The Soul of Saint Paul (with a little help from our Minneapolis neighbor)

The Soul of Saint Paul

Pardon the delay on this submission. In terms of timing, it is rather late to be writing simply about last weekend. However, that is simply because parts of last weekend are still sticking with me like the scrumptious BBQ ribs I consumed at the First Trinity church. Nevertheless, it is time I recount this experience and try to piece together what I feel was a very satisfactory weekend, and a clue to the soul of Saint Paul.

It certainly doesn’t hurt to begin with Garrison Keillor, the arguably beckoning voice of Saint Paul (I disagree, but so would millions of listeners to my idea), and his bookstore, Common Goods. Or, was it the musicians who invaded and Common Goods was merely an observant? No matter what, the combination of accordions and cozy bookstore settings was discovered to be a compelling match. Thanks to some strings, or, in this case, boxes being pulled, performers from the “Think Outside the Squeezebox” accordion gathering at O’Garas stopped by for an “impromptu” flash mob. It was later revealed that it was the most orderly flash mob ever, with a gaggle of accordion players lined up neatly in the back of the store, and surprisingly anticipated, but, the results were rather pleasant. Traditional waltzes mixed with Tom Jones’ Delilah and a hint of audience-participation via kazoos made for a pleasant jam of a morning. A Macalester first-year even made his St. Paul accordion playing debut! While the spontaneity may have faded in the background, the community of music was a welcome addition to a beautiful, crisp morning.

I had intentions to go to the Festa Italiana, but, due to time crunches, I was unable to attend. On my way to my next event down Marshall Ave. however, I stumbled across an equally interesting tradition. There, I spotted smoke on the horizon and as I pulled to the corner of Marshall and Chatsworth Avenue, I saw a smoker that stretched almost the entire block. Ok, a slight exaggeration, but forgive me if my newfound hunger clouded my vision. There, two young church community members were roasting up many racks of delicious ribs. I bought the $12 dinner plate, which included a full rack, coleslaw, beans and Texas toast, and I helped myself to a heaping plate of BBQ goodness. The ribs were tender, juicy and came with a homemade sauce, simmered on the stove for hours. I was told that the “Ribfest” as they called it happens every couple Saturdays, and they start grilling early in the morning (that’s 10 am, so translate early/late as you please). All I can say is that it is definitely worth a drive-by every Saturday to see if they are grilling up.

Sharing community food was a continued venture on the next stop of this interesting day as my girlfriend and I took in a showing of The Return of King Idomeneo: A Picnic Operetta at Swede Hollow Park. The play was a tale of the return of a King Idomeneo onto his unfamiliar hometown, a question of an unfulfilled sacrifice to King Neptune, which just happens to be his son, and, of course, diners and doo-wop galore. Thanks to the injection of 50’s choruses and fashion, Mixed Blood Theater produced another spectacular performance and provided delectable snacks to munch on such as cucumber boats and kale bites that matched the soaring ships and algae monsters in the show. The performance was filled with energy, wonderful musical arrangements, and enough clever translation of the epic opera for even the least-read opera fan to understand. It was unfortunate that it was the second-to-last performance, but, it was quite a joy to enjoy such a unique spectacle in one of St. Paul’s most beautiful natural spots.

