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Toddler Tuesdays® at Mall of America

Jan 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

Grab your kids and head out to Toddler Tuesdays® for a morning of fun! Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! 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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Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Feb 20, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015

A ticket to the moon? What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Unlike traditional space exhibits that focus on the history of space travel, Space looks into current and future exploration and what is possible. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and partner museums.

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Mary Poppins at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Feb 27, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015

MARY POPPINS makes its debut on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage! Based upon the iconic Disney animated film, MARY POPPINS is a family musical featuring breathtaking dance numbers and unforgettable songs including: “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.” Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, this enchanting musical has captivated audiences for generations, and now, she comes to life on Chanhassen's Main Stage to dazzle you!

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Minnesota Twins Season 2015

Apr 13, 2015 - Oct 4, 2015

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

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Como Town Amusement Park 2015 Season

Apr 26, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015

Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest. Click on the Coupon icon for a money saving discount to Como Town!

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Live Racing at Elko Speedway

May 9, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015

2015 marks our 50th year of racing but we are more than racing. Open every Saturday night from May-September for family fun entertainment including NASCAR racing and our famous Eve of Destructions. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Located just 10 minutes south of Burnsville on I35.

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Saint Paul Saints Baseball

May 10, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015

The St. Paul Saints Baseball Club has provided family entertainment to the Twin Cities since 1993. Known for their outlandish promotions, the Saints are the only team in baseball with a live pig as its mascot (past swines have included Brat Farve, Hammy Davis, Jr., Garrison Squeallor and Boarack Ohama), an 80-year old nun who gives massages in the stands, and a hot tub above the left field fence. Now playing in Lowertown at CHS Field!

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2015 Live Horse Racing at Canterbury Park

May 15, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015

Canterbury Park, one of the greatest racetracks in America, offers live horse racing action from May to August. The 300,000 square foot grandstand includes three different levels of seating, bars and eateries and the newly remodeled 18,000 square-foot Card Casino.

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Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

May 15, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015

The innovative work of Sean Kenney's sculptures with LEGO® bricks will inspire and delight our visitors and members. Just as LEGO® bricks connect to each other, we connect to nature. This summer exhibit features 26 sculptures using more than 450,000 LEGO® bricks at 13 locations on the Arboretum grounds.

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Valleyfair Amusement Park 2015 Season

May 15, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015

Valleyfair, the Upper Midwest’s largest family amusement park, features over 75 rides and attractions including eight roller coasters, entertainment, Dinosaurs Alive, Planet Snoopy and a newly expanded Soak City Waterpark. The expansion includes six new waterslides and an interactive splash pad. Soak City Waterpark is included with admission to Valleyfair. Click on the Coupon icon for a money saving discount to Valleyfair!

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Hawaiian Monk Seals at the Minnesota Zoo

May 23, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

Say “aloha” to the zoo's newest additions – critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals - making a splash in Discovery Bay at the Minnesota Zoo! Head to the zoo to welcome these amazing animals into their newly renovated Discovery Bay, the only place outside Hawaii where the public can see them in human care. Moon jellyfish are also making their debut in Discovery Bay, along with the return of sea dragons, live coral, sea horses, shrimp and other marine life in a variety of awe-inspiring habitats!

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Friday Night "Flicks on the Bricks" Movies

Jun 5, 2015 - Aug 21, 2015

Nicollet Commons Park is transformed into an outdoor cinema on Friday nights! Come prepared to relax and enjoy great shows like Finding Nemo, Bears and Maleficent. Seating begins at 7:30pm. Show begins at dusk. Upcoming Movies: June 5: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) Part of I Love Burnsville Week's Friday Fest (sponsored by New Horizon Academy) June 19: Maleficent (PG) July 10: Bears (G) July 24: Earth to Echo (PG) Aug. 7: Finding Nemo (G) Aug. 21: Dolphin Tale 2 (PG)

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Minnesota Lynx 2015 Season

Jun 5, 2015 - Sep 11, 2015

Catch the 2011 2013 WNBA Champions on the court at Target Center!

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Thursday Rockin' Lunch Hour Concerts and Rockin' Readers

Jun 11, 2015 - Aug 13, 2015

Rockin' Lunch Hour performances at Nicollet Commons Park are back! Performances are geared toward preschool-aged audiences, but will make people of all ages want to dance! Bring a lunch and come a little early to join ISD 191's elementary principals as they read books for children during Rockin' Readers prior to the Rockin' Lunch Hour concert. Thursdays; Rockin' Readers start at 11am with concert at Noon (no show on July 2). Click here for a list of performers.

