OCTOBER "All in St. Paul" Event Calendar


Monday, Oct. 1

ST. PAUL BUREAU OF ARTS AND BEVERAGES, Artists Happy Hour, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 5-8pm.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

FREE SPCO Concert, Leonard Center Gymnasium, Macalester College, 7:30pm. Rossini, Mozart and Beethoven - hosted by Garrison Keillor as a thank you.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Karita Mattila, Ordway, 7:30pm. Schubert Club.

Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, Hidden Falls, 7pm.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Social Science: Dead and Undead, Science Museum, 6-10pm.  Adults only (21+ with valid ID) on Explore the creepier side of science—from brains to blood to the chill that runs down your spine. Enjoy drinks, food, and live music with local community organizations.  $10 members, $15 for non-members.

Friday, Oct. 5

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Ordway, 10:30am. SPCO.

1st FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR, Hat Trick, 4-6pm. CapitolRiver's downtown Happy Hour.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Half Price Books Clearance Event, State Fair Grandstand, 9am-6pm. Everything $3!

MN Comic Book Association Fallcon, Stare Fair Education Building, 10am-6pm. The Midwest's largest comic book convention. Comic book creators & dealers from all over the USA. Lots to see and do! Something for everyone! $8/adult; $1 off for canned food donation.

Lombardi opens, History Theatre, thru Nov. 4. Straight from Broadway, this engaging new play tells the tale of the greatest football coach in NFL history.

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald, 4:45pm.


Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Ordway, 8pm. SPCO.

MN Rollergirls Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Half Price Books Clearance EventState Fairgrounds Grandstand, 9am-6pm. Everything $3!

Twin Cities Marathon

Pipedreams: 30th Anniversary Celebration, House of Hope, 797 Summit Ave, 2pm, FREE. Michael Barone and 7 Minnesota organists.

Monday, Oct. 8

Central Library closed for staff training.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Ballet Tuesday, Landmark, noon.  St. Paul City Ballet showcases ballet techniques and excerpts from the Company's upcoming shows. FREE

Billy Elliot, The Musical opens, Ordway, thru Oct. 14.  Winner of 10 Tony Awards - a joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Talking Volumes: Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm.

Thursday, Oct. 11

ROSE ENSEMBLE, Landmark Courtroom 317, noon.  The kickoff of the Courtroom concert series!  Concerts last about an hour - it's ok to bring your lunch.

Cocktails with Culture, Landmark, 5-7pm. Featuring the AAW Gallery of Wood Art and the Schubert Club Museum. Live music - Italian Baroque Recorder (McNally Smith College of Music), woodturning demonstrations and cocktails! FREE EVENT, cocktails for purchase.

Friday, Oct. 12

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, 6-10pm.

Fall Book Sale, Central Library, 9am-5pm.

Saturday, Oct. 13

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, 12-8pm.

Fall Book Sale, Central Library, 11am-4pm.

Twin Cities Book Festival, State Fair Progress Center, 10am-5pm.  A book fair featuring publishers, authors, booksellers, and arts organizations; a children’s pavilion with storytelling, crafts, and activities; a used book sale, and more!

Zombie Island, Midway Stadium, 2pm-midnight. Bands, zombie carnival with rides, fireworks, a record-breaking attendance attempt. All ages for the "Island", 21+ for the Pub Crawl. $19.99 before Oct. 1.  Could sell out!

Lowertown Zombie Pub Crawl, Lowertown, 5pm-close.  St. Paul bars band together for their own gig! Many bars involved - check out Facebook link for updates.

History Theatre Season Kickoff Party, 5-7:30pm. Tailgating Lombardi-style - food truck supper, adult beverages, and live music on 10th and Wabasha. $5 off the show with PKRBAR promotion code for Packer fans (thru 11/14)!

Lost Egypt exhibition opens, Science Museum.  Hands-on activities, real artifacts like a real human mummy, a recreation of a real Egyptian tomb, and more to reveal how scientists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt.

Girls and Science, Science Museum, 10am-4pm. Now in its tenth year, designed to foster girls' enthusiasm for science by showcasing female scientists in wide-ranging fields of science and technology.

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theatre, 4:45pm.

Sunday, Oct. 14

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, 12-5pm.


Artist & Photographer Hours, Como Marjorie McNeely Conservatory,8-10am. 

Opportunity to bring in easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person. .
PipJazz Sundays, Landmark, 5pm. Hosted by Pippi Ardennia, a Chicago born jazz/blues singer and songwriter residing in St. Paul. Guest artist Steve Faison. $10-25.

