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Jan. 15–Feb. 23

Photo: Drew Trampe

A Doll’s House, Part 2

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. Many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

When: Jan. 15–Feb. 23

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $45–$50


Every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18–Feb. 9

Art Shanty

Art Shanty Projects

Art Shanty Projects began in 2004 as an experiment in turning a traditional ice fishing house into a less conventional art studio and retreat on a frozen lake. Over 15 years and three lakes, it has grown into a much-anticipated annual festival that most recently hosted 40,000 visitors on Bde Unma/Lake Harriet in 2018.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18–Feb. 9

Where: Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Cost: Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away.


Jan. 23–April 19

Parks Shabazz

A Choice of Weapons, Honor and Dignity: The Visions of Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz

This exhibition includes photographs that document expressions of dignity, honor, hope, and love in the African-American community by two towering photographers. Featured works include Gordon Parks’s images from the Jim Crow era through the civil rights movement, and photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Jamel Shabazz, who has followed in Parks’s footsteps from the 1980s to the present day.

When: Jan. 23–April 19

Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M), St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Jan. 24–Feb. 16

Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

This play is based on the 1992 novel by Robert James Waller, which was also the basis of a 1995 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

When: Jan. 24–Feb. 16

Where: Schneider Theater in the Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington

Cost: $17–$46


Jan. 23–Feb. 2

Winter Carnival St. Paul Landmark Center

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.

When: Jan. 23–Feb. 2

Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.


Jan. 30–Feb. 2


City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Thousands of bikers, skiers and snowshoers participate in 20 events throughout the weekend, from a 37-kilometer cross-country ski race to a 10-kilometer snowshoe race. Other events include fat bike races, a snow sculpture contest and skijoring (a race in which a dog pulls a person on skis).

When: Jan. 30–Feb. 2

Where: Theodore Wirth Regional Park and Chain of Lakes, Minneapolis

Cost: Varies


Jan. 31–Feb. 2


Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Twenty-five years on, renowned composer Bill Whelan brings the soundtrack back to life, revitalized for the first time since those original orchestral recordings.

When: Jan. 31–Feb. 2

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $47.50-$71.50


Jan. 10–Feb. 2

Black Comedy
photo by Bob Suh

Black Comedy

Struggling artist Brindsley Miller and his fiance Carol are preparing a party to impress both her bombastic father and a millionaire patron of the arts. But, just as they’re ready, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness – and their party into chaos.

When: Jan. 10–Feb. 2

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22, $18 for seniors on Fridays and Sundays


Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Music Under Glass

Come to the tropical gardens Sunday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. as live, local musicians play blues, bluegrass and ballads. Beer, wine, pop, and light snacks will be available to purchase.

When: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1

Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul

Cost: Free


Feb. 4–9

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Featuring pulsing, original new music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, the Blue Men provide a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

When: Feb. 4–9

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $40-$126


Feb. 4–9

Once on This Island

Once on This Island

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, this is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.

When: Feb. 4–9

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $48–$117



Feb. 6–9

RV Vacation & Camping Show 2020

52nd Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation and Camping Show

Check out the largest display of new makes and models of RVs enjoy informative seminars on a lifestyle exploding in popularity.

When: Feb. 6–9

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $12 adult, $5 kids 6–12, kids 5 and under free


Feb. 7–9 and 14–16

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein has all the of panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.

When: Feb. 7–9 and 14–16

Where: Dorothy K. Merrill Fine Arts Center, Woodbury

Cost: $8–$22


Feb. 7–29

"Daddy Long Legs" by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre

“Daddy Long Legs” by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre

This two-person chamber musical follows Jerusha Abbott, who has grown up in an orphanage but is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor to become a writer. Jerusha dubs her benefactor “Daddy Long Legs” after seeing his long and spidery shadow. Along the way, she emerges as a fiercely independent, intelligent “New Woman.”

When: Feb. 7–29

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $36, $28 for students w/ID, seniors, and MNHS members


Feb. 8–9

Minneapolis Healthy Life Expo

Healthy Life Expo

Explore up to 180+ exhibitors offering everything for better health and wellness, in all areas of life. Visit three stages with seminars and demos running every hour, both days.

When: Feb. 8–9

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: Admission $6 or free with a donation for the food shelf


Feb. 14

Victorian love

The Language of Love

Throughout the Victorian era, suitors used love letters, floral bouquets, and small gifts to indicate an intention of marriage. In this Valentine’s Day-themed tour, discover what secret messages could be conveyed by these gifts. Enjoy freshly baked Valentine’s Day treats, listen to excerpts from Ramsey family love letters, and play Victorian courtship games in the parlor. This program is intended for age 18 and up.

When: Feb. 14

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $12 adults, $11 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%


Jan. 14–Feb. 14

The Looney Lutherans

Livin’ La Vida Lutheran: Looney Lifestyle Tips for Livelier Living

The Looney Lutherans are a trio of wacky ladies who use music, comedy and help from the audience to create a fun, interactive and family-friendly show.

