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Toddler Tuesdays® at Mall of America

Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Grab your kids and head out to Toddler Tuesdays® for a morning of fun! Toddler Tuesdays is a program, sponsored by Delta Dental and Radio Disney Junior, that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! Events are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and are free and open to the public. Download the Toddler Tuesdays brochure or visit any Guest Services desk on Level 1 at all main entrances for more information.

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Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ at Mall of America®

Feb 14, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ at Mall of America® brings the iconic Barbie® Dreamhouse® to life for Barbie fans of all ages! Focusing on fun interactivity, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience allowing visitors to become a living doll in the Barbie® Dreamhouse®! Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ will feature: A dream kitchen including colorful appliances, interactive cupcake stations and more The Dreamhouse® living room includes a library, fireplace and interactive stations An endless closet and shoe room where guests can virtually try on Barbie™ doll’s outfits Virtual elevators that transport guests from room to room A glamorous make-up studio where guests are prepped for their own Barbie™ experience A 6,500 square foot entertainment area where guests are the stars of the show. This area features costumes, The Pop Star Stage, The Fashion Runway, choreographer and more! View Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ EVENT PAGE

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CSI:The Experience at Mall of America

Mar 14, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Can you solve the crime? Based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science. Guided by videos featuring cast members and real-life forensic scientists, you’ll examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects and identify the source of a single strand of hair. Complete with forensic crime labs, autopsy rooms and reporting stations, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge you deep into the role of a crime scene investigator. Visit their website to learn more or for hours and ticket information.

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Minnesota Twins Season 2014

Mar 31, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014

See Minnesota's Professional Baseball team live in action at their home at Target Field!

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Como Town Amusement Park 2014 Season

Apr 26, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014

Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites such as the Swing, Tea Cups and Screamin' Dragon Roller Coaster. It’s safe and wholesome family fun right next to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. Click on the Coupon icon for a money saving discount to Como Town!

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Live Racing at Elko Speedway

May 10, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014

Located just a few miles South of Burnsville on I-35, you won’t want to miss the live racing season at Elko Speedway, the premier racing facility in the Mid-west. The racing season includes NASCAR races and Elko’s famous Eve of Destructions.

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Star Trek™ The Exhibition at Mall of America®

May 16, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Come and explore the History of the Future! Star Trek™: The Exhibition is one of the largest collections of authenticStar Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display. A truly impressive array of exhibits features sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from numerous Star Trek television series and Star Trekfeature films. Together these components offer Star Trek fans and novices alike an opportunity to experience first-hand the imagination, artistry, technology and meticulous craftsmanship that have made Star Trek the most enduring science-fiction franchise in history. Location:EMS Exhibit Center in the Southeast corner of Level 3

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Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails at the Minnesota Children's Museum

Jun 14, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014

Hop onboard and discover the engineer within! Travel to the Island of Sodor where imaginations charge full steam ahead in Thomas Friends™: Explore the Rails, a hands-on STEM exhibit based on the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue engine, Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. Help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.

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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at the Plymouth Playhouse

Jul 18, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014

The Jukebox Musical based on the music of Johnny Cash. Through words and music, “Ring of Fire” honors and brings to life a remarkable musical legend – Johnny Cash. Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash pays tribute to the legendary Man in Black with dance, comedy, stories, tragedy and love.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Aug 16, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the largest in the United States with an annual attendance of 280,000 and boasts 16 stages of entertainment, live armored jousting, over 250 Artisan booths and more!

