from the book along with songs inspired by her move and new home. Q&A to follow.

When: May 31

Where: Rogers Library

Cost: FREE

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


June 1–24

PostMortem
photo by Ron Ravensborg

Postmortem

When actor William Gillette (Mark L. Mattison, shown), famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes, invites the cast of his play to his home in Connecticut, a late-night séance reveals a murder. Now Gillette must solve the case using everything he’s learned from playing the great detective.

When: June 1–24

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22, $18 for seniors on Fridays and Sundays

Info: TheatreintheRound.org


June 1

Cocktails at the Castle American Swedish Institute

Cocktails at the Castle

Inspired by “The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson” exhibition, it will be an enchanted evening that encourages various types of creative exploration. There will be live music and DJ-curated dance tunes, pop-up performances, hands-on activities, moss experts and FIKA’s crafted cocktails and festival bites.

When: June 1

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $17 for ASI members and $20 for the general public

Info: asimn.org


June 1–8

Cantus

Cantus: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

The annual Cantus pop concert covers a classic album in its entirety. This year, it will be Rumours, Fleetwood Mac’s celebrated 1977 album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. In addition to Rumours, the eight-man ensemble will also cover a few non-Fleetwood Mac pop tunes by other artists.

When: June 1–8

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

Cost: $27-37 adults/ $10 students

Info: cantussings.org


June 1–3

Edina Art Fair

Edina Art Fair

This year, the organizers of the Edina Art Fair will turn its acronym (EAF) into a powerful theme: Empowering Artistic Females. Not only does this theme provide an opportunity to showcase the creativity of the women artists in the Fair, it also puts a spotlight on the 70 female business owners in the 50th & France business district.

When: June 1–3

Where: 50th and France neighborhood, Edina

Cost: FREE

InfoEdinaArtFair.com


 June 2

St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

The 49th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a free one day celebration of fine arts and community! The show is located at the intersection of Como and Carter Avenues in St. Paul and features over 70 juried artists, delicious food, live music, a used book sale, a plant sale, art activities for children and adults, and other fun activities for all. 2018 Featured Artists are: Steve Claypatch (Glass), Peter Jadoonath (Ceramics), and Jim Sannerud (Woodworking). The festival benefits St. Anthony Park’s beautiful Carnegie branch of the St. Paul Public Library and funds the branch’s Reading Programs.

When: June 2

Where: St. Anthony Park Branch Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosapfest.org


June 2

Ragamala Dance Company Student Recital

Ragamala Dance Company Student Recital

Enjoy performances from Ragamala Dance Company students of all ages and levels, who received classical training by Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy. Ranee and Aparna are dedicated to teaching the aesthetic of Bharatanatyam created by their teacher, the internationally renowned Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli, widely considered to be one of India’s greatest living masters. In addition to rigorous dance training, Ragamala students learn about the multidimensionality of the Indian arts and their ongoing relevance in our contemporary society.

When: June 2

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: $10 adults, $5 age 17 and younger, MNHS members save 20%

Infomnhs.org


June 2–3, 9–10

Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour

Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour

Midwest Home invites you to tour some of the area’s top remodeling projects with budgets ranging from $100,000 and up across the Twin Cities. Find inspiration, meet with custom remodelers, and discover additional resources to make your remodeling dream a reality. This self-guided tour will give you access to luxury remodeling projects, created by some of the best custom remodelers in the market.

When: June 2–3, 9–10

Where: Throughout Minneapolis

Cost: $15 online at luxuryremodelingtour.com or at Menards, $20 if you purchase at the homes

Infoluxuryremodelingtour.com


May 3–June 3

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The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht

A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same time.

When: May 3–June 3

Where: Eden Prairie Library

Cost: $30

Infotenthousandthings.org


June 5–10

Chicago

Chicago

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

When: June 5–10

Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets start at $39

Infohennepintheatretrust.org


June 5

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

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

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. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.

When: June 5

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: Free, reservation required

Infomnhs.org


June 5

Senior Stroll Como Zoo and Conservatory

Senior Strolls

Senior Strolls take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for just 55-and-up people. 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.

When: 9 a.m., June 5

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infocomozooconservatory.org


June 8

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice

In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota were covering the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of poisoning her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: June 8

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

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

Infomnhs.org


June 9–10

Minnesota Antiques Dealers Annual Antiques Show and Sale

Minnesota Antiques Dealers Annual Antiques Show and Sale

Fine antiques and decorative arts for sale by members of the MN Antiques Dealers Association and selected dealers from the midwest. Presenting Period furniture, silver, fine art, folk art, textiles, vintage jewelry and decorative arts for home and garden.

