Symphony Free Family Concert Tomorrow


If you or your kids love music, reserve your tickets for tomorrow’s concert at the Ordway.  A perfect indoor event on a cold winter day.  The Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East Orchestra will join together for an hour long free concert.  It takes place from 2-3, tomorrow January 7th at the Ordway in St. Paul.  You can call or go online to reserve the free tickets, 651.291.1144 or

GTCYS joins forces with the SPCO to present a FREE family concert in the Ordway Music Theater! Why do composers write what they do? Join the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East orchestras and actor Dylan Fresco as they journey together to explore musical inspirations and interpretations of several orchestral masterpieces. Listen as we explore the Russian folktale of “The Firebird” that led to Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Suite of the same name, and a new piece by contemporary composer Michael Abels that draws inspiration from all around the world!

Free tickets are available through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s ticket office at 651.291.1144 or

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train


It’s time to dig out the winter gear, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to town.  It will stop at the Union Depot in St. Paul tomorrow December 9th, for a musical performance.  There are other Minnesota stops this weekend as well.  Check the schedule here. A fun event for the whole family.  Be prepared for the cold weather, as this event is outside.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at historic Union Depot on Friday evening, December 9, for a musical performance. Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy food donations to benefit Merrick Community Services Food Shelf. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about the need to fill community food shelves with heart-healthy foods.

This free event will start at 7:15 p.m. when the brightly lit train rolls in the station and Canadian Pacific representatives and Rafael Ortega, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, welcome visitors followed by a performance by Colin James and Kelly Prescott.

PLEASE NOTE: General Admission is FREE for this event and does NOT require a ticket. The General Admission viewing area is behind the VIP viewing area.

All viewing areas are Standing Room Only. Concert is outside so please dress for cold weather.


A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen


It’s the time of year when there are some really great music events to attend.  Many of them are free, or very inexpensive, which we of course love since we’re all about being thrifty.  A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen takes place tomorrow (Sunday, November 27th) from 5-7pm.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $10 a person.


Join us at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken) on Sunday, November 27th at 5pm and ring in the holiday season in the most Norwegian way possible! Together with a pianist and bassist, Jardar Johansen, who hails from Tromsø in the far north of Norway, we’ll sing Norwegian Christmas classics and share stories about the holiday season as celebrated in Norway.

Presented by Mindekirken and Norway House.
Tickets on sale at the door. $10 per person.

Party in the Prairie 2016


Photo from Party in the Prairie FB page

It’s never too early to start planning for the weekend.  The Party in the Prairie 2016 is coming up on September 24th. It takes place at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  You can get discount tickets if you purchase in advance.  We attended two years ago and really enjoyed it.  Music, Food Trucks, Activities for all ages and a great outdoor venue.


Party in the Prairie *

Celebrate fall in a beautiful setting! Enjoy live music from Charlie Parr, The Murder of Crows (featuring NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert winner Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk of Low), The May North, and Brian Laidlaw. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Join Hennepin County Libraries for Storytime in a Fort, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Explore the prairie on a digital scavenger hunt or guided hike. Purchase native plants from Landscape Alternatives and make wind chimes with conceptual artist, Jan Elftmann. Sample honey made at Richardson with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad, kayak with L.L. Bean, and play lawn games with The North Face. Craft beer from LTD Brewing and food trucks onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Visit for schedule and updates.

Party in The Prairie at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington on Sep 19th

Bloomington Heritage Days



The 7th annual Bloomington Heritage Days takes place this coming weekend, September 16-17th. There will be music, games, food and fun for the whole family.  The parade takes place on Saturday at 10:30. You can find the schedule, parking information as well as shuttle specifics on the website.


The 2016 Bloomington Heritage Days festival returns to the grounds of Nativity of Mary church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, just a few blocks south of the original location. Thank you to Nativity for supporting Bloomington Heritage Days!

Finding parking near by can be a challenge. Free Bicycle Valet service is available and free off-site Park ‘N Ride shuttle service is available starting at 9:30am from Normandale Community College.



Nordic Music Festival Today


We are fortunate to live in a state that is host to some great festivals and cultural events.  Today is the 8th Annual Nordic Musical Festival.  Located at the Lions Park in Victoria, from 10-5pm.  It’s a free festival, with fun for all ages. Music, crafts, food and even a Lutefisk Toss!  It looks like a packed schedule, full of fun.


