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The One That Got Away

They’re breaking jaws. They’re spawning lawsuits. They’re pitting states against states. Now, as Asian carp invade Minnesota, they’re even worrying the president.


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Thomas Strand

THAD COOK HAD BEEN WORKING as a biologist on the Illinois River, a few hours south of Chicago, for nearly a decade when his boat began to fall apart. The depth finder busted first, followed by the radio, the generator, and finally the fuel tank.

He wondered if this was related to the stories he’d been hearing from downriver. Weird tales of boats with no drivers, spinning wildly in the water. Men hauled ashore with lacerations. Anglers covered in blood.

Then it hit him: a 25-pounder, right in the gut. “It was like a cannonball,” he says. A few weeks later, he was struck again. Then again and again. Now just about every time he and his colleagues with the Illinois Natural History Survey go out on the water, they get pummeled. “Like we’re in a cage match with these things,” he says.

One morning, I meet the scientists at their field station in tiny Havana, Illinois, where chicken gizzards are bar food and the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi, lazes past clanging industrial apparatuses. We drop a big flat-bottom boat into a backwater lake, and Cook shows me the netting he’s rigged alongside the captain’s chair like a fence—to keep things out, not in. “They’ve ripped through it anyway,” he says. He shows me the Plexiglas windshield they cracked a few weeks ago. Then he shows me how to drive the boat. “Because if you’re the last one standing...” he says. There are four of us on board.

Some boaters around here defend themselves with garbage-can lids. But Cook hasn’t stooped to that. And so he gets hit. He’s been hit in the face, the back, the crotch—everywhere you can imagine. He’s been hit so hard that an imprint, right down to the fins, was left on his chest.

“See those wakes?” he says, pointing to the water. “They’re under each one.” The wakes are everywhere.

And suddenly the lake erupts. “Incoming!” Cook yells. Even with the motor off, we’ve spooked them: Hundreds of long, silvery fish—Asian carp—are rocketing out of the water all around us, as high as seven feet in the air. They leap in great sheets, as though several football fields had been blown up.

We’re hit in the face, the back, the crotch—everywhere you can imagine.

In 30 seconds, a dozen carp are flopping around in the boat. By the time we head in, we’ll have shoveled out three boatloads of fishy missiles. In the station, we’ll wring their blood, scales, and excrement from our clothes and Cook will say he’s never seen anything like today’s bombardment—this from a guy who’s seen something similar almost every day for a decade. “I wouldn’t wish this upon anybody up in Minnesota,” he says.
 
Asian carp should not be confused with common carp, their bottom-feeding cousins—ubiquitous in Midwestern lakes—which were spread around the ancient Roman Empire as portable protein for soldiers before arriving in the New World in the 19th century. Asian carp were brought over in the late 1970s, from China, to do a job no American fish would or could do: clean algae from commercial catfish ponds in Arkansas. Presumably, flooding allowed them to escape into the Mississippi River, and they’ve been instinctively heading upstream ever since. Fanning out via tributaries, they’ve moved into Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, and elsewhere. “There’s no reason to think,” one scientist told me, “that they won’t make it to Canada.”

Of the handful of Asian-carp species in the United States, silver carp (the jumpers) and bighead carp (their larger, more phlegmatic followers, which can grow to a hundred pounds) are the most worrisome. For wherever they go—and they go just about wherever they please—they act as though we’re the ones in their way. They knock boaters unconscious. They break anglers’ jaws. They knocked a kayaker out of a race last year in Iowa. Like many invasive species—what biologists call plants or animals that have spread into non-native habitats—they upset the natural balance. They have no real predators in America: They grow so big so fast that any sensible fish won’t tangle with them. And so they predominate, vacuuming up so much phytoplankton that there’s little left for other creatures. In one study, native fish living around Asian carp were far less fatty than usual, which may affect the wildlife that dine on these fish, and so on down the food chain. We tinkered with the natural order by importing the carp, and now, Thad Cook says, “It’s like Jurassic Park out there.”

