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Surly's Next-Gen Brewery

How long will Minnesota's craft-beer boom last? The financiers of Omar Ansari's ambitious project say this is only the beginning.


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Ten years ago, Omar Ansari was a thirtysomething new father working for his parents’ small company in Brooklyn Center, an outfit that manufactured metal-finishing abrasives. He was also a hobby homebrewer, initially a skeptical one when he received a kit to make an Irish red ale as a gift—until it turned out better than he’d expected. He was a staunch craft-beer fan, though, having traveled to other cities with traditions of local brewing and sampled the wares, but there wasn’t much to compare them to at home. Summit’s EPA was the big player in Minnesota’s craft scene—the only player, really. Overall, there were very few brewers, little variety, and hardly any camaraderie among craft-beer enthusiasts. Then, one weekend morning, inspiration struck.

“I was drinking coffee in the basement in my robe,” Ansari remembers. “I wasn’t brewing that morning but I was thinking about it, flipping through a homebrewing catalog, and there was this centerfold, this two-page spread for a three-barrel brewing system. It said it was for a bar or a restaurant, or a ‘homebrewer gone wild.’ And I thought, ‘I wonder if I can open a brewery?’”

Today, Ansari is the president of Surly Brewing—Minnesota’s wunderkind brewery launched in 2006, which has been lauded by Beer Advocate as its U.S. Brewery of the Year and seen its products rated among the best in the world. Surly has steadily grown year after year and at times has barely been able to keep up with demand for its product from bars, restaurants, and liquor stores.

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In 2011, Ansari was behind the so-called “Surly Bill,” that rare example of bipartisan legislative cooperation on the statewide level that changed laws and will now allow him to dramatically ramp up his company’s production while launching an ambitious $30-plus-million brewery and dining destination—Disneyland for beer geeks—that stands to make Surly known from coast to coast.

A vengeful Minnesota winter holds the Twin Cities firmly in its clutches on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, the end-of-week good cheer tempered by a low-angle sun and melancholy freeze. But though it’s not yet five o’clock, the snowy parking lot outside the Surly Brewing Company is filling up. Inside the taproom, open tables are becoming endangered amid a growing mass of pint-glass-toting aficionados and an unmistakable tone of frozen camaraderie.

Belying the gleeful misanthropy of the Surly brand, the taproom’s vibe is downright fraternal (it’s a landscape comprising nearly all men at this point, with a marked proclivity for beards and eyeglasses). A visiting food vendor hawks snacks, and in the back, a merch room offers the Surly gear that’s nearly as ubiquitous as its taps are in local pubs. The room feels like the terminus of a particularly relaxed and undemanding pilgrimage.

Settling down at a table with a pint of his product, Ansari can’t accurately be described as surly. He has a playful combative streak and a propensity for cheerful gruffness. He’s also understandably preoccupied with the next stage in the company’s evolution—a quantum development with parallels in other cities but no local precedent.

“I wouldn’t start a brewery now,” he says about the timing of his entry into the market eight years ago. “I thought I could fake it long enough, but I never would have been the 31st guy to build a brewery. As it is, I figured I could fake it long enough to figure it out.”

One of Ansari’s best decisions was hiring Todd Haug, the one-time head brewer at Minneapolis’ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, who he bumped into at a brewing conference and realized he knew from junior high.

Once the decision was made, there were considerable obstacles ahead: Cities such as Denver, San Diego, and Portland had long-established traditions of small local breweries, but the Twin Cities had nothing of the kind. Haug knew that getting started wouldn’t be easy.

“A lot of people he asked told him not to do it, to go to Wisconsin because the laws and the track record were a lot better,” Haug says. “It was risky and there were a lot of unknowns. Either Omar didn’t care, or he was loyal enough to Minnesota to say, ‘Why can’t it happen here?’”

Haug’s recipes represented a differentiation in the local market: bitter, heavy on hops, a counterweight to the classic, lighter pilsners that have traditionally been the dominant refreshment of picnics, fishing trips, and post-work wind-downs. And Surly beers were sold in tallboy cans that stood out on a shelf and also provided a convenient vehicle for the company’s self-referential product names (Bender, Cynic, Furious, Hell) and iconic graphics that encompass elements of hipster design, punk rock, and tongue-in-cheek badassery without drawing explicit allegiance to any one subculture.

