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The Sound of Silence

This spring will reveal how well Minnesota’s loons weathered winter in the gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill


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Pattie Roggenkamp’s interest in loons began at a young age. Sitting at the kitchen table in her home on Birch Lake near Monticello, it’s obvious that Roggenkamp, 59, has a fondness for loons: paintings, mirrors, and a cross-stitch banner featuring the iconic Minnesotan bird decorate the walls; a stained-glass loon ornament handcrafted by her mother-in-law rests atop a cabinet; loon figurines line various shelves. “I grew up in Brainerd and some of my first memories are of hearing loons out on the water,” she says. “I’ve always been fascinated by them: their physiology, their beauty, their calls at night—very haunting.”

But Roggenkamp’s love for loons goes beyond trinkets and decoration. For the past 20 years, she has been heavily involved in numerous volunteer projects focused on documenting the bird. She started small with one-day loon counts organized through Hennepin Parks and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There, she was assigned to a lake and told to count the loons at a certain time. “I was hooked after that,” she says.

Since then, Roggenkamp has donated her time to a handful of loon-monitoring efforts. Most of her attention, however, is focused on Birch Lake’s loons. This spring, she’s especially anxious about the birds’ return, and for good reason: This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which wreaked havoc on the coastlines and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. How that environmental disaster will affect Minnesota’s state bird, many of which spend winters on the Gulf, remains unknown.

As migratory birds, loons could technically be considered part-time residents of Minnesota. But ever since their adoption as the state bird in 1961, loons have reigned as top bird here, and for good reason: Minnesotans find them fascinating. Perhaps it’s because Minnesota has more loons than any other state besides Alaska (around 12,000). Or maybe it’s their quirky qualities—their lifespan of more than 30 years, an ability to dive as deep as 250 feet and stay under water for up to five minutes. More avid bird watchers note loons’ solid bone structure (most birds have hollow bones) and their ability to fly more than 75 miles per hour and survive in both fresh and salt water as intriguing. While Minnesotans’ reasons for loving loons may vary, one fact about the species has captured everyone’s attention and caused concern this past year: Loons spend the first three years of their lives down south, which means loons born in 2008 and 2009 were caught in the middle of the worst marine oil spill in history.

Young loons stay in the south in order to mature, says Pam Perry, a non-game wildlife lake specialist with the DNR. Perry says the bigger the bird, the longer it takes the species to reach maturity. “Things are more complicated with large birds,” she says. “Loons aren’t ready to breed until they’re three or four years old. Even after they return north, it may still take them a couple years to find a mate and reproduce.” When loons finally do reproduce, they typically lay only two eggs, and the young have a survival rate of 60 percent—at best—due to natural predators, like eagles, otters, and turtles, as well as manmade hazards. While many people are concerned about how the oil spill affected juvenile loons living in the Gulf, Perry says she’s more worried about the wintering adults. “Loons are very smart and long-lived, which normally compensates for low production,” she says. “But if the oil affects the adult birds and their ability to reproduce, it will have a greater impact.”

Between April 20 and July 15, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon well was finally capped, approximately 206 million gallons of oil leaked into the water. That’s 19 times more than the amount spilled from the Exxon Valdez in 1989. Much of the oil was removed from the Gulf, but not all of it. As of August 2010, 52.3 million gallons still remained in the water or had washed ashore, corrupting the delicate food chain, habitat, and ecosystem of the area’s wildlife, including the loon.

Loons are bottom-feeders: Unlike most waterfowl that eat prey accessible on the water’s surface or scavenge the shorelines for food, loons dive to the very bottom of lakes and oceans for meals. “We know that loons feed on the creatures on the very bottom of the Gulf,” says Carrol Henderson, DNR non-game wildlife program supervisor. “What we don’t know is how contaminated those creatures are due to accumulations of oil residue.” Scientists also worry about a general lack of food available to birds. According to a study conducted by the National Audubon Society, the spill has reduced the amount of many prey species in the Gulf, and could have a large negative impact on marine life in the future. That, in turn, would leave birds without sufficient food, potentially impairing their ability to migrate and reproduce. “The whole thing is very complex,” Henderson says. “We’ll have to depend on good science and good scientists to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see the effects.”

