Can’t-Miss Calendar

June 2016

Nordic Magnus in field Credit Cameron Wittig

Nordic: A Photographic Essay 

Magnus Nilsson, a Swedish celebrity chef and photographer (pictured), will present his photos of Nordic landscapes, food and people in this original traveling exhibition. Nilsson, the chef behind the world-renowned, Michelin-starred Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden, captured images and recipes from Sweden, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway during his travels. Kick-off events include a craft-sprit tasting party and exhibition preview, a Nordic heirloom recipe exchange, a Nilsson book signing and a courtyard feast.

When: June 1–Aug. 14
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 62 and older and $5 for ages 6-18.

Summer Flower Show 

In a beautiful coincidence befitting of Prince’s life and artistic work, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s annual show will feature a botanical color scheme of purple and lavender, including a new Oriental trumpet hybrid lily named Purple Prince, plus purpletop vervain, Russian sage, beebalm, butterfly bush, heliotrope, roses, caladiums and petunias. Also on display through June 30 is a stunning photo exhibit by local plant and insect photographer Bill Johnson — The Amazing World of Moths — with more than 40 extreme close-up images that highlight the stunning colors, shapes and diversity
of these beautiful winged creatures.

When: See the moth photos through June 30 and the flowers through Oct. 2.
Where: Como Park & Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE

Music & Movies in the Parks

Both St. Paul and Minneapolis are offering outdoor summer concert and film series at local parks.

When: Ongoing
Where: Como Dockside, Mears Park, Rice Park and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, among others, in St. Paul and Nicollet Island, Father Hennepin Bluffs, Minnehaha, Bryant Square and Theodore Wirth parks and the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
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Seeds of Change

Presented in association with the Hmong American Farmers Association, this exhibit brings together a collection of photographs, videos and books created by multimedia artist Mike Hazard, featuring farmers in Vermillion Township, Minn.

When: Through July 31
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
Cost: FREE

Chanhassen Concert Series

Experienced a variety of tribute bands paying homage to Paul McCartney (June 3–4), the Everly Brothers (June 17–18), James Brown (June 25), Chicago (July 8–9), the Divas of Disco (July 22–23), Led Zeppelin (Aug. 12–13) and others.

When: Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by concerts at 8 p.m., except for Sunday events, which start earlier.
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $40 per person and $15 more for dinner

Big Pants and Botox

Ditch the romance and fluff for a hilarious and emotional evening that one critic called “a funny, moving and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s refusal to slide gently into middle age.”

When: Through Aug. 14
Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth
Cost: $29–$40


Leaves, fruit, flowers and vines have appeared on ceramic vessels on every continent across millennia, symbolizing love, reproduction and death. This exhibit explores floral imagery in contemporary ceramics.

When: Through June 26
Where: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE

Skyline Mini Golf 

The Walker’s seasonal mini-golf course has moved to the rooftop, due to the renovation of the museum and sculpture garden campus. The nine-hole course features a giant hot dog, ping-pong paddles and a tricky chicken coop.

When: May 26–Sept. 4
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $12 adults, $9 for ages 7–12, free for ages 6 and younger with a paid adult



Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy are partnering on a series of walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.

When: 1–2:30 p.m. June 2
Where: This tour departs from 125 Main St. S.E., at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe.
Cost: Tickets — $16 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older, $12 for ages 5-17 — include museum admission.

JUNE 3–5

Edina Art Fair

More than 300 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada will share and sell their work alongside local and regional musicians, fashion shows, cooking and lifestyle demonstrations, food and a kids-art zone.

When: June 3–5
Where: 50th & France neighborhood of Edina
Cost: FREE

JUNE 3–11

Covers: A Pop Concert

The Cantus choral ensemble will cover the Beach Boys’ entire Pet Sounds album, using musical styles such as jazz, bluegrass, funk and more.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis
Cost: $25–$35

JUNE 3–26

Sense and Sensibility

This lively and dynamic adaptation captures the romance and heartbreak of Jane Austen’s classic novel in which two sisters’ fortunes — and opportunities for marriage — wane after the death of their father. Sensible, reserved Elinor and passionate, impulsive Marianne find the road to true love is beset with dashing suitors, well-meaning relatives, devoted friends, scandalous secrets and unexpected twists.

When: June 3–26
Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis
Cost: $22; $18 for ages 62 and older on Fridays and Sundays only

JUNE 4–5

Discover Aviation Days

View a variety of aircraft, including World War II bombers, modern corporate jets and even experimental and homebuilt airplanes. Learn about aviation careers, see flying demonstrations and take an airplane or helicopter ride. Breakfast and lunch will be sold, along with food-booth offerings. The Golden Wings Flying Museum, featuring 30 aircraft, will be open as well. Kids’ activities and vendor exhibits also will be offered both days.

When: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. June 4–5
Where: Anoka County Airport, Blaine
Cost: Free admission. Some activities are ticketed.

Grand Old Days 

This popular annual block party — one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest — will feature a parade, 150-plus food vendors, live music at six festival gardens, a Minnesota-artists’ showcase, a wellness district and a Family Fun District, all in addition to the offerings of the 350 businesses that line Grand Avenue. This year the festival is adding a second day (Friday) to further feature Grand Avenue businesses. It’s also expanding west to cover about 30 blocks along Grand Avenue.

