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The Grass is Always Bluer

With fresh young bands like Pert’ Near Sandstone taking bluegrass to the kids, a new generation is turning on to twang.


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AT EIGHT O’CLOCK ON A SATURDAY night, the Hexagon Bar in south Minneapolis is so quiet you can hear the neon buzzing in the beer signs on the walls. But within the hour, this old-school watering hole will be filled to capacity with one of the Twin Cities’ least likely crowds: gray-haired hippies and twentysomething hipsters, Mohawk-sporting boys and clog-wearing girls, drawn together by the even less-likely force of bluegrass music.

Bluegrass—the old-fashioned, stripped-down sound of fiddles and banjos and mandolins—is currently in the throes of a revival, and the Hex is one of its new Twin Cities hot spots.

Blame it on George Clooney. Like the genre’s two previous spikes in popularity in the last half-century, the current bluegrass craze can be traced to a movie. In the late 1960s, the trigger was Bonnie and Clyde; in the 1970s, it was Deliverance; and in 2000, it was Clooney and comrades in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, lip-synching to the classic Appalachian dirge “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.” The Grammy-winning soundtrack to O Brother, featuring tunes by bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley and crooner cutie Alison Krauss, became a phenomenon, selling millions of copies and introducing a new generation to the rich, soulful sound previously associated with Fords that didn’t work and marriages that didn’t work out. Divorced from country-music clichés by a clever movie and a handsome leading man, hillbilly is now hip.

In the Twin Cities, a slew of young bluegrass bands have picked up where Clooney left off. Musicians call it the “O Brother effect”: six years after seeing the movie, the guys and gals inspired by the soundtrack to swap their electric guitars for banjos are now coming into their own as players. Their bands generally thump along to a stand-up acoustic bass and have playful, retro names, such as Free Range Pickin’, Jack Norton and the Mullet River Boys, and Pert’ Near Sandstone, the band behind the Hexagon Bar’s popular bluegrass shows. These groups are plying their trade at places where rock bands once reigned and getting airplay on such barometers of cool as MPR’s alt-music service, the Current. They’re taking the music in myriad directions, influenced by the genres they formerly trafficked in, like jazz, punk, and pop. And inevitably, at any given bluegrass concert now, someone will shout out a request for “Man of Constant Sorrow”—the genre’s equivalent to rock ’n’ roll’s classic cover song “Freebird.”

“Before O Brother, Where Art Thou?, there were maybe 20 to 40 bands, tops, registered with the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association [MBOTMA],” says Steve Schley, the mandolinist for Free Range Pickin’, a popular local string band. “There must be upwards of 100-plus now. It’s crazy how that’s expanded.” That’s a lot of hootenanny, but judging from the full houses at the Hex and elsewhere, the Twin Cities can’t get enough twang, harmony, and high lonesome moaning.

This month, MBOTMA will hold its 27th annual festival at El Rancho Mañana Campground, outside Richmond, near St. Cloud. It’s the state’s largest festival of its kind, featuring such national acts as the Nashville Bluegrass Band and a select handful of Minnesota groups. The festival has become so large, in fact, that a warm-up of sorts, the Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff, featuring solely local bands, is held in June. At both events, tents and RVs and VW camper vans fill the grounds and campfires burn as far as the eye can see, with just about every orange glow signaling a jam session in progress.

TO SUCCEED AS a bluegrass musician, it helps to like camping. Festival campgrounds are where bluegrass bands meet, network, and find new members. “You can’t walk 10 feet, once you get out into the campsites, without tripping over somebody playing guitar,” says J. Lenz, guitarist and singer with Pert’ Near Sandstone.

Lenz and his bandmates are playing the main MBOTMA festival this month for the first time since the quintet formed a few years ago. Pert’ Near Sandstone exemplifies the youth movement in local bluegrass—none of the members were born yet when the last bluegrass revival occurred, after “Dueling Banjos” won a Grammy in 1974. Ryan Young, the fiddle player, is the oldest of the group at 30. Lenz and Nate Sipe are the youngest at 27. The band has a MySpace page that they use to stay in touch with fans and other musicians, and all of the members speak reverentially of O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Pert’ Near’s biggest claim to fame is a song they wrote for the Oreo & Milk Jingle Contest; they were named finalists and were briefly featured on Oprah. But their reputation is heating up sure as a fiddle solo. For the past year, they’ve been hosting a showcase of bluegrass and like-minded music at the Hex, inviting regional acts they’ve long wanted to play with. When they were starting out, Pert’ Near had more energy than connections—and some difficulty getting into the traditional venues around town, namely Dulono’s, a south Minneapolis pizza place that’s been the main hangout and jam joint for local bluegrass bands since the 1970s.