However, I believe I saved the most beautiful part for last, and that was at the Twin Cities Funk and Soul revival show hosted by Secret Stash Records at the Cedar Cultural Center. The event coincided with a new collection put out by Secret Stash that brings together songs from many groups that helped establish the scene in the Twin Cities. The event got major buzz as Mayor R.T. Rybak stopped by to visit with the old stars during rehearsals, and both cities declared through official proclamations last week to be Funk and Soul week in the Twin Cities. When I arrived, I had never seen a more diverse crowd. There were a lot more older people than I am accustomed to, including a rollicking seating section, but there were also a fair amount of younger folks, including kids. A lot of people appeared to share some sort of connection to the old bands, as there was a great deal of buzz as the house band was introduced, but, eventually, everyone became connected by the fantastic music pouring out. The main band was electric. A three piece horn section, guided by a sharp bass and guitar from one of the Secret Stash Records employees ripped through hit after hit as singers rotated in from groups and singers such as The Valdons, Willie Walker, Jackie Harris and amny more. My favorite was from a sultry starlet, Wanda Davis, as she wailed a passionate version of “Take Care”, a mid-tempo letter to a lover that got the crowd moving and grooving. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the evening was seeing the true emotion pour out of bandmates who hadn’t played together, let alone seen each other in over thirty five years. As the show became older, the crowd and the bands seemed to get younger. I was shocked that more dance songs occupied the set instead of slow jams, as burners such as “Thieves in the Funkhouse” and “The Maxx” got even the oldest groovers to shake off any rust and take a strut. In the end, I developed a further respect for those whose names may not have gotten big, but certainly made an impact in the community.

So, what do all of these events have in common besides making for an exhausting day? I think they show how well engrained St. Paul’s history is, and how tradition and reinterpretation can create a wonderful concoction. From two young men carrying an outreach tradition with time-honored staples, to a remix of a centuries-old theatrical tale, or a new vision of an old bookstore (with kazoos) and the reunion of classic singers with a familiar and foreign crowd, St. Paul (and a little help from Minneapolis) provided a vision of community give and take. As I told my twin brother visiting from Chicago, this line of events may happen in other cities, but, at once, on the same day, in a way that is accessible to all? Well, the next time that happens is when I finally start to get opera. Oh wait…

Edtor’s Note

The writer,a guest blogger for St. Paul SPOT is Harry Kent , currently a senior at Macalester College, and a student employee at Macalester’s Civic Engagement Center.  Prior to that time, he was a community outreach coordinator and eventually, serving  a brief stint as Office Manager of the University Avenue Business Association.

St Paul events – weekly roundup

StPaulSpot’s weekly round-up (Aug. 20-24) includes hand-chosen events for all ages and interests. If an event catches your eye, make sure to click on the link for more information.
Monday, at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, come to  a Gallery Talk and Discussion  at 6:00, about the Edward Curtis exhibit that is on display through the month of August.

On Tuesday, Summit Brewing Company continues their reservation-required, free brewery tours beginning at 1 p.m. (tours also offered Thursday and Saturday). The tour guides lead you through the process of brewing beer – from hoppy copper kettles to fermenting tanks, filtering, and bottling and kegging. Stay afterwards for several hefty size portions of your choice of Summit’s many brews, and get to know the Minnesota nice crowd while exchanging critiques. The Amsterdam Bar & Hall’s “Books and Bars” kicks off at 6 p.m. and will discuss “Ready Player One.”  Reading the book is optional; consider this an enhanced review.  (though the book is a couple day read, max) If you’d like a free opportunity to work on your dancing, the Minnesota History Center’s “9 Nights of Music”, featuring Ross Sutter and Friends, takes place from 6:30 to 8:30. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, “Music in Mears”, featuring Savannah Smith, The Brian David Band and Honeydogs, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Mears Park. Last appearance of the Honeydogs  in St. Paul, at the Real Radiophonic Hour was memorable. We are psyched to see them in Mears. Also taking place that evening is a high-energy comedy and magic show, featuring Suzanne and Matt Marcy, beginning at 6:30 in the Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre ($15-20).  This venue is on the periphery of St. Paul’s event menu but shows take place there every month or two.


On Friday, Trotter’s Cafés’ “Meet the Farmers BBQ” takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music and meet some of the people that grow Trotter’s Café’s local and sustainable ingredients. On the menu will be fresh organic produce from Blackberry Hills Farm, Northern Organic Farm, and Whole Farm Co-op; grill items such as buffalo burgers from Shepard Farm, pulled pork from Hidden Stream, and pesto chicken from Callister Farm; and desserts, including fresh fruit pies, red velvet cake, and Castle Rock organic ice-cream sandwiches. Poor Benny, an old-time trio with fiddle, banjo, and guitar, will provide live music as guests mingle with the people who labor to raise their food.

