It’s June! In the Twin Cities Summer Is Knocking At the Door

June in the Twin Cities

Ahh June - the portal to Summer! Step into June and the entire glorious season of warmth and sunshine is beneath our feet, stretching out before us. June is weddings, kids out of school, family vacations, cooking on the grill and baseball. June is  bright blossoms exploding with bursts of color from the flower beds and strawberries melting with sweetness on the vine. I love that June is comfortable, warm but not hot and we are beckoned to the golf course, tennis courts, and favorite biking and walking trails.  

Summer in the Twin Cities is all that and more. Summer inspires us to celebrate with great music, art, food, drink, festivals and fairs. After a long winter are we ever ready! So without further fanfare (because I could go on for pages extolling the virtues of June) let’s take a look at what is happening on the sidewalks of Minneapolis-St. Paul this month.

Celebrate June – Celebrate Art

Edina Art FairThe 50th Annual Edina Art Fair

Friday June 3 through Sunday June 5, 50th and France, Edina Minnesota

The first official art fair of the season in Minnesota, and is rated one of the top 50 art fairs in the country. Over 200,000 visitors are expected this year to view and purchase work presented by 280 talented artists from Minnesota, the US and Canada.  New to the fair last year, is a craft beer garden hosted by Edina Grill and featuring Freehouse brews. Admission is free.  Parking available in the ramps or take a free shuttle from the Southdale Mall. 


Northern Spark

June 11th, 9:00 PM – June 12th 5:26 AM

Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis Mill DistrictNorthern Spark

Northern Spark is a free, annual, dusk-to-dawn, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place on the second Saturday of June in the Twin Cities and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. Under the united theme, Climate Chaos/Climate Rising, art focused on Earth’s changing environment will be connected by interactive projects, events and workshops in sites across the Twin Cities, each exploring how artists grapple with and envision new approaches to the climate challenges we face globally.

Celebrate June – Celebrate Music

The Stone Arch Bridge FestivalStone arch Bridge Minneapolis

Friday June 17 - Sunday June 19

What do you have planned for Father’s Day this year? Why not celebrate all or part of the weekend on the Minneapolis Riverfront with art, music and family activities. There will be 4 performance stages for live music performances. Lots of food, drink, fireworks and an art festival as well. Dad will enjoy the Car Show and Motorcycle Gallery for sure!

Rock the GardenRock the Garden 2016

Saturday June 18th  

Summer 2016 starts with a boom! Due to construction at the Walker, this year your kickoff to summer heads out of the garden and over to Boom Island Park in NE Minneapolis along the mighty Mississippi with a view of the city skyline. Chow from the food trucks, brew from the beer tents, so hit them up then soak up some rays while you listen to some great Indie icons on a perfect summer day. One day, two stages, and eight bands: The Flaming Lips, Chance the Rapper, Polica, M. Ward, Hippo Campus, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, GRRRL PRTY and Plague Vendor.  Event sponsored by the Walker Art and NPR’s the current. Get your tickets now.

Hot Jazz in the City

June 23-25, Mears Park, 221 E. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to keep the art form of jazz alive and well.  This festival is one of the largest civic events in the upper Midwest and it’s free. While the main stage is at Mears Park, some great jazz is lined up for you at several other locations over the 3 day music festival. Get the list of featured performers and locations at the festival website.

Celebrate June – Celebrate Theater

What’s playing?

The Guthrie

Now through June 5th: Trouble in Mind

It is 1957 in New York, and rehearsals have begun for a racially integrated production, one the company hopes will be the next hit. But when prejudices and stereotypes emerge, African American actress Wiletta Mayer faces a difficult decision: should she swallow her pride and compromise her values to play a lead role on Broadway?

June 16-18: Steven Mackey: Orpheus Unsung 

The Guthrie and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra co-present a volatile combination of music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery and dance shape the narrative engine of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words. Orpheus, portrayed by the electric guitar and performed by Mackey, is cast into chaos searching for sense and meaning in his own story.South Pacific - Guthrie Theater

June 18th through August 28th: Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

One of the most celebrated musical romances in American theater, this classic is a treasure trove of memorable songs from “Bali Hai” to “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” to “Some Enchanted Evening.” Set on an island during World War II, this sweeping romance tells the story of two couples whose love is tested by the dangers of war and prejudices of their times.

Chanhassen Dinner Theater

Now though Sept. 24th: Walt Disney’s Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast

In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from shelter in his castle. She is secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince’s lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous Beast and all the castles’ human inhabitants into living objects. The enchantress tells the Beast that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, he must find true love or all will remain forever altered. Through the help of Belle, he finds the humanity he lost. 

Artistry at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Now through June 12: Blithe Spirit

When a novelist gathering material for his next book invites a medium to conduct a séance, the scheme backfires. He becomes haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife in this classic comedy.

Celebrate June – Celebrate Flowers

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is one of the metros treasures. If you have Savage gardennever been, you really should and if you have my guess is you keep and going back year after year. Right now late-season Azaleas are still in bloom. The Iris Garden is a must see with its depth of varieties. Peonies are popping this week in a stunning rainbow of color. If you visit the Dayton Wildflower Garden your reward will be a peek at Yellow Lady Slippers.  Don’t forget to catch the special exhibit running through Sept 18th Savage Gardens and explore the world of carnivorous plants. 

Celebrate June – Celebrate Recreation

Last but not least, just a reminder that mini-golf is open at the Walker Art Center. This year experience Skyline Mini-golf, a work around due to renovation of the Sculpture Garden this year. So tee up and play a round on the rooftop where amazing views and the giant hot dog, ping pong paddles, a tricky chicken coop and more await to challenge you. Minnehaha Falls Park

That is the tip of the iceberg.  One thing we can say for sure, there is no reason to never know what to do in the summer but more a matter of which option to enjoy. Don’t forget to explore your favorite biking and hiking trails, take a dip in the community pools, and enjoy a game of golf or tennis. Whatever you do, enjoy the first month of summer and stay safe as you travel the paths of the Twin Cities. 

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