When: Jan. 14–Feb. 14

Where: Black Box Theater at the Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $30–$38


Feb. 14

Kevin Kling

The Love Show, Skyway to Heaven

Boasting new songs and special stories for 2020, Minnesota’s own storyteller extraordinaireKevin Kling, and local music standouts Marc Anderson, Dan Chouinard, Bradley Greenwald, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer return to The O’Shaughnessy for the seventh year of the perennially popular Valentine’s Day tradition.

When: Feb. 14

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

Cost: $5–$29


Feb. 14–23

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Collide Theatrical reimagines Shakespeare’s classic as a modern love story told entirely through different styles of dance – including tap, jazz, and ballet, with a lively score of contemporary and pop hits played by a live string quartet and featuring vocalist Katie Gearty (Dakota Jazz Club).

When: Feb. 14–23

Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $33–$39

Feb. 15

Ragamala Dance Company presents Written in Water

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. In this large-scale, multimedia dance work, dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, and activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—representing the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing.

When: Feb. 15

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $27–$42


Feb. 15–16

Arboretum Winter Art Fair

Arboretum Winter Art Fair

Nature-inspired fine arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, home accessories, health & beauty products, and sweet & savory treats will be for sale throughout the Oswald Visitor Center and adjacent Snyder Building.

When: Feb. 15–16

Where: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Cost: Included with gate admission $15 for ages 16 and up, free for member adults and children aged 15 and under.


Oct. 18–Feb. 15


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the story of a roguishly charming Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, setting out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder.

When: Oct. 18–Feb. 15

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40


Feb. 17, March 9, April 19, May 11

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Photo by Joe Weismann Left to right Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren and Eric Webster

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

The Society will revisit the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, performed in the style of a classic radio broadcast, including original commercials, eerie music and live sound effects.

When: Feb. 17, March 9, April 19, May 11

Where: Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul

Cost: $23


Feb. 20–22

Shen Yun

Shen Yun

Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms-classical Chinese dance-along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

When: Feb. 20–22

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $88–$188

Feb. 20–29

Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire

This multi-media dream-state performance blends biography, fact, and fiction, covering the presence of the KKK in the prairies of 1920s southern Minnesota, 1970s radical leftist underground extremism and the alt-right terrorism of the present day.

When: Feb. 20–29

Where: Off-Leash Area Art Box, Minneapolis

Cost: $10–$25 sliding scale


Feb. 21–23

Golf Show

2020 Choice Bank Minnesota Golf Show

The largest golf show  in the upper Midwest features 100,000 sq. feet of golf-related products and services among over 100 exhibitors.

When: Feb. 21–23

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $14-$149


Feb. 22–March 8

Silent Sky

Silent Sky

In the early twentieth century, Henrietta Leavitt and a group of women “computers” pursued astronomical research at the Harvard Observatory under the supervision of a male scientist. Their work proved to be crucial to the development of the field. Henrietta herself had to balance her dedication to her work with the demands of her family, health challenges, and the possibility of personal relationships. The achievements and difficulties of a woman scientist in a challenging historical period combine in this thought-provoking and engaging play by Lauren Gunderson.

When: Feb. 22–March 8

Where: Bell Museum, St. Paul

Cost: $30 Adults ($25 Bell members), $15 Students, ages 10–21  ($12 student members)


Feb. 26–March 1

Mike Rowe

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Remodeling, interior design and home improvement presentations are scattered throughout the show with more than 250 go-to resources and vendors. Guest speaker Mike Rowe (pictured) will be discussing skilled trades.

When: Feb. 26–March 1

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $12 adults, $4 ages 6–12


Feb. 29

HERbeat Taiko drumming

HERbeat: Taiko Women All-Stars

The best North American and Japanese taiko artists will create a one-of-a-kind performance after spending two weeks together in a residency to collaborate and create the work.

When: Feb. 29

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $27–$42

Feb. 29–July 5


extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute at Play

This new exhibit pairs the museum’s historical artifacts, including carvings, photographs, textiles and musical instruments, with original watercolor paintings and ink illustrations by the Minnesota mother-son team of Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson.

When: Feb. 29–July 5

Where: The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: Standard admission: $12 adults, $8 seniors ages 62 and above, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID, FREE for ASI members and children under 6



Our Home: Native Minnesota

Our Home: Native Minnesota

Dakota, Ojibwe and other Indigenous peoples have lived in the Minnesota region for tens of thousands of years. Throughout that time, they have maintained rich and nourishing relationships with the land, sky, nature and each other. A new permanent exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul showcases their stories and sends a message of continuity of cultural practices, teachings, values, and political agency.

When: Ongoing

Where: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul

Cost: Standard admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 5–17