The lawless nature of the invasion has inspired a similar, vigilante-like response. One band of Midwesterners, called the Carpbusters (they ain’t afraid of no fish), proclaims on their website that “we live in a broken world” and organizes posses of bow fishers near stricken waters to shoot as many carp as they can. Fishing with a bow and arrow has become kosher—and increasingly popular—in many states, including Minnesota, partly in response to the carp invasion. Skewering three or four silvers with one shot, like a fish kebab, is not uncommon. In the Cedar River running through downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, within sniffing distance of the Quaker Oats plant and just 250 miles from Minneapolis, an archer broke the state carp record in 2009 by shooting a bighead the size of a middle-schooler.

Near Havana, locals launched the Redneck Fishing Tournament a couple of years ago, partly for fun, partly for vengeance. The only rule: no poles. Instead, mullet-headed men in hockey masks go at the silvers with tennis rackets and baseball bats, swatting the buggers like a rival gang in a literal incarnation of Rumble Fish.

Recently, politicians have joined the scrum, organizing committees, sub-committees, and study groups to address the invasion. The Mafia itself never faced such an alphabet soup: There’s the ACRRT (Asian Carp Rapid Response Team), the ACRCC (Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee), various DNRs, and dozens of environmental organizations, all pulling the strings of the official Asian-carp dragnet.

Predictably, the strings sometimes get snarled. Last July, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, along with the attorneys general of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, sued to close a Chicago-area shipping canal that seems to have allowed Asian carp to slip into Lake Michigan and endanger the Great Lakes’ $7 billion-a-year commercial fishing industry—despite electric barriers in the canal meant to keep the fish at bay. Among the defendants in the suit is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an ally in the fight against carp but also beholden to shipping interests.

Last August, President Barack Obama appointed an Asian-carp czar to bring order to the chaos and, in December, authorized $47 million for the fight against Asian carp—on top of the $78 million granted by Congress earlier last year. Much of it will fund ongoing studies of the problem. Closing the controversial shipping canal in Obama’s home base of Chicago does not appear to be on the czar’s agenda. “The more politicized things become,” complains one scientist, “the less that experts are asked for their thoughts.”

Through the tangled tentacles of bureaucracy, the carp swim on. In parts of the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Illinois, they’ve doubled their numbers nearly every year since settling in. In some stretches, they now account for up to 90 percent of the biomass—everything, plant or animal, that’s alive in the water. They aren’t just in America’s greatest rivers, they are the rivers.

The farthest north that Asian carp have been reported in North America, albeit in small numbers, is Minnesota, specifically Lake Pepin, the scenic bulge in the Mississippi River where water skiing—not a recommended activity around Asian carp—was reputedly invented.

But some scientists told me the fish could easily be as far north as the Twin Cities. No one knows for certain, as there’s little if any routine fish monitoring in the Mississippi north of Red Wing. But that’s no reason to assume the fish aren’t there, says Steven Gutreuter, a research statistician with the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. “I would not be surprised,” he says, “if some Asian carp have already made it up to St. Anthony Falls”—swimming within sight of the Guthrie Theater.

That wouldn’t surprise Peter Sorensen either. The University of Minnesota scientist has studied carp of all kinds for about six years. “These are the only Asian carp legally in Minnesota,” he says wryly as we peer into giant, well-sealed tanks in a St. Paul building he’d prefer I not identify. Pranksters might release the carp into the wild, and “the last thing I need,” Sorensen says, “is to be known as the guy who ruined everything.”

The fish look almost innocent. They’re juveniles, no more than three inches long, used by Sorensen’s students for experiments with carp barriers and carp physiology. The mouth of an Asian carp is at the top of the head, the eyes at the bottom, the better to feed at the water’s surface. The fish look slightly out of whack, pathetic even, like they’d be bullied down at the local sandbar—like a minnow.

Which is technically what they are: the largest, most annoying members of the minnow family. Sorensen has come to admire carp, the way Holmes admired Moriarty. They learn to avoid nets. They thrive in polluted waters. They have terrific hearing, are strong swimmers, and are some of the most fecund animals on earth: Bighead females can produce more than a million eggs at a time. “They’re really impressive,” Sorensen says.

All the same, he’d prefer them dead. Asian carp are wired to spawn whenever the water rises around them—as during a flood—up to several times a year. Their populations tend to remain low after they invade new territory, until a few good, consecutive years of spawning. Then, as biologists put it, their numbers “pop” and you get something like the scenario in Havana. In the last couple of years, they’ve popped in Kansas City and on the Wabash River in central Indiana. A few good spawns in Minnesota, starting with protracted flooding this spring from all the snow in the Upper Midwest, and they could pop here any year now.

