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August 5, 2019, Tuesday - DMNA Land Use Committee Meeting at Mill City Museum

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, ADM Room

The next Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.  

The September meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.


August 1, 2019, Thursday - Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour at Mill City Museum

Time: 10:30 am – 12 noon

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd Street

Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour

Explore the Washburn A Mill and the Minneapolis riverfront while completing a treasure hunt on this family-friendly walking tour. First, make a mini-journal and then discover treasure boxes and the stories of Minneapolis’s history along the tour route. Ticket price also includes admission to explore Mill City Museum after the tour. The tour is designed for ages 6-11, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The 90-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, includes museum admission. 


July 30, 2019, Tuesday - Affordable Housing Workshop at United Labor Centre

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: United Labor Centre, 312 Central Avenue SE

Affordable Housing Workshop

Hennepin County recently approved a new strategy to increase availability of supportive housing that combines social services with long-term stable housing for households with extremely-low incomes. Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Chair Irene Fernando will host a related discussion and workshop around the local housing landscape and the county's current and future housing activities.A brief presentation by county housing staff will be followed by breakout discussions facilitated by community and industry leaders. The goal of these discussions will be to provide guidance and feedback to county leaders to support successful implementation of our new supportive housing funding strategy.


Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) guides investment of more than $130 million each year towards safe, stable housing for residents.

In March 2019, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, voted to approve new guidelines and criteria for funding supportive affordable housing development projects.

This new strategy aims to fill a critical gap in affordable housing by creating up to 1,000 new units of long-term supportive housing by 2030. Capital funding for this and other affordable housing strategies is considered each year by the HRA Board of Commissioners as part of the regular budgeting process.

Contact: 612-348-9260 or


July 27, 2019, Saturday - Lourdes NE Block Party

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes, 1 Lourdes Place

Lourdes NE Block Party

Fun, food and fireworks! Our Lady of Lourdes invites you to join them for the sixth annual Lourdes Northeast Block Party. Enjoy the Aquatennial Fireworks from the best view on the riverfront and live music. Admission is free, and wristband tickets will be available for the purchase of beer and wine. Pop, pulled pork barbecue, ice cream, French fries, cheese curds and Kramarczuk’s hot dogs and bratwurst also will be available for purchase.


July 26, 2019, Friday - Northeast Dog Parade

Time: 5:00pm (The parade will begin at 6:15pm)

Location:  Meet at the park across from Wilde Café, 65 Main St. SE

Northeast Dog Parade   Facebook

Enjoy the annual Northeast Dog Parade! There will be activities, puppy treats and samples from local businesses. The parade will begin at 5:30 pm in the park across from Wilde Cafe, before making its way along the parade route through the neighborhood and arriving back at the starting point at about 6 pm. Stick around for Best Look Alike, Best Dog Costume and Best Trick contests afterwards!


July 26, 2019, Friday - Sunset on the Lock (2 nights)

Times: Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, 7 – 9 pm

Location: St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center, 1 Portland Ave.

Sunset on the Lock

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam provides panoramic views of the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam, St. Anthony Falls and the surrounding mill district. Exhibits at the visitor center provide information about the falls and its place in Minnesota history. Rangers lead short walks from the visitor center out onto the lock walls and describe how the falls changed the course of history of the area and of the nation. This season the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center and lock will be open during "sunset hours" on select dates, in addition to its normal daytime hours.


July 23, 2019, Tuesday - Let’s Go to the Museum with Ellen Ferrari at MCBA

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Avenue S

For families with children ages 2-10

Let’s Go to the Museum with Ellen Ferrari

Come and meet two artists in When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Learn to make paper with white cotton pulp, then “paint” your masterpieces with pulp in a rainbow of colors. Use colorful yarn and eye droppers for added artistic effects. “Art Opening” snacks will be served. Water safe shoes suggested.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Tuesday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $40 (10% discount for MCBA memberss) + $5 supply fee
Additional participants (adult or child): $20 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee


July 22, 2019, Monday - Good Night at The Southern

Time: 7:30pm 

Location:The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave S

Good Night at The Southern

Featuring: PaviElle, Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey, Berit Christina Ahlgren and Elly Hollenhorst, and Rhythmically Speaking

