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June 23, 2018, Saturday - Hennepin Avenue Theater District Walking Tour

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

Location:  Starting point: State Theatre Box Office, 804 Hennepin Avenue
Preserve Minneapolis Tour: Hennepin Avenue Theater District Walking Tour

View the historic State, Pantages, and Orpheum theaters along Hennepin Avenue. This walking tour includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the beautifully preserved theaters in downtown Minneapolis. We’ll highlight architecture and historical facts and stories and describe the city’s theater restoration efforts along “Theater Row.” Theater interiors are included and are the highlight of the tour, as attendees get to go backstage. 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the city’s purchase of the Orpheum Theater from Bob Dylan. 

This tour walks approximately 1 mile. The tour is not ADA accessible.

The guides are Christopher Yaeger and John Smoley.


June 18, 2018, Monday - Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #3

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Minneapolis Park and Rec Board, 2117 West River Road
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #3

The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Monday, June 18, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Headquarters, 2117 West River Road.

This project will create a new long-term plan for Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, which hosts about 3.7 million visitors annually, making it the third most-visited park in Minnesota. The park's boundaries cover parkland on both sides of the Mississippi River from Bridge 9 (Dinkytown Greenway bridge) in the north to the St. Paul border (east side of the river) and Minnehaha Regional Park (west side) in the south.

The first two CAC meetings were dedicated to to familiarizing the group with the project and assigning priorities to rehabilitation projects at Bohemian Flats and Annie Young Meadow. The focus of the group will now move toward visioning the future of the entire park and learning community needs and goals for recreation in one of the most important natural spaces in the city.
Meeting notes from the May CAC meeting have been posted. Click the link below to view.

May 14, 2018 CAC Meeting Recap

The fourth and fifth CAC meetings have also been scheduled: Monday, July 16, 2018 at Luxton Recreation Center and Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Hiawatha School Recreation Center. Both meetings are also 5:30-7:30 pm.

All CAC meetings are open to the public and dinner will be provided. Please contact the project manager listed below if child care is needed.


June 16, 2018, Saturday - Rock the Garden

Time: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Walker Art Center

Rock the Garden

One day, two stages, eight bands. Overlooking the iconic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and an unbelievable view of the city skyline.

Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current


June 16, 2018, Saturday - 2018 Juneteenth Celebration at North Mississippi Regional Park

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Mississippi Drive

2018 Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. 

Dating back into 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union Soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, TX with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after The Emancipation Proclaiming had little impact on the Texans due to minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order.  However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  

Today, the Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration, founded 30 years ago, is said to be one of the two largest Juneteenth Celebrations in the United States, surpassing even the Texas Celebrations where Juneteenth is a state holiday.


June 15, 2018, Friday - Temple of Being at The Lab Theater (2 nights)

Time: 7 pm June 15 and 16

Location: The Lab Theater, 700 First Street N

The Modern Mystery School presents: Temple of Being

Enter the Temple of Being and explore the mystery of the Self. A pathway leads you into the hidden world, journeying through a series of art installations prompting reflections on the mysteries of life: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? What is my purpose? Continue to the Inner Sanctum, to be transported by the sound alchemy of Avatara Rising & Shane Thunder. Bathed in the frequencies of 432hz, experience divine healing vibrations, expanding consciousness and effortless meditation to explore the depths of your infinite being. $45. 


June 14, 2018, Thursday - East Town Business Partnership Happy Hour Networking Event at McKinney Roe

The final Happy Hour Networking event of the season is coming up on June 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., at McKinney Roe.Kevin Warren, the Chief Operating Officer from the Minnesota Vikings is our featured speaker. There will be a cash bar available and complementary appetizers. Please join us for a fun, free networking event!



June 14, 2018, Thursday - Business of Pride at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Business of Pride

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street

Business of Pride

Join us for our first-ever Business of Pride event! We have launched this project to recognize outstanding LGBTQ business leaders in the Twin Cities metro area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business world and community, as well as demonstrating their own professional successes.


June 12, 2018, Tuesday - Share the Peace with Free Peace Paper Workshop at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

Share the Peace with Free Peace Paper Workshop

Project Peace Paper is a public project celebrating peace with innovative crowd-sourced wrapping paper. Join us for this second of three workshops as we draw, paint, and print visions of peace that will be used for a limited-edition release of Peace Paper. Free and open to all ages. Please RSVP.

