Kim Eslinger
Editor
612-321-8040
kim@millcitymedia.org

David Tinjum
Publisher
612-321-8020
dave@millcitymedia.org

Ryan Ojard
Staff Photographer

Claudia Kittock
Columnist / Non-Profits

Kathleen Boe
River Matters Columnist

Meg Forney
Contributor

Doug Verdier
Contributor 

Mill City Times is a not-for-profit community service.  We do not sell advertising on this site.

Cultural Cornerstones
Search Mill City

Sunday
Jul232017

July 23, 2017, Sunday - Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Time: 10:00pm - Noon

Location: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 415 Main Street SE

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Future dates: August 26, September 9

Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities. Visitors will explore parts of the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft); discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.

The Pillsbury A Mill was the flagship mill of the Pillsbury Flour Milling Company. The A Mill was not only the largest flour mill in the world when it opened in 1881, it was one of the few architect-designed mills in Minneapolis, designed by Leroy S. Buffington. As such it was an industrial show piece and tourist attraction from the start. The Pillsbury A Mill ceased operation in 2003, and in 2015, the complex was redeveloped as affordable lofts for working artists by Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer.

Please meet at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Loft main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

This tour is presented in partnership with Dominium, A-Mill Artist Lofts.

Saturday
Jul222017

July 22, 2017, Saturday - Free Yoga with Friends of the Mill District in Gold Medal Park

Time: 9am

Location: Gold Medal Park  

Grab your mat (or a towel) and a neighbor, and meet us by the orange sculpture! 

The sessions are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District. Come salute the sun and enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood with your friends and neighbors. Saturdays thru September 2nd.

Saturday
Jul222017

July 22, 2017, Saturday - MCBA Gala & Awards Celebration

Time:  7:30pm-10:30pm

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

Toast the best new artists’ books in the world at the Book Art Biennial Gala on Saturday, July 22 from 7:30-10:30pm.  Tickets

Join us for an evening of live music, refreshments, and mingling with artists, collectors, and special guests! Attend the evening’s program and witness the live presentation of The MCBA Prize, then celebrate with champagne and a dessert reception.

Get the VIP treatment! VIP ticket holders receive access to an exclusive cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30pm where you can view the MCBA Prize finalists’ works and personally meet the artists.

Additional perk! Each VIP ticket holder will receive a commemorative print created under the direction of printer-in-residence Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

$35 General Admission, $75 VIP

Saturday
Jul222017

July 22, 2017, Saturday - Aquatennial Fireworks from the Mill City Museum Observation Deck

Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks from the museum's Koch Observation Deck.
Entrance to the Observation Deck begins at 9:30 pm; fireworks begin at 10 pm.
Tickets also include same-day museum admission between 10 am-5 pm.
Saturday
Jul222017

July 22, 2017, Saturday - Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm

Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

The Historic Northeast Walking Food Tour takes place in the Minneapolis neighborhood known as Northeast, or Nordeast to locals! You’ll savor favorites from 6 locations including sausages also served at Twins Stadium, authentic Neaopolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses, to name a few. You’ll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them and some fun and interesting stories they have to share. The food sampled on the tour is included in the price of your ticket and is enough for a satisfying lunch.

Saturday
Jul222017

July 22, 2017, Saturday - Washburn A Mill Tour at the Mill City Museum

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street

Washburn A Mill Tour

Future dates: September 3 

$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission

Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.

Friday
Jul212017

July 21, 2017, Friday - Aquatennial!

Website   Facebook

The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Celebrate The Best Days of Summer at the Minneapolis Aquatennial on July 19-22, 2017.

Find the Aquatennial on social media: www.Twitter.com/Aquatennial and www.Instagram.com/Aquatennial

July 21 events:
- Aquatennial Blood Drive | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, CBS Radio, 625 S. 2nd Ave
- Aquatennial Tennis Classic | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ,2nd Ave S & S 5th St
- Aquatennial Yoga presented by CorePower Yoga | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, The Commons, 400 Portland Ave S
- Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show | 7:00 PM, West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues

Thursday
Jul202017

July 20, 2017, Thursday - Twin Cities River Rats

The 2017 Twin Cities River Rats shows are scheduled for 7pm Thursday nights through August, and take place at 1628 West River Road (between the Plymouth and Broadway bridges). These are free events!

The Twin Cities Rivers Rats describe their show as an aquatic Broadway musical featuring multiple water ski acts choreographed to music and built around a theme. Facebook

Show Schedule:

6:30pm – Development show: Our members under the age of 18 and our new members get the opportunity to perform for the crowd before jumping into the “big” show.

7:00pm – The Big Show! The ski show is a 1 hour long themed-show. In between daring and beautiful acts on water, a storyline unfolds. We encourage audience participation and love applause!

8:00pm – Photos! Photo opportunities with the cast of the show, visit with the skiers, and even take a ride in our “triple-rig” boat (for a price!)

Thursday
Jul202017

July 20, 2017, Thursday - Movie Night at Target Field Station: Aquatennial Candid Canines Film Fest

Time: 7 pm

Location: Target Field Station, 335 N 5th Street

Thursday, July 20:  Aquatennial Candid Canines Film Fest

Target Field Station's more than 104,000 square feet of space provides a public plaza for year-round special events and activities, green space, a 1,000-seat amphitheater, and a convenient underground parking garage. The Minnesota Twins, Metro Transit and Hennepin County offer programming and special events throughout the year.