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The Church Basement Ladies at Plymouth Playhouse

Jun 18, 2015 - Nov 15, 2015

In 2005, the first Church Basement Ladies opened to wild enthusiasm. We're bringing the original back to celebrate ten years of laughter, toe-tapping music and touching memories that will once again make you laugh and cry all the ay home. Don't miss the show that started it all!

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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

Jun 20, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015

Summer isn’t complete without seeing a spectacular musical at the Guthrie. You know the story about the fast-talking salesman and his money-making scheme to form a boys band in small-town Iowa. (We love when he falls head over heels for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into an honest man.) But you’ve never seen it here and there’s no better time than the present to experience this all-American gem. Overflowing with heart and a parade of toe-tapping songs including “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” this Tony-winning classic is family entertainment at its best. Secure your tickets now or there may be trouble with a capital “T” when they become scarce!

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Wednesday in the Park - Civic Center Concerts

Jun 24, 2015 - Aug 5, 2015

This musical entertainment for your listening pleasure is sponsored by ISD 191 Community Education and the City of Burnsville. The Burnsville Senior Center sells popcorn for $1 and attendees can bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for a soft drink. 7pm on Wednesdays. Performances include: June 24: Riverside Swing Band (1930s and 40s swing) July 1: The Whitesidewalls (doo-wop, rockabilly and rock and roll) July 8: My Sweet Patootie (modern vaudeville, roots and ragtime) July 15: Tricia the Toonies (music, skits, puppets and audience participation) July 22: Dakota Valley Summer Pops and Chorale July 29: High Country (rockin' country) Aug. 5: Remembering the King (an Elvis tribute featuring Steve Marcio)

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New Spaces Heart of the City Music Festival

Jun 28, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015

Sunday nights bring another chance to rock out in Burnsville with the New Spaces Heart of the City Music Festival. Sponsored by New Spaces, King and Companies, Creative Color and School of Rock. Free Concerts. Sundays, 7-8:30pm. Performances include: June 28: Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek (jazz) July 5: Smorgasboard (polka) July 12: Northern Winds Band (symphonic band) July 19: Xibaba (Brazilian, jazz and world music) July 26: Dirty Shorts Brass Band (New Orleans style brass band) Aug. 2: The Mancouche Jazz Hot Club (jazz)

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2015 National Senior Games

Jul 3, 2015 - Jul 16, 2015

The Games will take place July 3 – July 16, 2015 in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, MN.

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Cultural Perspectives: Worldly Treasures Exhibit at the Ames Center

Jul 9, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015

Visit the 5th annual Cultural Perspectives Art Exhibit July 9-August 9, 2015 as part of the International Festival of Burnsville. There will be an artist reception on Thursday, July 9th, 6:30-7:30pm.

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Basilica Block Party

Jul 10, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015

More than 25,000 people gather annually in the presence of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary to enjoy two days of live music, great food and summer fun.

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International Festival of Burnsville

Jul 11, 2015

Join us at the eighth annual International Festival of Burnsville. During this event guests can peruse food vendor tents and admire cultural displays. Dancers, musicians and other entertainers will exhibit the city’s diverse population and traditions.

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Schwan's USA Cup at the National Sports Center

Jul 14, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015

America's greatest International youth soccer tournament! Held at the world's largest soccer complex, the tournament host nearly 1,000 teams from all over the world.

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Family & Friends Fun Day at Dakota City Heritage Village

Jul 17, 2015

This summer, bring your kids, grandkids and friends to visit the past and experience life at the turn of the last century on our Family Friends Fun Day, offered one Friday in June and one in July. Stroll through the museum and see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the good ol’ days. Meet the villagers, who help the children with hands-on activities. Enjoy playing vintage games, watch the blacksmith at work in his forge, withdraw money at the bank to spend shopping at the General Store, and more. Bring your own lunch and have a picnic on our village grounds. Tours start every half hour between 10am and noon and each tour lasts 90 minutes. Cost is $5 per person, age 3 and up. A ticket is needed to be in the village.

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Lakefront Music Fest at Lakefront Park

Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015

The Lakefront Music Fest is an annual 2-day outdoor music event held in Prior Lake, located just 10 minutes west of Burnsville on County Rd 42. This year’s line-up includes: Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Atkins, Chris Hawkey, Daughtry, L.A. Guns and Night Ranger

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Minneapolis Aquatennial

Jul 22, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015

Join in the fun at the Minneapolis Aquatennial, a summer festival celebrating the city of Minneapolis. Founded in 1939, the Minneapolis Aquatennial is one of the largest festivals in the state, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Enjoy many great events, including a fireworks show, parade, 5K run, and much more!

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The Great Midwest RibFest at Mystic Lake Casino

Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015

Rib lovers rejoice! The Great Midwest Rib Fest returns for a second year with top rib cookers from all over the country. This outdoor all-­‐ages festival features live entertainment each day plus a variety of food and drink vendors. Visit mysticlake.com for updated event details.