Alan Jesperson, who books the bands at Dulono’s, fronts the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, which formed in 1968 as one of the first modern-day bluegrass bands in the Twin Cities and once featured well-known mandolinist Peter Ostroushko. Jesperson also organizes the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival, a bluegrass and old-time music event that draws thousands to Minneapolis’s Minnehaha Park every September. He’s known as a gregarious, gentle man who has perhaps done more than anyone else to further bluegrass in Minnesota. But so far, it appears Dulono’s won’t touch Pert’ Near with a 10-foot banjo. “I only book bluegrass bands,” Jesperson is said to have enigmatically told the band after listening to their first CD, leaving the band to wonder if the disc didn’t sound bluegrassy enough or good enough for him (in truth, the disc is fairly eclectic, even featuring a song by indie-rock weirdos Ween)—or if they simply haven’t paid enough dues.

“We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t some entrenchment in what is a pretty solid community of bands,” says Lenz. “They know who’s been around for how long, and there’s some of that ‘who do you know’ stuff, but we don’t pay attention to that, really.…We want to be a part of the community, not be on the outside looking in and grumbling.” Pert’ Near’s decision to launch their own showcase at the Hex has paid off; this fall, the band will tour the western United States with Charlie Parr, a popular retro bluesman from Duluth. But in general, insists Pert’ Near, the bluegrass scene is no more competitive than a campfire jam.

“It’s way easier to be in a bluegrass band than in a rock band,” says Lenz, who, by his own account, played in more than a dozen bands before settling in with Pert’ Near. “In rock, there are 1,500 other bands that sound like you, and many of them are ornery toward each other.” Pert’ Near doesn’t have any “enemy bands,” he says, while jokingly adding, “Perhaps we should start trying to find some.” Not that the group is looking to make the tabloids, their band name being just one example of their down-to-earth ideals. Most of its members grew up in Brooklyn Park, “pert’ near” the sandstone of the Mississippi River. This is a band that never wants to forget its roots. And its members are genuinely genial—the band’s e-mail newsletters always open with “Howdy.”

THOUGH THE MUSIC Pert’ Near plays can sound as old as sandstone, bluegrass is a fairly recent invention, as music goes. In the mountains of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, fiddle-based forms of the ballads and dance music brought to America by British colonists commingled with the blues and gospel songs of African Americans. This music remained a localized curiosity until the late Bill Monroe brought it down from the mountains in the 1930s. Monroe called his band the Blue Grass Boys, after his home state of Kentucky, known as the Bluegrass State. Soon, any music that fit the Monroe model—hard-driving rhythm coupled with multiple harmonies—came to be called bluegrass.

Pert’ Near members describe their music as “new-timey,” as opposed to old-timey, a sort of disclaimer for the rock, jazz, and other alien vibes that inexorably creep into the band’s otherwise traditional-sounding songs. “We’re still really rooted in that old-time influence,” says Kevin Kniebel, the group’s lead vocalist and banjo player. “But we have a city-slicker attitude. You can’t write songs about baking corn bread and making it good and brown anymore. We buy our bread in stores, and a song about buying food in a store just wouldn’t be very good.”

Everyone in Pert’ Near contributes original songs, but Nate Sipe is the member whose music comes closest to sounding truly old-fashioned, featuring ramblin’, gamblin’ men and the women who love—and, inevitably, leave—them. And it’s not all ersatz attitude: Sipe has done some hard travelin’ himself, hopping trains and picking fruit throughout the Pacific Northwest. His fast and furious songs capture that adventurous spirit, and in concert they’re the ones that get the crowd on its feet.

At a recent showcase at the Hex, Sipe sports a bowler while Lenz, the rock and jazz veteran, is wearing a black knit cap, hip-hop style. A punk kid dances wildly in front of the stage, as college-age women spin each other in folk-dance moves. “I’m thinking about taking up clogging,” says a young woman clutching a can of Grain Belt beer.

Pert’ Near crowds around a single microphone, like Clooney and his cronies in O Brother, and Young rips into a song so hard he breaks a string on his fiddle. He’s rescued by an audience member, who retrieves her own violin from her nearby home and hands it to him onstage. “You won’t see that at a rock show,” whispers a patron, putting it pretty near perfectly.

Tim Gihring is senior writer for Minnesota Monthly.

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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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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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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
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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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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Website »

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Join us for Teen Time at Sawdust Savvy, a DIY workshop for your 11-16 year olds! Teen Time includes: a special teen/tween-friendly Sawdust Savvy craft and a healthy snack. Participants will make...

Cost: 30.00

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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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
Website »

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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


Website »

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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
Website »

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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
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
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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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Take a journey through the late Betty Woodman’s studio and explore her world of influence in this evening viewing of two videos. Everyone is welcome to join as Northern Clay Center celebrates the...