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Hello, Dolly! at Channhassen Dinner Theatre

Sep 5, 2014 - Feb 21, 2015

Dolly Levi is a delightfully scheming busybody who makes her living as a matchmaker in glamorous New York City. She's out to make a match for Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, with the charming hat maker, Irene Molloy - but in the process, Dolly snares a groom for herself. Dolly masterfully orchestrates romance and adventure in a glittering mixed up night on the town. Photo Credit: Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2014

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Minnesota Vikings Football

Sep 7, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

Skol Vikings! It's all about Purple Pride in Minnesota! For the fifth time in the past six seasons the Vikings will start the regular season on the road when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams in Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s debut with Minnesota. Watch the Minnesota Vikings kick off their two-year stay at TCF Bank Stadium when they host the New England Patriots in Week 2. Week 1 | Sept. 7 | Noon | at St. Louis Week 2 | Sept. 14 | Noon | vs. New England Week 3 | Sept. 21 | Noon | at New Orleans Week 4 | Sept. 28 | 3:25 PM | vs. Atlanta Week 5 | Oct. 2 | 7:25 PM | at Green Bay Week 6 | Oct. 12 | Noon | vs. Detroit Week 7 | Oct. 19 | Noon | at Buffalo Week 8 | Oct. 26 | Noon | at Tampa Bay Week 9 | Nov. 2 | Noon | vs. Washington Week 10 | BYE Week 11 | Nov. 16 | Noon | at Chicago Week 12 | Nov. 23 | Noon | vs. Green Bay Week 13 | Nov. 30 | Noon | vs. Carolina Week 14 | Dec. 7 | Noon | vs. New York Jets Week 15 | Dec. 14 | Noon | at Detroit Week 16 | Dec. 21 | Noon | at Miami Week 17 | Dec. 28 | Noon | vs. Chicago

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Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival

Sep 12, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014

Fall family fun is sure to be found at Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival! With live music, an exotic petting zoo, giant slide, the corn pit, and of course the corn maze, there is something for the whole family! Friday- Sunday, September 12th - October 26th, 2014

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Scarecrows in the Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sep 14, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014

Whimsical scarecrow displays, created in part by Bachman's, along Dahlberg Terrace and the walkway between the Oswald Visitor Center and the Snyder Building. Vote for your favorites. Free with gate admission.

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Busytown the Musical at Children's Theatre Company

Sep 16, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014

Join your favorite Busytown characters as they sing and dance through the winding maze of bakers, farmers, grocers, police officers, fire fighters and so much more.

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The Maze Runner: An IMAX Experience at Great Clips IMAX Theatre

Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 25, 2014

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

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Festival Palamino at Canterbury Park

Sep 20, 2014

A two-stage music festival held inside Canterbury Park headlined by Trampled by Turtles and featuring the Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley. Also featuring Hurray for the Riff Raff, Field Report, the Apache Relay, Spirit Family Reunion and Erik Koskinen as well as an artist village, food trucks and a craft-beer garden.

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Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE!

Sep 20, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014

Thrills, chills and frights come together at the Valleyscare Halloween Haunt. During the day, Planet Spooky is suitable for all ages with non-scary Halloween activities, attractions and rides. At night, the undead come alive at Halloween Haunt. Featuring nine terrifying mazes and scarezones, bone-chilling live entertainment and signature thrill rides that bring terror to a whole new level.

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Touch of Home Furnishings Junk Market

Sep 20, 2014

There's something for everyone at the Touch of Home Furnishings Junk Market. Over 100 Vendors. Show Hours: 8am - 5pm. Rain or Shine. Vendor opportunities reserve early 952-985-5533

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Jekyll & Hyde at the Ames Center

Sep 24, 2014 - Sep 26, 2014

Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist, whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. An evocative tale of two men–one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman. And of two women – one beautiful and trusting –the other, beautiful and trusting only herself; both in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, “This Is The Moment,” from multi-Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn double-Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse. Jekyll Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.

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Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park

Sep 25, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014

The twice-a-year Bonanza provides a gathering spot for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, beautiful antiques, and one-of-a-kind and artisan-repurposed pieces. The three-day, indoor events each offer best-of shopping experiences and a day of hourly cash coupon giveaways, drawings and special appearances.

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Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Blood Brothers at the Ames Center

Sep 26, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014

The Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Blood Brothers. Raised on opposite ends of the social spectrum in Thatcher-era England, best friends Eddie and Mickey have no idea that they are actually twins, and that their desperate mother may have doomed their lives to bitter tragedy. Did her choices set in motion a destiny they are all powerless to prevent? This celebrated musical by Willy Russell (author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine), ran continuously in London's West End for over 24 years!