The product caught on, and production at the Brooklyn Center brewery rose steadily to 10,000 kegs a year, then twice that. Demand was such that new restaurants couldn’t get Surly for months. Along the way, a following of hardcore beer followers, who sometimes camped overnight outside the brewery’s front door to be the first to taste a new flavor, expanded to include more casual drinkers whose palates adjusted to Surly’s complex flavors. There was an element of synchronicity at play: The brewery hit the market with remarkable timing, paralleling a local rising consciousness in craft beer.

Haug recalls the feeling that, after a long period of stagnancy, Minnesota’s beer scene really made up for lost time. “Then we were able to be there when people were ready for it,” he adds.

A stop-motion film of the intervening years would have seen craft taps proliferating in barrooms like kudzu, and chalkboard lists of brews in wide swaths of styles becoming near ubiquitous—and cutting across lines of traditional expectation. Ansari mentions a small epiphany in Chicago when he saw his beer, and other craft brewers’, served up in what he terms “bro bars,” the traditional turf of the big national breweries.

It was also around this time that Ansari’s business vision began to butt against Minnesota’s “three-tiered” liquor regulations. The law essentially segregated facilities that produced beer from those that served it, making it illegal for a brewery also to serve beer on its premises.

“If that bill didn’t get passed, the Twin Cities would have breweries but not as many,” says Ansari, adding that allowing brewers to open taprooms diversified their income stream—and helped market their retail product.

Surly’s taproom soon opened, and in quick succession a series of other breweries serving on-site followed suit. The strict delineation between breweries, beer sellers, and bar
service was now erased, which led to a rapidly changing landscape.

Surly Construction

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Indeed Brewing Company in Northeast Minneapolis, which opened in the wake of the Surly Bill, had an initial plan to sell in liquor stores, bars, and restaurants. “We thought the taproom would be a little bonus if we were able to do it,” says co-owner Rachel Anderson. “But after we got started, we realized how huge it was. I don’t think when we started we could quite conceptualize how big a component it would be.”

Within the past couple of years, small breweries have begun to dot the Twin Cities, and their taprooms have been so successful that lines outside are a common sight. A night spent traveling from one to the next, sampling a pint at each, entails moving from one packed room to another, a new wave of nightlife that has materialized from seemingly nowhere. Are taprooms the new dive bars? Or do the infant-toting parents also suggest they’re drawing out new crowds who otherwise would have stayed home?

Adam Sjogren of NorthGate Brewing, which opened in Minneapolis in 2012, also recalls a business plan based primarily on brewing for sales off-site. “Our thought was, how many people are really going to want to go to a taproom, to a place where they can only have beer? We didn’t know about that part of the business, but the answer was: everybody.”

 

The new Surly facility, projected to open later in 2014, will dwarf any of the other local taprooms in scale and ambition. The company has acquired an 8.3-acre plot of land in Minneapolis’s Prospect Park and broken ground on a destination projected to employ 150 when it’s fully operational.

“We hope people will see our new space and say, ‘Oh, now I get it,’” Ansari says. “We’re proud to be associated with taprooms, but we didn’t change the law for the taprooms. It was for this new facility.”

Ansari cites breweries in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Salzburg as models for the Surly expansion—makers of craft beers who have created go-to destinations. In addition to a beer garden and event center, the facility will house a full-service restaurant, with Todd Haug’s wife, Linda, of the former Café Twenty Eight, consulting. The brewery will be blocks from the light rail, on enough acreage for even greater growth beyond the immediate projected fourfold increase in brewing capacity—allowing the company to meet still-rising demand in Minnesota, Chicago, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

Walking through the current Surly facility, Ansari clearly delights in being an American-made business, an employer, and a second-generation entrepreneur. “This is manufacturing—heavy metal, stainless steel—and we’re not sourcing it out to China. We’re making it.” The Brooklyn Center brewery, which will remain open, is clearly at max capacity, with its tanks brewing full-time and coolers packed to the gills.

Ansari mentions that other sites had been under consideration for the new location, but a smaller plot of land would have limited options. “You’d like to be on the river, but we wouldn’t have been able to grow there,” he adds, pausing to mention great breweries of generations past, in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. “In 100 years, you’ll say, ‘What a great old building.’”

So how much potential does craft beer in Minnesota have in the years ahead? Nationally, many of the biggest names have seen precipitous drop-offs in sales: Michelob Light is down 70 percent, Miller Genuine Draft 56 percent, and battleship Budweiser more than 28 percent.

Ansari is blunt in his views on the big American brewers (for scale, despite falling numbers, there were almost 34 million kegs of Budweiser brewed in 2012 to Surly’s 60,000 in 2013).
“To me, the emperor has no clothes,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to be in that boardroom—there’s nothing there. All they have is nostalgia.”

