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Best New Restaurants 2011



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This was a great year—a year when we returned to the go-go, we can do anything, we are unique, we are awesome food years of the early aughts. Some of this greatness is attributable to the super-crazy energy sprinkled across the whole metropolitan region by the success of the young crew at Travail, named earlier this year as Number 4 on Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant list, and subsequently covered by Good Morning America. Travail was one of my top 10 picks last year. Will any of my top 10 for this year make national news in 2012? Maybe.

It could be Tilia. Or it could be the soon-to-open Butcher & the Boar. It probably won’t be anything in St. Paul, though, because while the capital city had a decent restaurant year—with the debut of Meritage’s magnificent oyster bar, the launch of the Thai-focused On’s Kitchen, and the opening of the Dutch pub Amsterdam—there wasn’t much in the way of fireworks. Contrast that with Edina, which built on its base of Mozza Mia and Arezzo at 50th and France and gave itself a full-fledged restaurant district in 2011 by adding Cocina del Barrio, the 50th Street Café, Pandolfi Gelato, and Pig & Fiddle. Minneapolis will cap off a year of astonishing restaurant growth with a frenzy of last-minute openings, like Rye Deli and Icehouse. But which were the best of the year, the top 10? Without further ado, here they are, in order. Did you visit them all? Do you agree with the choices? What about the order? Whatever your answers, you have to admit one thing: 2011 was delicious.
 

1. Tilia

2726 W. 43rd St. / Mpls. / 612-354-2806 / tiliampls.com

The restaurant of the year is undoubtedly Tilia, for reasons both simple and big. The simple reason: this is where everyone wants to be. Proof of this lies in the line that forms outside the door each and every day. We want to be there for the sexy and cosmopolitan—yet very relaxed—atmosphere. We want to be there for the everyday prices ($7 for a potato-soup lunch!). And we want to be there for the classic Steven Brown signature on every dish. That’s no mere potato soup in that bowl—it’s a luxurious, vaporous, soul-satisfying wonder, given depth with smoke, sweetness with root vegetables, and a sense of splurge with an accompanying piece of toast,  bacon miraculously fused to one side. These are the sorts of thing you would see at Brown’s previous white-tablecloth restaurants like Porter & Frye, Rock Star, and Café Levain (during its trying-to-touch-the-sky incarnation). They’re the things you always mourned when his restaurants closed.

Now, the big reason Tilia is the restaurant of the year: Brown has transformed himself from one of our state’s greatest chefs into a true restaurateur. The difference? A chef is responsible for making, say, a bacon crouton; a restaurateur is responsible for giving Dad the perfect beer to pair with it, offering Mom the beet salad she wants so she can stick to her diet, and providing their toddler a busy-box of toys and games—all in an environment that makes them feel well-rested, unstressed, and happy.

“It’s a completely different dynamic,” being a restaurateur, Steven Brown told me over the phone. “As a chef, you’re pretty singularly focused; as a restaurateur you have to have an appreciation of what other people are bringing or doing. I doff my hat to people like Larry D’Amico and Kim Bartmann. It’s easy to work in someone else’s restaurant. It’s totally different when you’re paddling the boat.”

Brown notes that when he planned Tilia, he figured he’d cook during the day, bartend at night, and make do with a steady trickle of customers who would make his life equal parts cozy and sustainable. “But our volume of business has indicated something other than that,” he notes, dryly. In other words, the place is usually packed. Many extra bartenders, servers, hosts, and cooks later, Brown finds his happiness and creativity in, of all things, management. “The challenge is to give the staff the opportunity to be part of something—something social, something creative. Instead of being the person who says, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that,’ I’m the person who draws the box and says, ‘You can do anything within this box.’ And that’s a beautiful thing.” The inevitable question then, is: will this chef-turned-restaurateur make more restaurants? Brown says yes. Perhaps not very soon, but he has enjoyed the process of getting Tilia on its feet more than he ever expected. “You get to be the decider—and that’s great,” he says. It’s great for the Minnesota dining public, too.  
 