Wabasha Days – Fridays in Ecolab Plaza

Wabasha Days” presented by Amsterdam Bar & Hall

August 10, 2012

Ecolab Plaza, 4-9 p.m.

If you’re looking for quality live music, affordable beer and bratwursts look no further than “Wabasha Days” presented by Amsterdam Bar & Hall. This week’s event featured Bethany Larson and the Bee’s Knees and Charlie Parr.

Take a look at the performance

Wabasha Days continues every Friday at 4 p.m. through Aug. 31 in St. Paul’s Ecolab Plaza.

You can find  information on the weekly bands on the St. Paul SPOT calendar.

St Paul Music – this weekend


The Brian Just Band at MMAA Patio Nights

At Patio Nights, Minnesota Museum of American Art


Friday, August 03
03:00pm MUSICAL PALOOZA   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
04:00pm MUSIC: Wabasha Days – the Pretty Kids Collective   @  See event notes
04:00pm Music: This month   @  Station 4
05:00pm – 07:00pm MUSIC: Free Buffet every Friday 5-7pm   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
05:00pm MUSIC: Friday Happy Hour Show with Mary Elias   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
05:30pm – 07:30pm MUSIC: Todd Harper on Piano   @  Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – Lila Ammons   @  The Lexington
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – August Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:30pm Monthly Music   @  Dunn Brothers – Music
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 31 – Aug 19   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Musicology 101   @  Ras Ethiopian
09:00pm MUSIC: Pat Mallinger Quartet   @  Artists’ Quarter
09:00pm MUSIC: Smashing Adams; The Middle Part   @  Hat Trick Lounge
09:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents MPLS. SOUTH   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
09:00pm MUSIC: Flashback Fridays   @  Town House Bar
09:30pm MUSIC: Hanging Curve   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
10:00pm MUSIC: Old School R and B Latenight   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
10:00pm MUSIC: Past Blastin   @  Senor Wong Restaurant / Cocktail Lounge
Saturday, August 04
04:00pm Music: This month   @  Station 4
06:00pm – 08:00pm MUSIC: Local Nights- Footfall   @  Trotter’s Cafe – Since 1989
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – August Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:00pm MUSIC: Rawkzilla Magazine Battle of the Bands   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s
07:00pm MUSIC: Wheat Penny   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
07:30pm MUSIC: Brat Pack Radio (featuring Jesse Lang) and Elijah Blue   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
07:30pm Monthly Music   @  Dunn Brothers – Music
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents MISHA SIEGFRIED (from Milwaukee, Wisc.)  @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: Nikki and the RueMates   @  Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 31 – Aug 19   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Erik Fossomo   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
09:00pm MUSIC: Atlantis Quartet   @  Artists’ Quarter
09:30pm MUSIC: Shake the Shanty Dance Party: Summer Edition   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s


St Paul events on our radar- July 23-27

Last week’s River Revue voyage. More sailings on August 1 and 15.



Tonight’s big ticket is for Fringe-For-All #2– an exposure to dozens of Fringe shows for 3 minutes each. Head down to Harriet Island and board the Centennial Showboat –  2012 Fringe Festival for $4 gets you in the door.

Monday is typically the quietest evening of the week in St. Paul, which may be why there are several Trivia events in the bars around town.  Amsterdam Bar and Hall hosts a weeklyMonday night Trivia with Martin and Tom at 6:00. Head down the hill to Lowertown and Barrio’s version of Trivia with Tiffany.  Expect bar specials and other enticements. Not in a downtown mood? Head up the hill to Grand Avenue and Green Mill for a Trivia Mafia with Shogan, a weekly showdown at 9:00.

