Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

Music Under Glass: Como Zoo Conservatory

The Music Under Glass series is back for another season at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.  Although it’s winter in MN, the conservatory is a fabulous place to escape and pretend you’ve escaped to a warmer destination.

You’ll find a nice variety of free music on select Sunday afternoons.   Take a look at the great line up of musicians on their website.  Concerts take place January 7th through March 11th.


Join Us For “Music Under Glass” Sunday Afternoons

Join us select Sundays beginning January 7th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for live, local music.

Beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy confines of the Conservatory.

Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase. (Please, no outside food or beverages)

** There will be no concert on January 28 due to the the Winter Carnival Orchid Show, and on February 4 due to the Super Bowl

MOA Free Concert with Zach Williams

Zach Williams will be in concert this Friday, January 12th at the Mall of America.  The best part, it’s completely free.  The concert starts at 7pm, with 300 wristbands given out starting at 5:30.  The wristbands are for better seating and a photo with Zach after the show.  Donations of new socks would be appreciated, and all be shared with homeless around the area.

This winter 98.5 KTIS and the Mall of America invite you to warm up with music from one of 98.5 KTIS’ favorite new artists, Zach Williams!  Join us for our free Winter Concert at the Mall of America rotunda at 7pm. 300 wristbands will be distributed at 5:30 to get a great seat and a photo with Zach right after the show.

This year we have a special request. 15,000 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night including 9,000 children and youth. Would you help us warm feet, and hearts by bringing a pair of new socks to donate to those in need in our community? Socks of all sizes are one of the most needed items among the homeless population.  98.5 KTIS and Simpson Housing Services will have donation barrels for easy drop-off and will be distributing your gifts to the homeless around the Twin Cities.


Victorian Christmas Carols at the James J. Hill House

It’s that time of year, time for Christmas Carols.  We might not all be lucky enough to have Carolers come to our door but we can enjoy the music at the James J. Hill House.  There are a couple dates to choose from with different times available. You can find more specifics and also purchase tickets on the website here.

A lively concert by costumed singers explores the rise in popularity of Christmas carols during the 19th century. Hear familiar favorites and discover new gems!

The one-hour concert in the Hill House art gallery includes light refreshments and tours, included with admission, following the performance.

Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert

The Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert takes place this Sunday beginning at 7pm.  All four ensembles of the Boychoir will perform a free concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. No tickets are necessary.  If you can’t make this concert they will have additional concerts in January.  More information about all of their events can be found on the website here

For 56 years, the Minnesota Boychoir has helped boys find their voice. In the 2017-18 season, the organization boasts 160 members from nearly 50 communities from Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding suburbs. The Boychoir’s excellence is observed around the world. The choir has performed in the Sydney Opera House, in St. Peter’s Basilica inside The Vatican, and on National Public Radio.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, all four ensembles of the Boychoir will perform a free concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. No tickets are necessary.

Additional winter concerts will occur on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Landmark Center in Saint Paul. Those concerts will begin at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Music in the Park: Coyote Wild

With summer quietly passing us by, we need to take the chance for last minute outdoor evening events.  The final free music in the park for the 2017 summer season takes place this Wednesday, September 20th in Hastings.  The Coyote Wild concert takes place from 7-8:30 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park right on the water.

Coyote Wild puts on a high energy country rock show you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a great mix of classic rock and contemporary country. This is a FREE event. Head to the RiverWalk for our final Music in the Park concert.

Party in the Prairie

We attended the Party in the Prairie last year, located at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It’s a great event with live music, nature activities, food and fun.  It’s not a huge venue, so this year they are urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place next Saturday, September 23rd from 3-8:30.  You find more information as well as purchase tickets here. *discounted tickets available at Twin Cities The North Face retail stores.