If left unchecked, Asian carp could fan out into any Minnesota river long and straight enough to suit their spawning. They could invade any lake with an outlet to such a river, including some of the best walleye fishing spots. They could permanently change the way we view our state—especially from an unprotected boat.

Sorensen doesn’t foresee us stopping them. Not because we couldn’t develop the tools (“It’s a fish, okay?” he says. “We put a man on the moon!”), but because we haven’t. And we’ve had more than 30 years to do so. Only now are Sorensen and other scientists across the country getting grants to experiment with gizmos like underwater barriers that would limit the carp’s spread, and they’re still years—and a lot more money—from implementation. “This is a four-alarm fire,” Sorensen says. “And we’ve got nothing to put it out with.” Instead, he bemoans, the state of Illinois is arguing against closing the Chicago shipping canal by vaguely suggesting that there might not be enough plankton in the Great Lakes to sustain the invading carp. “Might not?” Sorenson asks. “As a biologist, I don’t think that’s a satisfactory risk we should take.

“Think of it this way,” he says. “If your neighbor had cholera—if it was a human disease we were talking about—we wouldn’t be reacting like this. Invasive species are like a cancer on the environment. And, as we did with cancer, we need to be focused in attacking them. It would help if people looked at it that way.”

Minnesotans could be forgiven for still thinking of Asian carp as a “downriver” problem, like hurricanes, nutria rats, and voodoo. Compared to the carp’s invasion of Lake Michigan, its voyage into the upper reaches of the Mississippi River has been relatively unheralded.

For years, the fish were more or less contained by the dam crossing the Mississippi at Keokuk, Iowa, near the Missouri border. It’s a huge span, some 4,620 feet long; when it became operational, in 1913, it was second only in length to the Aswan Dam straddling the Nile in Egypt. More important, it’s tall—there’s a 38-foot difference between the pool above it and the river below—making it a formidable fish barrier. Even today, the Keokuk dam is considered the front line in the Asian-carp invasion of the Mississippi: Above it, the carp are numerous but not abundant; below it, they’re predominant, as inevitable as pigeons on a statue.

But enough carp have breached the fortress now to sustain the northward invasion, and, on a recent visit to the dam, I can see why. For one thing, there’s a lock. And although Asian carp are bothered by motor noise (thus all the jumping around boats), they’re capable of locking through when boats do. Also, there’s simply a lot of carp on the southern side of the dam.

“There’s shitloads of ’em,” a man fishing near the lock informs me. “This river is thick with ’em.” And since the carp are dead ringers for gizzard shad, a fish that anglers like this old-timer net from the river to use as catfish bait, it’s easy to accidentally net some juvenile Asian carp, throw them in a bait bucket, and never notice the difference. “I’ve seen guys fishing with ’em over there,” the old-timer tells me, pointing to the north side of the dam. When they’re done fishing, he says, they simply toss the bait fish in the water. And upstream go the carp.

Once beyond Keokuk, the carp can swim around or even over smaller dams during floods—the Corps of Engineers raises dam gates out of the water whenever the water levels above and below a dam equal out, as the dam isn’t serving any navigational purpose then (it’s said to be “out of control”), creating a clear passage. The record flooding of 2008 seems to have given the carp a big push; they’ve turned up in Iowa far west of the Mississippi, and in great numbers, like sand deposited by a wave.

If Minnesotans are largely unaware of the invasion happening right beneath their boats, it may be a result of how Asian-carp sightings are reported here. If a commercial fisherman working the river finds an Asian carp among his catch, he might or might not call the local DNR office, which might or might not care, depending on whether the fish was caught where they would expect to find it. The fisherman might or might not have kept the carp to show them. The DNR might or might not write a press release. The local newspaper might or might not publish it. In the last five years, only a handful of Asian-carp catches in Minnesota waters have made the news, giving the impression of isolated fish arrested like terrorists before they could do any harm.

To gauge how many Asian carp are actually here, I drive to Lake Pepin one fall afternoon, curious if there are already enough there to make an impression on the people living around them. I ask the employees working at the area’s largest marina, in Lake City, if they’ve seen any Asian carp. None of them say they have. Same with the men in shorts and deck shoes walking out to their sailboats. “If they were out there,” one guy says while wrenching apart the huge twin propellers of his speedboat, “I’d know it.”