Good Night at The Southern on July 22nd will preview new works by four artists in the Twin Cities. The program features music artist PaviElle, choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Elena Hollenhorst, dance groups Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey, and dance company Rhythmically Speaking. PaviElle will be performing musical improv and debuting new music. Choreographers Berit Ahlgren and Elena Hollenhorst will show excerpts of the two works in Interlace, an evening of work at The Southern Theater August 22-24. At Least, At Last by Berit Ahlgren is a contemporary dance born out of many discussions with many women around many examples of gender-based violence. Elena Hollenhorst’s When We Met Under the Juniper Tree is a compilation of women's stories twisting together to explore themes of abrupt change, group dynamics, regeneration, and women's innate connection to the earth.

 Wailing Babies + Kelvin Wailey will collaborate to present 2/3 = 4/6, a piece about the ritual of settling in, putting down roots, and making do with what you’ve got. Rhythmically Speaking will present Feist(meist)er, one of the four works being presented in their reimagined annual summer production, The Cohort, running August 15-17 at The Southern. Join us at the bar starting at 6:30 for a local beer, glass of wine, pop, or a snack.

Tickets are Pay What You Can and are purchased at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to support the artists and The Southern Theater.


July 22, 2019, Monday - In Conversation: Lynn Nottage and Joseph Haj at the Guthrie

Time:  7:30pm

Location: Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie, 818 S 2nd Street

In Conversation With Lynn Nottage and Joseph Haj

Considered one of the most powerful voices in American theater, playwright Lynn Nottage has produced a notable body of work that tackles provocative societal issues with a blend of honesty, humor and heart. Her ability to craft a multifaceted story and create characters who evoke layers of empathy is unmatched — and she has two Pulitzers, countless theater awards and a devoted following of fans, contemporaries and critics to prove it. During this one-on-one conversation, Guthrie Artistic Director Joseph Haj and Nottage will discuss her celebrated career, her creative process and the Guthrie commission that led to the creation of Floyd’s, onstage this summer.


July 21, 2019, Sunday - I AM Rescued at Surly

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM

Location: Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave SE

I AM Rescued

We are so excited to be hosting the I AM RESCUED event at Surly Brewing Company with Surly Gives A Damn on Sunday, July 21 from 11am-3pm. The day includes a fun day for you and your furry friend(s), and a doggy fashion show featuring rescues and their owners!

All proceeds from the event will go to Canine Inspired Change. Canine Inspired Change (CIC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving vulnerable youth the social-emotional tools they need to be active participants in their schools—and their communities.

Canine Inspired Change will provide an agility course for dogs to try out!

SIMshows will be DJ'ing from 11:00am-3:00pm!

Visit Pop Up shops from:
- Luther Jaguar Land Rover Minneapolis
- Oulla Dog Wash
- Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
- Just Dogs Gourmet MOA
- Lucy & Co.
- HandsOn Twin Cities

At 1:00pm there will be a fashion show featuring local Twin Cities folks and some of our friends from Surly Brewing and their rescues! The fashion show will be emcee'd by Sarah Edwards.

VIP swag bags and seats will be available for donation to CIC. Items in the bag includes gifts from:
- Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies
- Love Your Melon
- Surly Brewing Company
- Blue Buffalo
- Cameron's Coffee
- Åska Pet Spa and Boutique

Thank you Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies for being a part of this event! Stop by their table build your own doggy trail mix for your pup!

Enter to win a trunk full of Chuck & Don's Pet Food & Supplies goodies in the Luther Jaguar Land Rover Minneapolis "trunk shows!" 


July 21, 2019, Sunday - Mobile Menders at Central Library

Time: 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Location:  Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Mobile Menders

Mobile Menders will be providing free mending services to members of the community at Minneapolis Central Library.

If you are a Mobile Menders volunteer interested in participating in this event, please sign up here:


July 21, 2019, Sunday - Fredstock '19 at Brit's Pub

Time: 3p -10p

Location: Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall

 Fredstock '19

In honour of the legendary Freddie Manton we are delighted to continue our annual summer festival, now in it's 15th year!

