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One thing that Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the Backstreet Boys have in common is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Perfect in size and atmosphere, it has held some of the biggest concerts of the Minnesota State Fair. It also has ample of floor space for exhibitions. After a recent renovation, its capacity has multiplied to accommodate 17,000 persons. But naturally, the Grandstand is the center of entertainment and joie de vivre of the Fair. Since the time the Fair has expanded beyond its traditional function of an agriculture and livestock exhibition, the Grandstand has emerged as the major attraction, especially for the youth of Minnesota.
Located at the southern end of downtown Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall, this is the home of the world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra. The hall was built in 1974 with the goal of providing as nearly perfect acoustics as technologically possible at the time. Visitors will notice the huge cubes hanging from the ceiling, which were designed and placed to deflect sound to all seats. More than 225 orchestral and community concerts are presented here each year. One of city's most popular series, the Viennese Sommerfest, takes place in July with performances, food and refreshments spilling out onto Peavey Plaza.
This former movie theater has been transformed in to a multi-purpose venue, namely Skyway Theatre. Concerts, live gigs, poetry reading sessions and many other events are hosted here. Comprising studios, theatrical spaces, a loft and other halls, space is certainly not a constraint at the Skyway Theatre that can accommodate 2500 guests. Apart from shows, it can also be rented for private events like weddings, engagement parties, social gatherings and so forth. For more details, check website or call ahead.
This joint rules the Twin City music scene. As a converted bus depot, the large two-story room offers excellent acoustics and sight lines. If live music is on the agenda, get there early and grab a table on the balcony. The music runs the gamut from reggae to punk to rock to country. If a local or national act is not scheduled to play, a DJ takes over and gets the dance floor jumping. Pool tables, pinball machines or video games offer quieter amusement.
Voted one of the Top 10 Concert Venues in the US by Amusement Business, this is also the permanent home of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. The sports and entertainment facility is also host to major concerts and family events. Free tours are given at 2pm on Thursdays, starting from the main lobby, on the First Avenue side of the building.
This premier multi-purpose venue for sports and entertainment is home to the Minnesota Wild hockey team. Over 140 events are hosted at the Xcel Energy Center annually, including a multitude of concerts that include acts like Shania Twain, Pearl Jam and Bette Midler, the Dave Matthews Band, ice shows, circuses, conventions, trade shows and sporting events.
This European-style opera house is home to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club. The main theater, magnificent lobby and McKnight Theater are handsome with sleek wood paneling and classic accents. This celebrated facility hosts international dance and music performances, including long runs of Broadway touring companies. Tours are available. Reservations are required.