WE Fest Country Music Festival (Detroit Lakes) – Discount Admission

Has WE Fest Country Music Festival been on your bucket list for this summer? Get your tickets now through Goldstar and save BIG!

WE Fest is held at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN. This year’s dates are August 1st through 3rd. Options include:

  • $112 for general admission (reg. $160) – currently cheaper via Groupon: just $99!
  • $182.50 for reserved seating – reserved blue (reg. $365)
  • $215 for reserved seating – reserved blue + camp access (reg. $430)

Each of these options also includes a small service fee of $3-$5, but this is much smaller than the service fee you’ll pay if you go directly through the WE Fest website. (Seriously…the fee for general admission through their website is $21.65!!!!!!)

*NEW* If you’re only interested in attending one day of the festival, your best bet is to go through Groupon where they currently have discount admission for just $49 per day, all fees included). Main stage performances each day include:

  • Thursday: Tyler Rich, Walker Hayes, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Keith Urban
  • Friday: Kelleigh Bannen, Jimmie Allen, LANCO, Jake Owen, Brooks & Dunn
  • Saturday: Adam Doleac, Dylan Scott, Big & Rich, Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton

WE Fest has been at the pinnacle of country music festivals for nearly four decades. The festival hosts tens of thousands of fans every August at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, where countless country legends have performed. This year’s line up includes Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes & so many more. Fans from all over the region come to WE Fest for the ultimate summer weekend, immersing themselves in the massive camping and country music party.

Get your discount tickets HERE or HERE and get ready to party!

Free International Day of Music Performances at Orchestra Hall – Saturday, July 13th

Mark your calendars for the International Day of Music – it’s coming up Saturday, July 13th from noon to midnight!

This 12-hour festival is totally family-friendly and FREE (except for the 8 pm Minnesota Orchestra concert) and features musical performances both inside Orchestra Hall as well as on Peavey Plaza. They’ll also have outdoor food vendors, food trucks, and local craft merchants.

Skip the parking hassle and download free Metro Transit passes after filling out a short survey. You can also download and print the full day’s schedule to have on hand.



Part of the Orchestra’s Música Juntos (Music Together) Sommerfest 2019, the International Day of Music showcases free performances by 15 different ensembles on four stages in and around Orchestra Hall—with The Cedar Cultural Center collaborating as a programming partner—plus a Freestyle dance battle, screenings of two films about the Orchestra’s South Africa tour, and two performances by the Minnesota Orchestra (one free, one paid). Connecting with Sommerfest’s Latin American theme, vendors will set up a marketplace around Orchestra Hall selling food, beverages and handicrafts, and providing activities for all ages.

Rhythm on the Rails FREE Summer Concert Series in Shakopee


The Rhythm on the Rails summer concert series is back in Shakopee again this summer.  Wednesday evenings, beginning July 17th through August 14th, you can enjoy free concerts from 6-9pm.  A fabulous way to enjoy summer each week.

A great line up this summer:

July 17 | The Honeydogs

July 24 | Chris Kroeze

July 31 | Chris Hawkey

August 7 | Arch Allies

August 14 | Mick Sterling

Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!

The evening will kick off with local acts, followed by regional headliners that everyone knows and loves. Attendees will have the option to purchase food and drink tickets at the front gate, enjoy a free kids zone with inflatables and face-painting, and experience Downtown Shakopee while listening to live music all night long.

Twin Cities Summer Jam Discount Tickets – Save Up to 46%!

Twin Cities Summer Jam Discount Tickets

Twin Cities Summer Jam is coming up July 18th – 20th at Canterbury Park, and right now you can grab discount tickets via Groupon! Choose from single-day general admission tickets for $99, three-day general admission tickets for $199, or three-day reserved-lawn tickets (chair included!) for $299. This includes ALL fees.

To compare, these tickets are normally $149 – $400, not including fees. General-admission ticket holders can bring their own chairs. Check the FAQ for more information.

Here’s the list of which groups are performing on each day:

Thursday, July 18

  • Rascal Flatts
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Soul Asylum
  • Quietdrive

Friday, July 19

  • Aersomith
  • Buckcherry
  • Chris Hawkey
  • Elvie Shane

Saturday, July 20

  • Tim McGraw
  • Pitbull
  • Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers
  • Christina Taylor

Get your Groupon HERE!