When: June 9–10

Where: The Fine Arts Building, MN State Fairgrounds

Cost: $6

Info: mnantiquesdealers.com


June 9–10

Deutsche Tage

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

Celebrate German culture at this festival, going on its 60th year, featuring food, live music, dance, art, education and other traditional activities — not a stereotypical beer-centric Oktoberfest event. Highlights include Lederhosen-clad participants, a Family Fun Carnival, a puppet show, Train Day, and more.

When: June 9–10

Where: Germanic-American Institute, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infogai-mn.org/deutschetage


June 10

Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir

Members of the Minnesota Boychoir will perform sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, representing many cultures and languages. Repertoire highlights Minnesota composers J. David Moore, Todd Price, Jake Runestad and Timothy Takach. The Minnesota Boychoir, founded in 1962, is the oldest boychoir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.

When: June 10

Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: boychoir.org


June 11

Dr. James Ulness

What Happens to Us After We Die? Can We Be Certain of This?

Dr. James Ulness will speak on “What Happens to Us after We Die? Can We Be Certain of This?” 7 pm Monday, June 11, in a public presentation of the Theosophical Society. He is a former psychology professor at Concordia College in Morehead. “Spiritual science research tells us,” Ulness said, “that there is life after life. Do we have to just take it on blind faith? I will explain what you can do to find out for yourself.” Refreshments. Requested donation. (612) 747-9851.

When: June 11

Where: The Church of St. Francis, 3201 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infotheosophical.org


June 12

Diana Krall

Diana Krall

GRAMMY®-award winnning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall brings her Turn Up the Quiet World Tour, celebrating jazz and the Great American Songbook, to the Ordway. The Turn Up The Quiet World Tour features material from Krall’s stunning new album Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records, as well as a mix of fan favorites. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

When: June 12

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $58–$141

Infoordway.org


June 14–Aug. 5

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Gathering Light featuring artist Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin

Artistry is pleased to present Gathering Light, an exhibition featuring the work of Long Lake, Minnesota artist, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. As a photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin searches for visual metaphors in the landscapes she photographs. She uses black and white infrared film because it captures both the visible spectrum and the infrared light that lies beyond what the human eye can comprehend. This medium also accentuates the contrast between light and shadow, enhancing a sense of the obscure and mysterious, therefore underscoring our limited perception. The resulting images are strikingly beautiful.

When: June 14–Aug. 5

Where: Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington

Cost: FREE

Infoartistrymn.org


June 14–July 21. Opening Reception is Thursday, June 14th, 6-9pm

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Exhibitions of Artists Regan Golden and Paula McCartney

SooVAC opens the summer season with two exhibitions by artists, Paula McCartney and Regan Golden, whose work presents an exploration of nature as resilient, foreboding and optimistic, much like their human counterparts.

When: June 14–July 21. Opening Reception is Thursday, June 14th, 6-9pm

Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infosoovac.org


June 15–17

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
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tone Arch Bridge Festival

This popular Father’s Day weekend event features art and music from 250 artists on three performance stages, plus family art activities, a car show and a motorcycle and off-road vehicle gallery, all on the Mississippi riverfront.

When: June 16–17, including a free evening kickoff concert Water Power Park on June 15

Where: Northeast Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: stonearchbridgefestival.com


June 16

Midsommar Celebration

Midsommar Celebration

Welcome summer at the American Swedish Institute with a family-friendly day of cultural activities in and around the Turnblad Mansion. Singing and folk dancing happen throughout the afternoon. Be there at 11:30 a.m. to see the raising of the Swedish Midsummer pole – and dance around it! Other family activities include flower head-wreath making, face painting, storytelling, outdoor games, nature-based play activities and Midsummer eats from the on-site critically acclaimed FIKA cafe.

When: June 16

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger

Infoasimn.org


June 16

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Love Never Forgets

A jubilant celebration of the power of singing together, Love Never Forgets illustrates that life with Alzheimer’s can include personal creativity and contribution to community. This inspiring world premiere concert marks the culmination of an 18-month long partnership between Composer Victor Zupanc and Poet Louisa Castner who collaborated with Giving Voice singers — capturing their stories, their voices and their creative passion. The result is  the first-ever choral work illuminating life with Alzheimer’s – written with and performed by people with the disease and their caregivers.

When: June 16

Where: Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul

Cost: $20–$30

Info: ordway.org


June 16

BACK TO THE 80S MN

Back to the ’80s MN

A car show for anything ’80s. Gates open at 10am; the first pre-registered will get a dash plaque and goodie bag. Trophies, music, and ’80s fun.

When: June 16

Where: Burnsville Center

Cost: Spectators enter FREE

Info: facebook.com/BackToThe80sMN/


Through June 16

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Guys and Dolls

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950.

