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Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks includes not only musical performances from classical to 80s, but also offers everything from moonlight movies to exploding fireworks. All of our programs are completely free of charge and open to the public. For a complete listing of all Arts in the Parks programs please see our brochure, or view our Arts in the Parks calendar of events at the bottom of this page!

Monday Morning Kids Series

Wake up to Monday's at Moir Park! Bring your families and friends out to Moir Park and select Monday morning's throughout the summer to enjoy music, dancing and lots of FUN! All shows start at 10:30 a.m. and as always, are free and open to the public.

Evening Performance Series

The sounds of summer will echo throughout Normandale Bandshell (unless otherwise noted) with the Twin Cities most sought after musicians and concert bands.

Thursday Blockbusters

Our Thursday Blockbusters are part of our Evening Performance Series at Normandale Lake. On select Thursdays throughout the summer we will be hosting some of the best entertainment in the Twin Cities as well as food vendors to handle your dinner plans. Food vendors will begin serving at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday Blockbusters music begins at 7 p.m. and as always, is free and open to the public.

Moonlight movies

The Moonlight Movies Series kicks off at Red Haddox Field before moving to Normandale Lake Park, but also includes the new Classic Director Series at Civic Plaza featuring the movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars on our 30-foot screen! Popcorn and water will be available for purchase.

Be sure to vote for our Viewer's Choice movie on August 12th! Click here to vote! 

Arts in the Parks Events

Moonlight Movie: The Sandlot at Red Haddox Field Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00pm PG 101 minutes A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Minnesota Zoomobile Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:30am Zoomobile Naturalists use live animals, biological artifacts, theater techniques, storytelling, and audience participation to create a...
Evening Performance Series: Minnesota Symphonic Winds Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 7:00pm Performs concert band classics and is considered by many to be the finest concert band in the state. This group will kick off the Evening...
Classic Director Movie Series: Dial M for Murder Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:00pm PG - 105 min - 1954 An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Thursday Blockbuster: Celtic Solstice Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: The Sweet Colleens There’s nothing like this fiddle-fueled, accordion-infused, celti-cajun folk pop! Food will be available for...
Moonlight Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3 Friday, June 17, 2016 - 9:00pm PG - 105 min - 2016 Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Bob the Beachcomber Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:30am Everyone loves to beach party, and now the kids can join in the fun with this special show for families and children.
Evening Performance Series: The Percolators Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:00pm Since 1992, the Percolators have brought to life rock, blues, country, R&B, and even an occasional polka!
Thursday Blockbuster: Blues/Rock Bash Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: The Paul Holland Band This dynamic five-piece group featuring Minnesota Music Award winners highlight classic blues and R&B...
Moonlight Movie: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:00pm PG-13 - 137 min - 2015 As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Wiggle, Jiggle, and Jam Monday, June 27, 2016 - 10:30am Join Wendy as she entertains with her original songs. Every child will be encouraged to participate with movement, engaging props, and fun...
Evening Performance Series: Jazz on the Prairie Big Band Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7:00pm These horns have been blasting the best of big band and swing since 1986!
Thursday Blockbuster: Suburban Country Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: Devon Worley Band Minneapolis native and vocal powerhouse Devon Worley fronts this unqiue band that has performed with some of...
Moonlight Movie: Minions Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00pm PG - 91 min - 2015 Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband...
Thursday Blockbuster: British Invasion Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: Revolver and the Secret Agents Playing retro dance music from the 60’s & early 70’s, Revolver & The Secret Agents is a...
Moonlight Movie: Jurassic World Friday, July 8, 2016 - 9:00pm PG-13 - 124 min - 2015 A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Rachael Kroog Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:30am Rachael’s various themes include: the power of kindness, the value of respect, our spiritual connection to the earth and its animals, and...
Evening Performance Series: Riddle Brothers Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:00pm With strong ties to their Southern heritage, the Riddle Brothers play an eclectic acoustic blend of pure Americana, folk, and original...
Thursday Blockbuster: Shake, Rattle and Roll Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: The Rockin' Hollywoods Audiences of all ages will love these classic rock sounds of the 50’s through the 80’s. Food will be...
Moonlight Movie:Pitch Perfect 2 Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:00pm PG-13 - 115 minutes - 2015 After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Tricia and the Toonies Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:30am The puppet characters, along with Tricia, share life’s experiences with big helpings of kindness, encouragement, support and humor!
Evening Performance Series: Dirty Shorts Brass Band Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm This New Orleans style brass band plays everything from jazz to dixie to funk to blues to rock n' roll to gospel to swing.
Classic Director Movie Series: Rear Window Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 9:00pm PG - 112 min - 1954 A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them...
Thursday Blockbuster: Latin Music Night Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: Salsa del Soul Salsa del Soul performs various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. The...
Moonlight Movie: Inside Out Friday, July 22, 2016 - 9:00pm PG - 95 min - 2015 After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Mike Monson Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:30am Juggling and tricks come to life in this show that starts with demonstrations and lessons and then finishes with a chance for the kids to...
Evening Performance Series: Continental Ballet Company Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 7:00pm Continental Ballet Company’s mission is to enrich the community by preserving the art of classical ballet through professional performances...
Thursday Blockbuster: 80's Music Explosion Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: Time Machine A Time Machine show is a highly energized party, with songs that are recognizable and are meant to pack the dance...
Moonlight Movie: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:30pm PG-13 - 131 min - 2015 Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Sticks and Tones Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:30am The fun and exciting Sticks and Tones provide a familiar blend of rock songs! Bring your dancing shoes!
Evening Performance Series: Middle Spunk Creek Boys Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 7:00pm Banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, and fiddle have brought the sounds of bluegrass to Minnesota for over 45 years!
Thursday Blockbuster: Blues and Bar-B-Q Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: The Groove Merchants Featuring Jimmy “Primetime” Smith With the guitar playing and smooth vocals of Jimmy, the Groove Merchants...
Moonlight Movie: The Peanuts Movie Friday, August 5, 2016 - 8:30pm G - 88 min - 2015 Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his...
Monday Morning Kids Series: Summer Break Storytellers Monday, August 8, 2016 - 10:30am Recreating some of your favorite classic stories, along with some originals, kids and parents alike will love watching characters come to...
Evening Performance Series: Brio Brass Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 7:00pm Brio Brass has delighted and entertained audiences throughout Minnesota's Twin Cities metro area since 1999. Formed of over 50 adult...
Thursday Blockbuster: Classical Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm Featuring: the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Founded in 1963, this is one of Minnesota’s premier community orchestras, under the direction...
Moonlight Movie: Viewer's Choice Friday, August 12, 2016 - 8:30pm Be sure to vote at any Arts in the Parks event or online below for the final movie to be shown this summer at Normandale Lake Bandshell!...
Classic Director Movie Series: The Birds Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 9:00pm PG-13 - 119 min - 1963 A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly...

Become a sponsor!

The Arts in the Parks program provides free outdoor entertainment throughout the summer to the public. With your support in becoming a sponsor you can help provide more exciting outdoor entertainment opportunities to our community. This summer our Arts in the Parks program will be hosting a variety of events including the Thursday Blockbusters, Moonlight Movies in the Park, and Sandcastles! With your sponsorship or donation you will receive many incentives! Check out specific information below. 

Sponsorship Information for 2016 - coming soon!