One such scientist is Melanie Driscoll, Audubon’s director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway. Driscoll has helped organize Audubon’s response to the spill by coordinating volunteer efforts, speaking to the media and public, and working with Audubon partners to rescue wildlife. “We have concerns about the long-term, sub-lethal effects of oil on the food chain,” she says. “We don’t know how it will affect bird survival or reproduction. When they’re covered in oil, it’s easy to see that the birds are in danger. But when the oil is gone, it’s harder to see the damage. It’ll take long-term monitoring before answers surface.”

That’s where Minnesota’s loon-monitoring program comes into play, says the DNR’s Henderson. The program, which began in 1994, is a long-term project that involves hundreds of volunteers. Once a year, they gather information about the number of loons on more than 600 lakes around the state. Up until now, monitoring the loons has been little more than a tradition for participants—something for families to do together over Fourth of July weekend, says Rich Baker, the DNR’s endangered-species permit coordinator and one of the monitoring-program founders. But now, 17 years’ worth of data will be put to use in determining just how hard last year’s spill hit Minnesota’s most beloved bird.

“Over the years, people have questioned why we ask them to keep counting, because they often don’t see any significant changes year to year,” says Henderson, who has also been involved with the program since its inception. “What happened last year was like the perfect storm: The oil spill challenged those numbers, and now if there’s a change, we should be able to readily detect it.” But experts at the DNR aren’t anticipating a sudden dramatic drop in the numbers. “What’s more likely is that the spill will reduce the longevity of loons or affect their reproductive potential,” says Baker. Regardless, any population decline could take years to detect.

That’s not to say, however, that changes will go unnoticed. In addition to loon monitoring, the Minnesota DNR also organizes the LoonWatcher program. Designed for people who live on or regularly visit lakes, the program tasks volunteers with keeping tabs on their lake’s loons throughout the entire season and reporting such information as nesting success, number of loons observed, and any problems that may have negatively affected the birds.

One of the most active lakes for loon watching is Big Mantrap Lake in northern Minnesota. With numerous bays, islands, and channels, and more than 22 miles of shoreline, it’s an ideal location for nesting loons. Each year, the Big Mantrap Lake Association and dedicated loon watchers put together an annual loon report, as well as a little something extra: nesting rafts. Made of aluminum and outfitted with plastic-mesh covers, the rafts have been a project-in-progress for many years. The first raft went out in 1984, says Lyle Laske, a lake-association member and avid loon watcher. Today, there are 19 rafts, many of which have been made by students at the St. Cloud Technical College. Laske says the rafts have increased the number of nesting pairs over the years because they eliminate the dangers loons face when nesting on shore. And the success is in the numbers: Last season, the lake’s nesting loon pairs hatched a total of 24 eggs, 15 of which were on rafts.

Providing rafts is just one way people can help safeguard the loon population. Another option is to restore their habitats, both on the Gulf as well as here in Minnesota. “We can’t fix the fact that oil is out there,” Driscoll says. “And we can’t predict what the population impacts from the spill will be. But we can work on restoration and give the birds the resources they need to rebound.” To do that, she says it’s crucial that Congress directs the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP to Gulf restoration efforts.

Here in Minnesota, the DNR has already crafted a plan to increase monitoring and restoration efforts with the help of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. If approved by the legislature, the project will receive $250,000 to conduct six activities aimed at assessing the impact of the spill on common loons and American white pelicans, another Minnesota species particularly vulnerable due to the spill. Some of the activities are simply continuations of current initiatives, like the loon-monitoring program. Other parts of the plan call for expansions to projects like U.S. Geological Survey wildlife researcher Kevin Kenow’s study on loon migration. Last year, Kenow fitted about 70 loons with geolocator tags, which record their daily location for a year, and 10 loons with satellite transmitters, which are designed to track more detailed movements and locations. The expansion outlined in the plan would outfit 60 more loons with geolocator tags and five with transmitters. Blood samples would also be collected to assess the presence of oil residue and dispersants in the birds.

