Events – Community Calendar


Curiosity Camp
July 8 – 10, 1 – 3 p.m.
East Lake Public Library
2727 E. Lake St.
Entering grades 3-8. Use art to express yourself and explore the world around you. Each class builds on the next – registration is for all 3 days! Artists from Curiosity Studio will lead each class. Materials provided.
July 8: Art for Collaboration – Bring the outcome of a group activity to life and collaborate on a comic strip to tell an epic story.
July 9: Art in Action – Make handmade, marbled paper to build characters that can move in real time.
July 10: Art for Comfort – Using tape and tin foil, create an object that can remind you of something that brings you comfort.
Collaborator: Curiosity Studio. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Clay Squared to Infinity
July 10, 12 – 1 p.m.
Flux Arts Building
2505 Howard St NE, Minneapolis, MN
This month Josh Blanc will talk about glaze and Layl McDill will talk about glitter! Get a chance to try both yourself!
Every month we will have snacks that relate to the subject. July will be one of our favorite foods: doughnuts! We will be revealing surprising connections while you learn more about Clay Squared and have interesting conversations.
Make your lunch break out-of-this-world fun!
Bring a coworker, friend, spouse, date, children or furry friend. We take them all!
RSVP Layl McDill [email protected]
Josh Blanc [email protected]

DanceCo’s Wolf Tales
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Bandshell, 420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Lyndale Gardens Amphitheater, 6400 Lyndale Ave. S.
DanceCo uses dance to mash up the stories of Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs, reimagining the wolf as misunderstood, not big and bad! The season’s first performance will be at the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion this Saturday. Rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, the audience and performers will bring the tale to life under the covered pavilion. DanceCo is a professional performance company creating original, interactive dance narratives for young people of all ages (yes, that includes you, too, grown-ups!). The show begins with an age-appropriate workshop where audience members learn interactive elements they’ll use throughout the performance. Then, DanceCo’s talented artists take the stage for a captivating 45-minute show filled with opportunities for the audience to join the fun!
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of fairytales in dance with “Wolf Tales” this summer!
Visit to learn more about DanceCo and its upcoming performances.

GALA Choruses Festival 2024
Wednesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 14
GALA Choruses’ signature event is our quadrennial Festival, which gathers LGBTQ+ choruses from all over North America and the world. Festival is five days of singing, connecting and creating. It’s wall-to-wall concerts, workshops, social events, joy and pride.
It’s the largest LGBTQ choral event in the world.
It’s you with thousands of your peers taking over a city and filling it with song.
By the numbers:
GALA Choruses Festival will gather about 7,000 singers from 122 choruses this summer in Minneapolis. This is just a portion of the more than 15,000 singers and nearly 200 LGBTQ+ choruses in North America and beyond who make up GALA Choruses. Festival 2024 choirs will perform at world-class venues in downtown Minneapolis including Orchestra Hall, The Minneapolis Convention Center, and Central Lutheran Church. Festival 2016 in Denver, CO, gathered more than 6,000 singers in-person and more than 14,000 unique viewers online.
$35 live stream passes on sale now for full access to all of festival or join us in person with single tickets sales!

Make Recycled Book Art
Wednesday, July 17, 3 – 5 p.m.
Franklin Public Library
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Entering K-grade 6 and their families. Drop in to create art using damaged books heading to the recycling bin. Materials provided. Collaborator: Ready Go Art: Art Book Circle. Sponsor: MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency).

