October "All in St. Paul" Event Calendar

Busy, busy October - good for us! More added daily (the zombies are a little slow to organize their Halloween events)

Tuesday, October 1

Talking Volumes: Margaret Atwood, Fitzgerald, 7pm.  SOLD OUT

A Day to Remember, Rivercentre, 6:45pm.

Wednesday, October 2

Jonathan Biss, piano, Ordway, 7:30pm.  Schubert Club.

O, What a Luxury with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky, Fitzgerald, 7:30pm.  Free, but must have a ticket (avail at the Fitz or Common Good Books) Get your ticket at Common Good Books and save 20% off your copy of O, What a Luxury (offer good only at time of pickup). A book signing will immediately follow each of the readings.

YMCA Garage Sale, State Fairgrounds Merchandise Mart, 9am-7pm.

Thursday, October 3

YMCA Garage Sale, State Fairgrounds Merchandise Mart, 9am-7pm.

O, What a Luxury with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky, Fitzgerald, 7:30pm.  Free, but must have a ticket (avail at the Fitz or Common Good Books) Get your ticket at Common Good Books and save 20% off your copy of O, What a Luxury (offer good only at time of pickup). A book signing will immediately follow each of the readings.

Schubert’s 5th Symphony, Ordway, 7:30pm. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Social Science: Murder at the Museum, Science Museum, 6-11pm.  A body is discovered at the museum late at night, and all signs point to foul play. It's on you, lucky gumshoe, to gather the forensic skills, clues, and savvy to solve the crime. Get the real story from forensic scientists in the field as you learn to dust for fingerprints, interpret blood spatter, and more. $20/25, more for adding Maya.


Friday, October 4

YMCA Garage Sale, State Fairgrounds Merchandise Mart, 9am-7pm.

Schubert’s 5th Symphony, Ordway, 8pm. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


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

Saturday, October 5

MN Comic Book Association’s Fallcon, State Fair Education Building, 10am-5pm.  Midwest’s largest comic book convention.

Half-Price Books Clearance Event, State Fair Grandstand, 9am-6pm.

YMCA Garage Sale, State Fairgrounds Merchandise Mart, 9am-noon.



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

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald, 4:45pm. 

Baby Case opens, History Theatre, thru Nov. 3.  This Barrymore Award-winning musical follows the sensationalized searches, investigations, and accusations which led up to America’s first “trial of the century.”

The Rhubarb Show, Fitzgerald, 9pm.  A “club version” of the PHC radio show.

Summit Hill Fall Garage Sale.  Maps at www.summithillassociation.org 

Schubert’s 5th Symphony, Ordway, 8pm. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Sunday, October 6

Twin Cities Marathon - A total of 187,784 have crossed the finish line!

Half-Price Books Clearance Event, State Fair Grandstand, 9am-6pm.

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

pipJazz Foundation Concert, Landmark, 1pm, FREE.  Landmark Center’s resident jazz songstress presents a free concert.

Tuesday, October 8

Ballet Tuesday, Landmark, noon, FREE.  Lunch-hour performance by the St. Paul City Ballet.  Bag lunches welcome.

Miss Saigon opens, Ordway, thru Oct. 13.  Contemporary love story centering on an American GI and a Vietnamese girl.

Accordo, Amsterdam Bar and Grill, 7:30pm, $10/15.  Music, drinks, context and conversation:  Explore Mozart and Brahms viola quintets with the musicians of Accordo.

Wednesday, October 9

Fall Flower Show opens, Como Conservatory.

Thursday, October 10

Cocktails With Culture, Landmark, 5-7pm, FREE.  Live musical performances and woodturning demonstrations provided by The Schubert Club and AAW.  Relax after the workday with drinks at the cash bar and complimentary light appetizers.

The Tobolowsky Files, Fitzgerald, 7:30pm. A four part storytelling series about life, love and Hollywood.  One of the top-rated Podcasts on iTunes.


Friday, October 11

Miranda Lambert, Xcel, 7:30pm.

Mike Lynch Starwatch Party, 7-9pm, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan.  Reservations 651-554-6530.

Saturday, October 12

Twin Cities Book Festival, State Fairgrounds, 10am-5pm, FREE.  This free, day-long festival brings around 7000 people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, kids and book lovers, who connect over real-live books and conversations.

Used Book Sale, Central Library, 11am-4pm. Cash or check only.

Highland Water Tower Open House, the best leaf viewing of the season!