For more information, visit or search #projectpeacepaper


June 9, 2018, Saturday - Rockin' 5K and Walk-n-Roll

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Location: North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

Rockin' 5K and Walk-n-Roll

Accessibility, Inc. invites you to join them for the 10th annual Rockin' 5K and Walk-N-Roll. Along with the walk/roll, there will be refreshments, t-shirts, entertainment and more. The event benefits AccessAbility, Inc. and its programs to provide opportunities for self-sufficiency for people with barriers to employment and community inclusion.


June 9, 2018, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market

Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Location: 704 South 2nd Street

Today at Mill City Farmers Market: (check back for updates)


June 8, 2018, Friday - Paint Nite at AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown

Time: 6:00pm

Location: AC Hotel, 401 Hennepin Avenue

Moonlight Glowing Paris

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time.


June 8, 2018, Friday - Mill City Athletic Club opening night with Tracksmith

Time: 7 PM - 9 PM

Location: Mill City Running, 411 E Hennepin

Mill City Athletic Club opening night with Tracksmith

Joining on our opening night will be founder and CEO of Tracksmith, Matt Taylor. Matt will tell us about the origins of Tracksmith, how the brand looked back on tradition to push running apparel forward, and where he sees premium and heritage living in a world of fast fashion.

Join us for an evening of fun, shopping and the likely potential of a few beers. If you’re planning on coming, do us a solid and RSVP via our Eventbrite link (tickets are free, but required for entry). We will have limited space and we expect a full house for this event.


June 7, 2018, Thursday - Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment book launch at Open Book

Time:  6:00pm

Location: Open Book, 1011 S Washington Avenue

Author Grant J. Merritt will discuss and sign copies of his new memoir Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's EnvironmentQ&A with Grant J. Merritt led by Byron Starns. Merritt was an attorney in the areas of environmental law, transportation, and governmental relations for more than fifty years. Starns is a litigation attorney and partner at Stinson, Leonard and Street. He represented Merritt, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the State of Minnesota in the Reserve Mining Case. 

In 1855 the Merritt family arrived in Minnesota, where a descendant, Alfred, would one day become one of the “Seven Iron Men”—builders of the first mines to tap the state’s great mineral wealth in the Mesabi Range. Another Merritt, more than half a century later, would lead the efforts to protect Lake Superior from damage caused by mining. Iron and Water is Grant J. Merritt’s memoir of his life’s work on behalf of Minnesota’s people and environment and also the story of a significant family in state history.

Merritt’s family played a key role in the struggle over natural resources in Minnesota—for the enrichment of mining pioneers, the prosperity of the state and its people, and the prospect of a secure and healthy future. This complex tale begins with the adventure of discovering iron ore and building the mines, railroads, and docks to move it, then devolves into the intrigues of business partnerships gone bad and attempts by John D. Rockefeller to defraud the Merritts. What follows is an engrossing account of Grant Merritt’s years in the halls of state politics and the trenches of environmental activism in defense of Minnesota’s North Shore and Lake Superior’s waters. The author’s tenure as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency under Governor Wendell Anderson and his service on the first board of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Council take us behind the scenes of landmark legal cases and crucial moments in Minnesota history—particularly the notable Reserve Mining case, in which the company was found liable for serious environmental and health threats on the shores of Lake Superior and ordered to be shut down. 

In these pages we encounter the people who were critical to this history, from robber baron Rockefeller to judges, activists, and politicians, including Walter Mondale and Jim Oberstar. In chronicling both the discovery of vast iron deposits on the Mesabi Range and the fight to save Lake Superior and Minnesota’s natural riches, Iron and Water reveals how, whether alone or together, individuals wield the power to change the world.


June 7, 2018, Thursday - I Love Her opens at Southern Theater (thru June 10)

Times: See schedule below

Location: Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue S

I Love Her

Presented by Kaleena Miller Dance, June 7-10

A new tap dance work featuring music by JT Bates. 

