Calendar of Events

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There's no shortage of things to do in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area; explore our calendar for hundreds of area events each month. Here you'll find upcoming concerts, exhibits, performances, festivals, races, sports schedules, community events and more.

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February 14, 2014 - December 31, 2015

Mall of America (Southeast corner of Level 3)
60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425

Featuring the world’s most famous fashion icon, this exhibition brings the iconic Barbie® Dreamhouse® to life for Barbie® fans of all ages! Focusing on fun interactivity, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience allowing visitors to become a living doll in the Barbie® Dreamhouse®! Become a part of the fabulous Barbie® lifestyle and discover each room of her amazing Malibu Dreamhouse™. Dress up in the Barbie® dream closet, be a star in the Barbie® fashion show, virtually bake in the Barbie® kitchen and more.

The Barbie™ Dreamhouse Experience™ will Feature:

  • A dream kitchen including colorful appliances, interactive cupcake stations and more
  • The Dreamhouse™ living room includes a library, fireplace and even more interactive stations
  • An endless closet and shoe room where guests can virtually try on Barbie doll’s® outfits
  • Virtual elevators that transport guests from room to room
  • A glamorous make-up studio where guests are prepped for their own Barbie™ experience
  • A 6,500 square foot entertainment area where guests are the stars of the show. This area features costumes, The Pop Star Stage, The Fashion Runway, choreographer and more!

Monday - Thursday | Noon – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday  | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Hours change seasonally

General Admission - $23.99 (Adults receive $4 off general admission purchase when accompanied by a child 12 and under)
Senior - $16.99
2 and under Free
Military discount available with valid military ID


March 13, 2014 - December 31, 2015

Mall of America (Southeast corner of Level 3)
60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425

Can you solve the crime? Based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science. Guided by videos featuring cast members and real-life forensic scientists, you’ll examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects and identify the source of a single strand of hair. Complete with forensic crime labs, autopsy rooms and reporting stations, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge you deep into the role of a crime scene investigator.

CSI: The Experience® will Feature:

  • Special investigation cards, on which guests will record evidence from one of three different crime scenes.
  • Scientific Inquiry in the following fields: DNA identification, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, forensic art, firearm and toolmark identification, information technology, latent prints and blood spatter analysis.
  • Access to a variety of tools and technologies, from chemistry equipment and UV light sources, to ballistics identification systems and bullet trap.
  • Highly interactive lab areas where the exhibit’s “investigators” can perform evidence testing at multiple stations.
  • A recreation of the office of Gil Grissom, in which guests will present their findings through the completion of a series of questions.

May 16, 2014 - December 31, 2015

Mall of America (Southeast corner of Level 3)
60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425

Come and explore the History of the Future!

No other science fiction brand has become so interwoven with popular culture. For over 40 years Star Trek has entertained us with compelling stories, colorful characters and powerful allegories.

Now, you have a chance to experience Star Trek as never before. Not as cinema or TV but hands-on, live, up-close and in-person. You can explore the worlds, the wisdom, the science, the stories, the cultures, characters, fashions and the fantasies of the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek™: The Exhibition is one of the largest collections of authentic Star Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display. A truly impressive array of exhibits features sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from numerous Star Trek television series and Star Trek feature films. Together these components offer Star Trek fans and novices alike an opportunity to experience first-hand the imagination, artistry, technology and meticulous craftsmanship that have made Star Trek the most enduring science-fiction franchise in history.

Star Trek: The Exhibition is the ultimate experience for fans and first-timers. It is like having your own personal “holodeck” to place you inside the excitement, drama and imagination of Star Trek. Come aboard the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, sit in the Captain’s chair, see the actual props and costumes used in the TV series’ and films, and enjoy one-of-a-kind displays, interactive kiosks, and unique adventures. Enjoy rare photo opportunities at our souvenir photo stations! Personal photography is prohibited. Excite your kids. Inspire your spouse. Reconnect with your own spirit of adventure. Boldly go.


Weekly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
February 8, 2015 - August 9, 2015

Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery space, they also donated their time and advice (Babe was a founding member of WAM’s Colleagues Advisory Board) and made regular gifts of art to WAM’s collection. A selection of the artwork given to WAM by Babe and Julius over the years is now on view in the Edith Carlson Gallery.

The selection of works on view was chosen from all of the Davis family’s gifts to WAM, totaling more than eighty-eight and gifted between the years of 1975 and 2013. The works on view are meant to offer a glimpse of the Davises’ collecting sensibilities. Keenly interested in adventurous and experimental contemporary art, the couple over the years built a remarkable collection including works from artists Chuck Close, Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, and Lucas Samaras. Although Babe and Julius amassed a premier collection, they never collected art from a checklist, were open to new and as yet unknown artists, and stayed true to their own vision of the art the wanted to live with.