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Vans Warped Tour at Canterbury Park

Jul 26, 2015

Don’t miss as this touring music and extreme sports festival makes its only stop in Minnesota at Canterbury Park! This one day event will showcase punk rock/alternative bands like Yellowcard , Less Than Jake, Sleeper Agent, We The Kings and many, many more!

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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum Theatre

Jul 28, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

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Kelly Clarkson at Xcel Energy Center

Aug 4, 2015

GRAMMY® Award winner Kelly Clarkson will bring her 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR to Saint Paul August 4. Joining Kelly on the tour will be recent GRAMMY® winners Pentatonix and singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson.

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Pirates of Penzance at the Ordway

Aug 4, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king, a delightfully dotty Major-General and a score you’ll hum all the way home.

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Go Fest '15 at Target Field

Aug 7, 2015

Go 96.3 FM and the Minnesota Twins have added Yelawolf to the lineup for Go Fest '15 at Target Field on Friday, Aug. 7. The lineup also includes Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Big Data, MS MR, Meg Myers and more performing under the ballpark's big lights. Go Fest '15 will feature an amphitheater-style concert configuration, including an on-field section immediately in front of the stage.

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Irish Fair of Minnesota

Aug 7, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015

The 2015 Irish Fair of Minnesota is a three-day annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture. With nearly 100,000 attendees each year, this event is the largest free celebration of its kind in the nation. Once again, the Irish Fair of Minnesota will provide a family-friendly experience featuring a multitude of activities, including traditional music, Irish dance, Gaelic sports, a Children’s Tent, an Irish Authors Literary Corner, native Irish dogs, the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, a variety of Irish shopping opportunities, and an array of food and beverage options to enjoy. Photo courtesy of the Irish Fair on Instagram.

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Uptown Art Fair

Aug 7, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015

The annual event is held in the heart of the Uptown, Minneapolis business district at the bustling intersection of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave. Choose from a variety of limited editions and one-of-a-kind treasures from artists including sculptures, paintings, photographs, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more. Other features: food and drink from vendors; outdoor wine and beer gardens; Culinary Arts Competition; non-stop entertainment on the performance stage; youth art fair; family activity area. Admission is free.

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Dakota County Fair

Aug 10, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

A typical county fair of yesteryear featuring high tech products and services. Enjoy several barns full of some of the best livestock in the state. The grandstand offers bull riding, mutton bustin' and 5 demo derbies. Enjoy a large midway, preview some of the new food items, and enjoy an historical village.

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Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally at Mystic Lake

Aug 21, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015

Midwestern bike lovers, ride on over to Mystic Lake for full throttle summer fun at the second annual Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally! Vendor Village will be open all weekend, showcasing a wide variety of bike and lifestyle merchandise. Free admission.

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Foo Fighters at Xcel Energy Center

Aug 22, 2015

Foo Fighters are following up the release of the band’s most ambitious album with its biggest ever North American tour to date and will make a stop in St. Paul Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, August 22.

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Aug 22, 2015 - Oct 4, 2015

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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Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park

Aug 23, 2015

Explore the art, music, food, martial arts and cultural traditions of Japan at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. 3 to 9 p.m. Click here for more information:

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Minnesota State Fair

Aug 27, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015

The Great Minnesota Get-together! The Minnesota State Fair is the largest 12-day event in North America, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually with many exhibits, live animals, live entertainment stages, food concessions, midway rides and games, and much more! 2015 Grandstand Concerts Series August 27 - Def Leppard August 29 - Carrie Underwood August 30 - Alan Jackson August 31 - Happy Together Tour 2015 September 1 - Meghan Trainor September 7 - Merle Haggard More Acts - TBA Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair

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Justin Hayward at the Ames Center

Sep 4, 2015

Justin Hayward, esteemed vocalist, lead guitarist, and composer of the Moody Blues, will perform at the Ames Center in Burnsville on September 4, 2015 at 8 p.m. Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over! Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, the band has sold more than 55 million albums and received numerous awards in the last 45 years. Commercial success has gone hand-in-hand with critical acclaim. The Moody Blues are renowned innovators and trail blazers who have influenced a number of fellow artists.

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Burnsville Fire Muster

Sep 8, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015

This year's Fire Muster will feature wine tasting, beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants and, of course, a combined fire truck parade with the a community parade.

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Ramble Jam

Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015

WHERE CITY MEETS COUNTRY...9 country bands in 2 days at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of the Farmington Rotary and Ramble Jam.