Many experts seem hopeful about loons surviving the disaster, but they admit there are a lot of unknowns. And that uncertainty makes Roggenkamp anxious about how Birch Lake’s resident loon pair will fare. “Spring is usually my favorite time of year,” she says. “To hear that first loon flying overhead—it’s just so awesome. But this year, I’m a little apprehensive because I don’t know what to expect. I just can’t imagine our lakes being quiet.”

Ellen Burkhardt is Minnesota Monthly’s assistant editor.

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506 West Michigan Avenue
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Minneapolis
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170 Mile Creek Road
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Minneapolis Visitor Information
505 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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10132 235th St W
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3400 Yankee Drive
Eagan, MN  55121


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harriet island regional park
200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
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Cost: $35 for a team of 2-4 people

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Landmark Plaza
379 Saint Peter Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
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1700 American Blvd
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Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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A wealthy family of Indian descent relocates to a small town in Minnesota for an unsurpassable opportunity. Hilarity ensues as the tight-knit community intersects with the new residents. Emotions...

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Rarig Center
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Cost: Free

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Calvary Lutheran Church
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15201 Running Aces Blvd
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Cost: 2

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Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Cost: $50-89

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501 W. 78th St.
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Cost: free

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Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Online Humming bird class August 8th 1. Ten things about humming birds 2. How to indentify humming birds 3. Habitat and migration 4. Unique humming birds in united states and canada 5....

Cost: $19.00 per adult $5.00 per child and $40.00 per group

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google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Caponi Art Park’s fourth installment of the 2018 Summer Performance Series is Batucada do Norte.      Batucada do Norte is Tim and Pat O’Keefe’s crazy caravan of grooves. With one foot...

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

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Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd
Eagan, MN  55123
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She’s a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (soap operas with fantasy plot lines). He’s the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Telephone: 218-406-1300
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

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Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

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Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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This is the second year the Pirate Festival will be held in Minnesota! Grab your eye patch and head down to Morehouse Park for a merchant market, treasure hunts and other activities, and...

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Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

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The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
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Cost: $300/individual, $2500/foursome

Where:
TPC Twin Cities
11444 Tournament Players Pkwy
Blaine, MN  55449
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Sponsor: POPP Communications
Telephone: 952-946-7998
Contact Name: Ryan Voelker
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Cost: Free

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Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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1225 Estabrook Drive
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Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
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1700 American Blvd
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

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Night Art Gallery
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Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Cost: free

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Visit Cook County
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Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
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Online Humming bird class August 8th 1. Ten things about humming birds 2. How to indentify humming birds 3. Habitat and migration 4. Unique humming birds in united states and canada 5....

Cost: $19.00 per adult $5.00 per child and $40.00 per group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Kenwood Symphony Presents Summer Pops at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! Selections include: HOLST The Planets “Jupiter Bringer Of Jollity”GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: “Summertime”BERNSTEIN...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Sponsor: Kenwood Symphony Orchestra
Telephone: 612-877-2872
Contact Name: Erika Neely
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

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End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Jungle Theater
Website »

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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Face it: networking can be a little awkward! Wouldn't it be great to have some expert tips to help you next time you find yourself in the middle of a ''networking nightmare?'' We'll take a humorous...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Plated breakfast included

Where:
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

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Join Sawdust Savvy for Craft Camp 2018, a DIY camp for your 7-12 year olds! Craft Camp includes: a special kid-friendly Sawdust Savvy craft, a healthy snack, and supervised play time at Teddy Bear...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
Website »

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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
Website »

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Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 161-243-60464
Website »

More information

August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
Website »

More information

Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
View map »


Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Scott Kozelka
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
Website »

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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Gather your favorite women and join the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation®  for an evening of Hope, Health & Humor! Experience an interactive marketplace with local female artists and...

Cost: 40.00

Where:
Aria Event Center
105 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

Online Humming bird class August 8th 1. Ten things about humming birds 2. How to indentify humming birds 3. Habitat and migration 4. Unique humming birds in united states and canada 5....

Cost: $19.00 per adult $5.00 per child and $40.00 per group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
View map »


Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

More information

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where...

