Chateau Jazz Festival – Chateau St. Croix Winery

We do our best to stick with events, festival and locations in Minnesota.  Occasionally we do see something with a location across the border that grabs our attention and we feel deserves a mention.

The Chateau Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday, July 22nd from 12-6pm. The Chateau St. Croix Winery is located just outside of Saint Croix Falls Wisconsin.  If you’ve never been, it’s worth a bit of wandering to check it out.   The Jazz Festival is FREE admission.

Enjoy food from local food trucks, tour the winery and of course drink delicious Chateau wine. For those guests who prefer beer, we will offer a selection of local craft beers by the bottle. This is the perfect mid-summer event!

Babatunde Lea Quintet – 12:00pm
Steve Kenny Quartet – 1:30pm
Twin Cities Latin Jazz Ensemble – 3:00pm
Atlantis Quartet – 4:45pm
Andrew Wallesch – 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm

Food Vendors:
A Wandering Fire – Wood Fire Pizza’s
Jessica’s Cucina – Wraps, Soups and more

Summer Concert at Dodge Nature Center

The Dodge Nature Center will be hosting The Fabulous Fairlanes for a concert tomorrow evening, July 21st.  The concert is scheduled from 7-8:30pm.  This is a free concert and geared towards all ages.  Bring the family for an evening of great music and fun.  They would appreciate an RSVP just to have an idea of how many to expect.

The Fabulous Fairlanes are a popular St. Paul a capella doo wop quartet that sing music from the 50’s to today. This is their first performance at Dodge Nature Center. Come enjoy a wonderful doo wop as you watch what goes on in the summer eve in our prairie. We offer ice cream cones for a minimal fee and will “pass the hat” to compensate our amazing performers. Join us for a family friendly musical evening. Come early and picnic if you wish.

Location: Dodge Nature Center, Main Office Entrance 1, 365 Marie Ave. W. in West St. Paul


Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra Concert at Caponi Art Park

We have mentioned Caponi Art Park in Eagan a few times in the past.  They offer a wide range of free or inexpensive activities and events in a beautiful setting.  This coming Sunday, July 9th Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra Concert at Caponi Art Park will take place at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $5 for 12 and over and can be purchased here.  Even if you can’t make it for one of the special events, pick a day and explore the park for what it it is, you won’t be disappointed at this hidden gem.

Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra

A family-friendly evening of American music featuring Broadway and Hollywood show tunes and works by composers such as Aaron Copland and John Williams.

Event tickets: $5/person, children 12 and under free!

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has brought together skilled volunteer musicians to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. Performing concerts around the south suburban Twin Cities area, the symphony has a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member summer pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

Music in Plymouth on July 5th

The Music in Plymouth on July 5th is a not to be missed event.  Not only does it include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Okee Dokee Brothers along with the R Factor will also be there.  A great line up and something for everyone.  It’s not just music, there’ll be fire dancers and then after that it will be followed by the grand finale, an amazing firework display.  

Plymouth’s annual community event features the Minnesota Orchestra, food, fireworks and fun.

Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes the Okee Dokee Brothers and the R Factor.

Following the opening lineup, the Minnesota Orchestra will take the stage for a world-class performance of classic and modern scores. Roving entertainers will stroll through the crowd throughout the event.

After the orchestra, fire dancers will captivate by combining flames, illuminated body movement and intricate partner choreography in a show leading up to the evening’s grand finale – the annual fireworks display.

A variety of concessions will be available for purchase and attendees can bring picnic suppers.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, though staking or roping off seating areas is prohibited.

Free shuttle service is available from West Lutheran High School (34th Ave. N. and Fernbrook Lane) and Plymouth Creek Elementary School (Vicksburg Lane and 41st Ave. N.). Shuttle service begins at 5 p.m. and runs throughout the event.

Bloomington Summer Fete

Join in the fun on Monday July 3rd, it’s time for the Bloomington Summer Fete.  Although it’s not the actual 4th of July, it might as well be, there’s lot’s of fun planned for all ages.  Music, activities for kids, food for purchase and of course fireworks. Check out the schedule:

5 – 9 p.m.
Kids’ Carnival Area

The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids’ Carnival Area at 5 p.m. featuring more inflatable attractions than ever before with a few specialty attractions!

Wristbands: An inflatable-only wristband may be purchased for $15.

Tickets: One ticket may be purchased for $1. Tickets are an alternative to wristbands. All inflatables will require two tickets; other specialty attractions will require more.

5 – 8:40 p.m.
Music on the 84th Street Kids Stage

The 84th Street Kids’ stage will once again feature the best in family entertainment.

  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Rachel Kroog’s Summer Fun ShowRachel’s various themes include: the power of kindness, the value of respect, our spiritual connection to the earth and its animals, and the ability to make our dreams come true.
  • 6:20 – 7:20 p.m. – Rachel Kroog’s Patriotic ShowCelebrate America’s Independence with this fun and interactive kids show!
  • 7:40 – 8:40 p.m. – Normandale Community College Jazz Ensemble

5 – 10 p.m.
Music on the Main Stage

The main stage at the Bandshell is headlined by the biannual favorite, the Bloomington Medalist Band.