But on my way out of town, I notice a handful of men standing beside a doublewide in a trailer park. They’re old-timers, greybeards—the kind of men who would notice something different in the water—and they’re cleaning fish. The oldest one is wearing a sweatshirt that just says “Fishing” on it. “Yep,” his buddy tells me. “Seen two.”

“Silver or bighead?”

“Silver. An’ uglier than heck. Jumped like crazy.”

Another guy points at the lake with the can of Natural Ice beer in his hand and says that a commercial fisherman, working the lake’s backwaters near Stockholm, Wisconsin, found a half-dozen Asian carp in his catch just that morning.

“They’re here,” he says. And as I walk away, he shouts, “Give ’em hell!”
 

Bringing the fight to unwanted fish is officially the job of the government. Invasive species take an estimated $100 billion bite out of the American economy every year, largely in crop and timber losses. So the government secures our natural borders against alien invasion, as it were, just as it patrols our national boundaries. Over the last hundred years, we’ve dumped chemicals in the water, released wasps to control beetles, released beetles to control plants, and even created sterile sea lampreys to lure virile ones to their doom—all in a delicate effort to manage nature without making it too, well, unnatural.

In Minnesota, such management is the work of the Department of Natural Resources—the DNR, which is headquartered on the east side of St. Paul in a glass-and-steel office building, nondescript except for the taxidermied deer in the entryway. In the building’s cafeteria, I meet with Jay Rendall, the state’s invasive-species prevention coordinator. He’s middle-aged, wearing a fleece vest of the sort you might bring on a hike, and has the methodical manner of one accustomed to forces beyond his control, like nature and politics.

“What’s an invasive species?” he asks rhetorically. “Anything that comes from somewhere else.” He reads from a list of Minnesota invaders: “Zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, faucet snails, spiny waterfleas, round gobies, earthworms….” It’s a long list.

Minnesota, Rendall points out, has the mixed blessing of being connected to the two biggest water systems in North America: the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, which bring ships to our shores from across the world—along with some undesirable hitchhikers. Rendall shows me a graph depicting the number of invasive species introduced into the Great Lakes in the last 150 years. There’s a huge spike after 1960 that never really goes back down: The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959. Minnesota is also believed to harbor more boats per capita than any other state—which would be fine if people didn’t drag them from lake to lake, spreading pests and, ironically, destroying the environment they bought the boats to enjoy.

The DNR couldn’t begin to subdue every alien species, Rendall says, so it prioritizes. Some species are relatively harmless. Others have become so ubiquitous, like pigeons, that the cost of eradication would be unreasonable. Right now, Rendall says, the DNR’s public enemy No. 1 is probably the zebra mussel, a fingernail-size native of Russia that, among other iniquities, clogs boat motors and starves out competing species.

Asian carp are a ways down the list. “They’re not in Minnesota yet—officially,” Rendall says. “We’re in the prevention, not management, stage for them.” And much of the prevention effort has been thwarted by a lack of cash.

“We thought at first that we’d get a barrier erected on the Mississippi down in Iowa,” Rendall says. “When the money for that didn’t come through, we thought we’d get one on the border.” That didn’t happen either. Nor did a barrier proposed for a spot even farther upriver. A barrier wouldn’t be that expensive: $4 million—about what Matt Entenza spent of his own money running for governor last year. The problem, Rendall says, is that anything built on the Mississippi River, a federal waterway, must involve the Corps of Engineers, which necessitates federal funding. Since a fish barrier would be a localized project, that essentially means earmark funding—suddenly the scourge of Congress.

“We’ve talked to the Congressional delegation I don’t know how many times,” Rendall says with a smile of exasperation. “Is helping Minnesota a federal priority? If that’s not what politicians and society want then I don’t know what else we can do.”

The DNR’s latest thought is to retrofit the decommissioned Coon Rapids Dam, north of Minneapolis, as a fish barrier. That, I point out, would mean conceding the Mississippi to carp all the way to the Twin Cities.

“Look,” Rendall says, his equanimity beginning to waver, “I wish we could do more.” He throws up his hands. “But I’ve got 10,000 people yelling at me to do something about zebra mussels.”