Tuesday- Visit the Governor’s residence today – and several other days throughout the summer in celebration of the 100th of the house. Reservations required.  Next opportunity August 7.

Tuesday sends us to the History center for both day and evening events.  Check out “The Way We Were: A GCA Flower Show” today and tomorrow for gawking at what the experts can accomplish with flowers.   Hang around for a what has become one of the most popular St Paul evening summer events – 9 Nights of Music. This week should be great whether you want to practice or show off your swing dance skills, or just bring a picnic and watch the action from one of the great vistas of the city.

If you’ve been meaning to go to Landmark Center’s music in the cafe series, this Wednesday’s performance by Martin Devaney is your last chance! At noon.

Wednesday evening is your opportunity to explore the new bookstore – SubText – a Bookstore,  that is occupying the space below Nina’s on Western and Selby Avenues.  One of Minnesota’s greatest contemporary authors, Charles Baxter, will be reading from his fiction at 7:00. Confession: the patio at Moscow on the Hill has become a favorite hangout.  While you are in neighborhood, check out this wonderful secluded space with a daily summertime chilled beet soup special and some lethal home infused vodka cocktails.

Stay tuned for more special St. Paul event notes as the week evolves.


St Paul events on our radar – June 16-20

St Paul gets down

St Paul gets down at the weekly summer dance series outside the Landmark Center.

If you are having a staycation this week, or just have some free time and are looking for a Monday morning lark, today happens to be the day you can grab a free ride on the Cafesijan Carousel between 11 and 4.  Como Zoo and Como Park are full of great things to do on these hot summer days.  There are boats to rent at Como Lake,and a water feature at Como Town.  Most evenings you can catch a free concert at the  Lakeside Pavilion and the on site restaurant, Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, is the only one in town I know of where music events happen during breakfast hours. (on Saturdays)  Work on pronouncing Cafesijan during your adventures.Also note the second weekend of the Fiddler on the Roof Performance. (July 19-21) at Como Pavilion.

The rest of the week be prepared for some tough decision making every evening. On Tuesday, the theme for 9 Nights of Music at the History center is surf music. Beach theme attire encouraged. Maybe literary pursuits aren’t a siren call for you, but I’m hooked on Books and Bars, which is also Tuesday night at Amsterdam Bar and Hall.  Go for Happy Hour then hang out, discuss this month’s book (novella, The Sense of an Ending – if you’re reading this note on Monday, you still have time) and find out what is on the minds of your fellow St. Paulites. It might surprise you.

Wednesday night the River City Revue has the first of 3 sailings, mysteriously called Drinking the River on a Padelford Riverboat.  The $10 ride includes music, scientific anecdotes, river stories, but nothing specific about drink.  If you can’t make it this month, there are two more sailings coming up, with different themes.  Other Wednesday events of note  – the second installment of Jazz on the Line, a pop up gallery sponsored by the WARM collective, a performance by theChastity Brown Band in the recently re-opened Clown Lounge of the Turf Club.

Thursday night conundrum.  Ordway Summer Dance Series(This week it’s Ballroom dancing ) or Music in Mears (and those Heartland house made sausages with savory condiments) on the side.  Last week’s evening of funk was a St. Paul night to remember. A couple hundred Minnesotans were taking over the streets, and doing the funky chicken, bumping and making robot moves. You can participate or be an audience. Hard to go wrong on either end of town.   Flip a coin.

Whatever you are up to in St. Paul this week,we hope St Paul SPOT calendar helps you navigate around town.  Please send us feedback and let us know of your St. Paul discoveries.

Happy middle of July!

