Inside the MN State Fair's Lucrative Food Business

These food vendors make the most money at the Great Minnesota Get-Together


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A cup of Sweet Martha's Cookies next to a glass of milk from the Minnesota State Fair.

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At 5:59 a.m. on the Thursday 12 days before Labor Day, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are clean. It is quiet. The aroma of Pronto Pups, cheese curds, sweet corn, and livestock has yet to take over, and the cash registers are empty.

In 2017, the 288 hours that followed saw nearly 2 million people handing over tickets for the Great Minnesota Get-Together. From Roseau to Roseville, Worthington to West St. Paul, Anoka to Zumbrota, Minnesotans make the pilgrimage with one thing in common: We are here to eat.

“Minnesota has a food fair,” says Martha Rossini Olson. Yes, that Martha. In 1979, the former St. Paul school teacher created what would become the iconic food of our fair, Sweet Martha’s chocolate-chip cookies. “We’ve all been doing this our whole lives,” she continues. “You throw out the diet for the day you’re at the fair. Everyone eats everything, you share it, it’s great.”

There are about 300 food vendors at the Minnesota State Fair, and nearly twice as many begging to get in. The allure is more than just the dream of making big money in less than two weeks, but that’s part of it. Last year, the food vendors at the fair made more than $41 million in revenue, plus another $11.3 million in beer sales.

Martha’s three fair locations (the third opened in 2016) make the most money by far: a tidy $4.3 million, a revenue rise of 79 percent since 2013. That’s more than 13 million gooey, hot, chocolate chip cookies. “We can’t believe it. We do the math: Oh, man, it is really big,” she says.


Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar

2017 Revenue: $4.3 million

Top Seller: Pail of cookies, $17

First Year: 1979


“Martha’s [is] the franchise,” says Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of the restaurant company that runs the Blue Barn, which has been in the fair’s top 10 in food revenue since opening in the renovated West End Market in 2014—after nine years of applying and getting turned down.

“The fair is smart. They’re all about maximizing our revenue, for them,” says Shimp. The business model is simple, she explains. You don’t pay rent, but the fair gets a 15-percent cut of a vendor’s top-line sales (plus 18.5 percent from beer). So, when Sweet Martha’s makes $4.3 million, the fair rakes in nearly $650,000. “The more successful I am, the more successful they are,” Shimp says.

Since opening, the Blue Barn has brought in about $600,000 in food sale annually, and another $200,000 for beer. A part of the Blue Plate Restaurant Co.—including The Freehouse in North Loop, Edina Grill, and many more spots around the Twin Cities—the Blue Barn hit a sweet spot between nostalgia and innovation, turning a hipster favorite like chicken and waffles into chicken in a waffle cone, and sprinkling Pop Rocks on French toast. Last year’s top seller was a breakfast bake: a bowl with scrambled eggs, chicken, and chorizo.

“That kind of surprised me,” Shimp says. “It satisfied those people getting off the bus coming in to start their day, and the agricultural workers who come in early, and people loved breakfast for dinner.”

But $800,000 isn’t enough for Shimp to up and quit her day job with Blue Plate. “I have six more years to pay off my building,” she says. The Blue Barn makes a $100,000 payment on its $1.4 million building every year. So, after expenses, and paying that debt, the Blue Barn’s profit is about $60,000. “And I have to pay taxes,” she adds, laughing.


2017 Million-Dollar State Fair Vendors

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar: $4,361,315

Giggles’ Campfire Grill: $1,576,022*

Mouth Trap Cheese Curds: $1,314,483

Ball Park Cafe: $1,159,279

LuLu’s Public House: $1,150,274*

Midwest Dairy Association: $1,139,846

Cafe Caribe: $1,126,968*

Shanghaied Henri’s: $1,088,586*

Fresh French Fries: $1,010,847

* food and beer


The Mouth Trap Cheese Curds stand at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by jennifer hauschildt


For Dave Cavallaro, the fair is his day job. Since 2001, he has been frying up millions of the finest curds out of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, at the Mouth Trap Cheese Curds inside the fair’s Food Building. Each season, you, I, and another 150,000 people hand over $6 for a tray of about 15 creamy, greasy, addictive hunks of cheddar.

“Little things make a difference: We bring in the curds fresh every night, the batter is cold, we change the oil every night,” says Cavallaro, who in 2017 made $1.3 million on curds. “It comes in in a big chunk, then you spend the next couple months paying bills. You’re rich for about two-and-a-half months, and then you wonder where’d it all go,” he adds, laughing. He acknowledges that his profit was up to 23 percent—close to $300,000—last year. “I’m very blessed. It’s a nice living.”