St. Paul Fire Department Open House, 10am-1pm, 1000 W. 7th St, 505 Payne Ave., 2530 Edgecumbe Rd.  Games, gifts, live fire and vehicle extrication demonstrations and tours.

The Grand Harvest, Grand Avenue.  Pumpkin decorating events, scarecrow contest, petting zoo, bargains and family events to celebrate the season.

Lowertown Alley Bash, 234 E 4th St., 2-10pm. Alley Party sponsored by the Lowertown Bike Shop with music, food, drinks, magic, and loads of bicycle fun! 

Open Cockpit Weekend, MSP Airport, 9am-3pm.  Climb into the cockpit of C130 cargo plane during open house at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum. The aviation museum houses about twenty historic aircraft in several hangars at the Air Guard base Kids can get close to aircraft ranging from a World War II P-51 Mustang to an early F16 fighter jet.  Minnesota Air National Guard Museum, 670 General Miller Drive (building 670), St. Paul; free; 612- 713-2523 or mnangmuseum.org

Girls & Science, Science Museum, 10am-4pm.  Annual community event showcasing female scientists in wide-ranging fields of science and technology.

Tim Mahoney; Landmark Literati, Landmark, 10:30am.  Tim Mahoney will discuss his book, "Silent Partners:  Big Tom Brown and The Barker Gang." 


Sunday, October 13

Meritage Oysterfest, Meritage, 2-8pm.  Oyster shucking and eating and Communist Daughter listening and dancing!  $25, often a sell out.

Highland Water Tower Open House, the best leaf viewing of the season!

Minnesota’s Oldest Murder Mystery, Central Library, 3pm. Gary Brueggmann.

Opus & Olives: Fine Print & Fine Food, St. Paul Rivercentre, 5-9:30pm, $150/ticket.  Dinner, drinks and conversation with five of America’s bestselling authors: John Searles, Bill Bryson, Elizabeth Berg, Dennis Lehane, and Wally Lamb – a blockbuster line-up!

Monday, October 14

Central Library closed for staff training.

Tuesday, October 15

Talking Volumes: Rick Riordan, Fitzgerald, 7pm.  Bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. 

Readings by Writers, University Club, 7:30pm.  An hour of fine writing curated by poet Carol Conolly.

Thursday, October 17

Education Minnesota Activities, History Center, 11am-3pm.

Courtroom Concert Series, Landmark, noon-1pm.  Trio 612: Linda Chatterton, flute, Joel Salvo, cello, Matthew McCright, pianoMusic of David Evan Thomas. FREE

Broadway Songbook: Musicals of the 1950s, Ordway, 7:30pm.  You’ll get the inside scoop on the writers, producers and actors who created the greatest musicals of all time. Professional Twin Cities based actors and actresses, who have toured the world in many of the shows you’ll experience provide an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Sarah Brightman, Xcel, 7:30pm.

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Wits. Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.  Chris Kluwe, Dave Hill, and Sara Watkins.

Friday, October 18

Education MinnesotaActivities, History Center, 11am-3pm.

Women of Faith Conference, Xcel.

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Mary T. & Lizzy K. opens, Park Square Theatre, thru Nov. 10.  First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, Lizzy Keckly, a freed slave and successful businesswoman share banter and intimacies before a fateful evening of theater.

Liquid Music, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra series

The Little Bird That was Caught: The Story of Jane Gibbs opens, Steppingstone Theatre, thru Nov. 3.  The story of Jane Gibbs, who grew up alongside Dakota Indians, and grew up to homestead and farm in the northeast corner of St. Paul.

Drew Nelson; Red House Live, Landmark, 7pm, $15/18.  Hosted by various local radio personalities, these concerts will begin at 8 pm and will be preceded by a cocktail hour at 7 pm, giving audiences an opportunity to enjoy free food from Trotter's Cafe and a cash bar.

Saturday, October 19

Boo Run, Harriet Island.

Zoo Boo, Como, 4:30-7:30pm.  Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Open Cockpit Weekend, MSP Airport, 9am-3pm.  Climb into the cockpit of C130 cargo plane during open house at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum. The aviation museum houses about twenty historic aircraft in several hangars at the Air Guard base Kids can get close to aircraft ranging from a World War II P-51 Mustang to an early F16 fighter jet.  Minnesota Air National Guard Museum, 670 General Miller Drive (building 670), St. Paul; free; 612- 713-2523 or mnangmuseum.org


The Waterboys, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.