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The Equalizer: An IMAX Experience at Great Clips IMAX Theatre

Sep 26, 2014 - Oct 2, 2014

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

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3 Faces of the King: An American Legend Playing at the Ames Center

Sep 27, 2014

There has never been an American Legend like Elvis Presley. Experience what it would be like to have The King return to the concert stage to relive all of his greatest moments on Saturday, September 27 at 8 PM at the Ames Center. '3 Faces of the King' is the national touring show that combines the three most exciting periods of Elvis's iconic career to tell the musical life and story in song of this astounding American legend.

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Recycled Percussion at the Ames Center

Sep 28, 2014

Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music grew as a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on“America’s Got Talent” in 2009. The group has played more than 4,000 shows and 400 corporate events in more than 15 countries, and has done guest appearances on“Carson Daly,” “The Today Show,” “China’s Got Talent” and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of “USA Today” and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition. In 2010, they sealed the deal and became headliners in Las Vegas! Taking 2013 by storm, Recycled Percussion has elevated their energy level, created new performance elements and continued to bring junk rock music to the Las Vegas Strip nightly at The Quad Resort and Casino!

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An Evening with Fleetwood Mac at the Target Center

Sep 30, 2014

It’s official! After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour.Exclusively promoted by Live Nation, the tour will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. at Target Center and the reunited band will perform 34 shows in 33 cities across North America.

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HowlZOOween at the Minnesota Zoo

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014

This October, the Zoo is celebrating a month of ‘fall babies’ and things that go bump in the night. Enjoy the fall colors and experience up-close encounters with both cute and creepy critters. From bats and tarantulas to baby moose and lynx kittens, HowlZooWeen offers something for kids of ALL ages. Wander through a hay maze and check out our apple press at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Participate in hands-on education programs and watch the animals enjoy Halloween-themed treats throughout the Zoo. There has never been a better time to visit or join the zoo! Bring your own little goblins and ghouls to the Minnesota Zoo this fall for some HowlZooWeen fun!

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North Star Bodybuilding Competition at the Ames Center

Oct 4, 2014

Local and national amateur bodybuilding, men’s and women’s physique, figure and bikini competitors will take the stage at the Ames Center on October 4, 2014 to compete for the overall title within their divisions. Judging for each class will take place during prejudging, which starts at 9 AM. During finals, which start at 6 PM, competitors will be presented with trophies, overalls will be judged.

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Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Oct 5, 2014

The annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, dubbed The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The marathon starts in Minneapolis and ends at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

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Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage at the Orpheum Theatre

Oct 7, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I've Had) The Time of My Life. London's Sunday Express says This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot! Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

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Home Free at the Ames Center

Oct 7, 2014

When country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's The Sing-Off this past December, their victory was by no means the beginnings of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota... rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Home Free continues to entertain audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. They head out on tour after releasing their debut release on Columbia Records Crazy Life.

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Minnesota Wild Hockey

Oct 9, 2014 - Apr 11, 2015

Celebrate all levels of the game in the State of Hockey by joining the Minnesota Wild at the state-of-the-art Xcel Energy Center! Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Wild.

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Twin Cities Women's Expo at Canterbury Park

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014

Food, Fashion, Fun Shopping, Fitness, Relaxation, Pampering, Self Care, Psychics, Paranormal Experts Talks Goddess Empowerment! This isn't a freebee expo! Come expecting premium exhibitors, awesome talks, goddess empowerment and a great weekend out with your girlfriends, sisters, mothers and grandmothers! Join us for a women's expo like no other!

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Afternoon at Pops: On Broadway! at the Ames Center

Oct 12, 2014

In their season opening performance the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus will be accompanied by the Lakeville South High School Chorale directed by soprano Julie Brott. This performance will include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Krogstad’s Curtain Up! and Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man by Wilson/William plus choruses and solos from the Broadway stage. Showtime: 2:00 p.m.