Cost: free

Where:
Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
Website »

More information

Kenwood Symphony Presents Summer Pops at the Lake Como Pavilion! Selections include: HOLST The Planets “Jupiter Bringer Of Jollity”GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: “Summertime”BERNSTEIN...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Lakeside Pavilion
1360 Lexington Pkwy N
Apt. 1307
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Kenwood Symphony Orchestra
Telephone: 612-877-2872
Contact Name: Erika Neely
Website »

More information

Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
View map »


Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

More information

Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »


Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

More information

Don't miss Owatonna's signature event—the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota the fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 South Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
View map »


Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Website »

More information

Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

More information

Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

More information

Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Jungle Theater
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WHAT:                                 Chamber Town Talk: A Conversation About Public Education in Minneapolis WHO:  ...

Cost: This event is open to both members ($15) and non-members ($20).

Where:
Jax Cafe
1928 Univesrsity Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9116
Contact Name: Christine Levens

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

More information

Join Sawdust Savvy for Craft Camp 2018, a DIY camp for your 7-12 year olds! Craft Camp includes: a special kid-friendly Sawdust Savvy craft, a healthy snack, and supervised play time at Teddy Bear...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
Website »

More information

Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
Website »

More information

Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
Website »

More information

August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 161-243-60464
Website »

More information

Did you make a connection that changed everything? We want to hear about it! You're invited to share your networking success stories at this WINspired Luncheon, and to hear candid,...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Plated breakfast included

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
View map »


Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Scott Kozelka
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
Website »

More information

Transform office supplies into a personal masterpiece. Incorporate lights and switches into your own work of art, perfect for decorating your wall, your locker, your home office, or your bedside...

Cost: $13.50

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

More information

Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
View map »


Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

More information

Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where...

Cost: free

Where:
Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
Website »

More information

Online Humming bird class August 8th 1. Ten things about humming birds 2. How to indentify humming birds 3. Habitat and migration 4. Unique humming birds in united states and canada 5....

Cost: $19.00 per adult $5.00 per child and $40.00 per group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
View map »


Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

More information

Join us for our weekly Trivia Night, with “THE WORLD’S BEST BAR TRIVIA” presented by Trivia Mafia. Come have a pint and stretch your brain! Featuring $1 off all beers. Prizes 1st Place:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GLENSHEEN IS INTRODUCING WINE WEDNESDAYS! Sample wines from a different region around the world each week while learning a thing or two about wine culture and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
View map »


Telephone: 218-726-8910

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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GLENSHEEN IS INTRODUCING WINE WEDNESDAYS! Drink wines from a different region around the world each week while learning a thing or two about wine culture and the...

Cost: Free entry, wine available for purchase at cash bad

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
View map »


Telephone: 218-726-8910

More information

Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota. The six-week series of festivities runs through August 25, 2018 and features celebrity visits...

Cost: Complimentary with your stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge
1700 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 184-456-39653
Contact Name: Rebecca Smith
Website »

More information

Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota. The six-week series of festivities runs through August 25, 2018 and features celebrity...

Cost: Complimentary with your stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge
1700 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 844-563-9653

More information

Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
View map »


Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

More information

Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »


Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Jungle Theater
Website »

More information

Don't miss Owatonna's signature event—the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota the fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 South Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
View map »


Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Website »

More information

Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

More information

Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

More information

Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

More information

Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 161-243-60464
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Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peace Plaza
1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Telephone: 507-216-9882
Contact Name: Bill Fay
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Scott Kozelka
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Meals on Heels is a night of food, fun and fashion to support Meals on Wheels. This year’s event is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. All proceeds go...

Cost: $25.00-$75.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Metro Meals on Wheels
Telephone: 612-623-3363
Contact Name: Megan Flasch
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First organized in 1967, the original Barbary Coast Band performed at Jimmy's on the Levee for about five years, after which they spread their talents to performing at the Minnesota State Fair,...

Cost: $25-$28

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
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WHAT:                                                 DRIVE Social: A Night with the St. Paul Saints...

Cost: $25 for members and $30 for non-members

Where:
CHS Field
360 Broadway Street
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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This is not your typical wine event.  It’s Uncorked! Vintner Uncorked features a world-class wine tasting, Minnesota craft beer sampling, distillery sampling and unique cocktails. Paired with...