In the absence of law and order, vigilantes have always risen up: Doc Holliday, Bernie Goetz, the Carpbusters. And guys like Reggie McLeod, who just wants to eat the carp. McLeod lives in Winona and is the editor and publisher of Big River magazine, which covers life along the Mississippi. He’s observed the carp invasion from the beginning, and he thinks the problem isn’t the fish—it’s us.

McLeod is tall, graying, and as laidback as the river he’s reported on for decades. And every time he eats at a restaurant, he asks for carp. He hasn’t found a restaurant yet that serves it—not even Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp Café in La Crosse—but he asks anyway, just to make a point. “What, you took it off the menu?” he jokes. He thinks we should all be eating Asian carp, which are bony but mild-tasting, at least as good as whatever is in fish sticks. And then, because humans have a remarkable ability to eat other species to the point of extinction, problem solved.

But no one’s hungry for carp. For the past two years, Big River has sponsored a carp recipe contest, challenging restaurants to come up with dishes. No one has bit, even as the state of Illinois signed a deal last year to export nearly 30 million pounds of Asian carp to Chinese supermarkets.

“It mystifies me,” McLeod says. “Our tastes are so culturally prejudiced. Lobsters and shrimp—they’re basically bugs. Oysters are slugs with shells. Heck, the Flying Carp Café serves alligator—that’s a lizard. We eat bugs, slugs, and lizards, but not carp? I hold the chefs of the Midwest responsible for that.”

Could it really be that simple? I ask Peter Sorensen one day in his office if he thinks we can eat our way out of the carp invasion, and he says, “Of course. If we all wanted to eat carp, we wouldn’t be talking about them now.” But, he predicts, we’ll become accustomed to living with Asian carp before we ever decide to eat them, just as we’ve grown accustomed to common carp.

“Look at this,” Sorensen says and shows me a government flier sent out shortly after common carp were brought to America in the late 19th century. The government imported the carp from Europe to help immigrants feel more at home. It raised them, improbably, in the reflecting pool near the Washington Monument, then shipped them out in boxcars. In about 10 years, the immigrants wanted them gone, as the carp began to turn lakes turbid. As recently as the 1980s, the DNRs of many states spent a great deal of time netting carp. Then, with costs rising, they gave up.

The antique government flier implores citizens to round up the carp: Catch the Carp! Eat the carp! Smoke the carp!—much like anti-carp activists are pushing today. “It’s exactly the same thing—exactly!” Sorenson says. “History is repeating itself.”

But for now there’s a carp czar. And there’s $47 million in new money to wage war against the carp and labs across the country eager for the ammunition, including the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. Within its bunker-like complex beside the Mississippi, dozens of scientists buzz about. In the basement are tanks where up to 15 species of fish are kept at any one time—the place can replicate any kind of water chemistry that exists in nature. One scientist is testing the DNA and RNA of Asian carp and similar rough fish, to see if poisons can be developed to specifically attack their unique physiologies. Others are studying whether chemicals used to manage fish have lingering effects on animals and people.

They are tinkering—because of a fish, but mostly because of us. Because we tinker with nature every day, managing it, fouling it, moving it around. And now we must keep tinkering, or nature—the nature we’d like to keep—will collapse. We’ve unleashed too many monsters.
“Have you heard of the snakehead?” one of the scientists asks me.

It’s a kind of fish, he says, but it looks like a python with fins. It can survive up to four days out of water. It can even portage, waddling for short distances across land. It came from China, eats anything it can wrap its teeth around, and has no known enemies in America. It’s on the East Coast now. But it’s coming.
 

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Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Trivia Mafia is old-school, team-based, pen-and-paper trivia. (None of this touchscreen nonsense.) We ask questions about everything under the sun (and, in certain astronomy-themed rounds, stuff...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Get ready to celebrate Memorial Day by soaring over some of the USA's most breathtaking and spectacular landscapes and city skylines. FlyOver America is offering FREE admission to all military...

Cost: Free for Military

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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What in the world is Can Can Wonderland? It’s a whimsical wonderland of entertaining entertainment perfectly located between Minneapolis and Saint Paul — because we can never play favorites....

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

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


Website »

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May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Join Mizna and Moon Palace Books for an evening reading with authorJennifer Zeynab Joukhadar.Where: Moon Palace BooksWhen: May 28, 2018 - 6 PMThe Map of Salt and Stars is out NOW! You can...