About the artists: 
Kaleena Miller Dance's work is rooted in American Tap Dance - promoting the form, expanding its creative possibilities, and creating opportunities for Minnesota-based tap dancers. Although a relative newcomer to the vibrant Twin Cities percussive dance scene, Kaleena Miller Dance (KMD) have quickly made a name for themselves, performing at the Twin Cities Tap Festival, TEDxMinneapolis, The Cowles Center Gala, ASI's Cocktails at the Castle, and Barbette's Bastille Day Block Party. 

In addition to directing KMD, Kaleena Miller is co-director of the Twin Cities Tap Festival. She is also founding member of Rhythmic Circus, and toured extensively with the group from 2009-2017. Kaleena is a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow and was named one of DANCE Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2016. 

Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.


June 7, 2018, Thursday - The Relentless Business of Treaties Author Event at Mill City Museum

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd Street

The Relentless Business of Treaties Author Event

Join author Martin Case for a presentation and book signing based on his new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press, The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property. Case argues that land cession treaties were essentially the act of supplanting indigenous kinship relationships to the land with a property relationship. US treaty signers represented the relentless interests that drove treaty making: corporate and individual profit, political ambition and assimilationist assumptions of cultural superiority. The lives of these men illustrate the assumptions inherent in the property system—and the dynamics by which it spread across the continent. In this book, for the first time, Case provides a comprehensive study of the treaty signers, exposing their business ties and multigenerational interrelationships through birth and marriage. Taking Minnesota as a case study, he describes the groups that shaped U.S. treaty-making to further their own interests: interpreters, traders, land speculators, bureaucrats, officeholders, missionaries and mining, timber and transportation companies.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6 pm, and the event begins at 7 pm. A cash bar will be available from 6 -- 8 pm.


June 6, 2018, Wednesday - Night of a Billion Stars at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St.

Kids in Need Foundation present: Night of a Billion Stars

This year the Kids in Need Foundation is thrilled to celebrate an approaching foundation milestone of one billion dollars in donated school supplies. They invite you to join them for a special evening celebrating and raising funds for the next billion. The evening will be dedicated to the stars of their mission – their partners, supporters and the teachers and students they serve, by providing school supplies for success in school and in life.


June 5, 2018, Tuesday - Abiitan-hosted Jazz Concert at MacPhail

Time: 3:30pm

Location: MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 2nd Street S

Private Jazz Concert at MacPhail Center for Music

Join Abiitan Mill City at MacPhail Center for Music for a private jazz performance featuring acclaimed vocalist Connie Evingson and pianist Mary Louise Knutson. RSVP required, SPACE IS LIMITED — call today! Complimentary valet parking will be available for the first 30 people to RSVP.

After the show, you're invited for appetizers, cocktails, and a meet-and-greet with the performers at Abiitan's Smith & Porter Restaurant + Bar.


June 5, 2018, Tuesday - DMNA Land Use Meeting at Mill City Museum

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum - ADM Room (Floor 6, 710 2nd Street entrance)

The next Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for June 5, 6pm, at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Ryan Companies will present an update on the Eleven project at the June 5, Land Use Committee meeting. 


June 5, 2018, Tuesday - Global Day of Discovery at The Depot

Time - 4:30 PM - 8 PM

Location: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot 225 S 3rd Ave

Global Day of Discovery

This year marks the 7th annual Global Day of Discovery!. Join us at our historic downtown Minneapolis Renaissance as one of #renhotels' worldwide guests. 

Our Global Day of Discovery will feature live music by the The Dang Ol' Tri'ole on our beautiful patio, hors d'oeuvres hand crafted by our Milwaukee Road Chef from locally sourced ingredients, beverage tastings by Panther Distillery and Johnson Brothers - Prairie Vodka, and more. 

Explore hidden rooms and rich railroad history on our Discovery Tour, a scavenger hunt of sorts, that culminates in winning a grand prize! Mail a postcard. Visit the photo booth! Sip a cocktail. Do a little dance! 

This event is free and open to the public! Please RSVP so we have an idea of attendees. Our Milwaukee Road Restaurant will also be serving up their full menu and bar.


June 4, 2018, Monday - Paint Nite at Black Sheep Pizza

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Black Sheep Pizza, 600 Washington Avenue N

Forest Magic

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time.