The Davises stand among the most important art collectors and philanthropists in the Twin Cities—an extraordinary distinction considering the Cities’ outstanding record in both avocations. Key members of a generation of collectors here, they stand out as both extremely perceptive in their choices and unfailingly committed to contributing to the cultural wealth of the Twin Cities.

All-day events are open during museum hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday                 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday                                         10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday                               11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday                                               Closed


Weekly on Wednesdays
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
8:00 pm

Joke Joint Comedy Club
801 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

Every Wendesday is open mic night! Come out and see the Twin Cities’ best and brightest comedians, professionals, amateurs, and first-timers. Always FREE!  You’ll see professionals working on new jokes, amateurs working towards becoming professionals, and the occasional train wreck.  See the area’s best and brightest comedians.


Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015
10:00 pm

Brave New Workshop Theatre
2605 Hennepin Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Using only suggestions from the audience and pure, unbridled imagination, the cast of the BNW delivers an all-improvised 45-60 minute performance without a script. Featuring the ‘genius of improvisation’ that has made the BNW famous since 1958, the performances are a rite of passage for any Twin Cities comedy lover. Come for the show, stay for the improv!

Late Night Improv is FREE with admission to our mainstage Saturday shows - or just $5 if you drop in for the improv set only (which you’re always welcome to do!).  Tickets are available at the ticket window night of show only, cash only, first come, first served.

The performance schedule does vary somewhat, so check the calendar for complete info on dates and times!


Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

The Lookout Bar & Grill
8672 Pineview Ln N Maple Grove, MN 55369

With awards such as “Best Place for Live Music” and “Best Night Out,” when you come for live music at The Lookout, you’re guaranteed to have a great night! With popular bands traveling from all over the Twin Cities, we host a wide variety of music, including rock, country, folks and top-40. Live music is Friday and Saturday nights, with NO cover charge, ever.

Check their website for updated list of bands.


Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
January 2, 2015 - December 31, 2015
8:00 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
501 W. 78th Street Chanhassen, MN 55317

Making You Laugh Every Friday and Saturday Night!

This is NOT your typical Chanhassen show! The Playhouse doors open one hour prior to show time. The show begins at 8:00 pm every Friday and Saturday night. Arrive early and order something before or during the show from our Menu or the Playhouse bar. Delicious desserts and cocktails are also available.  The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe performs a comedy variety show of improv, sketches, and music. Improv is comedy based on audience suggestions, similar to the hit television show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The show is fast-paced, clean, and very funny. And if you are celebrating a birthday, company party, or other special events, just give the hostess a note when you arrive and the troupe will do something special during the show. They might even bring a member of your party on stage to join in an improv and be a star in the show.

Tickets | All seats are $25

Playhouse menu and cocktails are available throughout the evening. 

Performed by The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe
Making it up as we go since 1989!


Weekly on Saturdays
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
10:00 am

Theatres at Mall of America
401 South Ave, Bloomington, MN 55425

The entire family can enjoy select movies for FREE every Saturday morning at 10am. First-come, first-served as seating is limited to the theatre capacity. Families also have the opportunity to take advantage of a free sensory friendly film in an adjacent Theatre.

Sensory Friendly Films as part of Family Flicks
Sensory-friendly films offer families affected by developmental disabilities, like autism, the opportunity to enjoy a free movie in a safe environment. Simple adjustments, like turning the sound down, leaving the lights up and offering additional staff to help with concessions, enhance the overall experience. Audience members are welcome to dance, sing and move around in response to the film.


Weekly on Mondays
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
8:00 pm

Acme Comedy Club
708 N. 1st Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Open Mic is a FREE show, so we do not take reservations or sell tickets for Monday nights.  The doors open for seating at 7:30pm, and you seat yourself.  Once the room is full, you'll have to wait until someone leaves, and there is an open chair to sit and watch the show.  There is no standing room.   Being a free show, Open Mic is used as a starting ground for many comics, as well as a place to practice new material for the veteran comedians.  Some jokes may kill, others may bomb; but it's always a good time.  Be sure to support those appearing on stage; it's not as easy as you think!

Looking to sign-up? 
Sign-up is in the bar between 6-7pm.  You MUST be present to sign-up.  If it is your first time at Acme, please read the sheet prior to signing up!  We try our hardest to get first-timers up.  The list of who gets stage time that evening is posted at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm.  First timers get 3 minutes on stage.  Be sure to watch the red light!  If you go over your time, you will not get time again.  Respect the time, audience, and other comedians.  If you're not picked to perform, don't be discouraged.  We have a lot of people sign-up every week, and we do note who's coming down regularly.   Your time will come!