Surprise Us September!
September – the Twin Cities in Seasonal Transition
September is the month with an identity crisis. Football season has begun, but we are still watching baseball. Food bloggers are pushing soups and stews while we are still throwing brats on the grill. Some people in the Twin Cities think of it as fall and others summer. The autumnal equinox on the 22nd officially welcomes fall, but I think the weather has the last word.
Generally, the temperatures are pleasantly moderate creating perfect opportunities to enjoy your favorite outdoor sport or pastime. Yet we can’t help but notice the chill that creeps into the evening air and lingers into dawn. The clouds tend to be high and scattered and the sky a different shade of blue than it was in midsummer. Yesterday I noted little pops of gold and orange among the still lush green of the trees which serves as a reminder that the inevitability of autumn’s arrival cannot be denied.
Why not allow September to surprise us every day and enjoy these last weeks of summer sporting our flip flops while recognizing apple and pumpkin season is at the threshold. In the spirit of savoring every golden moment, let’s take a look at what events and activities are going on in the Twin Cities metro for this month.
Opening on September 10th is Sense and Sensibility. If the name sounds familiar, it is an adaptation of the novel by Jane Austin. This production is “bright and bold” and filled with “humor and emotional depth” and a fresh new look at this classic treasure.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
The Drowsy Chaperone, a tribute to the music of the jazz age is currently on stage at the Schneider Theater. If you like jazz and great dancing, this is the perfect musical for you. The last performance is the September 11th matinee so hurry. Tickets still available.
Rebels on Broadway is September’s offering from St. Paul’s Ordway Theater. This entertaining musical tour highlights broadway musicals that have also touched on social issues relevant to their time and place. On stage from September 23rd through the 30th.
Looking for something edgier or off Broadway? Minnpost offers a terrific Twin Cities Theater calendar.
Twin Cities Art
The Fall Art Fair in Edina
An event I anticipate every year is the fall art show at Centennial Lakes Park. It has a perfect location in this most beautiful of parks with plenty of free parking close by. There are about 230 artists expected this year. You will see jewelry, photography, textiles, paintings, woodcrafts, ceramics, metalwork and much more. Plus the fair is a benefit for the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Fair dates are September 10th and 11th.
View the art of Laura Stack and Melissa Loop at the Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis from Sept 10 – 25. Laura will exhibit her vivid color ink paintings while Melissa shows her paintings of Mayan ruins. Both artists tell a story through their work using vibrant colors and an artist's imagination.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
There is always so much art happening at MIA. If you want to view the impressionist landscape collection of the Paul G. Allen Family, keep in mind that it winds up on the 18th. A visit any time of the year to this fine and nationally acclaimed art museum never disappoints. The icing on the cupcake? It's free to visit every day!
Twin Cities September Music Scene
Presented by the Golden Thyme Coffee Café in St. Paul this event is calling all Jazz hounds to the intersection of Selby and Milton Aves! A yearly event started in 2002, where people and businesses from the neighborhood and beyond get together to celebrate jazz music. Delicious food and beverages available.
Explosions in the Sky will be appearing on September 9th and this show received a recommend from City Pages – enough said. While we are on the subject, check out the month’s music schedule at First Avenue on City Pages.
The Minnesota Orchestra
September opens the 2016-2017 season. What a great year of musical offerings! On the 15th you can get a taste of what is to come by attending the Season Sampler Concert. View the schedule for other musical offerings this month and make your concert selections for the coming year as well.
If you love live music and want to keep your fingers on the pulse of the music scene in the Twin Cities metro area here Songkick is a great resource. Check out what’s playing all over the metro for September and beyond and don’t miss a performance from your favorite band.
Twin Cities Special Events
Minneapolis Greek Festival
This yearly event celebrating everything Greek takes place September 9 – 11th at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis. Eat Greek food, enjoy Greek music and dance, join in the 5K Toga run/walk and just be a sponge and absorb Greek culture!
This is the tenth year for the Minneapolis Bike tour. There are 3 routes available this year from 16 to 32 miles that take participants through the beautiful park system bike trail system of Minneapolis. All rides begin and end on Boom Island.
Cirque Du Soleil, Toruk the First Flight inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. See it at the Target Center from Sept 28 – Oct 2. Check out the details on scoring free tickets on City Pages.
Of course that is just scratching the service of all the activities available this month and we didn’t even mention going to a Twins Game, a Vikings game in the new stadium, (you can still get tickets for the Sept 18th game vs the Packers but it will cost you), or the biggest annual vintage flea market in the area known as the Junk Bonanza (September 22, 23, 24 in Shakopee)! Have a great month!