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Taylor Swift at Xcel Energy Center

Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will bring her 1989 World Tour to Saint Paul at the Xcel Energy Center for two performances on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

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Ed Sheeran at Xcel Energy Center

Sep 15, 2015

Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced a second leg to his North American tour. The month-long trek includes some of the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter's biggest headlining shows in North America to date and will make a stop at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on September 15.

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Of Monsters and Men at Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Oct 1, 2015

Of Monsters and Men will make a stop at The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul on Thursday, October 1.

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Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Oct 4, 2015

The annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, dubbed The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The marathon starts in Minneapolis and ends at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

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Madonna at Xcel Energy Center

Oct 8, 2015

Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful live performers of all time speaks for itself. The “Rebel Heart” Tour follows the release of Madonna’s Rebel Heart album. Rave reviews for Madonna’s 13th studio album include: The Sun (UK) “The Queen of Pop will reign again – Madonna is about to release her best album in 17 years and one of the greatest of her career.” NY Times: “They won’t experience the celebrity of Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician”.

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The Who at the Target Center

Oct 10, 2015

The Who will embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour in 2015! Don't miss them at Target Center on October 10! Set list to include iconic songs: Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Baba O-Riley, Who Are You, I Can't Explain, Pinball Wizard and Behind Blue Eyes.

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One Man Breaking Bad: The Unathorized Parody at the Ames Center

Oct 21, 2015

A rip roaring ride through the greatest television show ever made. Directed by Dan Clarkson (director/creator of Potted Potter), One Man Breaking Bad was created as a love letter to fans of the series. The show turns the dark suspense into a hilarious 75 minute journey for audiences.

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Twintastic featuring the Edward Twins at the Ames Center

Oct 22, 2015 - Nov 1, 2015

Described as the most unique show in the world, twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards take you on a journey of the most incredible reproductions of major stars in complete costumes, live singing, no gimmicks, just plain talent. Two Brothers, 100 Stars! Performing Live, no lip-synching fully embody such stars as Barbra Streisand, Cher, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Elton John and many more. When you come out of TWINTASTIC, you have been through a jaw-dropping, unbelievable never-before-seen experience. It is hard to believe that two gentlemen could be this talented ... You have to see it for yourself.

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Burnsville Halloween Fest

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015

Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages flock to Nicollet Commons Park each October. The festival includes an illuminated treat trail, music, activities and more. Families are encouraged to attend in costume. Parking is available at the Ames Center parking deck or the Heart of the City parking ramp. $5 per family. Photo Credit:Sue Lund Photography

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Jesse Cook at the Ames Center

Oct 23, 2015

See Canadian guitarist and flamenco artist Jesse Cook bring his unique mix of jazz, world and flamenco to the Ames Center on October 23 at 8pm.

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Jim Gaffigan at the State Theatre

Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 7, 2015

Jim Gaffigan , the Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and soon-to-be star of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” will perform two shows at the State Theatre as part of CONTAGIOUS, his latest national tour showcasing his signature and hilarious mix of stand-up material.

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The Amazing Kreskin at the Ames Center

Nov 14, 2015

The world's most famous mentalist, “The Amazing Kreskin ” will be appearing Saturday November 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Ames Center located at 12600 Nicollet Ave. Burnsville Minnesota. This show is being presented by Mark W. Curran of West Coast Performing Arts Presenters. For 60 years, Kreskin has been telling people things about themselves that only they or a close friend could possibly know! He not a magician, he's an incredible mentalist, and the worlds best. During his show, he's telling people their social security number, license plate on their car, a street address from 20 years ago and their dog's name too! He's picking it up from what the audience is thinking. The longer Kreskin performs on stage the more thoughts he picks up from his audience.

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MythBusters Jamie & Adam: UNLEASHED! at the State Theatre

Nov 18, 2015

The all-new live show MythBusters Jamie Adam UNLEASHED!, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel series “MythBusters,” brings an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation and behind-the-scenes stories showcasing the duo’s ingenious approach to answering scientific curiosities with mind-blowing special effects. Hyneman has announced that he will end touring with the live show later this year.

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Christmas in the Village at Dakota City Heritage Village

Dec 5, 2015 - Dec 6, 2015

Enjoy a 1900 era Christmas with sleigh rides, era crafts and foods, carols, entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1900 Village with 22 buildings, lite holiday trees and decor. Hot food and refreshments are available in the Drug Store. Open 1-8 pm. Or drive through to view the lights any evening in December.

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Christmas in the Village at Dakota City Heritage Village

Dec 12, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015

The first two weekends in December. December 5 6 and 12 13, 2015. Enjoy a 1900 era Christmas with sleigh rides, era crafts and foods, carols, entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1900 Village with 22 buildings, lite holiday trees and decor. Hot food and refreshments are available in the Drug Store. Open 1-8 pm. Or drive through to view the lights any evening in December.

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