Arts & Performance

Excelsior Art on the Lake

Excelsior Art on the Lake is a high profile event and enjoys a loyal following of 18,000+ art admirers, collectors and buyers. Over 140 artists will be displaying original works amidst live music and a variety of food offerings. It is an engaging creative event that connects the artist's personal story with a vibrant lake community, while showcasing an array of outstanding artistic work from multiple disciplines. The historic lakeside village of Excelsior draws art enthusiasts from across the Minneapolis/St. Read more about Excelsior Art on the Lake

One Voice Mixed Chorus Presents: Generation

One Voice Mixed Chorus presents Generation, a concert exploring intergenerational relationships across our LGBTQ+ community. With a particular focus on queer youth and elders, the concert weaves together powerful stories of identity, change, and resilience. The concert also premieres a new composition by McKnight composer, Nathan Hall. “Love, Death, What Else?!” is based on stories from elders at the Spirit on the Lake LGBTQ elder apartments. Read more about One Voice Mixed Chorus Presents: Generation

The Holiday Classic Nutcracker with Live Orchestra

Don't miss this holiday tradition. Minnesota’s 16th annual Nutcracker featuring a full, live symphony orchestra. The classic story comes to life with fresh choreography and a cast of talented artists under the direction of Erik Sanborn of the Metropolitan Ballet. The brilliant ballet score is masterfully performed live by the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Yuri Ivan. A family favorite that's delightful for all ages. Featuring Broadway star Giuseppe Bausilio as the Nutcracker Prince and ballerina Natalia Sheptalova as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Read more about The Holiday Classic Nutcracker with Live Orchestra

Light Up The Lake

Enjoy the warmth of Wayzata both inside and out, along with the sights and sounds as you drive, walk, shop, eat and enjoy this winter season.

November 25, community Tree Lighting Activities

4:30–7 p.m. Read more about Light Up The Lake

Halloween in Excelsior

Join us for a day filled with trick o' treating, spooky scenes, bands, costume contests, and more.

Trick-or-Treating from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Window Contest at 12 p.m.

Excelsior Brewing 

Kid's Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m.
Dog Costume Contest at 3:30 p.m.
Adult Costume Contest at 9:30 p.m.
Ragtown from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Read more about Halloween in Excelsior

Excelsior Library's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for the Excelsior Library 100th Anniversary Celebration featuring live music by Licorice Stix clarinet ensemble 10am to noon. Coffee and pastries served in the morning followed by a cake cutting in the afternoon. Family-friendly activities and door prize drawings throughout the day. Stop by and receive a free Hennepin County Library card. Sponsored by the Friends of the Excelsior Library and Kowalskis.

Climate Action Together

Join family and friends for free hands-on art activities that will educate and inspire you and others to combat climate change in whatever ways you are able. We are excited to partner with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to host these local artists:

Screen print your own reusable tote bag to call attention to the climate crisis. Read more about Climate Action Together

James J. Hill Days

Since 1975 the weekend following Labor Day in Wayzata has been dedicated to honoring James J. Hill, Minnesota historic figure and once owner of the Great Northern Railroad Company. Hill, builder of the present train depot in 1906, contributed significantly to transform Wayzata into the beautiful tourist location and friendly community we know today. James J. Hill Days is Lake Minnetonka’s favorite community tradition, as highlighted by its recent “Best Of” Lake Minnetonka award. Read more about James J. Hill Days


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