Broadway Songbook: Musicals of the 1950s, Ordway, 2 & 7:30pm.  You’ll get the inside scoop on the writers, producers and actors who created the greatest musicals of all time. Professional Twin Cities based actors and actresses, who have toured the world in many of the shows you’ll experience provide an unforgettable theatrical experience.

MN Rollergirls, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

Sunday, October 20

The Gold Rush, House of Hope, 2pm.  Aaron David Miller is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning organist and improvisationist, who has performed around the world and across the U.S.A., as well as on radio and television, accompanies Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush. FREE

Zoo Boo, Como, 4:30-7:30pm.  Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 

St. PaulCivic Symphony, Landmark, 1pm, FREE.  Brahms’ first symphony and the majestic final symphony of Finnish master, Jean Sibelius.

Spirits of St. Paul: The Gangster Era, Central Library, 2pm.  Film maker Gary Crask shows his locally directed and produced film that tells the role the city of St. Paul played in American gangster history as a safe harbor for some of the nation's most notorious criminals. Unrated, some explicit language. 110 min.

Love Mysteries, Concordia, 7pm. Russian inspiration in Viennese Operetta.


Food for Change, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm. A provocative new film that explores the current resurgence of food co-operatives in the United States, and their unique place in America’s economic and political landscape.

Broadway Songbook: Musicals of the 1950s, Ordway, 2 & 7:30pm.  You’ll get the inside scoop on the writers, producers and actors who created the greatest musicals of all time. Professional Twin Cities based actors and actresses, who have toured the world in many of the shows you’ll experience provide an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Tuesday, October 22


Thursday, October 24

Courtroom Concert Series, Landmark, noon-1pm. Centre Street Quartet, Schubert’s Death and a Maiden. FREE

Gangster Ghost Tour, Landmark, 6-9pm, $5, RSVP required 651-292-3276. Learn a little history and meet some of Saint Paul's most notorious gangster characters as you walk through historic Landmark Center on this eerie tour.

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Organ Dedication Concert, Cathedral of St. Paul, 7:30pm, FREE.  Renowned organist Olivier Latry performs.

Wits, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.  Paul Tompkins and Yo La Tengo.


Friday, October 25

Zoo Boo, Como, 4:30-7:30pm.  Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Liz Wright and Raul Midon, Ordway, 7:30pm.  Blending jazz, R&B, soul and gospel into fresh, original music.

Wits, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.  Paul Tompkins and Rhett Miller.

Saturday, October 26

Day of the Dead Family Day, History Center, noon-4pm. Music, folkloric dancing, traditional Mexican games, activities and traditional food. 

Boo-ology, Science Museum, 1-4pm. Kids 12 and under in costume will receive free admission to the permanent exhibit galleries.

Family Camp-in, Science Museum, 3pm Saturday to 8am Sunday.  4-16yrs old with adult; Meals, costume contest, exhibit fun, haunted science lab, and more!

Lowertown Boos Crawl, 7pm. Big cash prizes in 5 categories plus late night Bonus Drawing. Hosted by eight of your favorite Lowertown "Haunts" ...Barrio, Black Dog, Bulldog, Golden's Deli, Gopher Bar, Hat Trick, and Trattoria. Advance-purchase PASSPORTS($20) available at Bulldog Lowertown. Passport holders get 1 FREE DRINK at each "Haunt," as well as Prize Eligibility.

Shadow and Spirits Tour, State Capitol, Tour with "spirits" form the Capitol's early history with lighting set to 1905.

Zoo Boo, Como, 4:30-7:30pm.  Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 

Dawn Upshaw Returns, Ordway, 8pm.  Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Sunday, October 27

Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark, 1-3pm, FREE.  The popular Halloween event returns with music, crafts, candy, a costume contest and more! Dress your best and get ready for some fun!

Children’s Halloween Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 2-4pm, $37.  A cup of “Tea-rror!”   A magician and a fun afternoon full of treats and surprises.

Zoo Boo, Como, 4:30-7:30pm.  Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises. 

YemenBlues, Ordway, 7:30pm.  The music of Yemen and West Africa with ancient chants, modern funk and Latin grooves.

Dawn Upshaw Returns, Ordway, 2pm.  Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Monday, October 28 

MN Wild vs. ChicagoBlackhawks, Xcel, 7pm.

Thursday, October 31

Courtroom Concert Series, Landmark, noon-1pm.  Ensemble 61, Music of Mary Ellen Childs. FREE


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