Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Xcel Energy Center Discount Tickets (12/29)

Were you hoping to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform at Xcel Energy Center this holiday season? Here’s your big chance: right now you can get discount tickets to the December 29th shows (3 pm or 8 pm) via Groupon.

With your purchase, you’ll also get a digital download of the Groupon-exclusive album Siberian Sleigh Ride.

Seating is in the 200-level and tickets are $54.99 each with a limit of 8 tickets per person. You must purchase tickets together to sit together.

TSO’s Christmas PresentThe Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which tells the musical story of a young runaway who encounters ghostly visions after breaking into an abandoned vaudeville theater on Christmas Eve, and features electrified takes on “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The show received such rave reviews that TSO chose to bring it back and crank it up to 11 with an all-new second set of the group’s greatest hits, plus its trademark spectacle of pyrotechnics, lights, and lasers.

TSO’s Christmas Past: For more than 20 years, TSO has proven that Christmas and cranked-up guitars go hand in hand like Santa’s milk and cookies. 2017 was the group’s most successful tour to date, and they are ready to rock 2018.

TSO’s Christmas Future: As Trans-Siberian Orchestra further cements its place among the world’s top touring rock acts, expect more cutting edge theatrics from the band that brought you “Rock Theater.”

Get your discount tickets HERE!

American Made Music Festival in Richfield

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love that there are some great outdoor local events to attend. 

The American Made Music Festival takes place this coming weekend. 

This event takes place in Richfield at the Amphitheater of Lyndale Gardens.  You can purchase advance tickets here on the event website.   With over 10 different bands sharing their talents, it sounds like it’s a perfect fall event to check out.  Tickets start at $25 and up, depending on if you want to attend one or both days.

Minnesota Orchestra: $20 Tickets for Guests Under 40

Guests under the age of 40 can get $20 tickets to Minnesota Orchestra performances! This special offer is available for select concerts throughout the season, and more concerts are added monthly.

You’ll want to sign up for the #MNOrchMonday email list to receive notification when additional concerts become eligible for the discount, plus other invitations and ticket offers.

To purchase your tickets, select $20under40 for the ticket type when choosing your seats. Your tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid ID showing proof of age (must be 40 years or younger) per two tickets purchased. There is a limit of one pair of $20 tickets per eligible performance.

Current eligible concerts include:

Party in the Prairie – Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

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 they are again urging and asking for advance registration.  The event takes place Saturday, September 22rd 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 Reina del Cid, Roe Family Singers, Prairie Fire Lady Choir and The May North. 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 Story time 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 face-painting by Mad Dash Art. Food trucks will also be on hand.  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.*

Music in Kelley Park featuring The Dakota Valley Symphony

The Music in Kelley Park Concert Series takes place Friday evenings in the summer.  Kelley Park is located in Apple Valley and is a great park to check out on hot days with kids, it has a nice splash pad and play area.  The Friday from 6-9pm you can enjoy the sounds of the Dakota Valley Symphony.  No admission fees or tickets required.  If you can’t make it this Friday, check out the schedule for the remaining concerts of the summer season.   This is an outdoor venue so watch their FB page for weather announcements and cancellations for each concert.

t’s Platinum Pops in the Park night! Please join The Apple Valley Arts Foundation in Kelley Park on July 27 from 6-9pm for a performance by The Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus.

Food and beverage for purchase by our Premium Catering Partner Vivo as well as treats from our Refreshment Partners Rita’s Italian Ice of Apple Valley and Kalli’s Popcorn Shop

** Concert attendees are encouraged to enter drawings for prizes awarded at the end of each concert. Must be present to win.

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 July 28th and August 25th. 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 6-7:30pm.

July 28  Bend in the River Big Band (swinging jazz)
Aug 25  Blue Groove Bluegrass (traditional bluegrass with a contemporary vibe)





Bands on the Blvd at the Minnesota History Center

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

July 24th:  Ipso Facto brings an evening of reggae music.

July 31st:  Rubber Soul brings an evening of Beatles Music

Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D’Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm.


Mini Music Fest at Science Museum


Credit: Science Museum of MN

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be a little different venue on Wednesday July 18th.  From 8pm-10pm the Social Science” Mini Music Fest will fill the building with sounds from 14 different bands.   This evening event is for 21 and up, so leave the kids at home and enjoy the exhibits in a different way.

You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.  The full line up of bands is also on the same link.

At this one-of-a-kind music fest, you can claim your spot under the dinosaurs (or another favorite location around the museum) and let the sweet sounds of your favorite local bands wash over you. From indie to rock to hip-hop, we have something to tickle the ears of every music lover. And you can leave your poncho at home—this music fest will never get rained out!

Rhythm on the Rails FREE Summer Concert Series


The Rhythm on the Rails summer concert series is back in Shakopee again this summer.  Wednesday evenings, beginning July 18th through August August 15th, you can enjoy free concerts from 6-9pm.  A fabulous way to enjoy summer each week.

A great line up this summer:

July 18th:  The Suburbs

July 25th:  Gear Daddies

August 1st:  The 4 on the Floor

August 8th: G.B. Leighton

August 15th: Chase & Ovation: Prince Tribute Band

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.

Free Riverside Concerts in Rochester

I just discovered the Free Riverside Concerts in Rochester, all taking place Sunday evenings during the summer. This is the 27th year for the FREE series,.  Looks like quite the line up, even some big names on the list.  The concerts take place at Mayo Park, a great space where you are welcome to bring a blanket or chair, on-site concessions are also available.

July 8 – ’90s Night w/ Gin Blossoms & Fall Risk
July 15 – MN Music Night w/ The Suburbs & DENNIS
July 22 – Indie Night w/ Lissie & Annie Mack
July 29 – Hot Country Night w/ Chase Bryant & JT & The Gunslingers
Aug 5 – Outlaw Country Night w/ Margo Price & Almighty American
Aug 12 – Classic Rock Night w/ Jefferson Starship & The Chubs

All concerts begin at 7pm.  Check out the FB page on weather updates if you plan to drive a bit to any of the concerts.