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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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 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
February 28, 2015 - December 6, 2015

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

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the Mississippi River makes our bridges as majestic as they are vital. Whether supported from below or suspended from above, they are important elements in our visual world and integral to our livelihood. And yet our bridges are wearing out and in need of attention.

The Target Studio for Creative Collaboration will address the challenge of maintaining the structural—and sculptural—quality of our big bridges in exhibitions and programs from February 28 to December 6, 2015. Big Bridges will invite artists, designers, engineers, and the University and larger community to engage in a creative dialogue establishing the expectations, possibilities, and aspirations for the preservation and replacement of our Mississippi River bridges. The collaborations will be hosted in the Target Studio as well as through social media.

From the Roman viaducts to our own Stone Arch Bridge, many historic bridges still stand as a sign of their times. Bridges have been on the leading edge of invention and the application of new materials. Many have been risky experiments, like the Brooklyn Bridge, which was the first suspension bridge to use steel cables (1883). Big Bridges will take us back to marvel at the artistic expression in historic bridges and look to the future of bridge design in the Twin Cities. Join us as Target Studio becomes a laboratory for the creation of innovative vision for big bridges in the twenty-first century.

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


March 7, 2015 - November 29, 2015

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

November 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia. Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to 66,000 Hmong, the largest urban Hmong population in the United States. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, this exhibit will commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation.


Weekly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays
October 3, 2015 - December 20, 2015
7:30 pm

History Theatre
30 East 10th Street St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
by Alan Janes  Original London production directed by Rob Bettinson
directed by Ron Peluso and Jan Puffer
music direction by Gary Rue
November 21–December 20, 2015

1959. Buddy Holly and The Crickets are the hottest thing goin’ in rock ’n’ roll! After a meteoric rise to the top, Buddy and The Crickets part ways. A whirlwind romance and marriage are in cards for Buddy, and yet with royalties tied up by his producer, he takes off with entertainer J.P. Richardson “The Big Bopper” & Ritchie Valens for a Midwestern tour called “The Winter Dance Party.”

We guarantee that you’ll be on your feet dancin’ & screamin’ for more!


October 18, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404

He was the engine of revolution that helped transform French painting of the 19th century. And the younger generation, from Degas to van Gogh, scrambled to keep pace. At his death in 1863, Eugène Delacroix was the most revered artist in Paris. This ground-breaking exhibition will investigate how this last painter of the Grand Style was also one of Europe’s first modern masters.

In addition to works by Delacroix, the exhibition will spotlight paintings by Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, and others, many of them on loan from international museums. Themes explored include Orientalism; color theory; religious and history painting at a crossroads; beasts, flowers, and aestheticism; and the artist’s own unpublished “Dictionary of Art.”



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!


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.