Cost: Free

Where:
Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Mizna
Telephone: 612-788-6920
Contact Name: Lamia Abukhadra
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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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

Cost: Free

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

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

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

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

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Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
Website »

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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

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

Cost: $8.00

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

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

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

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


Website »

More information

May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Join Milkweed Editions to celebrate the launch of Elizabeth Rush’s book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a work of lyrical reportage about sea level rise, vulnerable communities,...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
1121 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
Contact Name: Joanna Demkiewicz
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

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Show More...
Show Less...

Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
View map »


Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


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

More information

Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

More information

1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

More information

Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

More information

Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: (651) 223-6114
Website »

More information

Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8.00

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


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

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In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in May, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.  Glensheen is one of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55805
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
Website »

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

Cost: $50-89

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


Website »

More information

May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

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


Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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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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Minnesota-based Atlas Foundation Company will hold its 2018 Chance® Helical Pier Foundation Systems And Anchoring Seminar on 5/31/18 at its location in Osseo, Minnesota. The event will cover...

Cost: n/a

Where:
Atlas Foundation Company
11730 Brockton Lane North
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Atlas Foundation Company
Telephone: 763.428.2261
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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¡Adelante Esperanza! celebrates Casa de Esperanza’s 35 years of work to create social change, inspired and led by Latin@s of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Recipients will range from...

Cost: $135

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Casa de Esperanza
Telephone: 651-646-5553 x314
Contact Name: Kathryn Ross
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An opening reception for ‘Examination and Reflection’ will be held May 31 at 7 PM at Weekend Salvage in Minneapolis, MN. The exhibit showcases the works of Michelle and Cory Rasmussen, husband...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Weekend Salvage
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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The Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its 5th season at Strike Theater, May 31st - June 2nd  with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends...

Cost: $5 - $20

Where:
Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Altered Esthetics
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This has become one of our most popular events! Ten short plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite LPT performers and directors. It’s short attention span theater at its...

Cost: Tickets: $22 Adult |$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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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Blind Spot is a musical investigation of humanity's voluntary blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. Vanguard composer/pianist Vijay Iyer joins writer and photographer...

Cost: $30; $24 for members

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Walker Art Center & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series
Telephone: 612.375.7600
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

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

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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WHAT:                                 Public Policy Forum: Session Wrap-up WHO:                                   Minneapolis...

Cost: members ($35) and non-members ($50).

Where:
Hyatt Regency Bloomington - Minneapolis
3200 E 81st St
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 612-370-9116
Contact Name: Christine Levens

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Come browse over 200 different plant species for your garden. Perennials - Natives - Rain garden - Butterfly - Annuals - Veggies   4" and 1 gallon pots starting as low as $1 with some even less...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dharma Field
3118 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Dharma Field
Contact Name: Linda Stirzl
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Come browse over 200 different plant species for your garden. Perennials - Natives - Rain garden - Butterfly - Annuals - Veggies 4" and 1 gallon pots starting as low as $1 with some priced even...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dharma field Zen Center
3118 West 49th St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and is rated as one of the top 50 art festivals in the nation.  The 2018 Edina Art...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Ave
Edina, MN  55424


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The art of Michelle and Cory Rasmussen will be on display June 1st through July 22nd at Weekend Salvage in Minneapolis, MN. Applying thin translucent washes, Cory paints in layers that ultimately...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Weekend Salvage
4159 Grand Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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The Fresh Art Spring Tour is a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valleys.  Enjoy the season’s roadside wild flowers and breathtaking...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Pepin Area SW Wisconsin
Stockholm, WI


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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Website »

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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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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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


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

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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

More information

1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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PIM Arts High School invites the school’s friends, families, and the greater community to come to the campus for a fun-filled afternoon of games, food, and festivities. Dubbed, PIM-FEST, the June...

Cost: Free

Where:
Performing Institute of Minnesota
7255 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Performing Institute of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-224-1345
Contact Name: Robert Thompson
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Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
Website »

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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

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

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

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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It’s exactly as it sounds! Come have a beer and chat with our brewers as we show you around our facility. The tour is whatever we make it — if you want to talk about beer, dogs, the process...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

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

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Friday, June 1, 2018: Hrag Vartanian, critic, curator, editor and co founder of Hyperallergic, in conversation with Erik Benson and Julie Buffalohead The discussion series is held at the...