Intergenerational Rainbow Shabbat
Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beard’s Plaisance, 4525 Upton Ave S. (near Lake Harriet)
Join J-Pride + PJ Library for an Intergenerational Rainbow Shabbat! We’re inviting all who identify, their allies, friends, and families of all kinds to join us for a casual Shabbat picnic. Pack up your picnic baskets with your favorite treats. Challah and juice will be provided for Shabbat blessings. We’ll enjoy story time, schmoozing, all ages rainbow-themed crafts, and reflections on Pride month. RSVP is appreciated in the form below, but walk-ups are welcome.
A free parking lot is located near the tennis courts. A pavilion with picnic tables, a playground, and public restrooms are available.
Questions? Email [email protected] or [email protected], or contact 608-575-5050 on the day of the event

Inside Out 3 Block Party
July 27, 1-5 p.m., with a rain date of July 28.
Pillsbury House + Theatre (PH+T) and KRSM Radio are excited to announce the third annual Inside Out 3 Block Party, this year slated for July 27, 2024 from 1-5PM, with a rain date of July 28. Bring your family and friends for food, fun, and festivities, including an artist market featuring local artisans! This year we are excited to celebrate and kick-off construction for the Pillsbury Creative Commons (PCC), the new name for the growing Pillsbury House + Theatre campus.
Our expanded arts and economic development hub will fuel a more vibrant future for South Minneapolis, channeling the power of artists to transform the community with and for local residents. PCC will support the regional arts ecology with trained workers and space to build, and catalyze new investments in community infrastructure that stabilize the neighborhood and build economic wellbeing for residents.

Social Justice Sticker Art, Poster, and Patches
Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Nokomis Public Library
5100 34th Ave. S.
Entering grades 6-12. Participants will be introduced to the history of sticker and poster art and activism, then learn the 10Cs of Art and Social Justice to inspire and help them create unique and meaningful designs. Materials provided. Collaborator: COMPAS. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Registration opens two weeks before program.

Summer STEM Event With Twin Cities PBS
Friday, August 2, 10 a.m. – noon
East Lake Public Library
2727 E. Lake St.
Join Twin Cities PBS for a free family-friendly event with educational arts and crafts designed for toddlers-children entering grade 3. Materials provided. The event will also feature an appearance by a costumed character from the PBS Kids show Hero Elementary. Take home a copy of the Summer Activity Booklet filled with fun ways to learn all summer long. Collaborator: Twin Cities PBS.

Church of Cash
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
History Theatre, 30 E 10th Street, St. Paul
History Theatre is excited to announce the one night only concert event for summer fun. Get ready to “Walk the Line” with Church of Cash on Saturday August 3! This electrifying Johnny Cash tribute show, led by the incredible Jay Ernest, will have you stompin’ your feet and singin’ along to all the classics — from “Folsom Prison Blues” to “A Boy Named Sue.” Tickets are on sale now! Jay’s deep, resonant voice sounds remarkably like Cash’s. He captures the essence of the legendary performer with his dynamic stage presence and spirit that captivates audiences, the band breathes new life into these iconic compositions.
In addition to the music, the show includes captivating stories and anecdotes about Cash’s life and career, adding an extra dimension of entertainment and education for audiences of all ages. “I want to be known as the best Johnny Cash tribute show in the world,” says Ernest. “We have the credibility, and we have four studio albums as Church of Cash. I grew up loving the sound of the choir and the booming
voice of Johnny Cash. This is in my blood.”
The performance is designed to appeal to both long-time Cash fans and newcomers to his music, and it’s the perfect night out for families, couples, and friends. Don’t miss your chance to relive the legend!
Ticket information: Main Floor $40; Balcony $30 (no additional fees). Learn more:

Summer Foraging Day
Sunday, August 4, 1pm – 5pm
Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging for a full day of foraging! Take a trip out to the countryside for an in-depth exploration of wild plants and mushrooms. We will discuss laws and ethics around foraging, as well as identification, harvest and preparation of edible species. Plants and mushrooms that we may find include wild grapes, wild plums, chanterelles, and chicken of the woods! This event will take place outdoors about 40 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities — the exact location will be emailed to registrants. Sliding scale $70 – $90. Pre-registration required. For more details, please email [email protected], call 612-440-5958, or visit