3.00 pm The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)


8.00 pm The Belfast Cowboys

No cover - on the rooftop garden - drink specials


July 21, 2019, Sunday - Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Water Street

Sister Cities Day

Come be part of this annual event where Minneapolis will celebrate over 40 years of being part of the Sister Cities program. Join organizers to celebrate all 12 of the Minneapolis Sister Cities with a free ice cream social and gathering. This family event features multi-cultural entertainment, children’s activities, ice cream and refreshments. The event highlights all of Minneapolis’ International Sister Cities, with remarks and a special spotlight this year on the 10th anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Najaf, Iraq.

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Official Program

1:00pm - Harisen Daiko

1:30pm - 
Songs of Hope - a performing arts summer camp representing countries from around the world

2:00pm - Chobi Dance

2:30pm - Peking Opera Dancer & Tai Qi Demonstration

3:00pm - Mexico Lindo

3:30pm - Nychelharpa Players - Cheryl Paschke & Mary Crimi


July 20, 2019, Saturday - Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour at Mill City Museum

Time: 10:30 am – 12 noon

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd Street

Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour

Explore the Washburn A Mill and the Minneapolis riverfront while completing a treasure hunt on this family-friendly walking tour. First, make a mini-journal and then discover treasure boxes and the stories of Minneapolis’s history along the tour route. Ticket price also includes admission to explore Mill City Museum after the tour. The tour is designed for ages 6-11, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The 90-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 ages 5-17, includes museum admission.


July 20, 2019, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market

May 25, 2019 Mill City Farmers Market

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Chicago Mall and 2nd Street S (next to Guthrie Theater)

Today at Mill City Farmers Market:


9 to 10 a.m. – As part of the Market’s mission to grow a healthier community, we’ve partnered with local neighborhood yoga studios to offer free outdoor yoga classes! Before or after you shop the Market, join talented instructors from YogaFit Studios for an hour of blissful outdoor practice in the lawn overlooking the Mighty Mississippi and Stone Arch Bridge! Learn more


9 to 10 a.m. – Enjoy a cup of coffee with your City Council Member! Drop by to get to know Minneapolis’ Ward 3 City Council Member Steve Fletcher in our new “Coffee with Your…” series, where we invite local leaders and community figures to the market’s train shed demo area. Grab a cup of coffee from market vendors The Bolt or Cafe Palmira and ask Council Member Fletcher questions and raise any issues you see in the community. Learn more.


10 to 10:15 a.m. – Learn fundamental cooking skills, including selection, prep and storage for seasonal farmers market vegetables and more in the train shed patio.
10:30 to 11 a.m. – Join us for our chef-led cooking class offered every Saturday in the train shed patio, inspiring you to make your #WeeklyMarketMeal. This Saturday, market chef Jenny Breen will be making a seasonal dish using ingredients from the market. Samples and recipe cards are available at each demo—or check out our recipe archive!
NEW in 2019—Attend 8 or more of our Mill City Cooks classes and receive a Market Chef diploma certificate and exclusive kitchen swag! Learn more


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Leonor Guelbenzu de Villota will be singing and playing Spanish guitar in the green music tent by the Guthrie stairs.


Nutrition and Public Health students lead our Meet Your Vegetables demonstrations at the top of the Chicago Mall, near Spoonriver restaurant. Discover creative, simple ways to prepare seasonal produce and walk away with a delicious sample and recipe card complete with nutrition information! Learn more.


Power of Produce “PoP“ veggie tasting club is at the information booth every week! Kids ages 3-12 can earn a $2 token to spend on fruits and veggies by tasting a local, seasonal vegetable, as a way to empower kids to make healthy eating decisions. Learn more.


Click here to view our interactive vendor map, and see who’s in this week.


