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Things to do this week include Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Pride, ’The Buddha Prince,’ and more

‘Tootsie’ Roles

What: “Tootsie”
When: June 20-25
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Actor Michael Dorsey can’t find a decent job until he dresses as Dorothy Michaels and lands the role. As Dorothy, he inspires others and changes himself. This joyful musical comedy is a feel-good show for ages 10 and up.

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Minnesota Street Rod Association

Ticket to Ride

What: Back to the Fifties Weekend
When: June 23-25
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Now in its 49th year, the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s popular event gathers fans and owners of more than 11,000 street rods, classic cars, and restored vehicles, all dating from 1964 and earlier.

Discover More About The Dalai Lama

What: “The Buddha Prince”
When: June 23-July 9
Where: Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 200 E. 24th St., Minneapolis

This “walking play” presented by TigerLion Arts and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota examines the life of the 14th Dalai Lama from his youth in Tibet to his exile in India. The performance for all ages includes puppetry as well as live Tibetan music and dance.

Christian McBride will perform as part of 2023’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival

All Jazzed Up

What: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
When: June 23-24
Where: Mears Park and Lowertown, St. Paul

For 25 years, jazz music fans have been treated to free outdoor concerts by big names and local performers. Wander St. Paul’s Lowertown Arts District to catch a multitude of acts on the Mears Park stage and also at nearby participating venues.

Pride Activities

What: Twin Cities Pride Festival
When: June 23-25
Where: Loring Park and Parade Park, Minneapolis

Now in its 51st year, this celebration of the LGBTQ-plus community includes live entertainment, activities, food stands, and a popular parade that has drawn up to 400,000 spectators. Check out a roundup of Twin Cities Pride activities for 2023 here.

Summer in the City

What: “It’s Not the Heat, it’s the Stupidity”
When: Now through Aug. 5
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

For improv and comedy group Brave New Workshop’s 308th show, summer in Minnesota is worth the skewering and shout-outs. With road construction, mosquitos, and cabin culture, summer in Minnesota is always fun to celebrate.

Part of the Cafesjian Art Trust collection


One-of-a-Kind Collection

What: “Highlights of the Cafesjian Art Trust Collection” exhibit
When: Now through Oct. 14
Where: Cafesjian Art Trust, 4600 Churchill St., Shoreview

This unique free museum opened last year in Shoreview featuring the private collection of Minnesotan Gerard Cafesjian. This exhibit highlights the art Cafesjian acquired over his lifetime, including those of glass artist Dale Chihuly along with Sam Gilliam, Jennifer Bartlett, William Morris, and more.