Arts, Music & Entertainment in Minneapolis
The City of Lakes is full of things to do recreation wise, but if you're looking for something to stimulate the mind, Minneapolis has a booming arts, music and entertainment scene waiting for you to experience. Fans of art, theater, music, sports, culture - you'll find what you're looking for and more on our list.
Get in touch with your inner artist and browse the art collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
. The collections include Asian arts, contemporary art, decorative arts, textiles, sculptures, paintings, photography, and more - whichever media of art you prefer, there's sure to be a masterpiece on display that will inspire you.
Address: 2400 Third Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - MAP
Phone: (612) 870-3000
See the Minnesota Timberwolves in action or catch your favorite performer take the stage at the Target Center
. The 20,500 seat arena hosts NBA, WNBA, WWE, UFC and NHL events, along with concerts. Ozzy Osbourne, George Strait, Beyonce, Green Day, The Eagles, Kanye West, Van Halen, Sugarland, Cher and Rod Stewart are just a few of the big name talent that has performed at the entertainment venue. Keep an eye on the calendar, your favorite band could be performing soon.
Address: 600 First Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 673-1600
Fans of football: head to Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
for hard-hitting football action, brought to you by the NFL Minnesota Vikings. The sports entertainment venue has been around since 1982, making it one of the oldest stadiums affiliated with the National Football League.
Address: 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 - MAP
Phone: (612) 335-3370
Get your fill of college basketball at "The Barn," or the Williams Arena
, where the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's and women's basketball teams take on the competition. You may not get to sit with the students in "The Barnyard" but you'll still get in-your-face sports action.
Address: 1925 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 - MAP
Phone: (612) 625-3007
Visit the Minnesota Sculpture Garden
and check out one of Minnesota's unique icons. The Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture has been the centerpiece of the garden since 1988 and has become a landmark for the city over the years. While strolling the garden you'll see about 40 permanent art installations, along with temporary exhibits and features.
Address: 726 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 230-6400
Catch comedy or improv entertainment at Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
, where performances have left audiences in stitches since the 1960s. The vaudeville-style performances will have you laughing out loud. If the gut-busting comedy doesn't keep you entertained, the audience participation will!
Address: 2605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408 - MAP
Phone: (612) 332-6620
See plays like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
, Arsenic and Old Lace
, The Crucible
, Of Mice and Men
, Sweeny Todd
, and many others at the Guthrie Theater
. Since the 1960s, the theater has been wowing audiences with a variety of performances.
Address: 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 - MAP
Phone: (612) 377-2224
Watch inspirational stories come to life with the help of puppets at the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
. The productions incorporate world traditions, with street theater to create original masterpieces and poetic works. You won't see entertainment like this anywhere else.
Address: 1500 East Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407 - MAP
Phone: (612) 721-2535
Provoke your mind by watching a unique and unpredictable performance at the Mixed Blood Theatre
. Performances are part of an effort to create awareness about social issues and really make the viewer think. The theater hosts four plays annually so be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar and scoop up tickets soon.
Address: 1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454 - MAP
Phone: (612) 338-6131
Since opening in 1921, the State Theatre
has served as a movie house, an entertainment venue, a host of vaudeville performances, and a church. The building was renovated in 1989 and now presents concerts and Broadway performances. Check out famous shows like Les Miserables and West Side Story, along with stand up comedy performances, and concerts by world renown musicians like Elvis Costello, Bryan Adams, John Fogerty, B.B. King, and Annie Lennox.
Address: 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55402 - MAP
Phone: (612) 373-5600
When the Orpheum Theatre
opened in 1921, it was considered to be the largest vaudeville house in the country. Nowadays, the Orpheum draws in audiences by hosting Broadway performances and concerts by music's best entertainers. Take a look at the calendar and you'll see performances like My Fair Lady and The Lion King lined up, along with concerts featuring Bette Midler, Sting, Robert Plant, ZZ Top, and many others.
Address: 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 373-5600
The Pantages Theatre
first served as a vaudeville host when it opened in 1916. Now, after a long history and a 12 year hiatus, the theater is back to presenting high quality entertainment to guests. Whether you're wanting to see a theater show, dance performance or a concert, Pantages is sure to have an event on the calendar perfect for you.
Address: 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 373-5600
is the place to go if you're a fan of off-Broadway productions like We Gotta Bingo, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, and Smokey Joe's Cafe. The theater offers two stages under one roof, making it one of the best places to get an intimate look at live theater.
Address: 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 373-5600
The Southern Theater
has been bringing fine theater to the area since 1910, that's over 100 years of theater, from vaudeville, to silent films, foreign language films, and stage productions - minus a couple of other career ventures and hiatuses. Presently, the Southern prides itself on being the finest theater in the area to catch productions of independent arts.
Address: 1420 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 - MAP
Phone: (612) 340-1725
See your favorite plays in a unique setting at the Theater in the Round Players
. There's not a bad seat in the house - all seats are situated around the stage and no seat is more than 30 feet away from the action. A few productions presented at the entertainment venue include As You Like It
, Treasure Island
, Father of the Bride
, On Golden Pond
, and Steel Magnolias
Address: 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis MN 55454 - MAP
Phone: (612) 333-3010
Fans of the symphony, get your tickets for a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra
. The orchestra has been in action since 1903, meaning the company is driven by over 100 years of dedication to music. They have taken their talents from the City of Lakes, to Carnegie Hall, to Australia, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Minnesota Orchestra presents nearly 200 programs annually, so there's no excuse for you to miss out on the talent and music of the orchestra!
Address: 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 371-5656