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Theater & Performing Arts

A couple outside the Norshor Theatre in Duluth
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The NorShor Theatre brings world-class live performances to the heart of downtown Duluth / Paul Vincent

In Minnesota, we know a little bit about the arts. Touring Broadway shows and locally produced plays grace Minnesota's 400-plus stages almost every night. Award-winning orchestras, choirs and dance troupes entertain audiences of all ages. With the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and more, Minneapolis-St. Paul, in particular, has gained a reputation as a premier arts center. And we're known to show our appreciation with a standing ovation at each opportunity.

The State Theatre stage in Minneapolis

State Theatre / Meet Minneapolis

Performing Arts Personified

A vibrant scene unfolds at venues like the Guthrie Theater, the Ordway and Hennepin Theatre Trust's historic power trio: the Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres 

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Mid West Music Fest Winona

Mid West Music Fest is like a mini-South by Southwest in Winona / Shannon Porter

The Arts Come Alive

Encompassing classical concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra, first-rate plays staged at urban and community theaters, widely acclaimed musical performances in cafes, clubs and music festivals, Minnesota's performance arts are all but unlimited.

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Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing

The Sheldon Theatre was nicknamed "the jewel box" for its ornately decorated interior / A.D. Drumm Images

Historic Theaters for Today

Across Minnesota, historic theaters and old movie houses have been restored to keep pace with evolving entertainment needs and technologies. They've maintained their unique character while hosting top-notch films and live stage productions.

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Band performs at Dakota Jazz Club

Catch a set at one of Minneapolis' most notable music venues, the Dakota Jazz Club / Jeffrey Newcomer, courtesy Dakota Jazz Club

The Live Music Scene

See your favorite stars perform or discover new talent at a Minnesota concert. Music venues from the intimate to the grand host local and national acts representing a wide range of musical styles. In the summer, outdoor festivals abound.

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