2. Heidi’s

2903 Lyndale Ave. S. / Mpls / 612-354-3512 / heidismpls.com

Stewart Woodman has a starry resumé. After coming to Minneapolis from New York City (where he worked with Alain Ducasse) to cook at Café Levain, he was named one of the top 10 chefs in the country by Food & Wine. Woodman then went off to open his own big-money, event-center of a restaurant, Five, which subsequently flopped. He regrouped with Heidi’s, a one-man-one-pan eatery that cemented his local reputation as a truly gifted artist. That location burned to the ground in 2010, however, and Heidi’s 2.0, as many call it, opened on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis last January. The reincarnation is an ambitious operation, boasting a gigantic, state-of-the-art, open kitchen and a very downtown-style dining room, with Beastie Boys on the sound system and molecular gastronomy on the plates.

The food is often exquisite. The shrimp à la nage, for instance, is an utterly original dish featuring shrimp as delicate as berries and noodles made from shrimp broth that has been solidified in a bath of calcium chloride. What’s the benefit of turning broth into noodles? It gives them a depth of flavor and a delicacy that would be impossible to achieve in any other way, a layering and expansion of the essence of shrimp. Dressed with a bit of coconut and chili, the dish tastes more like a lyrical thought about shrimp than a mere appetizer.  

As Heidi’s has reestablished itself over the last year, its identity has taken a distinct New York City angle: rock ’n’ roll for everybody out front, and an elite party for big rollers in the back. The back, also known as Heidi’s “kitchen table,” was built specifically so that diners could eat in the spectacular kitchen while chatting with the chef. Today, $175-a-person meals are served there. The dinners typically include 13 courses and reflect the guests’ fondest dreams: Woodman coordinates with the guests prior to the meal to best achieve their wishes. Want five courses of lobster?  Just ask. “We have a table this Friday for a man whose uncle grows very specialized soybeans that are used in Japan for soft tofu, and we’ll be working them into several courses,” Woodman told me, on the telephone. “Last week we did a strip loin of bison cooked sous vide, and served it steak au poivre with three different [accompanying] spheres, one romaine, one potato, one au poivre sauce. We do a lot of mind-bending stuff.”

Do you see yourself in the rock ’n’ roll front, or the high-roller back? Wherever you end up, there’s no doubt that Heidi’s is bringing something of significant national caliber to our little bit of prairie.
 

3. Bachelor Farmer

50 Second Ave. N. / Mpls. / 612-206-3920 / thebachelorfarmer.com

There has always been a lot of disagreement among critics trying to identify the restaurants where local power players dine. Not anymore. When Eric and Andrew Dayton opened Bachelor Farmer in downtown Minneapolis, a bull’s eye—or Target, if you will—was drawn around power and where it eats. (If you’re unaware, these two are the sons of Governor Mark Dayton, their mother is a Rockefeller, and they’re the grandsons of the Daytons who built Target.)

So, you want to be somebody? Listen carefully. First, make a reservation a month in advance. When the day arrives, report to the Marvel Bar, in the building’s basement. This is harder than it sounds, so allow extra time. Located in the rear, the entrance looks like a service door. Inside, you’ll find a purple door. Open it, and voilà!

Order one of bartender Pip Hanson’s astonishingly original, delicious cocktails. When it’s time to head to your table, ascend the interior stairs to the main dining room and settle in for a hearty meal of chef Paul Berglund’s simple locavore assemblages. Get the toast. A whole section of the menu is dedicated to toasts: warm, grilled bread presented in delicate silver caddies and ready to be paired with roasted bone-marrow or herb-flecked gravlax.  Also especially good: the seared Arctic char served on a bed of fresh sweet-corn kernels combined with cream, all of it bejeweled with pretty rubies of heirloom tomatoes. And don’t even think of skipping dessert, featuring true Scandinavian classics like fresh raspberry pie made with an all-butter crust.

As you finish your final bites, look around at the nice, quiet people surrounding you—yes, these nice people dining on toast and pie: they are Minnesota’s power players, hailing from the land of 10,000 lakes, where we speak softly and carry a big toast caddy.
 

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Textile Center
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Cost: Free

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Cost: varies

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3420 Heritage Drive
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
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Cost: Free

Where:
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
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View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Cost: ---

Where:
Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
Telephone: 855-372-1331
Contact Name: Bike MS Team, National MS Society
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Cost: $49.00 - $109.00

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
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Cost: Free

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3700 Thomas Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
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29836 St. Croix Trail
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View map »


Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
Website »

More information

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Cost: FREE

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View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Cost: Free

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Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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A national marketing research firm seeks Men and Women, ages 18+, for an upcoming Paid Focus Group on Shopping. This study will take place the week of July 27th at various times in Minneapolis....