Cost: $90

Where:
MIll City Museum
704 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Second Harvest Heartland
Telephone: 651-209-7994
Contact Name: Events
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Meals on Heels is a night of food, fun and fashion to support Meals on Wheels. This year’s event is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. All proceeds go...

Cost: $25.00-$75.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Metro Meals on Wheels
Telephone: 612-623-3363
Contact Name: Megan Flasch
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Don't miss FREE live music from talented local musicians. Summer Faire is an annual warm-weather tradition for families, couples, and music lovers everywhere. Grab your family, friends, and a lawn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Arbor Park at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes
12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N
Maple Grove , MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Gather your friends, We've got the tools! Join us for a 3 hour workshop where you can use power tools to create your own sign! Instructor led for a unbeatable DIY experience. You get to leave with...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where...

Cost: free

Where:
Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
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Fashion Meets Poetry, a mission-driven company, presents Unveiled Beauty: Cultivating YOU!, a women’s empowerment event. The speakers in this event are every day women, just like us. On August...

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
Intelligent Nutrients
983 E. Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Fashion Meets Poetry
Telephone: 612-414-2929
Contact Name: Lisa Harris
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Poet, essayist, and translator P. Scott Cunningham joins us in the bookstore to read from his debut poetry collection, Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas), which Billy Collins calls “a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 South Washington Avenue
Open Book | 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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This concert will feature the Artaria Quartet, which is celebrating it's 32nd season together. This concert will also feature clarinetist Scott Anderson; an associate professor of music at St. Olaf...

Cost: Tickets will be available for $5 at the door!

Where:
Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 208-293-5421
Contact Name: Joel Rinckwald
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  An evening of original work by local and national artists, celebrating 10 years of Rhythmically Speaking supporting and presenting creation in American vernacular dance forms like jazz, tap and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Rhythmically Speaking
Contact Name: Erinn Liebhard
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Get ready to get lively at Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out Live tour. If you didn't know, the former host of America's Got Talent has been keeping himself busy with comedy...

Cost: $35-149

Where:
Target Center
600 First Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Target Center
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
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End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Jungle Theater
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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Don't miss Owatonna's signature event—the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota the fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 South Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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WHAT:                                                 DRIVE Roundtable: Trends in Giving...

Cost: Admission is $15 and pre-registration is required.

Where:
the Local
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 161-243-60464
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The Dodge brand is cruising into Brainerd, MN on Friday, August 17th-Sunday, August 19th to give consumers and Dodge fans alike, the opportunity to explore, drive and be thrilled by the hottest and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN  56401
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Scott Kozelka
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Join us Friday, August 17th at 5:30pm for our third installment of ‘Round the Bend, Music & Beer. We will continue the fun of Bluegrass & Beer with this series, focusing on great Americana music,...

Cost: $12 presale tickets, $15 at the door, free for children under 12

Where:
Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd
Eagan, MN  55123
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Telephone: 651-454-9412
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where...

Cost: free

Where:
Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
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mnima lighting and Praxis Gallery invite you to join us for an exhibition of Sculpture, Light and Photography August 17-19, 2018.   Opening hours: Friday August 17, 2018 6-9pm (Reception)...

Cost: 0

Where:
Praxis Gallery
2600 E 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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We're thrilled to announce local legends, Night Moves, will be joining us for our rooftop concert series this month. After wowing critics with their 2012 debut album, Colored Emotions, the band...

Cost: $20

Where:
Hewing Hotel
300 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: (651) 468-0400
Contact Name: Alexandra Dorn
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August 17th at 7:00pm Ft. Live Music by Ameet August 18th at 12:00pm Pre-show Bollywood Brunch available for purchase August 19th at 2:00pm Ft. Poets of Minneapolis August 24th at 7:00pm Ft....

