The rainbow colors of love, acceptance and community are flown far and wide during Pride. Check out some of the events we’re excited about.
The story of a forbidden love affair between two men in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s comes to life with this Minnesota Opera production.
When: 7:30 p.m. June 16, 19, 21, 23 and 26; 2 p.m. June 17
Where: Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave.
Enjoy the beautiful June weather as you stop by all kinds of different booths from folks in the community.
When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. June 23 and 24
Where: Loring Park
The annual queer art project includes performance and visual installation elements, this year taking on issues of consent.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20–Saturday, June 23
Where: Red Eye Theater, 2301 15 W. 15th St.
Cost: $15 in advance/student/senior; $18 at the door
Info: QueertopiaTC on Facebook
Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
Check out the flags, colors, feathers, sparkles and smiles at the annual Pride Parade.
When: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24
Where: Hennepin Avenue between 3rd and 16th streets
After taking aim at the environment and climate change for the last two years, the Northern Spark after-dark festival shifts its focus to ways that humans are connected. Exploring how communities of all different cultures and identities share space globally, the festival reflects a need for coming together in an era where divisiveness proliferates in our society. This year, the festival takes place over two nights, ending at 2 a.m. each night.
When: 9:02 p.m.–2 a.m. Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16
Where: The Commons, 425 Portland Ave. S.; Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall; and Nicollet Avenue between 4th and 8th streets
ASI’s Midsommar Celebration 2018
Relish in the longest days of summer with this annual party that honors Sweden’s popular Midsommar tradition, with music from choral ensembles, fiddler groups and orchestras and dancing around the Midsommar pole throughout the day. Learn about cow calling, flower wreath making or May basket weaving and add to your Swedish drinking song repertoire. Check out Kim Simonsson’s life-sized moss sculptures, and taste some delicious traditional strawberry cake and Swedish hot dogs, along with tasty beverages from FIKA.
When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, June 16
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave.
Cost: $10, adults; $7, ages 62-plus; $5, ages 6–18 and students with ID; free for ASI members
Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran curates the Walker Art Center’s “Sound Horizon” music series, which fills the museum with music. “Sound Horizon” runs once a month throughout the summer, beginning with Douglas R. Ewart and his collaborators, who will be playing inside Moran’s mixed-media set installations, which pay homage to celebrated jazz venues of past eras.
When: 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place
Uptown Food Truck Festival
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s just Uptown with 65 delectable food trucks parked near Lake & Hennepin for the largest food truck festival in the Midwest. From global bites to gourmet desserts, the latest in snack innovation and even fancy dog treats for your pup, prepare to have your taste buds thank you. There will also exercise options to help counteract the incoming calories, including mini-golf, life-size Jenga, a mechanical bull and a bean-bag toss. Wristband proceeds go toward Feed My Starving Children.
When: 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday, June 24
Where: Lake & Hennepin
Cost: Free; $2 wristband for drinks
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival celebrates its 20th year, with national musicians and vocalists descending on St. Paul for three days of electrifying music. The headliners this year are Grammy-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, New Orleans emerging artist Nayo Jones and saxophonists Tia Fuller and Houston Person. Metro Transit is free for the run of the festival.
When: 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Thursday, June 21; 4 p.m.–midnight Friday, June 22; 11 a.m.–midnight Saturday, June 23.
Where: Mears Park, 221 5th St. E., St. Paul, and various locations in Lowertown
Cost: Main stages are free