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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The tool set for communicating with your customers has changed for the better. Social media plays a large role in customer service, sales, and marketing – and it is growing faster than any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Checkerboard Strategic Web Development, Inc.
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Bollywood Dance Scene, creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show, return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with a $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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All Originals Jazz Series presents dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā: Kevin Daley, guitar; Dave Brattain, saxophones; "Pooch" Heinie, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums. All Originals is a weekly jazz...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2015 Skyway Theatre: ARCH ENEMY BORN OF OSIRIS VEIL OF MAYA THE ACACIA STRAIN OBSCURA AFTER THE BURIAL CATTLE DECAPITATION BEYOND CREATION  IMMORALIS...

Cost: $25

Where:
Skyway Theatre
, MN

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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Princeton Speedway is a 1/4 mile clay banked oval located in Princeton, Minnesota inside the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds. The dirt flies here on Friday nights throughout the summer months. On...

Cost: prices are adults $12, Senior and military are $10, and 7-17 year olds are $5

Where:
Princeton Speedway
1400 3rd St. N
Princeton, MN
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Hydrive Shows and Skyway Theatre present: BOOMBOX CARTEL ARYAY MicDaddy Rare Kandy THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Friday, July 31st The Loft @ Skyway Theatre 9pm 18+ $15...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud...

Cost: $55-$65

Where:
Pinehaven Pumpkin Farms
28186 Kettle River Blvd. North
Wyoming, MN  55092
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Sponsor: Human Movement Management
Contact Name: Carson Morford
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Enjoy this unique riding experience on the Mesabi Trail, NE Minnesota's premier paved bicycle trail. The tour is designed for serious riders and families alike, choose from four different...

Cost: $45 individuals / $90 families (kids ride FREE)

Where:
Mesabi Trail - Coleraine to Eveleth
P.O. Box 139
Virginia , MN  55792
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Sponsor: Great River Energy, Mesabi Trail, Ampers
Telephone: 877-637-2241
Contact Name: Ardy Wilberg
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Dash for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join the World’s Largest Running Series as a St. Jude Warrior! Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for the thrill-seeking...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Johnson Creek
Johnson Creek, WI  53038


Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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Tires Plus will welcome customers and guests for an exciting community event including:   •Fun activities with Boys & Girls Club kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tires Plus
580 W 79Th St.
Chanhassen, MN  55317-9530
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In a Reiki II session, the student is given the first three Reiki symbols. Students will learn about: • the Power symbol • the Mental/Emotional symbol • the Distance symbol...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Come experience a day full of diverse brass music from mariachi to swing! This year's festival features twelve phenomenal bands from the region. Audiences of all ages will get to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bridge Square
Intersection of E 4th St. and Division St.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Vintage Band Festival
Telephone: 507-645-7554
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Learn how to make smarter investment decisions and take control of your financial future   Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy
Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Do you like a morning run or a leisurely walk? Looking for a great reason to be active? Participate in the 3rd Annual BBBS 5K Run/Walk! Enjoy the views and natural beauty that Fort Snelling...

Cost: $30 Individual $45 Match Rate

Where:
Fort Snelling State Park - Beach Area
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN  55111
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Sponsor: SNAP Fitness

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Artist from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in this unique art-making process! Witness artist working a furnace that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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HazelFest, presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a day-long chemical-free community festival that features bands, recovery speakers, exhibitors, food trucks, and family...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Hazelden Campus
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN  55012
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Sponsor: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Telephone: 763-300-1218
Contact Name: Jeannette Cleland
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Nershfest. It’s music. It’s friends. It’s a Minnesota summer day. It’s also the name of the Minneapolis-based music festival featuring local live music, craft beer and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harriet Brewing Company
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Nershfest
Telephone: 336-402-2439
Contact Name: Griffin
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Captain Terry will hold a public cruise this Saturday August 1, 2015. 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Cost: $14

Where:
Lady of the Lake Docks
8 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Lady of the Lake
Telephone: 952-929-1209
Contact Name: Terry Jungers
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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
View map »


Website »

More information

Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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The fourth Kräftskiva! festival will bring The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar out onto the streets of Minneapolis for the evening – shutting down 2nd Ave North alongside The...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Bachelor Farmer
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: The Bachelor Farmer
Telephone: 612-206-3920
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the concert GREAT OPERA CHORUSES, which will be presented by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, and a...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Oratorio Society
Telephone: 612-432-7398
Contact Name: Matthew Mehaffey
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Website »

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