The Twin Cities area is home to more world-class theater seats per capita than any U.S. city outside of New York City. Our local music scene is incredible – on almost any night of the week you can enjoy classical, hip-hop, jazz or a multitude of other music genres. Many fabulous art museums call our cities home. We Minnesotans are lucky people. Whether you are looking for a romantic date night out or want to enjoy the artsier side of the metro area’s personality with friends, there is truly something for everyone. So don’t let the cold weather and gloomy skies get you down. Take advantage of the great arts and entertainment scene that’s here to enjoy!
Craving a live theatre experience with your Valentine?
Theater Latte Da’s “A Little Night Music”
January 23 – March 3, Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, tickets at ritz-theater.com
Enjoy Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic comedy – a masterpiece. Theater Latte Da (TLD) is the perfect blend of a Broadway-worthy performance and the intimacy and charm of a smaller theater. A visit to the Ritz Theater will be a night you won’t soon forget.
Director Peter Rothstein once again shows us how fortunate we are to have such incredible artistic talent in our midst. “A Little Night Music” is both funny and romantic. You’re invited into the world of secret affairs, the exciting and complicated lives of theater stars, and a reminder of how fine the line can be between humor and heartache.
TLD is dedicated to musical theater. You’re certain to come away from this performance humming songs you recognized, but weren’t sure where you first heard them, such as, “Send in the Clowns.”
Relive your “Glory Days” with memories of your first Bruce Springsteen concert.
Highway 61 Concert Series: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run
February 9, St. Cecilia Theater, Winona, tickets at hurryback.org
Spend your evening singing all those songs that “The Boss” gifted to music lovers around the world. Mick Sterling and a 12-piece band (not the real E Street Band, but pretty close) have an evening walk down memory lane scheduled just an hour south of Eden Prairie. Stadium concerts are great, but a relaxing night in Winona enjoying hits spanning generations could be the perfect night out!
Explore your long-ignored creative side with a couple’s night out.
Crafts and cocktails at Upstairs Circus
Ongoing, Upstairs Circus, Minneapolis, visit upstairscircus.com
Imagine shop and home-ec classes with a full bar (and older students)! This crafty venue boasts plenty to drink and enough materials to make a Michael’s craft store blush! Make a reservation, choose a craft and then make stuff while drinking. Enjoy the night as a couple or get a group together for a crafting party. Keep your transportation apps handy for a safe ride home.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
Winter at the Walker
Thursdays in February, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, visit walkerart.org
Minnesota’s much-loved Walker Art Museum is so much more than an observe-and-contemplate experience. Every Thursday in February, the Walker invites you in for a hands-on, let’s-embrace-the-best-of-Minnesota, play-with-art and walk-our-grounds experience. It will leave you loving this multi-disciplinary art center. Stop in for snowshoe tours, sledding, fireside s’mores and hot toddies. What more could a true Minnesotan want out of an evening arts experience? Bring a friend, invite a date, come solo or get together with a group. It’s free for all.