  • 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. – Pop ROCKSPop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor!
  • 8:40 – 10:00 p.m. – Bloomington Medalist BandAs one of Summer Fete’s traditional performers, the Bloomington Medalist Band performance has always been a great way to cap off an evening of celebration and fun.


Topping off the evening is the annual Summer Fete fireworks display. It starts around dusk – shortly after 10 p.m.

The pyrotechnics this year promise to continue to be one of the best in the state. Bloomington’s fireworks displays are one of the few to feature 10-inch shells.

The Fireworks display is visible from all around the event site. Look towards the Hyland Lake Ski Jump to see the aerial display launched from Chalet Road.



Burnsville Music in the Park

Burnsville Music in the Park is a series of free music concerts throughout the summer.  It takes place at the Nicollet Commons Park right in the center of the city.  The free concerts will be on Sundays from 7-9pm.

July 2: La Viña (Latin gospel)
July 9: Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek (jazz)
July 16: Northern Winds Concert Band (symphonic band)
July 23: Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz (jazz)
July 30: Mariachi Mexico (mariachi)
Aug. 6: Brio Brass (rockin’ brass band)

Summer Concert Series in Farmington

Photo from the Farmington Independent Newspaper

The Summer Music in the Park Series takes place on the last Thursday of the month in Farmington.  This means bring your chair or blanket and get ready to enjoy an evening of free music.  With some nice cool temps in the forecast this week, it just might be the perfect time to meet up with friends at the Rambling River Park.  You can find more information here.


Concert lineup:

• Thursday, June 29: Woodshop the Band, a skiffle or jug band from Minneapolis, will play old, new country, rock, punk and blues tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest and Farmington Liquors.

• Thursday, July 27: Darlene & The Boys band are back to bring the highest quality performance. Darlene performs on TV, radio and has delighted to give stage shows alongside stars from the Grand Ole Opry. The concert is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Liquors and Impact Auto.

• Thursday, August 31: The Bazillions band will perform kid-friendly rock ‘n roll tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Gymnastics Center, Park Dental and Xpress Coin Laundry.

4th Annual Kid Fest at Lake Harriet

The fourth annual Kid Fest hosted by Minnesota Parent, takes place this Saturday June 17th at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.  Its a free family friendly event from 10-1.  Enjoy some fun activities and music.  Here is the music schedule for the event:

10:00 a.m. — Davey Doodle & the Red Hots
10:30 a.m. — Kids’ Yoga
11:15 a.m. — The Bazillions
12:15 p.m. — Teddy Bear Band

Kid Fest and its activities are geared toward families with children under 10 years, with a strong focus on activities for children under 5. Our exhibitors will each have child-friendly activities to enjoy, such as prize wheels, balloon giveaways and craft projects, including a Summer Solstice Creation Station hosted by ARTrageous Adventures.


Paul Shaffer Discount Tickets – Ames Center, Burnsville

Most of us know pianist and comedian Paul Shaffer as David Letterman’s sidekick and band leader for more than 30 years. All that time he delivered lots of witty banter and music every night. Get ready to see Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band With Valerie Simpson live July 1st at Ames Center in Burnsville and keep reading to see how you can get tickets for half price!

Shaffer also recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. He composed the LATE SHOW theme song and, with Paul Jabara, wrote the Number One ’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Halliwell for the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in 2001. In 2002, he received his first GRAMMY, Best Country Instrumental, for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album, and co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tsziji Munoz. Paul Shaffer’s “This Day in Rock” is a daily interstitial feature nationally syndicated by Envision Radio.

In his touring show, Paul Shaffer lights up the stage with his group, The World’s Most Dangerous Band, hot on the heels of the release of their latest album. They’ll be joined for this concert by singer Valerie Simpson, half of the songwriting/performing/producing duo formerly known as Ashford and Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began 4 decades ago and she along with her late husband Nick Ashford have penned classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Solid,” and “Your Precious Love”.

See Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band With Valerie Simpson at Ames Center for up to 50% off when you buy these discount tickets ahead of time!

2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

It’s time for the 17th annual Flint Hills International Children’t Festival.  It takes place inside and outside the Ordway in St. Paul. The Festival is packed full of free and inexpensive entertainment.  The festival takes place SCHOOL WEEK MAY 30 – JUNE 2 and FAMILY WEEKEND JUNE 3 & 4.

For the indoor performances you can purchased tickets in advance here on the website.


• More than 100 free outdoor performances by almost 600 local artists and groups representing cultural traditions from around the world
• Folktales from across the globe as told by Twin Cities storytellers in the Story Time Corner
• A musical instrument petting zoo with Congolese musician Siama
• Located inside the Ordway: “The Touch of Sound,” an interactive audio installation featuring the sounds of the Galapagos Islands
• An art exhibition titled “Gathering of Contemporary Indigenous Artists,” curated by Gordon Coons (Ojibwa/Ottawa), in the Ordway lobbies
• The Clear Channel Outdoor ARTwalk, a walking tour through downtown St. Paul highlighting hundreds of pieces of art created by young people


• New this year: kid’s yoga by 1000 Petals Yoga
• Art-making activities from 21 different arts, cultural and educational organizations from around the Twin Cities
• Join in a lunch time dance party with local DJs spinning tunes in the Ordway lobby
• Dozens of family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, juggling, dance lessons, and more!