While he’s disdainful of the Goliath-scaled competition, Ansari also speaks in nothing but positive terms of his local peers in the brewing business. “Everyone’s got a different take and twist on it,” he says. “Everyone’s not trying to be the same. There’s a tremendous amount of vibrancy. I’m a rising-tides kind of guy—more breweries beget more beer culture and a beer scene. We knew that if we were successful, we wouldn’t be the only brewery in town.”

In Surly’s early days, Ansari and Haug were essentially the entire company. “In the beginning, we rebuilt the motors and the pumps, and it was him and me,” Ansari says with a hint of nostalgia. Things have changed indeed: For the first time in its history, the company is hiring a human-resources manager.

For now, Surly and the indie craft-brewing movement it inspired are at an intersection of opportunity, luck, smart business, and good taste. The macrobrewers—Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors—might be entering their twilight. But will that translate into enough demand to fill Surly’s cavernous new facility? Its financiers seem to think so, as do many of the smaller brewers currently having trouble keeping up with demand, just like Surly in its early years.

“It’s good crazy,” says NorthGate’s Sjogren of the crowds waiting outside Twin Cities taprooms, presumably soon to spill over into Prospect Park. “But it’s crazy.”  

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Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
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Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
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Theatre Coup d’Etat presents Moby Dick, an original adaptation Performing November 3 - 20, 7:30pm at Fallout Arts Initiative Co-op Studio 3 in Minneapolis (see the trailer here). Tickets...

Cost: $18-$40

Where:
Fallout Urban Arts Initiative, Studio 3
2601 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Theatre Coup d'Etat
Telephone: 1-800-838-3006
Contact Name: James Napoleon Stone
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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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Day Block Brewing's weekly Open Mic night! Every Monday, Open Mic will be hosted in the dining area accompanied by our $3 Select Pint of the day! Sign up opens up: 8 PMOpen Mic: 9 - 11 PM Hosted...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth 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
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Tuesday, November 21st // 4pm – 8pm // Mercado Calling all canines! Beg your owners to come to Mercado for their Yappy Hour event! + Treats for dogs + Food and Drink specials for humans + Lots...

Cost: 0

Where:
Mercado by Earl Giles
2904 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Mercado by Earl Giles
Contact Name: Jodie
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
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This is a 2-part class (participants must attend both weeks to complete their books), taking place on Tuesday, 11/21, and Tuesday, 11/28, 6-8PM on both nights. Tickets available...

Cost: $56

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Hey, neighbor! Do you live in the 55401, 55454, or 55415? Stop in after 7:00pm every Tuesday night, show your ID (or proof of mailing address) and receive 15% off your tab! Spread the word to all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

More information

Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »

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Show More...
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of  “The CEO’s Guide to Marketing” (available at www.Amazon.com). Kocina is a visionary who is passionate about marketing. He believes...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
Edinburgh Golf Course
8700 Edinbrook Crossing
Brooklyn Park, MN  55443
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Sponsor: Brooklyn Park Rotary Club
Telephone: 952-697-5261
Contact Name: Abby Sell
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth 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

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Returning for another round in Nerdy November, Secrets of Glensheen is back! Glensheen Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks Ojibway, will showcase various artifacts not usually seen by the public...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Website »

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Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed donation

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
Website »

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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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We are celebrating the life of Michael Jackson! If you are a fan of the King of Pop Michael Jackson or his childhood era of music with the Jackson 5. This event is for you. We are going to...

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
Website »

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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Chanhassen - are you ready to run? Join us for the Turkey Trot 5K starting at Chanhassen High School. Each participant gets a comfy fleece pullover and is greeted at the finish line with warm,...

Cost: $30-60

Where:
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN  55317
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
Website »

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
View map »

More information

Experience a gourmet all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving cornucopia of Thanksgiving favorites and standout dishes prepared by the award-winning chefs at Mystic Lake Thursday, November 23 from 11 am to 3...

Cost: $49.95

Where:
Mystic Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth 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

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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We are celebrating the life of Michael Jackson! If you are a fan of the King of Pop Michael Jackson or his childhood era of music with the Jackson 5. This event is for you. We are going to...

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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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Join us Friday, November 24th from 8AM - 5PM, and Saturday, November 25th from 9AM - 2PM, for 50-80% off retail pricing on our high-quality apparel and outerwear! FREE and open to the public. No...

Cost: 0

Where:
Storm Creek Warehouse Hastings
624 Spiral Blvd
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: Storm Creek
Telephone: 651-480-3000
Contact Name: Derek Walters
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November is here, and before we know it we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends and staying up late or waking up early to shop the best Black Friday deals. After hours of...

