November 2018's Arts and Entertainment Picks

State Park Free Admission Day, The Book of Mormon, Cirque de Soleil Corteo, and more get the holiday season started right

A gingerbread house at Gingerbread Wonderland.
Gingerbread Wonderland

photo by mason hendricks


Josh Groban & Idina Menzel | 11/2 

Forget Frozen and toss aside the Muppets—these two powerful, award-winning voices (in their human forms) join forces for one night only at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.


Fall Fiber Festival | 11/3

Craft crusaders: You can buy/admire locally produced goods made from alpaca, wool, silk, mohair, and more at the seventh annual fiber fest at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins.


The Book of Mormon | 11/6-18 

After winning nine Tony Awards, this hit Broadway comedy musical about Mormon missionaries comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.


Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas | 11/6-1/6 

The magic of Whoville comes to Minneapolis, and the Grinch’s grumpy, green heart has nothing on the spirited talent of the Children’s Theatre Company.


Cirque de Soleil Corteo | 11/8-11 

More than 50 acrobats, musicians, actors, and singers from around the globe transform Target Center in Minneapolis into a circus-inspired, clown-imagined funeral procession somewhere between heaven and earth.


State Park Free Admission Day | 11/11 

For the last time this year, admission to all Minnesota State Parks is waived for 24 hours. Come for can’t-beat views, towering trees, and priceless, much-needed peace.


A Christmas Carol | 11/13-12/29 

Practice your “bah, humbug” for Guthrie Theater’s famous annual production of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale in Minneapolis.


A Doodle A Day | 11/16-12/28 

Children’s book author and Minnesota treasure Nancy Carlson dedicates her last decade of doodles to her late husband at Artistry in Bloomington.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live | 11/17 

St. Paul’s State Theatre screens two films newly riffed on by the original cast members (and hometown heroes) of the cult comedy classic TV show MST3K, including host and creator Joel Hodgson, on their 30th anniversary tour.


Gingerbread Wonderland | 11/20-1/6 

This gingerbread village at Norway House in Minneapolis welcomes pros, baking beginners, and everyone in between.


Native American Heritage Day | 11/24 

St. Louis County Historical Society in Duluth celebrates local Ojibwe history and heritage with Native American art, exhibits, music, children’s activities, and food.


Hippo Campus | 11/23-24 

Delivering a pair of angst- and adrenaline-laced concerts at Palace Theatre in St. Paul, this Minnesota-born indie quartet celebrate their sophomore full-length, this year’s Bambi. The collection shows a trippy, experimental side, and plenty of catchy hooks.

Digital Extra: Listen Local

St. Paul indie rock band Hippo Campus are back for two shows at Palace Theatre. Their new single, “Bambi,” is smooth, electronic pop.


Ina Garten | 11/28 

With a new Barefoot Contessa cookbook, Ina Garten comes to State Theatre in Minneapolis to tell stories of life as a Food Network-famous icon.


Great Russian Nutcracker | 11/30-12/1 

Moscow Ballet has graced stages worldwide since 1993, performing sky-high arabesques and graceful adagios for Tchaikovsky’s most famous holiday ballet. Catch it at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Digital Extra: En Pointe

Moscow Ballet is bringing its Great Russian Nutcracker to the Orpheum. This is the level of synchronicity, agility, and costumery you can expect.

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