“The Garden”
Friday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is pleased to announce that the 2024 Triple Threat production will be the World Premiere Musical “The Garden”. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Hannah Bakke, “The Garden” will be directed by Emma Y. Lai, with choreography by Jack Morman, and music direction by Justin Church. More information is available at
“The Garden” is the world’s first music venue, the genesis of honkytonks — an electric, cozy place where creation begins, and woman finds her voice. It’s a story old as time, told through the lens of Eve’s self-discovery and resolve. This bluegrass, backwoods revival takes you on a journey of what it means to be imperfectly perfect.
Students enrolled in the Triple Threat Summer Intensive spend the first half of their day in theatre arts training (classes in acting, movement, voice, and more) and the second half in rehearsal for the production. Past productions include “Carrie,” “Rent,” “Be More Chill,” and “Head Over Heels.” The students work with professional directors, professional designers, and other experienced theatre artists and practitioners. The focus is on process; students have the opportunity to hone their craft, dig deeper, and build their community.
Tickets to “The Garden” may be purchased online at or by calling the ticket office at 612-874-0400. All tickets are $25.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 50 minutes with one intermission.

2024 Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities
August 10 @ 7:30 – 11 a.m.
Lake Harriet Bandshell
Join the MN lung cancer community at the 18th annual Lung Run/Walk on Saturday, August 10 to raise your voice for change!
This event offers a 5K walk or chip-timed 5K and 10K runs with prizes for best times, KIDS FUN RUN with medals for kids 5-12, LIVE music, doctor/patient team stories and a lung cancer research update, a lung cancer survivor resource tent, and to end this beautiful day, we will gather lakeside to remember and honor our loved ones lost to lung cancer at the Rose Raft of Remembrance Ceremony.
Information at

The Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival
August 12-14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nicollet Avenue from 6th to 8th Street.
The Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival is a free and unique downtown art experience for residents and visitors that celebrates street art in all its forms. The festival takes place annually the second weekend in August and features chalk and spray art, murals, performance, craft, food and fun! We hope to see you, your friends and family for this inclusive and joyful experience in the heart of downtown Minneapolis!
New to 2024, Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival is excited to welcome Jackalope Arts to the festival lineup! The indie artisan fair will be bringing over 100 local, hand-selected artisans to the festival streetways. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more. Learn more about Jackalope Arts here.
Vendor applications for Jackalope Arts in partnership with the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival are open now!


Hookstock ‘24
Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Theater and Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave,
Celebrating the Influential Festivals, Artists, and Music of 1969
Dawn of Aquarius house band performing the music of Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix & more.
Peace, Love, Music and Art.
Reserved Seats: $30, GA: $18 ADV / $24 DOS
Information at

Rob Stokes Live at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – noon
214 4th St. E.
Saint Paul
Come for an hour of Train-tastic tunes by Rob Stokes!
Live music is included with play space admissions! The admission is: $10 for kids 1-10
[email protected]

Friday and Saturday Fun at Augsburg Adventure Park
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.
7000 Nicollet Ave.
Spend the morning finding a new adventure at Augsburg! Listen to stories shared through puppets, Read-A-Story Theater, storybook walks, and staff-led story time, spend time with firefighters and public safety staff, and even dance! Parking at Community Center
Friday, July 12: Storytime with Richfield public safety
Saturday, July 13: Storytime with Richfield public safety
Friday, July 26: Storybook hike (English and Spanish)
Friday, August 9: Wood Lake puppet show
Friday, August 23: End-of-summer dance party