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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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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Website »

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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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Lieder recital with Maria Jette, soprano, Dan Dressen, tenor, Christina Baldwin, mezzo-soprano, Jake Endres, baritone, Sonja Thompson, piano and Nicola Melville, piano.Works by Bernstein, Gunnar De...

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

Where:
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College
320 3rd St. E
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 208-293-5421
Contact Name: Joel Rinckwald
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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
View map »


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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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

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

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
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Cost: Admission is free but pre-registration is appreciated

Where:
Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington , MN  55431
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Sponsor: Hosted by the Bloomington Chamber in partnership with the Bloomington Police Department.
Telephone: 612-370-9123
Contact Name: Anna Stinson

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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
View map »

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Digital Summit Minneapolis brings * Amazing Content - 45+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators, plus keynotes from The Onion Founder, Scott Dikkers and...

Cost: $295 - $995 (lowest price with earlybird pricing)

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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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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

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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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 »

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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
Website »

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Join us in celebrating diversity within the brewing community by attending one (or more!) of our partnering fundraisers being held to support the new PRIDE In Brewing Scholarship. Each of the...

Cost: 0

Where:
612 Brew
945 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 651-528-8752

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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
View map »


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

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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or 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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The Women's Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs invites you to join us for Happy Hour at the Lake.  Enjoy an evening of live music, appetizers, drinks and a silent auction.  This fundraising...

Cost: $60 per person and & $110 per couple

Where:
Lafayette Club
2800 Northview Road
Minnetonka Beach, MN  55361
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Sponsor: Women's Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Telephone: 651-200-4102
Contact Name: Alexandra Westman
Website »

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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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Website »

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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
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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
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Telephone: 218-726-8910

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
Website »

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Aida Shahghasemi / minneapolisAida Shahghasemi studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she...

Cost: $8

Where:
Icehouse
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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
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

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

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

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Digital Summit Minneapolis brings * Amazing Content - 45+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators, plus keynotes from The Onion Founder, Scott Dikkers and...

Cost: $295 - $995 (lowest price with earlybird pricing)

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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

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

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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Discover the magic of making movies together! You and your young engineer will work together to become stop-motion filmmakers.  Design a set, pick out characters, and create a story that's...

Cost: 13.50

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


Telephone: 952-888-4262
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

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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Culture is a fact yet how we define and capitalize on it at work is continually socially constructed. Cultural competence starts with self. This seminar focuses on the personal self, relative to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: AON
Telephone: 612-849-2057
Contact Name: Austin Crossman

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About: Speaking is one of the most important skills you need to market your message, engage an audience, and consistently grow your business. If you're up to your eyeballs with coffee networking...

Cost: $25-$45

Where:
Media Relations, Inc.
350 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Contact Name: Jenn Pollard
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
View map »


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
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Telephone: 847-925-8018

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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
View map »


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

Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or 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 »

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Join us for a class sampler. 20 minute Bootcamp Class, 20 minute Pilates Class, 20 minute Barre Class and a 20 min Cycle Class. Cocktails will be served after classes. A great way to work out, meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Ave
St Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-255-4737
Contact Name: Sara Greenberg
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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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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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Renown St. Olaf faculty present works by Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak. This performance will feature Francesca Anderegg, violin, Charles Gray, viola, David Carter, cello, and Esther Wang, piano.  

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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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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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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Sunday, August 19th at 6:00pm Thursday, August 23rd at 9:00pm BollyProv is a Bollywood-inspired improv comedy group that will be bringing a flavor of Bollywood movies to improv. Like any...

Cost: $10

Where:
HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S
Minnepolis, MN  55408
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Contact Name: Bollywood Dance Scene
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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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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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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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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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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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WHAT:                                 Good Morning Minneapolis: The Future Workforce WHO:                                   Hosted...

Cost: Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required

Where:
Minneapolis College
1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber in partnership with the minneapolis downtown council and Meet Minneapolis
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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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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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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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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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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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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24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
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Telephone: 847-925-8018

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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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A summer tradition since 1963 that gets better with age. Come and experience legendary Greek hospitality (philoxenia), at the 55th annual Original Rochester Greek Fest. Join us for great food,...

Cost: free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Church Office
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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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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or 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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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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Gather your friends, We've got the tools! Join us for a 3 hour instructor led workshop where you get the chance to use power tools, stain and stencil your own DIY project. Choose from: Planked...

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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Nick Kosevich and his team at Bittercube Hand-Crafted Bitters will join Hewing to continue their four-part summer cocktail series. The evening will feature a specialty cocktail menu with brandy old...

Cost: $15

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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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
Website »

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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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Grand Rapids, MN native Sam Miltich fills the hall with the lush sounds of string-based jazz from the 1930's - 1950's with a tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt and his Hot Club of France.  

