Arts & Performance

Art on the Lake

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.

Twin Cities Water Lantern Festival

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.

Art of the Garden

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.

Pride Parade and Festival

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the heart of Loring Park with nearly 400 exhibitor booths, 40 delectable food vendors and four stages equipped with a live music and a variety of performances.

Wayzata Art Experience

On the north shore of Lake Minnetonka, see not only over 100 art vendors but also enjoy food trucks, beer and wine and sailboat rides as part of the Lake Minnetonka Summer Splash event.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Catch dozens of performances in Mears Park and surrounding downtown venues. Headlining this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival are saxophonist James Carter, Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon, modern Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco and many others. Attend youth performances, clinics and masterclasses—all for free!

Willy Wonka at the Stages Theatre Company

This fantastical production featuring songs from the 1971 film will delight both children and the adults they bring along. Treat your family to 60 minutes in Roald Dahl’s sweet candy-colored world at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

This musical adaptation of the popular children’s book will blow the house down at Old Log Theater. You know the story of the Three Little Pigs, but will you listen to what the Big Bad Wolf has to say for himself?

Northern Spark Late Night Art Festival

Giant video projections, interactive sculpture installations, experimental performances and more will transform spaces under the city lights. The festival takes place for two nights in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, the American Indian Cultural Corridor and Downtown East Minneapolis.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul; American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls; The Commons Park, 425 Portland Ave. S., Mpls

Another Fine Mess, Drawings and Installations by Russ White

One weekend only! June 7-9 at Squirrel Haus Arts: 3450 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
• Opening reception: June 7, 5-10pm •
Grilled cheese by All Square • Beer by Surly Brewing Company • DJ set by Preston Drum • Bar proceeds benefit We Are All Criminals, who will be doing on-site interviews as part of their ongoing project about privilege, dignity, and criminal justice.

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