Future movies:
Thursday, Aug 10: “Finding Dory” | 7 pm
Thursday, Aug 24: “Free Willy” | 7 pm

Thursday
Jul202017

July 20, 2017, Thursday - Aquatennial!

Website   Facebook

The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Celebrate The Best Days of Summer at the Minneapolis Aquatennial on July 19-22, 2017.

Find the Aquatennial on social media: www.Twitter.com/Aquatennial and www.Instagram.com/Aquatennial

July 20 events:

- Downtown Farmers Market| 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Hennepin County Government Center South - Plaza
- Aquatennial Blood Drive | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM , East Town - Wells Fargo Towers
- Aquatennial Tennis Classic | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 2nd Ave S & S 5th St
- MN Made Market| 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, JB Hudson Jewelers
- Candid Canines Film Fest | 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Target Field Station, 335 N 5th St
- Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show | 7:00 PM, West Bank of the Mississippi River between Broadway and Plymouth Avenues

Wednesday
Jul192017

July 19, 2017, Wednesday - Aquatennial!

Website   Facebook

The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis. Celebrate The Best Days of Summer at the Minneapolis Aquatennial on July 19-22, 2017.

Find the Aquatennial on social media: www.Twitter.com/Aquatennial and www.Instagram.com/Aquatennial

July 19 events:

Aquatennial Blood Drive | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at WCCO-TV

Aquatennial Tennis Classic  | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - 2nd Ave S & S 5th St.

Wednesday Food Trucks & Lawn Games | Go Outside with Hennepin County | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees Target Field | 12:10 PM

Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Loring Park

Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides at the Loring Park Family Fun Night | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Loring Park

Rally the Family at Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Loring Park

Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5K | 7:30 PM - Hennepin Avenue, from the Basilica of Saint Mary to the Mississippi Riverfront

CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Hennepin Avenue, from Basilica of St. Mary to 5th Street

Wednesday
Jul192017

July 19, 2017, Wednesday - Capella Tower Indoor Market

Time: 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Location: Capella Tower, 225 S 6th Street (in the atrium)

Markets will run from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Atrium every Wednesday through September. A variety of locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey, and baked goods will be available each week.

* Now featuring fresh-made WAFFLES! *

Many of the vendors will be cash-only so please come prepared.

Tuesday
Jul182017

July 18, 2017, Tuesday - Mill City Farmers Market Night Market at The Commons

Time: 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: The Commons, 425 Portland Avenue S

Mill City Farmers Market Night Market

This will be an ongoing event through Tuesday, September 26.

Pick up farm fresh, organic produce and local artisan foods for an easy weeknight meal. Prepared food vendors will be cooking up seasonal recipes all evening, so come hungry, stay, listen to live music and have a picnic supper in The Commons!

Tuesday
Jul182017

July 18, 2017, Tuesday - Music & Movie in the Park at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (East Bank of the Stone Arch Bridge)

Tonights entertainment: (See website in case of scheduling changes.)

What to bring: Blanket or chair, sunblock and bugspray, picnic basket.

Reminders: Watch our facebook or twitter page for weather cancellations of the evening festivities. Post photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the concerts and movies on the facebook page Support the artists by picking up a CD or other merchandise.

Music & Movies in The Parks is produced by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Enjoy more than 250 FREE concerts and movies in Minneapolis parks this summer!

Monday
Jul172017

July 17, 2017, Monday - DMNA Board Meeting at Mill City Museum

Time: 5:45pm

Location: Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. South

The next Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Board meeting will be on Monday, July 17.  The meeting will start at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.  Please enter the building via the doors to the right of the main museum entrance.  Signage will direct you to the meeting room.

Monday
Jul172017

July 17, 2017, Monday - "Music in the Park" at Nicollet Island 

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Nicollet Island Park

Tonights entertainment: (See website in case of scheduling changes.)

What to bring: Blanket or chair, sunblock and bugspray, picnic basket.

Reminders: Watch our facebook or twitter page for weather cancellations of the evening festivities. Post photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the concerts and movies on the facebook page Support the artists by picking up a CD or other merchandise.

Music & Movies in The Parks is produced by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Enjoy more than 250 FREE concerts and movies in Minneapolis parks this summer!

Sunday
Jul162017

July 16, 2017, Sunday - X Games at US Bank Stadium

See website for more X Games details.

Schedule of Events (A full schedule of events and disciplines can be found here.)

Gate Times
Thursday, July 13 | X Fest open from 4PM-7PM
Friday, July 14 | X Fest & Stadium Gates - 12PM, Mustic Gates - 9:30PM
Saturday, July 15 | X Fest & Stadium Gates - 10AM, Mustic Gates - 9:30PM
Sunday, July 16 | X Fest & Stadium Gates - 10AM, Mustic Gates - 4:30PM

Sunday
Jul162017

July 16, 2017, Sunday - Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour at the Mill City Museum

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd Street

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other natural and human-created calamities. Visitors will learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.

This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

Future dates: August 27, September 24

Saturday
Jul152017

July 15, 2017, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Location: 704 South 2nd Street

Today at Mill City Farmers Market: Update coming soon!

Saturday
Jul152017

July 15, 2017, Saturday - Free Yoga with Friends of the Mill District in Gold Medal Park

Time: 9am

Location: Gold Medal Park  

Grab your mat (or a towel) and a neighbor, and meet us by the orange sculpture! 

The sessions are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District. Come salute the sun and enjoy the beauty of our neighborhood with your friends and neighbors. Saturdays thru September 2nd.