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Things to do this week in the Twin Cities area: Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair, ”Indiana Jones” at Union Depot’s drive-In movie, and more

Plaza Concert

What: LA Buckner & BiG HOMiE
When: July 6, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE., Minneapolis 

Enjoy a blend of jazz, gospel, hip hop, and avant-funk presented by LA Buckner. Buckner is a musician, producer, and instructor who is also currently a co-host on the Webby award-winning PBS music education YouTube series, “Sound Field.” This concert is presented as part of the “Amplifying Solidarity: A Northrop Plaza Series” events.


Carnivale Celebration

What: Grand Carnivale at Valleyfair
When: Through July 10, 5-10 p.m.
Where: One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee 

This global celebration features King Carl Nivale, Queen Cara Nivale, and their royal court leading a parade along Valleyfair’s streets, with music, international food, floats, street performers, and more.

Drive-In Movie at Union Depot

What: “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark”
When: July 8, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Union Depot, 392 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 

Visit downtown St. Paul’s Union Depot for a weekly drive-in movie, with “Indiana Jones”  playing this Friday. Enjoy food trucks, trivia, and a thematic backdrop for photos. 

Art Exhibit

What: Illusional State of Mind 
When: Through July 24
Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington 

This art collection by Minnesota graphic designer and visual artist Silent Fox features multiple mediums.

Disney Musical

What: Performances of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”
When: Through Aug.7
Where: Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins 

Journey “Under the Sea” with Ariel and maritime friends  with this 60-minute adaptation of the original Disney film featuring Academy Award-winning music. Follow Ariel on her quest to explore the world above and find true love in this play appropriate for an audience of all ages. 

Interactive Van Gogh Experience   

What: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
When: Through Sep.5
Where: Lighthouse Artspace, 1515 Central Ave. NE., Minneapolis

Step inside the works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh at this worldwide, critically acclaimed interactive experience.