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! at the State Theatre

Oct 12, 2014

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show that revolves around the adventures of DJ Lance Rock and five colorful characters who come to life when they hear the magic words, Yo Gabba Gabba! The series launched in 2007 and its unconventional formula has since created a quadruple-stacked fan base, making it a popular entertainment property among preschoolers, their parents, indie-music lovers and celebrities alike.

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Women of Faith at Xcel Energy Center

Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014

Thousands of women are expected to gather at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on Oct. 17-18 for a weekend of encouragement and Bible teaching – with a line-up of powerful speakers presenting transformative messages designed to help women move From Survival to Revival.

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An Evening with Mark Twain at the Ames Center

Oct 18, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014

The writings, lectures and stories by Mark Twain come to life again through the wonderfully interactive performance of actor/writer and Twain scholar Michael Bateson in An Evening with Mark Twain. Join Mark Twain in his study and get caught up in the wonderful pictures Twain paints when talking about his life on the river, his works and beloved family. Laugh along with Twain while recounting tales from some of his misadventures in the California gold fields.

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Jason Mraz at the State Theatre

Oct 18, 2014

One of the world’s hardest working and most beloved artists, Jason Mraz, will play at the State Theatre on October 18. His journey has propelled him from the San Diego coffee house scene to arena, amphitheatres, and stadiums all over the world. A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and six-time nominee, Mraz made pop history with his record-breaking classic single, “I’m Yours,” while also earning platinum and multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries.

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Pearl Jam at Xcel Energy Center

Oct 19, 2014

Pearl Jam will perform at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on Sunday, October 19th.

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Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at the Ames Center

Oct 22, 2014

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parodyis the hilarious new musical that brings the naughty fun of the best-selling book to the stage, and will have your inner goddess laughing out loud! See your favorite characters come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, sexy striptease performances from the leading hunk, and lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show cocktails, and stay to meet the cast and pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself!

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Burnsville Halloween Fest

Oct 24, 2014

Put on your costume as Nicollet Commons Park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween event, which includes an illuminated treat trail, haunted stories, face painting, and much more from 6pm to 8pm. $5 per family.

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Country Roads: A John Denver Celebration at the Ames Center

Oct 25, 2014

Relive the magic and memories of John Denver in 'Country Roads: A John Denver Celebration,' the acclaimed national touring show which celebrates the grammy-winning performer's heartwarming hits and timeless legacy. Over 20 hits are featured in this special evening of the stories and songs that have made this American icon a musical tradition. Showtime: 8:00pm

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Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball

Oct 29, 2014 - Apr 15, 2015

Cheer on Minnesota's own Timberwolves at the Target Center for their 2014/2015 season!

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Nightmare on Zoo Boulevard at Minnesota Zoo

Oct 30, 2014

Join us for a night of fright and fun at the Minnesota Zoo. This new 21 + costume party will include music by a DJ, a magician, creepy crawly animal encounters and more. Dress to impress for the costume contest, hosted by AZUL- the Zoo’s young professional’s community, for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Cash bar and treats. Visit their website for information on tickets!

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James Taylor at Xcel Energy Center

Nov 2, 2014

James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years and he and his All-Star Band are coming to Saint Paul for one intimate and memorable night on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

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Bob Dylan at the Orpheum Theatre

Nov 4, 2014 - Nov 6, 2014

Bob Dylan and his Band will play at the Orpheum Theatre November 4-6, 2014.

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The Antichrist Cometh & Brilliant Traces at the Ames Center

Nov 7, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014

Join Chameleon for a wild Double Feature that explores the literal and figurative demons within us! In The Antichrist Cometh, John and Leah's dinner plans get an unexpected hiccup when John discovers he may be humanity's fated Antichrist. In Brilliant Traces, Rosannah, a runaway bride, stumbles into the remote cabin of Henry, an Alaskan hermit. Are these two lost souls destined to help each other, or to push each other over sanity's edge?