Halloween in St. Paul

Event links:

Saturday, October 22
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
08:00am Community and Housing Services Halloween Hustle 5K   @  Harriet Island
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
Sunday, October 23
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
Monday, October 24
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Tuesday, October 25
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Wednesday, October 26
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Thursday, October 27
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Friday, October 28
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
08:00pm Halloween Party   @  Cinema Ballroom
Saturday, October 29
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
01:00pm – 09:00pm The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash   @  Celtic Junction
01:00pm The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash   @  Celtic Junction
06:30pm – 10:00pm Halloween Dance with the Rhythm Pups   @  West 7th Branch Library
08:00pm CAMP Halloween Party   @  CAMP Bar
08:00pm Halloween Bash and Transfigurations Exhibit   @  Echo Arts
09:30pm MUSIC: O’Gara’s Annual Halloween Bash with Sweet Stache   @  O’Gara’s Garage
Sunday, October 30
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
00:00am – 04:00pm Old-Time Halloween   @  Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
02:00pm Halloween Concert and Party   @  McNally Smith Auditorium
04:00pm – 04:45pm The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show   @  Dreamland Arts
Monday, October 31
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
Tuesday, November 01
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes

Event notes:

Halloween Fearless 5K
Como Lake
October 29 – 9:00 am


Halloween Dance Fundraiser to benefit West 7th Meals on Wheels Program -Saturday, October 29  6:30-10:00 pm
West 7th Community Center – 265 Oneida Street


 THEATER: Dracula

Date:Thursday, October 20 (and other dates, see calendar )
Time:07:30 PM
Where:E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University

A mysterious force is at work in the lonely mountains of Transylvania and in London, an unspeakable evil haunting blood and soul. It is the classic tale of the forces of faith and love battling the centuries-old vampire, Count Dracula. First published in 1897, the novel was a best-seller in its day, and its popularity has only grown since, retold hundreds of times in films and books. A retelling of the most popular Gothic horror novel of all time, this production will remain faithful to Bram Stoker’s book while at the same time render it into an exciting theatrical event.


Friday, October 21
7pm social hour, 7:30pm film screening


 Halloween Bash + Transfigurations Exhibit @ Echo Arts!
LocationEcho Arts275 4th street E , suite B200 (use the back alley door)Saint Paul, MN
More InfoJoin us for a serious Halloween Bash to Remember!
Short description:

– 21+
– The exhibit in the space looks AMAZING and couldn’t be more perfect for this party. Just saying.
– $5.00 entry “donation” will get you some munchies, PBR, & Jell-o shots. Also we encourage BYO. Just because.
– The lucky costume contest winner will receive a small metal sculpture made by either Mary or Jesse. (TBA)
– Music spun by DJ Redblock
– a possible visit by Dr Tinkerpaw

Saturday, October 29 at 8:00pm

more info:


Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), (0.8 miles south of Ford Parkway)1305 S. Mississippi River Blvd.St. Paul, Minnesota
Barebones presents!: A Fistful of Dirt: How the Death Was Won

Five shows! Two spectacular weekends!

Sat Oct 22
Sun Oct 23

Sat Oct 29
Sun Oct 30
Mon Oct 31

All shows at 7 pm

The Halloween Extravaganza is both “pay-what-you-can” and “pay-what-it’s-worth-to-yo u”. Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away based on ability to pay. The production is grassroots community theater at its “rootsiest” and our fabulous audience loyally supports half of what it costs each year.

Weather Cancellation Hotline: 415-640-2116 after 3pm on day of show.

More information about the event, parking, etc. : http://barebonespuppets.or g/halloween-extravaganza-2 011/#more-2846

More information about Barebones Puppets:http://barebonespuppets.or g/



The Boo Crawl is an annual event Lowertown Entertainment District does to celebrate Halloween. Basically, you pay $15 if you buy the tickets beforehand ($20 day of) and you get a free drink at every bar that participates. Senor Wong, The Black Dog, Heartland, Station 4, The Bulldog, Barrio Tequila Bar, Trattoria Da Vinci are all participating. Every stamp on your Passport can be redeemed for ticket for the Midnight Drawing @ Station 4.

There will be lots of drink specials, door prizes, and yes, costume contests. You don’t have to wear a costume to come (plenty don’t), but I encourage you to because it is fun!