Cost: $10, $18, $50

Where:
Anne Simley Theatre
1530 W Taylor Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Contact Name: Bollywood Dance Scene
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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  An evening of original work by local and national artists, celebrating 10 years of Rhythmically Speaking supporting and presenting creation in American vernacular dance forms like jazz, tap and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Rhythmically Speaking
Contact Name: Erinn Liebhard
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Wendy grew up all over the US as a military brat which means- she learned to make friends fast because in two weeks, we're probably moving.This helped her develop her warm friendly style she uses...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

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End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Jungle Theater
Website »

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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

More information

Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Don't miss Owatonna's signature event—the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota the fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 South Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
View map »


Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Website »

More information

Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

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Enhance Your Game With Elite Basketball Skills Training From Gatorade https://gatoradeperformanceacademy.splashthat.com/PR The Gatorade Performance Academy is a one-day basketball experience for...

Cost: $125

Where:
Minneapolis Sports Center
2121 E Lake St,
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Gatorade
Contact Name: Brian Trigg

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Join us for a 5K Run/Walk to help spread awareness of suicide prevention and help reduce the stigma of suicide! Emotions In Motions:5K Run/Walk for Mental Health will be an event for every age...

Cost: $15/kid (12 & younger), $25/adult (13+), $60/family of four, $10/dog

Where:
Sturges Park
401 Lake Blvd S
Buffalo, MN  55313
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Telephone: 952-946-7998
Contact Name: Ryan Voelker
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Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah, August 18th, 2018, 9am - 4pm.  Hummingbird Banding a.m., Speakers, Garden Tour, Children's Activities, Educational Displays, Raffle & More! ...

Cost: No admission

Where:
Bender Park
200 N. Third St
Henderson, MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Feathers
Telephone: 507-665-6570
Contact Name: Brenda Kotasek
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Ruby-throated hummingbirds are gorgeous and incredibly difficult to find—except during the Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah. The city's Bender Park is right along their August migration path,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bender Park
200 N. Third St.
henderson, MN
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Sponsor: Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah
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The Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District is the state's largest commercial district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Spread over a 30 block area, the district includes 140...

Cost: $10

Where:
Edina Realty
226 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Rasa Zeltina
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Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 161-243-60464
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August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Ready, set, make! The American Swedish Institute will host the 2018 Great Makers Exchange, a gathering for artists and craftspeople of all kinds. From carving to painting, to pottery and weaving,...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 1-612-871-4907
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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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The Dodge brand is cruising into Brainerd, MN on Friday, August 17th-Sunday, August 19th to give consumers and Dodge fans alike, the opportunity to explore, drive and be thrilled by the hottest and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brainerd International Raceway
5523 Birchdale Rd
Brainerd, MN  56401
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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The Immigrant Fiddle Fest is a long held Swedish tradition where fiddlers gather on a lovely day, play tunes and teach each other new music. The music has never been written, it is always...

Cost: free

Where:
Gammelgarden Museum
20880 Olinda Trail
Scandia, MN  44073
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Sponsor: Gammelgarden Museum
Telephone: 651-433-5053
Contact Name: Gammelgarden Museum
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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Gather your friends, We've got the tools! Join us for an instructor led workshop where you get to use power tools, stain and stencil your DIY project. In beautiful downtown Stillwater. Sawdust...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Join us at Milkweed Books’ table at the Mill City Farmers Market for this signing with blogger, forager, and cookbook author Johnna Holmgren. Johnna is the creator of popular site and blog Fox...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Milkweed Books
704 S 2nd Street
MCFM | Train Shed
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Come join us every Saturday from May-October 2018! Minnesota Brewery Running Series hosts a 5K at a different Minneapolis Brewery every weekend. All events include 5K-ish fun run, free beer, free...