The median gross revenue for a food vendor is $70,000, according to the State Fair’s 2017 data. There are extremes: Sweet Martha’s at the top, and The Salty Tart’s macaroons are at the bottom. “I don’t get to skip work for the rest of the year,” says owner Michelle Gayer. “That’s an urban myth, people!” She grossed about $10,000 in 2017, selling 18,000 macaroons from her small cart in the West End.

While Gayer’s very-first time at the fair was to sell macaroons in 2010, many vendors are longtime visitors who had a dream. Tim “Giggles” Weiss has been the unofficial mayor of the fair’s north end for some time. Near the lumberjack show and the tractors, his log-cabin Giggles’ Campfire Grill has had people lining up for walleye cakes since 2000.

“I want my products to sell year-in and year-out; I don’t want to be the one-year wonder,” says Weiss, who nonetheless hit the jackpot with Duck-Bacon Wontons in 2017. “We sold 33,000 orders. We’re hoping to sell even 75 percent of what we sold last year,” he says, acknowledging that the wontons won’t be the new, shiny offering this fair.


Mouth Trap Cheese Curds

2017 Revenue: $1.3 million

Top Seller: Regular basket of cheese curds (155,000 orders in 2017)

First Year: 2001


Giggles’ made $625,000 in food revenue in 2017, and another $935,426 in beer (see Beer Boom sidebar). To make the lengthy menu of more than a dozen items profitable, careful record keeping is key.

In addition to the fair’s 15-percent take and 7.375 percent for sales tax, Weiss says his food cost is 25 percent, labor is 18 percent, and then he has to buy an admission ticket for every person who works his booth, for every day they come to the fair, which is about $12,000 annually, or 2 percent.

A tray of cheese curds from Mouth Trap at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by jennifer hauschildt


“The percentages don’t lie,” he says. “A really, really good operator can make 20 percent to the bottom line, before income taxes.” A dozen different operators who spoke to Minnesota Monthly confirmed this number is accurate, give or take a few percentage points.

The fair does its best to ensure operators’ reported sales figures are legit, according to Dennis Larson, the fair’s director of licensing. “Despite what everyone thinks,” Larson says, the fair does not control prices, but they do audit. A team of fair employees spot-checks vendors and tracks cup purchases. Tracking beer sales is easier: The fair gets copies of invoices for every keg of beer sold on its grounds.

“We control every variety of menu item to a fault,” Larson says. “I never thought I’d be licensing the length of a corn dog.” Some spots can sell 6-inch corn dogs, others 12-inch corn dogs, and there’s even an 18-inch corn dog—“for the novelty of it,” he adds.


The Ball Park Cafe at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by jamey guy


The Minnesota State Fair Beer Boom

In 2017, the Minnesota State Fair became the state’s largest taproom: 300 different brands poured by 25 vendors. That’s a drastic change since 2007, the first year that the legislature allowed the fair to pour anything other than 3.2-percent ABV beer. Before that, the fair offered just 24 beers, and all were national brands.

“Craft beer has been an explosion,” says Minnesota State Fair licensing head Dennis Larson. Ball Park Cafe, Cafe Caribe, Coasters, Giggles’ Campfire Grill, and Shanghaied Henri’s all brought in $900,000 or more in beer sales last year.

Dill Pickle Beer from Giggles 
Dill Pickle Beer was a hit for Giggles' in 2017

photo by giggles' campfire grill


Giggles’ beer revenue saw a 42-percent jump from 2016 to 2017, largely because of the success of their Dill Pickle Beer, an ale created with Barley John’s Brewing Company in New Brighton. “We sold 31,000 20-ounce dill pickle beers,” says Giggles’ owner Tim Weiss. “If you create a specialty beer, you have to commit to 100 kegs to sell, which is a $10,000 gamble,” he says. But when it pays off, it pays off big time.

In 2013, Ball Park Cafe sold Lift Bridge’s Mini Donut Beer, which was the beginning of the gimmick-beer trend. Those beers are up and down, but Mini Donut Beer has sustained popularity over the years, selling 44,000 pints in 2017.

Then, in 2015, the legislature allowed brew pubs to serve beer on the fairgrounds, which led to the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild “Land of 10,000 Beers” exhibit. Last year, the guild’s revenue was more than $762,000.


Giggles’ Campfire Grill

2017 Revenue: $1.5 million (food & beer)

Top Seller: Duck-Bacon Wontons (33,000 orders in 2017); Walleye Cakes (all-time)

First Year: 2000


In total, the beer vendors brought in $11.3 million in beer sales last year. The fair’s 18.5-percent cut was $2.1 million. That kind of revenue makes vendors and fair organizers raise an ice-cold tall one.