Live music and local flavors in a beautiful setting. Enjoy Americana, folk and bluegrass performances by Chastity Brown, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, The May North and The Eelpout Stringers. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Discover the beauty of prairies on a guided hike or digital scavenger hunt. Meet with plant and wildlife experts and create a “seed bomb” craft with native prairie seeds. Join Hennepin County Library for Storytime in the Amphitheater, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Play lawn games and sample honey made at Richardson with the University of MN Bee Squad. Prairie-themed facepainting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks (TOT BOSS, Cafe Racer, The Cave Cafe Mobile Food Truck, and WildEarth WoodFired Mobile Pizza Bakery), craft beer from LTD Brewing, and other treats (Saint Pops and Joia All Natural Soda) onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Sponsored by The North Face and Minnesota Parent Magazine. All Ages. $9/person. $7 discounted tickets available at local The North Face stores.
*Children under 2 years old are permitted free.*
*Capacity is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.*

Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival

This Sunday, September 17th is the Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival.  This is the 17th annual event, free admission and fun for the whole family.  The festival is from noon-5pm.  You can find more specifics on the festival website.

  • Silent Auction
  • Children’s Games
  • Cultural Exhibits
  • Beer Garden
  • Craft Vendors
  • Ukrainian Food

Bring family and friends to this FREE event! Get entertained with outstanding dance and music performances, enjoy delicious homemade Ukrainian food, and simply have fun!

Ukrainian Heritage Festival is world-class celebration of Ukrainian culture and its unique traditions in the Twin Cities. “All things Ukrainian” await you!

As in previous years, we will share the artistic and cultural achievements of our community on the local, national and world-wide levels, in folk dance, music, and other folk art. This year we are particularly proud to feature our local Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, members of which are performing in Lviv, Ukraine in August. Their performance at our Festival will mark their return from their trip abroad.

Come waltz and polka with Ukrainian Village Band, a Ukrainian roots band, playing folk & modern music. One can always find people dancing wherever they play!

Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater

We know how important Bees are, not just for making honey but for pollinating so much of our food.  This Sunday September 10th, you have a chance to PARTY WITH PURPOSE to protect our pollinators.  The Polli*NATION Festival in Stillwater begins at noon on Sunday.  You can register in advance to save a little money. Some of the activities taking place will be:

  • Live music
  • Food Trucks
  • Games
  • Prizes
  • Art installations on a grand scale
  • Honey
  • Live Bees
  • Minnesota pollinator awards
  • Special Guests
  • Much more fun!

Minnesota’s 3rd Annual Pollinator Festival expects 1000+ festival goers to buzz on over to Kissing Birch Farm for a festival that promotes protecting bees, butterflies and pollinators. Party with purpose alongside special guests – musicians, performers, food talents, scientists, live bees, and Minnesota luminaries. Expect custom crafted art interpretations of bees and butterflies on a grand scale for our tiny heroes.

African Children’s Choir Concert

Tomorrow August 30th you can enjoy a free African Children’s Choir concert.  This is a family friendly concert and it takes place at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.  The children’s choir will perform from 7:00-8:30.  You can find more information as well as directions, here on the church website.

Join us for a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary sounds that have inspired audiences around the world.

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.

Over the past twenty years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world, including concerts at the Pentagon and the United Nations. They have been featured on popular television and radio broadcasts such as “GMTV” and “Blue Peter”. The Choir has had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the BBC Proms series. More recently they performed at the Commonwealth Observance Day in the presence of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Already on this tour they have met the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at her residence in Dublin and with the First Minister, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle, Belfast.

Free, family friendly concert.

Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night at Centennial Lakes

Hard to believe it’s already the middle of August.  Tomorrow evening (August 13th), you can enjoy an outdoor concert at Centennial Lakes. and savor a beautiful summer evening. The Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night is named for the more than 200 torches and lanterns that light up the park and its walkways. This is a free concert and event, come a little early and check out the area.  The free fun will be begin at 6pm and the actual concert starts at 8:30.

Centennial Lakes Park hosts the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band in the most anticipated event of the season!

Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night will begin at 6 p.m., with an array of things to see, including antique cars, vintage piano-playing, and a “mechanical man” movement performance. The Edina Model Yacht Club will be lighting up the water with their remote-controlled boats throughout the night. At approximately 7:45 p.m. the Sousa Fifes & Drums will process to the Maetzold Amphitheater in preparation for the much-anticipated 8:30 p.m. performance of the First John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band. As always, we will have drinks and popcorn available in our concession stand, but watch the walkways for other fun snacks and treats! There will be balloons for a nickle and ice cream available for a quarter (while supplies last). Fireworks will be set off near the end of the band’s performance, to the song The Stars and Stripes Forever.

This event is free to the public and a wonderful addition to anyone’s summer calendar! Come early to get a seat, enjoy the activities and stay for the concert!