When: March 2–June 16

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40

Info: oldlog.com


June 17

Cromulent Shakespeare

Cromulent Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

Cromulent Shakespeare brings the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew to Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods for an evening exploring the folly of greed and a misguided approach to romance.

When: June 17

Where: Caponi Art Park, Eagan

Cost: $5/person – free for children under 12

Info: caponiartpark.org


June 21–24

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, an initiative of Twin Cities PBS – TPT, will be bringing The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2018. The Wall That Heals exhibit is free and open to the public 24 hours each day, allowing Minnesotans the opportunity to remember, honor, understand and heal at their own pace.

When: June 21–24

Where: Minnesota State Capitol grounds, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: mnvietnam.org/thewallthatheals/


June 21–23

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The 20th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival will be headlined this year by Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, New Orleans emerging artist Nayo Jones, saxophonists Tia Fuller, and Houston Person. With generous support from returning sponsor and partner AARP, the three-day festival will include headline acts on the Mears Park Main Stage, Union Depot Stage, and the stage at TPT as well as performances in nearby clubs, bars and studio venues.

When: June 21–23

Where: In and around Mears Park in Saint Paul

Cost: FREE

Infotwincitiesjazzfestival.com


June 22

Ramsey After Dark: Advocates & Activists

Ramsey After Dark: Advocates & Activists

This tour focuses on the contributions of several women in Minneapolis and St. Paul who were committed to changing their world. Learn about the uphill battles they faced, how they created change, and the impact their legacies have today.

When: June 22

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

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

Infomnhs.org


June 22–24

Back to the '50s Weekend

Back to the ’50s Weekend

More than 10,000 custom, classic and restored cars — all dated 1964 and earlier — cover the fairgrounds, along with entertainment, live music, games, food, crafts and more as part of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual event.

When: June 22–24

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights

Cost: $12 for adults ($10 in advance at Napa Auto stores) and free for ages 12 and younger with a paid adult; cash only at the gate

Infomsrabacktothe50s.com


Opening June 23

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: Opening June 23

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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

Infominnesotahistorycenter.org


June 23–24, July 21–22, Aug. 25–26, Sept. 29–30

Stillwater Flea & Crafter's Market

Stillwater Flea and Crafter’s Market

Make a day of it in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley and check out over 100 unique vendors, local crafters, food trucks, music and more.

When: June 23–24, July 21–22, Aug. 25–26, Sept. 29–30

Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, Stillwater

Cost: FREE

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June 24

10th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day

10th Annual Red Bull Military Appreciation Day

Red Bull Day began in 2008 as a way to honor the men and women of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls”. It has since become a tradition to honor all our armed forces and veterans and is now recognized as “Red Bull Military Appreciation Day”. It includes food; silent auctions; kids games/inflatables; historical military vehicles; major car show; MN National Guard; military support organizations; and much more.

When: June 24

Where: Central Park, North Branch

Cost: FREE

Info: csoaf.com


Opening June 26

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit

“Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography” Exhibit

This exhibit in the Irvine Gallery showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The photography exhibit will be on display through September 3.

When: Opening June 26

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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

Info: minnesotahistorycenter.org


June 28

Alexander Ramsey House

Ramsey After Dark: Servant Stories

Enjoy a drink and learn about what it was like to work as a domestic servant in the Victorian era. Through stories and photos, explore the lives of those who lived and worked in the Alexander Ramsey House. 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: June 28

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $26/MNHS members save 20%

Infomnhs.org


June 30

"Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience" Exhibit Opening

“Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience” Exhibit Opening

This exhibit chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time. The exhibit runs through June 30-Sept. 3, 2018.

When: June 30

Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infomnhs.org


June 30

Somali Independence Day

Somali Independence Day

Come celebrate Somali Independence Day with music, food, and games, at this annual family-friendly street festival. There will be a Sports Zone, Health and Wellness Lane, Family Zone and Community Village and Arts Lane, each with multiple attractions.

When: June 30

Where: Lake Street and Blaisdell Avenue, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infosomaliweek.org


July 4

Red, White and Boom

Red, White and Boom

Celebrate Independence Day on the Minneapolis riverfront with morning races, live music, food, family-friendly activities (jugglers, magicians, face painting, caricature artists and balloon artists) and a grand finale of fireworks.