A Fresh French Fries stand at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by minnesota state fair


New Fair Flavor

New food vendors have a tough road ahead. “It’s the worst lottery in the world,” says Larson, who reviews the applications. Of the 470 new  applicants, only a handful were added in 2018, he says, noting the fair has had about 300 food vendors for the past decade.

Stine Aasland’s heart-shaped, flavorful Nordic Waffles hit the jackpot for 2018, and the booth is taking over a former produce stand in the fair’s West End Market. Aasland built the waffle-selling empire in Norway, and has worked fairs, festivals, and the Super Bowl locally while building up distribution across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Nordic Waffles at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by minnesota state fair


How did waffles make the cut? “It’s a great product,” Larson says. Its combination of Scandinavian ethnicity and State Fair uniqueness also makes it appealing. “We try to get pros who know how to do volume,” he says. “Before you go to the Super Bowl, you have to play a lot of football. You’re not going to try it here. Try it somewhere else.” In other words, take your fried kombucha-on-a-stick concept and work it out at a county fair first.

Another newcomer is The Hangar,  an aircraft-themed eatery serving sliders and craft beer that’s taking over the Pet Center building on  the fairgrounds’ northern end. White Bear Lake’s Anchor Coffee House opens up west of the Agriculture Horticulture Building. Plus, Taco Cat (August 23-28) and Mama D’s (August 29-September 3) will share Midtown Global Market’s booth in the International Bazaar.

The s'mores flavored malt at the Dairy Goodness Bar at the Minnesota State Fair.
The brand new s'mores-flavored malt at the Dairy Goodness Bar

photo by Midwest Dairy


Novelty plus newness will always be part of the food draw. The Midwest Dairy Association—its two locations often finish second to Martha’s in overall food revenue each season—have added a s’mores-flavored malt to the Dairy Goodness Bar this year. But the likely number-one seller will be the chocolate malt, which sold more than 35,000 last year.


Midwest Dairy Association

2017 Revenue: $1.1 Million

Top Seller: Dairy Goodness Bar Chocolate Malt (35,253 orders in 2017)

First Year: 1955 (All You Can Drink Milk Stand); 1968 (Dairy Goodness Bar)


Bacon-stuffed tater tots! New at the Blue Barn.
Bacon-stuffed tater tots! New at the Blue Barn.

photo by blue barn


Also new for 2018, Giggles’ is launching a Turducken (turkey, duck, and chicken) Sausage Sandwich, and the Blue Barn is adding bacon-stuffed tater tots, and the Swedish Meatball Smörgås, a meatball sub topped with white gravy.

The new stuff drives social media excitement and revenue for an individual stand, but when the fair looks at what most people are buying, the top money-making foods are no surprise. Cookies, hot dogs, mini-donuts, and French fries. (The two neon-adorned Fresh French Fries booths combined to top $1 million in revenue last year.) “The new stuff gets a lot of media, but what do people come for?” Larson poses. “The same 10 icons.”

It’s no question for vendors: The fair is more than the food they sell or the money they make. It’s about the people. Giggles’ and the Blue Barn each employ about 100 people. Mouth Trap has about 120 employees, which includes 95 kids from North St. Paul’s North High School Honor Society. “I’ve used that group for 15 years,” Cavallaro says. “We pay the kids $9 an hour, and then an extra $1 goes to the honor society.”

You can’t apply to work at Sweet Martha’s out of the blue. The more than 700 employees and 20 managers were all referred by someone else. “Some people have worked with us since day one, and they’re still taking off from their regular jobs to work with us at the fair,” Rossini Olson says. “The people are the best part. There’s something about the goal and common cause, and working together.”


Top 10 Fair Foods (All Vendors)

Chocolate Chip Cookies $4,361,315

Pronto Pup stand at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by the minnesota state fair


Corn Dogs/Pronto Pups/ Poncho Dogs $2,668,623

Ice Cream, Custards, Milk, Frozen Dairy $2,490,396

Fried Cheese Curds $2,402,884

Fresh Cut French Fries $1,162,743

photo by jamey guy


Mini Donuts $1,024,171

Pork Chops on a Stick $1,015,848

Gyros/Falafels $880,494

The Corn Roast stand at the Minnesota State Fair.

photo by tj turner


Corn Roast $822,901

Preferred Pickles/ Deep-Fried Pickles $695,939

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm An essential part of enacting justice is the acknowledgment of historic abuses. The power of bearing witness to trauma, to omitted histories, and to personal...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Conversation Circles are a volunteer program which promotes intercultural exchange and provides people learning English with opportunities to practice English in an informal, casual setting. In...