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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Growing up in an environment where everybody wanted to get into the music industry, Kevin Craft wasn’t passionate about singing or rapping, on the other hand, he did realize that he was a natural...

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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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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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 »

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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
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
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Our purpose is to have FUN, and our goal is to raise awareness and funds for Kidney Cancer Research.  We do this by climbing, running, walking the stairs at TCF Bank Stadium.  Not into stairs,...

Cost: $45.00/$20.00

Where:
TCF Bank Stadium
420 SE 23rd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Team8, Inc.
Telephone: 612-804-7655
Contact Name: Julie Card
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MMAF is proud to present its 14th annual Say Thanks Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. The site is easily accessible from Highway 62/55. Participants will run...

Cost: 20-25

Where:
Boy Scout Base Camp
, MN

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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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The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each year, fundraising through the Walk drives bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure...

Cost: free

Where:
Silver Lake Park East
705 E Silver Lake Drive
Rochester, MN  55906
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Sponsor: ALS Association of MN/ND/SD
Telephone: 612-672-0484
Contact Name: Ashley
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MINNESOTANS’ MILITARY APPRECIATION FUND CELEBRATES ‘SAY THANKS DAY’ Aug. 25 event shows appreciation for troops, includes 5K run/walk, live music, and family fun...

Cost: 20

Where:
Boy Scout Base Camp Fort Snelling
, MN

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30th Annual The Summer Spectacular Car show with shopping in 2 barns! The first 100 shoppers in building 19 will get a FREE shopping bag and 8 of those bags contain a MYSTERY PRIZE! Event is $5...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Dakota County Fairgrounds
4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024
Farmington, MN  55024
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Sponsor: Gypsy Dreams
Telephone: 651.335.7309
Contact Name: Cathy
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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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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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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
Website »

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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


Website »

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Learn about the unique tapestry of people, cultures, and events on the “The Northside” as you are guided on a bus journey by a historian and story teller who has lived and taught in the...

Cost: $25

Where:
Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Rasa Zeltina
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Learn about the unique tapestry of people, cultures, and events on the “The Northside” as you are guided on a bus journey by a historian and story teller who has lived and taught in the...

Cost: $25

Where:
Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Tour Coordinator
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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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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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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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24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
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Telephone: 847-925-8018

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Join Tangletown staff at our August workshop where you’ll mount your very own Staghorn Fern onto a rustic wooden board while enjoying a complimentary beverage. We’ll teach you the proper method...

Cost: $49.00

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Tangletown Gardens
Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Erin Kjar
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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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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
Website »

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The Summer Beer Dabbler returns to CHS Field on August 25 to bring you fun, sun, and, most importantly, beer from more than 140 local and national craft breweries.   The Summer Beer Dabbler will...

Cost: 50

Where:
CHS Field
360 N. Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-528-8752

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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
View map »


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

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Spirit enthusiasts unite as you embark on a journey to warm up your taste buds in the great season of summer. Get ready for a fun filled event with an opportunity to taste a variety of spirits!...

Cost: $20 – $80

Where:
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Be Social Scene
Telephone: 312-600-9035
Contact Name: William Holderman

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A summer tradition since 1963 that gets better with age. Come and experience legendary Greek hospitality (philoxenia), at the 55th annual Original Rochester Greek Fest. Join us for great food,...

Cost: free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
View map »


Sponsor: Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Church Office
Website »

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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
View map »


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

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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or 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 »

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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 »

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High Brow and the Shades provide high energy dance music from the last five decades. High Brow and the Shades entertains everyone in your audience, young, old, and everyone in-between and engages...

Cost: Food and Beverage

Where:
Saint Henry's Catholic Church
1001 East 7th Street
Monticello, MN  55362
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Sponsor: Saint Henry's Catholic Church
Telephone: 763 295 2402
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Puddles Pity Party takes the fifth annual Schindler Celebration concert to emotional heights and depths on ​Saturday, August 25​ at the Paramount Theatre​ in Austin. The show is the...

Cost: $25, $30 day-of

Where:
Paramount Theatre
125 Fourth Ave. NE
Austin, MN
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Sponsor: Austin Area Commission for the Arts and Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Contact Name: Laura Helle
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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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ARTIST: The Talbott Brothers  VENUE: The Warming House ADDRESS: 4001 Bryant Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55409 DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2018 DOORS: 7:30pm SHOW: 8:00pm AGES: All Ages TICKET...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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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
View map »


Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
Website »

More information

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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Growing up in an environment where everybody wanted to get into the music industry, Kevin Craft wasn’t passionate about singing or rapping, on the other hand, he did realize that he was a natural...

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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Event Charity: Special Olympics of Minnesota For more information, please visit https://mnruns.com/thegloruntwincities.

Cost: $70

Where:
Normandale Lake Bandshell
5901 W 84th St
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: Peter Starykowicz
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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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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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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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