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Fall Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair at Canterbury Park

Nov 13, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014

Hundreds of the nation's finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Voted one of the best shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Stage entertainment, hourly gift certificate drawings, plenty of food drink, lots of family fun! November 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014 Canterbury Park ~ Shakopee, MN Fri. 11am-9pm, Sat. 9am-7pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Adults $9; Seniors $8; Children under 10 are FREE

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MÖTLEY CRÜE The Final Tour at Xcel Energy Center

Nov 15, 2014

After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2 in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015.

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Usher at Xcel Energy Center

Nov 18, 2014

Global megastar USHER will tour North America this fall, bringing The UR Experience to fans in 27 cities. Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a unique experience that only the multi-talented Usher can deliver. His show will include a fresh take on early and recent songs as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album. Check out the latest tour trailer at Usher's YouTube page.

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Four Bitchin’ Babes: Hormonal Imbalance at the Ames Center

Nov 21, 2014

Start with four richly gifted singer-songwriters; add 3/4 cup married life; four kids; three cats; one dog; one piano; a bunch of guitars, ukuleles mandolins, and a rocking’ pink bass; a dollop of sharp social commentary; and a pinch of PMS. Set this on the road to tour for 20 years, throw in a hot flash or two and you’ve got Hormonal Imbalance™…A Mood Swinging Musical Revue!, an estrogen-fueled hilarious new show that celebrates the best of “Babes, Boys, and Botox,” starring the Four Bitchin’ Babes.

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Highwaymen Live! at the Ames Center

Nov 23, 2014

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, the Highwaymen traveled the world performing country music to millions of fans. Over 22 hits are featured in this special evening of great country music! Experience the show that has audiences lining up and selling out venues nationwide. Experience The Highwaymen Live. A Musical Tribute. This is a family-friendly show suitable for all ages. Showtime: 3pm

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Orpheum Theatre

Nov 25, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

The classic holiday movie White Christmas comes to the stage at last! This new musical shines with classic Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song.

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Miss Minnesota USA & Miss Minnesota Teen USA at the Ames Center

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

These pageants are the official state preliminary pageants to the national Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants. The newly crowned Miss Minnesota USA will advance to compete in the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant in Miami, FL, live on NBC Universal television.

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The Girl Singers: Christmas Show at the Ames Center

Dec 3, 2014

Bring back those cherished songs on the holidays! From classics like Adeste Fidelis and Silent Night to swinging and rocking tunes like Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, Merry Christmas Polka and Winter Wonderland, The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade send out a warm holiday family feeling making this a truly enjoyable evening of memories and fun for all ages.

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Chameleon Theatre Circle presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Ames Center

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

Santa's famous list has the final word on who's good and who's bad, and determines the fate of children all over the world. So, what would you do if your name suddenly went missing from the list? A mouse named Amos, an elf named Calliope, and a determined little girl named Emily set off on Christmas Eve to retake control of their destinies and solve a crisis at the North Pole in this wry and adventurous holiday romp from the author of Lend Me a Tenor!

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Lorie Line's 25th Anniversary Christmas Special at the Ames Center

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014

Make plans now to attend this year's holiday extravaganza as lorie celebrates the most special year of her career. Yes, this year marks her 25th Anniversary Christmas Special. Lorie plans to bring her Fab 5 and feature the best of the best of the past 25 years of making and sharing music with her fans.

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Handel's Messiah at the Ames Center

Dec 7, 2014

The Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus return to the Ames Center to present this holiday favorite. The afternoon show will be a traditional performance and the evening show will be a sing-along performance. Showtimes: 2:00 7:00 p.m.

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The Nutcracker Ballet at the Ames Center

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

Twin Cities Ballet (TCB) presents its annual full-length production of Denis Vogt's original The Nutcracker Ballet. This original professional production of The Nutcracker Ballet - the first and only produced in the Twin Cities south of the Minnesota River - has become a cherished holiday tradition for thousands. A joy for families and audiences of all ages, long-time patrons and novices to ballet alike!

