Get ready to benefit the preservation of our historic Basilica by rocking its socks right off. The positive and poppy Jason Mraz, Scottish electro-pop stars CHVRCHES and Semisonic of “Closing Time” fame promise an eclectic but fully danceable weekend. Read more about Cities 97.1 presents the 25th Basilica Block Party
Arts & Performance
Kick off the week of celebrations with Minnesota’s largest nighttime parade along Hennepin Avenue, marvel at the Twin Cities River Rats as they perform entertaining tricks on the water, up your fitness game and partake in the Torchlight 5k or sit back and watch in awe at one of the top five annual firework displays in the nation on Saturday evening. With a wide range of events, there is something fit for all shapes and sizes. Read more about Aquatennial Celebrations
One Voice Mixed Chorus presents Resistance and Resilience on June 29 and 30 at the Ordway Concert Hall. Through song and spoken word the concert portrays the strength of spirit and toughness that has been so fundamental to the struggle for human rights in the LGBTQ+ and African American communities. Read more about Resistance and Resilience presented by One Voice Mixed Chorus
Minnesota WebFest is the first film festival dedicated to the emerging web series format in the Midwest. Now in our third year, we bring the best web series in the world to Minnesota and showcase top Minnesota talent through screenings, networking events, educational talks and panels. This year, the festival is an all-weekend event that kicks off with a Minnesota Industry Night on Thursday, September 26th and concludes with an awards ceremony the evening of Saturday, September 28th.
EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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A special reception to celebrate "the power of art and community for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia" will be held at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts June 6, organizers say.
From 3-6 p.m., participants from the Memory Cafe and Dementia-Friendly City Initiative, as well as their family and friends, will be invited to view the new exhibit. A reception for the general public will from 6-8 p.m. Read more about The Art of Living with Dementia
On the second weekend in June, Art on the Lake returns to Excelsior’s Commons Park at the end of picturesque Water Street. The fest includes fine art from a bevy of local and regional artists, who are selected by a jury process, in a wide variety of mediums—painting, ceramics, jewelry, glass, sculpture, textiles, wood and more. Film and filmmakers will also be part of the event this year as Art on the Lake welcomes its nonprofit arts partner FilmNorth. Read more about Art on the Lake
Light up the night at this peaceful, yet memorable outdoor event. Design your lantern and set it free on the still water, delve into delicious food from a range of local food trucks, jam to music and more. Read more about Twin Cities Water Lantern Festival
The natural world has always inspired art. The Minnetonka Center for the Arts will exhibit works for the garden or inspired by gardens, from sculpture to paintings. Purchase a new garden piece or be inspired by these homages to nature. Read more about Art of the Garden