Cost: Free but Tickets Required

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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The American Swedish Institute’s signature museum party is back! Cocktails at the Castle – Fantastical Worlds will take over the Turnblad Mansion and outdoor courtyard on Friday, June 1, with a...

Cost: $17 ASI members / $20 general public

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily
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Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the...

Cost: varies

Where:
North House Folk School
500 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: North House Folk School
Telephone: 218-387-9762
Contact Name: North House Folk School
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The seven Princess Musicals were written and produced between 1915 and 1918 specifically for the Princess Theater in New York City.  The Princess was a small theatre, requiring simpler, more...

Cost: 16.00 - 39.00

Where:
Mojo Coffee Gallery
2205 California Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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If you've ever had Fleetwood Mac's Rumours on replay, check out vocal group Cantus as they cover the entire album (side one and two) plus a few more favorites from other musical...

Cost: $27-37

Where:
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
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The Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its 5th season at Strike Theater, May 31st - June 2nd  with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends...

Cost: $5 - $20

Where:
Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
View map »


Sponsor: Altered Esthetics
Website »

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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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Apples In Winter by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Shalee Coleman   Twenty-two years ago, Miriam’s son, Robert, committed a horrible crime. Robert was caught, tried, and convicted of...

Cost: 5

Where:
St Peder's Church
, MN

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This has become one of our most popular events! Ten short plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite LPT performers and directors. It’s short attention span theater at its...

Cost: Tickets: $22 Adult |$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Website »

More information

Blind Spot is a musical investigation of humanity's voluntary blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. Vanguard composer/pianist Vijay Iyer joins writer and photographer...

Cost: $30; $24 for members

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Walker Art Center & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series
Telephone: 612.375.7600
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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The Ordway Center for Performing Arts is hosting its 18th annual Flint Hills Family Festival! Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna...

Cost: Free, $8 for indoor performance

Where:
Ordway Center for Performing Arts
345 Washington St
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Sponsor: Ordway Center for Performing Artists
Telephone: 651-224-4222
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Join us Saturday, June 2nd for Bike to Build MN, a one-day ride geared to support Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota and its affiliates. There are three route options to choose from (15, 30, or...

Cost: $50, plus fundraising

Where:
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Rd
Mahtomedi, MN  55115
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Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-239-2852
Contact Name: Michelle Turner
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Have you been eager to be on a film-set again? Do you wish you could learn more about the movie-making experience? Join us this summer for award-winning short film director Katie...

Cost: 200.00

Where:
Church on the Hill
950 Trumble Street
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Katie Travis Films
Telephone: 952-452-0083
Contact Name: Katie Travis-Plaisted
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Come browse over 200 different plant species for your garden. Perennials - Natives - Rain garden - Butterfly - Annuals - Veggies 4" and 1 gallon pots starting as low as $1 with some priced even...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dharma field Zen Center
3118 West 49th St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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 »

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14th annual RIDE FOR WISHES (Chucks Ride) FOR THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION June 2nd, 2017 Where: Ride Leaves Fury MC and ends at VFW South St Paul740 N Concord South St Paul, MN 55075 when:...

Cost: 10.00 adults under 6 free

Where:
Fury Motorcycle
740 Concord St. North
South Saint Paul, MN  55075
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Come browse over 200 different plant species for your garden. Perennials - Natives - Rain garden - Butterfly - Annuals - Veggies   4" and 1 gallon pots starting as low as $1 with some even less...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dharma Field
3118 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Dharma Field
Contact Name: Linda Stirzl
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Registration is required:https://www.greatrivergreening.org/events/tree-planting-in-treasured-city-park/ Crosby Farm Regional Park is the largest natural park in Saint Paul with 736 acres of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crosby Farm Regional Park
2595 Crosby Farm Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
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It has been said that when it comes to personal selling 20% of your success is based on what you know and 80% is based on what you do. This workshop focuses on specific actions you can implement...

Cost: 45.00

Where:
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th Street, Room L1
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: SCORE Minneapolis
Telephone: 952-938-4570
Contact Name: SCORE Minneapolis
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Help kick off the 2018 Great Cycle Challenge USA with a group ride in Plymouth on Saturday, June 2. Benefitting Minneapolis-based Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF), the day will include a...