Cost: 30

Where:
Minneapolis Breweries
, MN


Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
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IndiaFest is an annual celebration of the rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture of India featuring delectable Indian cuisine from local restaurants, foot-tapping live Bollywood music,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol Grounds
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St Paul, MN  55155
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Sponsor: India Association of Minnesota
Telephone: 651-321-3421
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Celebrate Latino Art and Culture! • ¡Celebre el Arte y la Cultura Latina!This family friendly community event will highlight the vibrancy of the Latino culture with delicious Latino food, music,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
CLUES Saint Paul
797 E 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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This summer, experience a weekend getaway to Greece without leaving Minnesota at St. George's Greek Summer Festival in St. Paul, MN!  Come and enjoy fresh baked Moussaka, Gyros, Lamb, Pork, and...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
1111 Summit Avenue
Corner of Summit and Lexington
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 651-222-6220
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IAM cordially invites you to attend IndiaFest held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 11 AM - 9 PM at the St. Paul Capitol Grounds. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Paul Capitol Grounds
Saint Paul Capitol Grounds
Saint Paul, MN  55155
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Sponsor: Indian Association of MN
Telephone: 214-263-3231
Contact Name: Preethi
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All order one  You are invited to join with 25 talented artist and authors for a fun day of discovering, exploring and sharing.we are a group of like minded creative authors and artists coming to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Blue Harbor Center for The Arts
559 Humboldt Ave
SAINT PAUL, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mystick Creek Publishing
Telephone: 651-955-3673
Contact Name: Katelyn Mariah
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Ridgedale Center is hosting a huge Back to School event with a creative lettering workshop by famed illustrator Cat Coq, back-to-school fashion trends, hair and make-up demonstrations, giveaways,...

Cost: No cost

Where:
Ridgedale Center
12401 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: Ridgedale Center
Telephone: 612-247-8123
Contact Name: Gary Young
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Cost: Free admission

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Scott Kozelka
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs) RAVEs are a fun way to explore the river in a way few others do. All trips couple a restoration service project in a hard to reach area of the river with an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lions Levee Park
West 7th Avenue
Saint Paul Park, MN  55071
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Sponsor: Mississippi Park Connection
Telephone: 651-291-8164
Contact Name: Mary Hammes
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Even if you missed your chance in the spring, you can still plant your garden for a fall harvest! Join North Country Food Alliance at our community garden site at 2003 James Ave North, Minneapolis...

Cost: Free. Donations accepted.

Where:
Community Garden
2003 James Ave N.
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: North Country Food Alliance
Contact Name: Maria Wesserle
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A party scramble is a thing we invented to make golf more fun. Your team plays a 9 hole scramble with 3 party games along the way. This year's party games are cornhole, beersby, and kubb. The best...

Cost: 79

Where:
Swannies Warehouse
2400 N 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Swannies Golf Apparel
Telephone: 952-807-7399
Contact Name: Adam
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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Gather your friends, We've got the tools. Join us for our 3 hour instructor led DIY workshop. Where you can pick your project, use power tools, stain and stencil all while making memories. Your...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where...

Cost: free

Where:
Visit Cook County
116 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjersti Vick
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mnima lighting and Praxis Gallery invite you to join us for an exhibition of Sculpture, Light and Photography August 17-19, 2018.   Opening hours: Friday August 17, 2018 6-9pm (Reception)...

Cost: 0

Where:
Praxis Gallery
2600 E 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Join us in Downtown Rochester for Movies in the Park! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and gather under the string lights in Historic Central Park for this FREE, fun, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Park
225 1st Ave NW
Rochester, MN  55901
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Telephone: 507-216-9882
Contact Name: Meghann Southwick
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Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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  An evening of original work by local and national artists, celebrating 10 years of Rhythmically Speaking supporting and presenting creation in American vernacular dance forms like jazz, tap and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Rhythmically Speaking
Contact Name: Erinn Liebhard
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Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine! Hosted by two-time, Tony-nominated star and Minneapolis’ own, Laura Osnes (Rodgers...

Cost: $37.50

Where:
Pantages Theatre
710 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Presented by Personal Publicity
Telephone: 800-982-2787
Contact Name: Maegen
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Wendy grew up all over the US as a military brat which means- she learned to make friends fast because in two weeks, we're probably moving.This helped her develop her warm friendly style she uses...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Don't miss Owatonna's signature event—the largest county fair in the state of Minnesota the fair offers a wide variety of events and attractions, and admission is free!

Where:
Steele County Free Fair
1525 South Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Sponsor: Steele County Free Fair
Telephone: 507-451-5305
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End the 2017-18 season at the Jungle by doubling over laughing at the award-winning Broadway hit Hand to God. Sure, "irreverent" might be an overused term to describe humor, but...

Cost: $37-47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Jungle Theater
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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