The Schedule:
7pm – Crawl Begins

7:30pm – Best ORIGINAL Costume Contest @ Black Dog ($150)

8:30pm – SCARIEST Costume Contest @ Heartland ($150)

9:30pm – Best GROUP* Costume Contest @ Hat Trick ($500)

*Minnimum 3 people to qualify

10:30pm – SEXIEST Costume Contest @ Senor Wong ($150)
Midnight – Cash prize drawing @ Station 4 ($250*)


 TOUR: Shadows and Spirits of the State Capitol

Dates: Oct. 20, 2011, Oct. 21, 2011, Oct. 22, 2011, Oct. 27, 2011, Oct. 28, 2011, Oct. 29, 2011

Time: 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.

Reservations: required, call 651-296-2881

These popular annual tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a historical setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical “spirits” who tell stories of the Capitol’s early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber. Tours are 60 minutes and leave every half hour.


1968 Scary Movie Night   @  Minnesota History Center  – 7:00 pm

Enjoy a creepy evening of clips as you act along with some of the best scary movies from 1968, including Rosemarys Baby, Planet of the Apes and George Romeros original Night of the Living Dead. Local writer and artist Andy Sturdevant will provide commentary. Compete for prizes in the 1968 Movie Trivia Smackdown and the Charlton Heston Memorial Line Reading Contest. Awards will also be given for the Best Mia Farrow Rosemary haircut. Zombies welcome, but please eat before coming. Popcorn and classic movie candy available for purchase. Cash bar.


ZOO BOO at Como  –  2 weekend, 5 nights ,

Come to Como’s annual Halloween family festival and support Minnesota’s free zoo while you boo at the Zoo.

Tickets are $7 per person at the gate. Buy them online now and save $1 per ticket!

Discount tickets will also be available at metro-area Cub Foods beginning October 1st.

Zoo Boo is a non-scary Halloween event, recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 10, but everyone is welcome. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo are transformed into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children! This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating experience and many Halloween surprises.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but many come dressed as they are. This outdoor event is held rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather.

We encourage ZooBoo guests to use our FREE park and ride shuttle service during ZooBoo. The park and ride lot is a MN State Fair parking lot located on the south side of Como Avenue across from the State Fair’s Warner Coliseum.

Want to learn more about ZooBoo? Download our ZooBoo FAQ.

Real Haunted Tours
Mounds Park Theater – many dates   –real haunted tours


Throughout October, hosts themed tours including , Ghosts and Graves, Caves and Graves, and Lost Souls Tours.


Minnesota’s most haunted locations with Chad Lewis –  Oct 30

Lewis explores the world of ghosts, spirits and haunted locations throughout the state.

Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research. He has trekked across the world in search of the paranormal—from tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, to searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing ghosts in Ireland’s castles.

Chad has been featured in hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances, and newspaper articles. He also is the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locations book series.


Enjoy spook-tacular fall fun along Grand Avenue! Events include food tastings, costume contests, family activities and trick-or-treating.



Costume contest with great prizes
DJ dance music
Dance instructors on-hand, CHECK THE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS

The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash

Free event! Suggested donations for crafts, treasure map, and other activities.

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open House
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Barn Dance

Explore the NEWLY REMODELED Celtic Junction

Bands perform all day
Artist Layl McDill opens her new polymer clay show
Costume Prizes (Celtic themes earn extra points!)
Treasure Map/Scavenger Hunt
Raffle prizes

Fun for the whole family!

The donations from this event will specifically support the purchase of a $50,000 handicapped-accessible lift.


On Saturday, October 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Science Museum will host Boo-ology, a Halloween event for visitors of all ages. Kids in costume will receive free admission to the permanent exhibit galleries, and they’ll have the chance to join in a variety of spooky hands-on science activities with a Halloween spin!

Lowertown Booze Crawl – Hat Trick – Oct 29