Cost: Free - fundraiser

Where:
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
12235 Old Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Great Cycle Challenge USA
Telephone: 952-893-9355
Contact Name: Children's Cancer Research Fund
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Sawdust Savvy is Minnesota's ORIGINAL DIY studio located in downtown Stillwater. We invite you to come experience one of our 3 hour instructor led workshops where you will leave with a masterpiece...

Cost: $59-$99

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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The Fresh Art Spring Tour is a self-guided journey to the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valleys.  Enjoy the season’s roadside wild flowers and breathtaking...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Pepin Area SW Wisconsin
Stockholm, WI


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The art of Michelle and Cory Rasmussen will be on display June 1st through July 22nd at Weekend Salvage in Minneapolis, MN. Applying thin translucent washes, Cory paints in layers that ultimately...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Weekend Salvage
4159 Grand Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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The 49th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a free one day celebration of fine arts and community, to be held on Saturday, June 2nd, from 10 am to 5 pm at the intersection of Como and Carter...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como and Carter Avenues
2245 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55108-1709
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Sponsor: St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association
Telephone: 612-564-2787
Contact Name: Patty Stolpman
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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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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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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The Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is hosted by Leonardo’s Basement which provides creative learning environments for kids of all ages to design and build from their imagination. Since...

Cost: $10

Where:
pin Minnesota State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55108
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

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

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and is rated as one of the top 50 art festivals in the nation.  The 2018 Edina Art...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Ave
Edina, MN  55424


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Come join us every Saturday from May-October 2018! Minnesota Brewery Running Series hosts a 5K at a different Minneapolis Brewery every weekend. All events include 5K-ish fun run, free beer, free...

Cost: 30

Where:
Minneapolis Breweries
, MN


Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
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Join us for a free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes with fun outdoor activities and hands-on learning about local watershed topics. On the water:  Join the Water Parade at 11 a.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Phalen Regional Park
1600 Phalen Drive
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651.647.6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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  We are the Minnesota Brewery Running Series and we run for beer! Join us at 10k Brewery on Saturday, June 2nd  @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery in north...

Cost: $30

Where:
10k Brewery
2005 2nd Ave
Anoka, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Minnesota Brewery Running Series
Contact Name: Megan Boyle
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Enjoy a Saturday brunch on June 2 from 11 am-2 pm​​ at the exclusive Brick x Mortar social club listening to the sounds of local band Tambuca, all while supporting the Food Shelf @ HCMC. ...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
Brick X Mortar
314 North First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Hennepin Health Foundation
Telephone: 612-872-9250
Contact Name: Amy Carlson
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Parts Unknown, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new work by Robert Dorlac, Fred Hagstrom, and Barbara McIlrath opens June 2nd at Groveland Gallery. These three artists, each using a different medium,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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​In this upcoming show, Michael Paul departs the prairie to focus on the horizon of Lake Superior and the forests of the Boundary Waters, an area he has long enjoyed exploring. His encaustic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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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Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-level class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 181-550-55337
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

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

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

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the...

Cost: varies

Where:
North House Folk School
500 W Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: North House Folk School
Telephone: 218-387-9762
Contact Name: North House Folk School
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Apples In Winter by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Shalee Coleman   Twenty-two years ago, Miriam’s son, Robert, committed a horrible crime. Robert was caught, tried, and convicted of...

Cost: 5

Where:
St Peder's Church
, MN

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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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If you've ever had Fleetwood Mac's Rumours on replay, check out vocal group Cantus as they cover the entire album (side one and two) plus a few more favorites from other musical...

Cost: $27-37

Where:
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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This has become one of our most popular events! Ten short plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite LPT performers and directors. It’s short attention span theater at its...

Cost: Tickets: $22 Adult |$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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The Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its 5th season at Strike Theater, May 31st - June 2nd  with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends...

Cost: $5 - $20

Where:
Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Altered Esthetics
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Ordway Center for Performing Arts is hosting its 18th annual Flint Hills Family Festival! Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna...

Cost: Free, $8 for indoor performance

Where:
Ordway Center for Performing Arts
345 Washington St
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Sponsor: Ordway Center for Performing Artists
Telephone: 651-224-4222
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