Cost: None

Where:
Red Cow North Loop
208 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth 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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Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join in the festivities at Fort Alexandria on Friday November 24. This free event celebrates history and the holiday season and is open to all. There will be Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Lighting of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Runestone Museum
206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Telephone: 320-763-3160
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Join tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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Everyone is encouraged to come and see the quirky small town Scandinavian heritage holiday parade, with a tree-lighting ceremony, caroling and fireworks over the harbor to follow.  The parade will...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Grand Marais and Lutsen
Grand Marais and Lutsen , MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Improv comedy inspired by local music.Every month, a different local musician performs their original music. Having listened closely, the comedians from local improv group The Local Music...

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
, MN


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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed admission

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

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: Jennifer Pennington
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Cost: $30-60

Where:
Kingston Park
9195 75th St S
Cottage Grove, MN  55016
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
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Join us Friday, November 24th from 8AM - 5PM, and Saturday, November 25th from 9AM - 2PM, for 50-80% off retail pricing on our high-quality apparel and outerwear! FREE and open to the public. No...

Cost: 0

Where:
Storm Creek Warehouse Hastings
624 Spiral Blvd
Hastings, MN  55033
View map »


Sponsor: Storm Creek
Telephone: 651-480-3000
Contact Name: Derek Walters
Website »

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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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November 25 @ 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.   Light up Lutsen will feature Special holiday offerings and Murray the Moose sightings through-out the day Photos with Santa at Lockport Store 1-3 pm Pour at 4...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Downtown Lutsen
Hwy 61
Lutsen, MN  55612
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join The Middle Sister, Urban Moon Shop, Belle Junque, and Mama's Happy for our Small Business Saturday Holiday Vintage Crawl! Pick up your passport at any of the stores. Visit all four shops (two...

Cost: 0

Where:
Belle Junque
474 Cleveland Avenue South
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Belle Junque
Telephone: 612-670-7645
Contact Name: Rachelle Roeckeman
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Join Wanderlust Vintage Market on Small Business Saturday for the anti-Black-Friday, anti-big-box-store, alternative shopping experience. Celebrate your local community and the shops and artists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wanderlust Vintage Market
349 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Wanderlust Vintage Market
Telephone: 612-466-0785
Contact Name: Lindsay Jones
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Artists at the DAI ceramics studio are an eclectic bunch that range from college students to artists in their 70s. This is an opportunity to shop local, support area artisans and find unique...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Linconl Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the CityPages Best Bookstore of 2017! Join Milkweed Books for a full day of literary festivities, including an evening reading with Alex Lemon presenting...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Telephone: (612) 332-3192
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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November 25th from 11 AM – 5 PM Interact will be having annual Great Big Holiday Sale on Small Business Saturday! Original works from all 50+ visual artists in the studio will be on sale for...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Interact Center
1860 West Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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45+ Visual Artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 15th annual GSR Fine Art Festival.  Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, glass,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Verizon Center
1 Civic Center Place
Mankato, MN  56001
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Sponsor: GSR Fine Art Festival
Telephone: 507-351-5008
Contact Name: Tom Bliese
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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Join Jasmine and Mu's amazing musical theater artists as they recount A Christmas Carol with a little Asian flare and Jasmine sparkle! We're looking forward to a festive evening full of...

Cost: $35

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th St West
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
View map »


Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

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Milkweed Books caps off Small Business Saturday with a reading from Alex Lemon, author of Feverland, which the Star Tribune called "moving, unpredictable and sometimes digressive—in that,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Open Book
Target Performance Hall, 2nd Floor
1011 Washington Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Milkweed Books caps off Small Business Saturday with a reading from Alex Lemon, author of Feverland, which the Star Tribune called "moving, unpredictable and sometimes digressive—in that,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Open Book
Target Performance Hall, 2nd Floor
1011 Washington Avenue S
Minneapolis , MN  55415
View map »


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

Join Jasmine and Mu's amazing musical theater artists as they recount A Christmas Carol with a little Asian flare and Jasmine sparkle! We're looking forward to a festive evening full of...

Cost: $35

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th St West
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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In its 10th season, the critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one. It’s filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20...

Cost: $20, $25 & $30

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
View map »


Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
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In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed admission

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze will celebrate the season with matinee and evening performances in the Mystic Showroom November 25 through December 3.   In its 10th season, the critically-acclaimed...

Cost: $20, $25 and $35 for tickets

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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