Cost: Free

Where:
Columbia Heights Public Library
3939 Central Ave. NE
Room 132
Columbia Heights, MN  55421
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Sponsor: Columbia Heights Public Library
Telephone: (763) 706-3690
Contact Name: Cortni O’Brien
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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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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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Join us for a special evening designed to reduce food waste. TASTE THE WASTE will feature Chef Zach Marquardt from Tiny Diner, Shannel Winkel from The Bird Rocks, Lachelle Cunningham, and St....

Cost: $35

Where:
Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Red Stag Supperclub
Contact Name: Kia PeKarna
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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

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


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

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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Glensheen is once again collaborating with our University of Minnesota friends at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center to make wreaths!  All the materials are...

Cost: $20

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen & Boulder Lake
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Commune Wednesdays at Turf Club Join us for a night of celebrating local music on December 12 [Minneapolis/St.Paul, Dec 2018]​​ - Commune is a movement of artists, designers, musicians,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Commune
Telephone: 407-432-1239
Contact Name: Sarah Schwartz
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
Website »

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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
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Time: December 13, 2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am Level: IntermediateTrack: Global DiversityPresenter: Florence Chan, Community Business Cost: Free According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
Minneapolis, MN  55403


Sponsor: AON
Telephone: 651-962-4377
Contact Name: Austin Crossman
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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
Website »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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WHAT:                                 2018 Annual Minnesota Keystone Awards Luncheon WHO:                                  ...

Cost: . Admission is $75 per person. Sponsored tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9116
Contact Name: Christine Levens
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

More information

Join us for our happy hour with a purpose! Engage with change-makers around our state who are inspiring us this holiday season. Come meet food justice advocates, environmental eateries,...

Cost: 0

Where:
TPT - Street Space
172 E Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

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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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Park Rapids, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Park Rapids High School on Thursday,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Park Rapids High School
401 Huntsinger Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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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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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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  Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Detroit Lakes, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Detroit Lakes Middle School on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Detroit Lakes Middle School
510 11th Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

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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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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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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Hopkins Farmers Winter Market is indoors! Produce, farmstead products, fresh-baked & homemade goods and handcrafted arts with live music. Free coffee while you shop. ATM on-site, easy parking. We...

Cost: free

Where:
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: (952) 583-1930
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Anelace Coffee is hosting a series of Holiday Pop-Ups this December! Amazing local makers will be joining us each weekend—selling ceramics, art, baked goods and more! We’ll be slinging coffee...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anelace Coffee
2402 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Anelace Coffee
Telephone: 612-236-4870
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Santa Claus is coming to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in BLAINE on Saturday, December 8th for a special Santa Breakfast!  Bring the whole family for a morning full of food and drinks, games, face...

Cost: Kids 2 & under: free, ages 3-12: $15, ages 13+: $20

Where:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - Blaine
9360 Baltimore St NE #160
Blaine, MN  55449
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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Family Arts Day is a day of fun, free activities for all generations. Join us in the studios and BCA lobby where families can make take-home projects, participate in an interactive arts activity,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

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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Get ready for the holidays with us at Sawdust Savvy!  Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone. ...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
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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Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a new grain-to-glass distillery in Minneapolis, is hosting Cookies and Cocktails with Santa on two separate Saturdays this December. The event will take place 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Tickets are $20 for children & $10 for adults. Children 3 and under are free.

Where:
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
241 Fremont Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Brass Apocalypse features trumpet, trombone, sax, tuba and percussion, playing Christmas favorites with a twist from New Orleans and points beyond. A show that’s great for all ages! Saturday,...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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350 Members of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir Celebrate Recovery During Annual Christmas Concert Event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 WHO: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) is...

Cost: $10 – Balcony $15 – Terrace Reserved Seats $20 – Main Center $25 – Main Front

Where:
Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Merrill Community Arts Center and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra present Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long, in Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loft Stage in East Ridge High School,...

Cost: $0-$22

Where:
East Ridge High School
4200 Pioneer Drive
Woodbury, MN  55129
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Sponsor: EMSO
Contact Name: EMSO
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »

More information

Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

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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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Alexandria, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Lake Geneva Christian Center on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Lake Geneva Christian Center
605 Birch Avenue
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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Join Acadia Pub faves Southern Resident Killer Whales and new friends Geyser for a night of alt-rock, indie-pop songcraft.   9:30: Southern Resident Killer Whales Minneapolis singer songwriter...

Cost: $5

Where:
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454


Sponsor: Acadia Cafe
Telephone: (612) 874-8702
Contact Name: Larry Sahagian
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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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