Bands on the Blvd at Minnesota History Center – Tuesdays in July

The Minnesota History Center is a great place to visit in and of itself, but it gets even better during the upcoming Bands on the Blvd events. Each Tuesday evening in July will bring some amazing outdoor music, no admission fees or tickets needed.

Plus, since these concerts fall on Tuesday nights, you can come early and get FREE admission to Minnesota History Center starting at 3 pm. Performances include:

July 2nd – Porcupine

July 9th – Heiruspecs

July 16th – Monica LaPlante

July 23rd – Lena Elizabeth

July 30th – Nooky Jones

During Bands on the Boulevard, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Tuesday night in July in the History Center courtyard. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from Market House by D’Amico. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom from 3 to 9 pm.

Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy. The First Avenue exhibit is made possible in part by presenting sponsor, Baird, and media partner, The Current.


Dakota County’s Music in the Park

Whitetail Woods is one of our favorite parks, we have to remind ourselves just how close it actually is to the metro.  It’s usually quiet but it’s also a great venue for outdoor events.  Dakota County’s Music in the Park will be held there June 29th, July 27th and August 24th. FREE outdoor live music is a great way to savor summer nights that seem to go by way too fast.  Bring a chair or blanket as the performances take place 5-7pm. (Not the time change from last year)

2019 performance dates

  • June 29: Roe Family Singers (Good-time, old-time hillbilly band)
  • July 27: Riddle Brothers (Americana folk)
  • Aug. 24: Blue Groove Bluegrass (Traditional bluegrass with a contemporary vibe)


Weather cancellation

The event is rain or shine. In the event of severe or significantly rainy weather, event staff will determine if the event will be cancelled 2-3 hours before the event start time. Updates, including cancellation notices, will be posted as available on the Dakota County Parks-forever wild Facebook page, or you can call the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 651-554-6530.



Minnesota Orchestra: 50% Off Música Juntos Summer Concerts

Celebrate the music of Latin America this summer with Minnesota Orchestra’s Música Juntos festival! From July 6th to August 3rd you can experience Argentine tango, Mexican huapango, music influenced by the spirit of salsa, and more.

Plus, now through Sunday, June 30th you can use the coupon code STRBFYI to save 50% on tickets!

Concerts include:

  • Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert – July 6th and 7th
  • Vänskä Leads a Vocal Extravaganza – July 13th
  • A Musical Feast with Sarah Hicks – July 26th
  • La Pasión según San Marcos – August 2nd and 3rd
  • and more!



Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie takes place this Sunday, June 9th from 1-7pm at the Staring Lake Park Amphitheater in Eden Prairie. 

The Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie is a free event, no admission.  During the time of of the Jazz Festival you can also enjoy the Ribfest, held at the same time, and a fundraiser for the Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Noon Rotary. 

Performance Schedule
1 p.m.  Bend in the River Big Band
2 p.m.  Just Friends Big Band
3 p.m.  Good News Big Band
4 p.m.  River City Jazz Orchestra
5 p.m.  ACME Jazz Company
6 p.m.  Jazz on the Prairie Big Band

Join friends for the 29th annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie featuring six area big bands!

Silverwood OnStage

The best part about summer, there’s so many great outdoor events and activities to enjoy.  The Silverwood OnStage is a free concert event taking place on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.  The Three Rivers Park District’s Silverwood Park is located in St. Anthony and has a beautiful outdoor stage area.


2019 Performances:

Wednesdays | 6:30–9 PM

June 5 | Jessica Manning
June 12 | Michael Monroe
June 19 | 26 BATS!
June 26 | Con Davison

July 10 | Doug Otto & The Getaways
July 17 | Sister Species
July 20 | Nur-D
July 24 | Andy Cook
July 31 | We Are The Willows

August 7 | Meg Kirsch
August 14 | Bora York
August 21 | Katy Vernon
August 28 | Lady Midnight

In case of rain, concerts will be moved into the visitor center.

Free VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert at The Ordway

Hear the community come together in song as hundreds of students will join VocalEssence to celebrate Mexico in song at the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert. It’s happening Tuesday, May 21st at 7 pm, and tickets are FREE! (Tickets are required, though, so you’ll want to order them online or pick them up at one of the locations listed here.)

This bilingual concert is the culmination of a year-long composer-in-residence program.



The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is located at 345 Washington Street in St. Paul.