Opus and Olives, Crowne Plaza, Friends of the St. Paul Library.  Fine Print and Fine Food.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Readings by Writers, University Club, 7:30pm. Hosted by poet laureate Carol Connolly. Public welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Lila Downs, Ordway, 7:30pm.  Minnesota-raised Mexican artist Lila Downs brings her unique reinvention of traditional Ranchera music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul and African roots.

Thursday, Oct. 18

COURTROOM CONCERT, FREE AND FABULOUS! Landmark Courtroom 317, noon.  Maria Jette, Janice Hardy, Michael Jorgensen, Dan Chouinard, Phillip Brunelle and friends Celebrating Dominick Argento's 85th Birthday. Concerts last about an hour - it's ok to bring your lunch.

MEA, Rivercentre

Friday, Oct. 19

MEA, Rivercentre

Women of Faith, Xcel, 7-10pm.  More than 11,000 women are expected to gather for the two day event filled with music, humor, drama and inspirational stories that will encourage them and their friends.

Tom Sawyer opens, Steppingstone Theatre, through Nov. 4th. 

Red House Live, Landmark, 8pm. Pat Donohue & Butch Thompson, $15, $18 at the door, but often a sell-out!

Saturday, Oct. 20

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm. A non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters. 

Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, Hidden Falls, 7pm.

Women of Faith, Xcel, 9am-5pm.  More than 11,000 women are expected to gather for the two day event filled with music, humor, drama and inspirational stories that will encourage them and their friends.

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theatre, 4:45pm.

Delfos Danza Contemporánea, Ordway, 7:30pm.  Target Dance Series.

The Smashing Pumpkins, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Zoo BooComo Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm. A non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters. 

Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, Hidden Falls, 7pm.

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, Xcel, 1 & 4pm.

Pushkin and Music, Park Square Theatre, 7pm. Russian Seasons presents a romantic evening of Pushkin poetry and the countless composers he inspired and that inspired him.

St. Paul Civic Symphony Fall Concert, Landmark, 1pm.  FREE

Tuesday, Oct. 23

The Political Condition with Gary Eichten and Cokie Roberts, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm.

Thursday, Oct. 25

COURTROOM CONCERT, FREE AND FABULOUS! Landmark Courtroom 317, noon.  Rena Kraut, clarinet and Ora Itkin, piano. Concerts last about an hour - it's ok to bring your lunch.

Book It: The Party, James J. Hill Library, 6:30-9:30pm. $10/$15 Featuring RogueValley. socializing, music trivia (with prizes!) and some of the best the local music scene.  Bring your library card for a free Summit beer. 

LOWERTOWN ART SHOW opens, AZ Gallery, thru Nov. 18.  Over 50 Lowertown artists; featuring Kirk Lyttle, Ta-coumba Aiken, and Catherine Johnson.

Theater Latté Da: Company opens, Ordway, 7:30pm, thru Nov. 18. As Minnesota grapples with defining marriage, Theater Latté Da presents Stephen Sondheim’s insightful and hilarious examination of marriage in contemporary society.

Friday, Oct. 26

Zoo BooComo Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm. A non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters. 

MN Sinfonia Concert, First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St., 7pm. FREE. Featuring Maria Jette, soprano, and Apollo Male Chorus. 

Poncho Sanchez, Ordway, 7:30pm. A fiery stew of jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious Latin and South American rhythms.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Zoo BooComo Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm. A non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters. 

BOO BASH, Grand AvenueMonster Mash dance, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce house, and of course, trick-or-treating! No time yet posted.

Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, Hidden Falls, 7pm.

BOOS CRAWL, Lowertown. No info yet!  Just the date.

SPCO: Baroque Invention, Ordway, 8pm. CANCELLED

Dia de Los Muertos: Day of the Dead, History Center, noon-4pm. Performances with vocalist Maria Isa, Toy Theatre puppet show with Julie Kastigar and Gustavo Boada and Mexican folkloric dancing with company Los Alegres Bailadores; Ofrenda displays, crafts, games and food.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Zoo BooComo Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm. A non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters. 

Children's Halloween Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 2pm. Creepy deviled eyeballs, scaredy cat cinnamon scones and cobweb crisp. $37 per person. Reservations: 651-228-3860

Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, Hidden Falls, 7pm.

Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark, 1-3pm. FREE. Entertainment, crafts, candy and costume parade!

Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations, Central Library, 2pm.  An entertaining presentation that peers into the world of ghosts, spirits and haunted locations throughout the state.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Final Senate and Constitutional Amendment Debates, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm. Voter ID Amendment Debate hosted by Tom Crann.

Wednesday, October 31 BOO!

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