Arts & Performance

Uptown Art Fair

The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis is the winner of more than 115 International Festivals and Events Association Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Art Fair is three days of creative fun, from art activities to wine tasting to a Culinary Arts competition. There is non-stop entertainment ranging from reggae to magic on the performance stage, and festival food galore. The main star of the show, however, is the art: ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 350 talented artists from around the world. Free. Times vary; check website for details. Read more about Uptown Art Fair

The Little Mermaid

This Disney animated classic has been running at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres since February 28, and critics and audiences have loved it. Watch Ariel and her undersea friends sing their way through this timeless coming-of-age tale. $47-$82. Times vary. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.934.1525; Read more about The Little Mermaid


Minnetonka Theatre presents Mame, a Tony award-winning musical, with songs like “Bosom Buddies” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” written by the composer of Hello, Dolly! The show focuses on the leading lady, wealthy and eccentric Mame Dennis, as she is entrusted with the care of her nephew, Patrick. $20 adults, $15 seniors over 65, $10 youth. Times vary. Arts Center on 7, 18285 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka; 952.401.5898; Read more about Mame

The Wiz

This musical is a modern twist on the familiar story. Dorothy is a shy Harlem school teacher who gets whisked away to a world resembling a whimsical version of New York City. The upbeat, toe-tapping songs, including classics like “Ease on Down the Road” and “Home,” bring the story alive. $15 for adults, $12 for children under 17 and seniors over 60. Times vary. 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins; 952.979.1111; Read more about The Wiz

Gary Louris Live at the Hilde

We’ve all had those moments during the long frigid winter where we closed our eyes and pictured a balmy evening spent listening to strands of live music melt into the warm summer breeze.  It helped us survive the cold (and yes, despite our moments of doubt, we did), and now the fun is finally beginning. Read more about Gary Louris Live at the Hilde

Wayzata Art Experience

Join photographers, painters, sculptors and more for an unforgettable weekend of art. Meander through the streets of Wayzata, where local and regional artists will be showcasing their latest work. The weekend will also feature fitness events, demonstrations, food and live music. A kid’s zone will also be available, so that Mom and Dad can shop while kids make their own masterpieces. Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Wayzata; 952.473.9595; Read more about Wayzata Art Experience

Excelsior Girl's Night Out Opening Night

The first Excelsior Girl's Night Out of the season kicks off in downtown Excelsior on Thursday June 5.This season Excelsior Girl's Night Out is partnering with Go Red For Women and the American Heart Association. Come out opening night for exclusive Girl's Night Out store and restaurant specials.  Enjoy live music right on Water St. Meet the women of the Excelsior Fire Department who will be doing hands only CPR demos.  Tour the famous Mammo-a-go-go Mammogram bus or get a mammogram. To schedule a mammogram during the evening of June 5th call 952-993-2900. Read more about Excelsior Girl's Night Out Opening Night

Art on the Lake

Art, food and music are part of a favorite summer event for Lake Minnetonka residents. Visit the Excelsior Commons to celebrate local and regional talent, with work in painting, photography, ceramics, wood and more. Local artisanal food booths will also be set up around the Commons, offering top-notch fare. Free. 10 a.m. The Commons, Lake St., Excelsior; 952.474.6461; Read more about Art on the Lake

Summer Arts Camp

The Minnetonka Center for the Arts presents this summer-long day camp program, which offers half-day or full-day programs for children ages 5 to 15. Camps are flexible to fit your family’s schedule and will teach children a variety of artistic skills including drawing, animation, painting, sculpting, theater and knitting. Prices vary depending on class. Morning sessions 9:30 a.m.–noon, afternoon sessions 1–3:30 p.m. Read more about Summer Arts Camp


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