When: July 4 with family activities from 6–10 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Where: Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: mplsredwhiteboom.com


July 4–30

Songs of Hope Concert

Songs of Hope Concert

Every summer, youngsters aged 9-16 come to Minnesota from countries around the world to perform in the award-winning Songs of Hope concert. With performers this year from China, Vietnam, Turkey, Italy, Poland, England, France, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and USA, Songs of Hope is more than a choir. With lively movements, imaginative sets, rich cultural dress, and a hot band of musicians, the Songs of Hope show showcases songs from all the countries of the performers – plus more – and with
some beloved show tunes from U.S. musicals specially featured. Lively and upbeat, Songs of Hope is a show for audiences of all ages.

When: July 4–30

Where: Throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota

Cost: FREE

Infosoundsofhope.org/concert_calendar.html


July 5–29

Glensheen

Glensheen

1977.  An heiress, kind and generous, is  found dead in her bed. Her night nurse, lying lifeless on the staircase. A robbery? A clumsy break-in? A conspiracy? A scandal! The Congdon family tragedy splashed across the headlines of every newspaper in Minnesota. But what really happened on that fateful night at the Glensheen Mansion? Whodunit? Witness this dark musical that tackles the tale with wicked dialogue and evocative music.

When: July 5–29

Where: History Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $15–$58

Infohistorytheatre.com


April 20–July 15

The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson

The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson Exhibit

The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson, a new, upcoming exhibition at the American Swedish Institute, showcases sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, who crafts beguiling, evocative and otherworldly life-sized ceramics figures, including those he calls “Moss People.” The exhibition, Simonsson’s Minnesota premiere, opens Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with the First Look preview party and runs through April 21 – July 15, 2018.

When: April 20–July 15

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $10 adults, $7 ages 62 and above, $5 children and students

Infoasimn.org


July 20–21

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

The Friday night lineup includes the Ohio Players, High & Mighty, and Free and Easy. Saturday’s blues lineup includes Marcia Ball, Chubby Carrier, Toronzo Cannon, Crow, Scottie Miller Band, and Mae Simpson Band on the Main Stage. A second stage, the Juke Joint Stage, will also feature the Big George Jackson and Everett Smithson Band. A limited amount of preferred seating in front of the stage is available for purchase.

When: July 20–21

Where: Mears Park, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infolowertownbluesfestival.com


July 20–22

Bob Stromberg: Comedy Café at the Barn

Bob Stromberg:  Comedy Café at the Barn

The evening will begin with appetizers and Minnesota-crafted wines, beers and sodas served on the lush grounds of the Bruentrup Heritage Farm, just east of Maplewood Mall.  Audiences can stroll through the historical exhibits, participate in a scavenger hunt and leisurely listen to jazz piano entertainment before local comedian Bob Stromberg takes the stage to give audiences a full evening of hilarious comedy in the rustic red barn. Stromberg, from Hugo, has traveled the world performing his very unique blend of standup, story and shtick. He’s the co-author and an original star of Minneapolis’s megahit theatrical comedy, Triple Espresso–A Highly Caffeinated Comedy, which has been seen by over two million people from San Diego to the West End of London.

When: July 20–22

Where: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Cost: $35–$45

Info: maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org


July 21

Rolling River Music Festival

10th Annual Rolling River Music Festival

The 10th annual lineup features three national acts and local openers, spanning genres like country, pop, soul, Americana and indie folk. National sensations Eric Hutchinson & The Believers and The Lone Bellow co-headline the festival, with Natalie Stovall returning by popular demand on Saturday July 21.

When: July 21

Where: Central Park, Red Wing

Cost: FREE

Infosheldontheatre.org


Sept. 1617

AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour

AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour

This self-guided tour will showcase 16 newly constructed and remodeled residences located throughout the Twin Cities and metro area. Tours are held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

When: Sept. 1617

Where: 16 new homes in the Twin Cities

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 full ticket

Website: homesbyarchitects.org


Through Sept. 29

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Newsies

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly hawks the headlines day-in and day-out with countless other newsboys trying to save enough to make his dreams a reality. Content Statement: Disney’s Newsies will be enjoyed best by children age 7 and above. The production contains some minor adult language and short fight sequences similar to a PG film.

When: Through Sept. 29

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Main Stage

Cost: $51–$91

Infochanhassendt.com


Ongoing

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

Info: westminstermpls.org


Tuesdays 4:30–6 p.m. and Saturdays 1–3 p.m.

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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

Info: sppl.org


Ongoing

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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)

Info: thebakken.org


Ongoing

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Sportsology

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.

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

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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)

Info: flyover-america.com


Ongoing

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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. uniondepot.org/events/eventcalendar/


Ongoing 

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 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: mnhs.org/capitol


Ongoing

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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.

Info: cathedralsaintpaul.org


Ongoing

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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

Info: mnhs.org/ramseyhouse


Ongoing

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 daisycamp.org for updates.


Ongoing

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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.

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

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.)

Info: secondsaturdaytwincities.com