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.


The Public Theater of Minnesota brings free professional theater to your own neighborhood park with their summer performances at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. This July, don’t miss a thrilling rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the dark and powerful tragedy about the psychological and political effects of a man’s quest for power. May not be suitable for young children. Free. 8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive; 952.924.2500;

Open Mic Night

Join your community one night a week to support local artists and groups looking for their shot at stardom. Performances this summer range from bluegrass band Crooked Grass to the smooth tunes of Matthew Levitt. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy a fun night of musical entertainment in the park. Free. 7-8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive; 952.924.2500;

Summer Concert Series

The city of St. Louis Park has teamed up with the St. Louis Park Rotary to bring a summer concert series to the community. This year’s series is filled with amazing talent from a variety of genres. From world beat/jazz ensemble Axi Mundi World to the delightful barbershop harmonies of the Minneapolis Commodores, there is something for everyone this summer. Check the website for event details. Free. Times and locations vary; 952.924.2500;

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;

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.

Philly: An Eighties Pop Rock Musical

Philly is the fun yet poignant story of a New York rock band that almost made it big. Based on true events, this musical is filled with original music, explosive dance numbers and an energized cast of 30 talented performers. Ticket prices and showtimes vary; see website for more details. Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road; 952.381.3400;

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Touted as “the largest jazz event in the Twin Cities,” The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. With approximately 90 percent of the artists hailing from Minnesota, the event celebrates local music and talent. The Jazz Festival will take place in the heart of St. Paul at Mears Park, with food and beverage vendors lining the streets. Free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651.209.7195;

The Wizard of Oz

“There’s no place like home.” In 1939, Dorothy first uttered these words on screen, clicking her red heels three times. In 2014, student performers at Benilde-St. Margaret’s bring the classic to life for their spring play. Adults $10, students and seniors $6. Check website for performance times. Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 2501 Highway 100 S.; 952.927.4176;


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