When: June 4–5
Where: Grand Avenue between Prior Avenue and Dale Street, St. Paul
Cost: FREE



10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegnace

This annual Competition of Excellence features rare and valuable automobiles, watercraft and motorcycles on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, plus retail vendors, fine food, live music and more with proceeds to benefit the ICA Food Shelf.

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. June 5
Where: Excelsior Commons, Excelsior
Cost: $35

JUNE 5–AUG. 21

Music in the Gardens 

Enjoy live music at the arboretum in spring and summer with a series of performances by local groups, including big-band, brass, bluegrass, country, American folk, blues, roots and rockabilly styles, plus music from orchestras, concert bands and an old-time string band.

When: Select Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons June 5–Aug. 21
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Included with admission of $12 for ages 13 and older

JUNE 10–11, 15–19

North Star Bicycle Festival 

Pro and elite cyclists from around North America — including Olympic, world and national champions — will visit host cities for races around the state as part of this 17th-annual event, which will benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. Events will include races for kids, bike expos, stunt rider shows, interactive programming, live music, food trucks and beer gardens.

When: June 10–11 and June 15–19
Where: Blaine (June 10–11), St. Paul (June 15), Cannon Falls (June 16), Uptown Minneapolis (June 17), North Mankato (June 18) and Stillwater (June 19)
Cost: FREE


JUNE 10–AUG. 7

Music in the Zoo

See a wide variety of artists in an open-air atmosphere, including Blondie, The Mavericks, Indigo Girls, The Jayhawks, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Willis Clan, Ziggy Marley, Buddy Guy, Morris Day and the Time, and many others.

When: June 10–Aug. 27. Check the website for specific artists and show times.
Where: Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Various. Enjoy free admission to the zoo beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of show with a concert ticket.



Minnesota Boychoir Spring Concert

Hear one of the top choirs in the region sing sacred as well as secular songs such as Here Comes the Sun, Shine to Spare, This Little Light of Mine and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. 

When: 7 p.m. June 12
Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE. Donations will be accepted.


Food for Your Soul 

Fifteen Twin Cities homeowners will host dinners featuring appearances by local chefs, food critics, food writers and restaurant entrepreneurs, including local foodie celebrities such as Sue Zelickson, Stephanie March, Matt Schwandt (Bauhaus Brew Labs) and Marshall Paulsen (Birchwood Cafe). Proceeds will benefit the programs of Sholom Auxiliary, which serves local seniors.

When: June 16
Where: Twin Cities
Cost: $150 per person

JUNE 16–19

St. Louis Park Parktacular

Kick off summer with a weekend of events for all ages, including live music concerts, bingo, festival food, an expo, a climbing wall, a parade and a family day on June 18.

When: June 16–19
Where: Venues around St. Louis Park
Cost: Most events are free.

JUNE 17–19 


Celebrate German culture at this third-annual event, featuring food, live music, dance, art, education and other traditional activities — not a stereotypical beer-centric Oktoberfest event. Highlights include Lederhosen-clad participants, a strongman competition, human foosball games, brewery tours, arts and crafts, Dachshund races, Great Pyrenees dogs and more.

When: June 17–19
Where: Historic Schmidt Brewery, St. Paul
Cost: FREE

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

This popular Father’s Day weekend event features art and music from 250 artists on three performance stages, plus family art activities, a car show and a motorcycle and off-road vehicle gallery, all on the Mississippi riverfront.

When: June 17–19, including a free concert from 8–10 p.m. at Water Power Park on June 18
Where: Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: FREE

Back to the Fifties Weekend

More than 12,000 custom, classic and restored cars — all dated 1964 and earlier — will cover the fairgrounds, along with entertainment, live music, games, food, crafts and more as part of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 43nd-annual event.

When: June 17–19
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: $10; one child (age 12 and younger) can attend for free with each paid adult.


Midsommar Celebration

Welcome summer at the American Swedish Institute with a family-friendly day of cultural events in and around the Turnblad Mansion. Activities include singing, folk dancing, flower head-wreath making, face painting, storytelling, outdoor games and nature-based play activities — plus eats from the museum’s FIKA cafe.

When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. June 18. At 11:30 a.m., see the raising of the Swedish Midsommar pole.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6–18, free for ages 5 and younger

JUNE 21–26

The Bridges of Madison County

Featuring soulful music that draws from the rich textures of Americana and folk, this musical — based on the best-selling novel — tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid.

When: June 21–26
Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $39.


Steve Miller Band

Miller, who was recently voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will bring to town his diverse musical stylist and hits from the ’60s and ’70s.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 29
Where: Northrop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cost: $65–$100

JULY 2–3

Hmong International Freedom Celebration & Sports Tournament 

Thousands of spectators come to see tournaments, including soccer, volleyball, flag football and the Southeast Asian sport of kick-volleyball, known as sepak takraw.

When: July 2–3
Where: McMurray Field in Como Park, St. Paul
Cost: $5


Red, White and Boom

Celebrate Independence Day on the downtown Minneapolis riverfront with a 5K, half marathon and relay races, plus a movie, live music, food, family-friendly activities and a grand finale of fireworks.

When: July 4 with families activities from 6–10 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: FREE. Race registration fees apply.