Black Cat – classic breakfast and barbecue

Chef Shack – tacos, burgers, brats and more

Gorkha Palace – Indian and Nepali dumplings and curries

Northern Fires Pizza – seasonal farm-to-table pizzas

Root to Rise Kitchen – vegan street food

Sift – Gluten Free bakery

Solomon’s Bakery – sweet treats and bread


Shop for handmade jewelry, ceramics and other artisan goods in our weekly rotating art market, located in the train shed near the entrance to the Museum. This week we are featuring:

Celina Kane


Fringe & Fettle Ceramics

Sudify Jewelry

Old World Cabinet


July 20, 2019, Saturday - Free Yoga in Gold Medal Park

May 25, 2019 Mill City Farmers Market

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: Gold Medal Park

Friends of the Mill District welcomes you to Mill City Yoga in Gold Medal Park. We meet Saturdays thru August 31.

Each session will begin at 9 a.m. and end before 10. Grab your mat (or a towel), bring a neighbor and meet us by the orange sculpture. The sessions are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District charity. Come salute the sun and enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood with your friends and neighbors. Questions and comments can be sent to


July 20, 2019, Saturday - Mill Ruins Park Volunteer Demonstration Prairie Maintenance

A National Park River Site, Native Plants, and You! 

Looking for something fun and rewarding to do on a Saturday morning? Consider joining a group of volunteers to maintain a demonstration prairie at Mill Ruins Park. This native prairie attracts many bees, butterflies, and birds while improving the Mississippi River shoreline habitat.

The crew will meet at the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center on the following Saturday mornings from 9am-noon:

July 20, August 17 & 31, September 14 & 21, and October 5 & 12

Led by a trained National Park Service (NPS) volunteer, this crew is also sponsored by the Mississippi Park Connection and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. All tools, such as gloves, are provided.

To sign up for crew projects and for more information: Contact Andrew at

Come every time or just when you can!


July 20, 2019, Saturday - cOMmon Grounds Yoga & Music Festival at Loring Park

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Loring Park

cOMmon Grounds Yoga & Music Festival

The Midwest's premier urban yoga and music festival, "cOMmon Grounds" will return for its eighth annual event in Minneapolis at Loring Park Saturday, July 20th 2019 with the event theme, "cOMmUNITY". Our festival aims to bring together each of us so that we can breath, move, learn, explore and build cOMmunity together.

This urban yoga festival will feature some of the finest local yoga instructors and rockin' musicians from Minnesota. Carve out time during your summer to soak up the vibes.
The festival promises to provide attendees an overall wellness experience by offering a variety of classes, activities, educational and fun workshops all against the background of nature and the sounds of the city. Participants are invited to explore different yoga styles and dive deeper into their own practice by attending workshops. All classes and workshops are intended to suit any eager yoga student with the ambition to learn and move through classes with their own variations.

The festival offers 75-minute classes starting at 9AM, with an option to choose from (3) classes or workshops (4) times throughout the day. No need to preregister for classes, go to the yoga class or workshop that interest you the day of. Be prepared to arrive early for your top choices to ensure your mat space. Classes begin at 9AM and registration opens at 8:15AM.

In addition to yoga, participants will have several options to stay entertained. Enjoy a massage, check out our mini offerings between classes, relax in our festival playground, hula hoop, listen to music, watch artistic performances, shop in our Vendor Village, enjoy different healthy food options, and much more. 


July 20, 2019, Saturday - NTL: All About Eve at St. Anthony Main Theatre

Times:  1pm

Location: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

NTL: All About Eve

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.


July 20, 2019, Saturday - Celebration of Korean Music and Poetry at MacPhail

Time: 12 noon

Location: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 Second St. S.

Celebration of Korean Music and Poetry with Mikyoung Park and Soojin Lee

Mikyoung Park and Soojin Lee are both musicians from South Korea. Although their musical backgrounds are different — Mikyoung, a soprano vocalist trained in the Western tradition and Soojin, a gayageum player trained in Korean traditional music — they have a shared desire to expose local friends and colleagues to Korean culture and music. Together, Mikyoung and Soojin created a new sound using classic Korean poems and modern musical arrangements. In doing so, they wanted to make their music more accessible to Western ears not attuned to the traditional sound of Korean music. With their music, one is able to enjoy the beautiful musical fusion of East and West. In this concert, Dr. Byong (Moon) Kim, the narrator, will provide the context of the poems. This event is co-hosted by AK Connection, a non-profit run by volunteers that supports adopted Koreans. For more information, please visit

No tickets required. Free and open to the public.