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Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at the Ames Center

Dec 15, 2014

This holiday, join an Emmy-winning 21st century crooner and a sizzling, eight piece band for an evening of Christmas elegance and song. Enjoy a performance that blends the sound of Sinatra and Bublé with the Spirit of the season!

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Motown The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre

Dec 16, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

It began as one man's story, became everyone's music, and is now Broadway's musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!

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Tonic Sol-FA: Holiday Tour at the Ames Center

Dec 16, 2014

Tonic Sol-fa, the popular Minnesota based harmony group will make a stop in Burnsville for their 2014 Holiday Tour! The guy's up-tempo, interactive holiday set will include well known Christmas songs from the latest TSF holiday album entitled The Earth Stood Still, as well as selections from their newest project, twenty one. See for yourself why Tonic Sol-fa has been described as The Rat Pack meets a cappella.

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Ole & Lena's Family Christmas at the Ames Center

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 18, 2014

Christmas has always been Lena’s favorite time of the year even if, as Ole says, “It makes her more than a little bit crazy.” Start a new family tradition by joining Ole Lena for their hilarious family Christmas at the Ames Center’s main stage.

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Great Northern Union Chorus at the Ames Center

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

The Great Northern Union Chorus (GNU) is an internationally acclaimed, auditioned men's a cappella chorus based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, drawing members and audience from throughout the Midwest. New this year is a Christmas concert that will feature some old favorites and some new standards all performed in the exciting GNU style. Whether 8 or 80, this concert can be enjoyed by the whole family! Start a new holiday tradition this year.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Xcel Energy Center

Dec 30, 2014

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, beginning on November 13 and Xcel Energy Center will host two spectacular shows on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

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Louie Anderson Live at the Ames Center

Dec 31, 2014

Don't miss Louie Anderson live at the Ames Center on New Year's Eve! Louie Anderson is one of the most versatile and successful comedians working in Hollywood today. Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of 11 children in Minnesota, Louie crafted comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter.

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1964 The Tribute at the Ames Center

Jan 24, 2015

Since the early 80s, 1964: The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone Magazine has called “the best Beatles tribute on earth.”1964: The Tribute takes audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in people’s hearts forever. It is hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, 1964 astonishingly recreates an early 1960s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter.

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Pure Classics at the Ames Center

Feb 8, 2015

In this performance the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus will be accompanied by Hymnus choir and pianist Elise Molina performing works including Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Faure's Requiem. Showtime: 3 p.m.

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Cirque Ziva at the Ames Center

Feb 13, 2015

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011. This fast-paced, technically-innovative performance showcases traditional Chinese acrobats; dance and costumes; ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques. The renowned acrobats dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. “There is a precision and beauty about everything they do,” says “The Washington Post.”The large cast and dazzling production designs illustrate just how breathtaking Chinese acrobatics can be. Cirque Zivais sure to entertain, delight and keep audiences of all ages in suspense.

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Masquerade Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Feb 14, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015

Regional Competition: Dancers compete for a chance to perform at Nationals.

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The Church Basement Ladies: The Last (Potluck) Supper at the Ames Center

Feb 19, 2015

The year is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration. Past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. Travel back to 1897 and meet Vivian’s grandmother, one of the founding members of the church; see Karin as a newlywed, cautiously navigating her way through the politics of the kitchen; and be there in 1944 when Mavis first barreled her way through the swinging door. Meanwhile, the Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn in bittersweet fashion. Times are tough in this small farm community, and hard decisions will have to be made. Once again, the ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity and more crazy antics.

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Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Veronica's Room at the Ames Center

Feb 20, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015

Do you control your fate? Your mind? Your identity? In this psychological thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby, Susan takes on a dead woman's identity, convinced she's performing an act of mercy. But she soon discovers that reality is unreliable and that secrets, madness, and terror lie underneath the surface comforts of Veronica's Room!

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League of Champions Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015

Dancers compete to earn their way to national competitions.