Art and Artifact: Murals from the Minneapolis Uprising
September 10 – December 7, 2024
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art
University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue S.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police on the street outside the Cup Foods convenience store at the intersection of 38th Street E. and Chicago Ave. Days of protests and unrest followed. During the uprising, business owners across the Twin Cities began to cover their storefronts with sheets of plywood which were soon turned into powerful messages and murals by artists, protestors, and community. The Cities were in turmoil and the urban landscape was transformed into a living visual chronicle of the moment.
During this time, Leesa Kelly founded Memorialize the Movement and began collecting and preserving these murals as businesses took them down. Memorialize the Movement has collected over 1,000 panels of plywood over the last four years and continues to do so today, along with exhibiting these murals for the purpose of keeping George Floyd’s memory and the story of the uprising alive and fresh in people’s minds.
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, in association with Memorialize the Movement, presents “Art and Artifact: Murals from the Minneapolis Uprising,” curated by Amira McLendon, a former Intern of Memorialize the Movement and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of the murals from Memorialize the Movement’s collection. “Art and Artifact” is the largest gallery exhibition of the murals to be presented since they were created and is Amira McLendon’s curatorial debut. Her goal for the exhibition is to encourage people to reflect on where we are now, as we approach the fifth year since George Floyd’s murder.

Tutors needed for Hennepin County Library’s ‘Let’s Read’ and ‘Homework Help’ programs
Join Hennepin County Library in making a positive impact on our next generation. The library is increasing its efforts to help boost children’s literacy, and volunteers and paid tutors are needed to support our youngest learners. We’re thrilled to invite you to be a part of two programs, “Homework Help” and the exciting new “Let’s Read” literacy initiative. Apply to be a paid lead tutor, or volunteer for either program. To learn more and to apply, go to

Join Nokomis Healthy Seniors’ FREE Caregiver Support Group
4th Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Nokomis Healthy Seniors
Bethel Church
4120 17th Ave. S., Mpls.
Often, caregivers don’t know where to turn for support and advice. A support group can be a lifesaver, allowing caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions.
Held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at our office located inside Bethel Church, 4120-17th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, call the Nokomis Healthy Seniors office at 612-729-5499.

Puppet and Mask Lending Library
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
First and third Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Avalon Theater
1500 E. Lake St., Mpls.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has opened the Twin Cities’ first Puppet and Mask Lending Library! This hands-on opportunity will help kids and families embrace and participate in using puppets through a free two-week checkout system, just as they would do with a book at the library. The puppets can be used for community events, school plays, personal celebrations and more. All who check out a puppet or mask will get a lesson on how to wear and operate what they’re borrowing. Some puppets in the library will require puppeteers and/or transportation for a fee.
The library will be open the first and third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre nurtures creative empowerment through the joy and magic of puppetry performance and education.

Minnesota Bicycling Handbook now available in Spanish, Somali, and English
BikeMN’s Minnesota Bicycling Handbooks have been translated into Spanish and Somali thanks to generous support from the Metropolitan Council. The Minnesota Bicycling Handbook continues to be one of BikeMN’s most in-demand education resources EVER! We know the handbook contains information that bicyclists and motorists need and want – which is why we’re overjoyed to offer it for Adult Learn to Ride participants in Spanish and Somali.
The Minnesota Bicycling Handbook provides 36 pages of Minnesota-specific information and digs into the details of many complicated topics, such as lane positioning, roadway and bike lane markings, bike law, equipment, bicyclists’ rights and more. This is the only place this information has been captured and put into one resource. The Somali, Spanish, and English handbooks are available to view and download digital copies at

Take care of your community – Adopt-a-Stop!
Adopt-A-Stop is a program that helps businesses, individuals, community organizations and schools make a real difference in their neighborhoods by “adopting” local transit stops. Metro Transit employees make regular visits to shelters (in some cases, daily) to make sure that they are clean and damage-free. An adopter assists us by joining us in this work and alerting us to special maintenance needs and reporting vandalism or suspicious activity. When you or your group adopts a stop, you’ll help us keep area bus stops, shelters, and stations safe and clean. And the community will see you or your organization as a “good neighbor” that cares about its environment when we hang a sign with your name at the stop. As an extra thank you, you’ll receive 10 free rides for every month you adopt a stop. To learn more and to sign up, go to


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