September 2018's Arts and Entertainment Picks

Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Maroon 5 headline a star-studded month

A black and white portrait of Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift

photo by Photo Mert & Marcus


Taylor Swift 8/30-9/1 

See if T-Swift lives up to her massive rep at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during her first tour in three years, featuring her new album, Reputation.

Hot Iron Days 9/7-8 

Watch professional blacksmiths at work in Lamberton’s historic blacksmith shop, and try one of the metalwork projects available for all levels. The weekend also features lawn games, family activities, and a market.

Minneapolis Greek Festival 9/7-9 

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis hosts a weekend focusing on Greece’s rich cultural history: the food, the dancing, the wine, the architecture, and more. Burn off the baklava and souvlaki during the Big Fat 5K on Lake Bde Maka Ska.

Grape Stomp Festival 9/8-9 

Grape stompers of all ages can take to the barrels just for fun or to wow the crowd with superior style. The day-long event also includes free vineyard and winery tours. Pack a picnic and sip some wine while listening to live music by Funktion Junktion at the St. Croix Vineyards near Stillwater.

Hay Days 9/8-9 

This weekend of all-terrain vehicle racing is highlighted by snowmobiles drag-racing on dry grass up near North Branch. Stick around for the motorsports freestyle events, off-road demonstrations, and a huge swap for powersports paraphernalia.

Forced From Home 9/9-9/26 

The outdoor commons space near U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosts a 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibit guided by Doctors Without Borders that depicts the struggles of refugees. It includes a 360-degree video dome and virtual-reality headsets.

Mystic India: The World Tour 9/15 

This traveling dance company’s colorful live production celebrates India’s cultural evolution, from ancient times up to today’s thriving Bollywood film industry, at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul.

Marine on St. Croix’s Art Fair 9/15-16 

More than 100 artists showcase pottery, woodworking, jewelry, photography, and more in picturesque downtown Marine on St. Croix.

Maroon 5 9/18 

Led by The Voice judge Adam Levine, Maroon 5 have been one of pop’s biggest bands for more than a decade. They bring hits like “This Love” and “Moves Like Jagger” to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul supporting their 2017 album, Red Pill Blues.

Junk Bonanza Vintage Market Fall Show 9/20-22 

Since 2006, this massive indoor sale of antiques, trinkets, and repurposed junk has filled Canterbury Park in Shakopee for those who love the hunt.

Vänskä Conducts The Planets 9/27-29 

In addition to the classic orchestral suite by English composer Gustav Holst, this night at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis features a “gnarly” clarinet solo and a postmodern piece by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom.

Sebastian Maniscalco 9/28 

This comedian’s brash observational humor has spawned a career that includes popular stand-up specials, film appearances, the SiriusXM program The Pete and Sebastian Show, and a memoir called Stay Hungry. He’ll perform two shows at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Justin Timberlake 9/28-29 

This year’s Super Bowl halftime performer released Man of the Woods in February and has since dropped the summer single “Soulmate.” He’s back with two concerts at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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