Our annual festival will feature Nordic food and local favorites. In morning, grab Swedish Cardamom Rolls prepared by the Taste of Scandinavia Bakery. For lunch, enjoy hotdogs and mashed potatoes, or cool down with lingonberry custard from Culver’s.

Rick Springfield Discount Tickets with Richard Marx at the State Theater

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80s heartthrob Rick Springfield is coming to the State Theater on October 30th and bringing Richard Marx along with him for an evening filled with four decades of hits. If you order tickets now you can get them for only $35!

  • Rick Springfield: Having singlehandedly soundtracked the ’80s with hits such as “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything For You,” Springfield can today be seen on Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary and returning to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake.
  • Richard Marx: The dreamy crooner is best-known for ’80s and ’90s hits such as “Right Here Waiting,” “Satisfied,” and “Hazard.” But thanks to his songwriting, Marx has scored a number-one hit in each of the past four decades by writing and producing hits such as *NSYNC’s “This I Promise You” and Luther Vandross’s Grammy-winning “Dance with My Father.”

The show starts at 7:30 on October 30th at the State Theater on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Order tickets here.

Washington County Bluegrass Festival Tomorrow


Are you trying to decide what your weekend plans with be?  The 15th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival takes place tomorrow, September 10th.  The best thing is, it’s a free event, with just a small $5 fee for parking.  Hours are from 2-6pm.


Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

15th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2016 2-6 p.m.
South Picnic Pavilion
The annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors and homegrown bluegrass music. It’s our way of celebrating a successful summer season and giving thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks.The festival backdrop is beautiful Lake Elmo Park Reserve, a 2,200-acre parkland, 30 miles east of the Twin Cities metro area. As a park reserve, 80% of the parks total land will be restored to pre-settlement, native vegetation. It’s a great place to recreate, camp, and enjoy nature.

The Bluegrass Festival is FREE for annual park permit holders and available to all visitors for the price of a daily or annual permit ($5/day or $25/annual). Please no animals at the festival.

Music in The Park Event at the Red River State Recreation Area

Music in The Park Event at the Red River State Recreation Area

Labor Day weekend is when we sort of bid farewell to summer.  A three day weekend for some, others are still working hard at their regular jobs so the rest of us can enjoy the long weekend.  If you happen to be traveling up north near the East Grand Forks area, check out the Music in The Park Event at the Red River State Recreation Area.

Music in The Park Event at the Red River State Recreation Area

Music in the Park

Event details

event location map
Red River State Recreation AreaDate
Sept. 3, 2016Time
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

515 2nd Street NW, East Grand Forks,MN. In East Grand Forks, 1 mile south of Hwy. 2.

Enjoy an afternoon of games and activities. Also, music from local musician Jonathan Moorman 3:00-4:00p.m. Picnic tables will be provided for seating, but feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets to make your stay more comfortable. Hotdogs and refreshments will be served for a fee with proceeds going towards future programs and projects. Event is free and open to the public.

Red River State Recreation Area

The creation of the Red River State Recreation Area was a grass roots effort that came about as a result of the flood of 1997 that devastated the communities of East Grand Forks, MN and Grand Forks, ND. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers redrew the floodplain, the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought 500 homes and other buildings in East Grand Forks along the Red and Red Lake Rivers. Various structures and homes were removed and the land — now a 1,200-acre greenway — became a state recreation area. Included in this greenway area is a new campground that features 113 campsites, including 85 electric sites that have full hookups (sewer and water). The new recreation area also includes trails for walking and biking, areas for picnicking, and rivers for fishing and boating. The recreation area’s setting in an urban area offers visitors access to outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as shopping and dining facilities within walking distance of one another.

Free End of Summer Music at Lake Harriet

Free End of Summer Music at Lake Harriet

Some of you might be scrambling to find some end of summer things to do.  School has already started for some, with the rest of the kids joining the day after Labor Day.  If you enjoy music, there are still a few concerts coming up at Lake Harriet. Everything from jazz, to a Prince tribute.  Check out the schedule here, as well as a map for directions. Free End of Summer Music at Lake Harriet is something for all ages, so it could be a fun family event or a great thrifty date night activity