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VIP Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015

VIP Dance hosts a regional dance competition for local studios.

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Celebration Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Mar 6, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015

Dancers and vocalists compete in a regional talent competition for awards and cash prizes.

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Clint Black at the Ames Center

Mar 11, 2015

Prolific singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and occasional actor, Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music's brightest stars. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs. More than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide.

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Kids Artistic Revue Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Mar 13, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

Regional Competition

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The Feeling in Baroque Music II With Harpsichordist Skip James at the Ames Center

Mar 15, 2015

Dakota Valley Symphony's annual Baroque concert in the Black Box featuring Layton Skip James on harpsichord and the Dakota Valley Symphony Chamber Orchesta at 2 p.m. 7 p.m.

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The Transit Authority - The Chicago Concert Experience at the Ames Center

Mar 19, 2015

Experience the explosive powerhouse horns and music of one of the world's greatest Super Groups in the world's most authentic tribute to the Chicago Transit Authority. 'Transit Authority' is a high-energy 8-piece ensemble that covers three decades of gold in a show you will never forget! This very special evening will include such hits as 'Saturday in the Park', '25 or 6 to 4', 'Colour My World', 'Beginnings', 'Baby What A Big Surprise', 'If You Leave Me Now', and many more! Showtime: 8pm

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Maroon 5 at Xcel Energy Center

Mar 23, 2015

Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5, with special guests Magic! and Rozzi Crane, will make a stop at Xcel Energy Center on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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Whole Lotta Zep & Madd Co Tribute Show at the Ames Center

Mar 26, 2015

Two of classic rock's most celebrated Supergroups of the 70's: Led Zeppelin and Bad Company will share the stage in this all-hit tribute evening of great rock fun! Showtime: 8pm

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Hall of Fame Dance Challenge at the Ames Center

Mar 29, 2015

Dancers compete to earn their way to national competitions.

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Judy Garland: A Night in the Life at the Ames Center

Apr 9, 2015

Both a theatrical stage play and musical, this award winning cabaret-style show chronicles the life and songs of Judy Garland - a first-person account of her life as seen through her own eyes. Showtime: 8pm

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Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ames Center

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

If you strip away the myth from the man, can you see where we all soon will be? In Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's milestone musical, the destinies and struggles of Judas, Jesus, and the disciples collide as they try to make sense of their paths in life and grapple with the outcomes of their choices. Delve into one of the greatest stories of all time with The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and experience it as you never have before!

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Symposium Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

The leading organization of dance talent contests in the Midwestern untied States.

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Legacy Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Apr 19, 2015

Dancers compete for scholarships and the coveted Legacy Award.

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Happy Days A New Musical at New Century Theatre

Apr 24, 2015 - May 17, 2015

Happy Days - A New Musical brings one of television's best loved families to a new generation. When Arnold's, the town's number one hangout and malt shop, is in danger of being torn down, Richie, Potsie, Arthur The Fonz Fonzarelli and the rest of the gang team up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. In a race against time, can The Fonz save the day?

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Young Artists' Concert at the Ames Center

Apr 26, 2015

The final Dakota Valley Symphony performance of the season features the winners of their annual Young Artists' Contest and will include Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

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Masquerade Dance Competition at the Ames Center

Apr 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Third Regional Competition: Dancers compete for a chance to perform at Nationals.

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BravO! Dance Competition at the Ames Center

May 14, 2015 - May 17, 2015

A national dance and talent competition where everyone gets a standing ovation!

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Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Betty's Summer Vacation at the Ames Center

May 29, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015

Ah, the joys of summer: Warm breezes, the beach, playing charades with the roommate who just might be a serial killer... and the crazy landlady who invites a seedy stranger over for dinner... not to mention the mysterious laughing voices in the ceiling! What twist of fate brought a nice girl like Betty into this house full of insanity? Is it all uproariously funny or unbearably horrible? You decide!

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Studio4 Dance Recital at the Ames Center

May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Burnsville's own Studio4 dancers take to the stage for a series of recitals.

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