Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and hosts countless special events. It is owned and supported by Ramsey County and managed by Minnesota Landmarks, a non-profit agency dedicated to managing and maintaining the building as a historic landmark and cultural center.
Sundays at Landmark Center
Sundays are the best day for families to visit the Landmark Center. Each Sunday from September to May, the Landmark Center offers a different free or low cost cultural event, including heritage festivals, musical performances, and holiday celebrations.
- September 18 – Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (4 pm)
- October 23 – St. Paul Civic Symphony Concert, “Heaven on Earth: Symphonies of Mozart and Mahler” (1 pm)
- October 30 – Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival (1 pm)
- November 13 – Saint Martin's Day (4 pm)
- December 11 – Santa's Workshop (1 pm)
- January 8 – Minnesota Boychoir Winter Concert (1 and 3:30 pm)
- January 22 – Urban Expedition: Denmark (1 pm)
- January 29 – St. Paul Civic Symphony Winter Carnival Concert (3 pm)
- February 12 – Urban Expedition: TBA (1 pm)
- February 19 – A Carpathian Celebration (1 pm)($4/6)
- March 12 – Urban Expedition: Colombia (1 pm)
- March 17 – St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration (10 am) ($5/7)
- March 19 – Day of Irish Dance (11 am) ($5/7)
- April 1 – A Scottish Ramble (11 am) ($4/6)
- April 9 – Urban Expedition: Togo (1 pm)
- April 23 – Urban Expedition: Karen (Burma) (1 pm)
- May 7 – Rose Ensemble Vocal Concert (3 pm)
- May 14 – St. Paul Civic Symphony Mother's Day Concert (1 pm)
Ballet Tuesdays at Landmark Center
2016/2017 Dates: October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9.
If you’ve got a budding ballerina or two in your family, the Ballet Tuesdays program at Landmark Center is an excellent taste of what formal classes and performances might be like someday. I have attended a couple of these free events with my children this past year and enjoyed what might be a glimpse into our future. My daughters (now ages 6 and 4) have watched dancers from the St. Paul Ballet condense a typical class into a half-hour demonstration of repertoire and other barre work. The dancers work on simultaneous movement while observing preschoolers in tutus try to imitate the older girls’ every step.
This is the best part of the program – the young audience is free to move about, perfect their dance moves, and in some cases even join the action onstage. One Ballet Tuesday last spring the kids were treated to excerpts from an upcoming production of Peter Pan. SPCB made the performance interactive by inviting the children onstage to dance with the characters and pose for photos.
I’ll be honest, the cortile is usually filled with plenty of pink and an excess of estrogen. The event may mainly appeal to girls. However, sometimes they offer programs that could appeal to the boys, too.
This article was originally published by Anne Kingston on April 17, 2013.
Walking Tours from the Landmark Center
Free walking tours are held between the months of June and September. Space is limited and reservations required. The tours are held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and vary by week. They seem to sell out, so planning ahead is a good idea. It's also probably a good idea to bring a stroller or wagon for the younger ones. Tours include:
- Rice Park Tours | 2nd Wednesday of the Month
- Heart of the City Tours | 3rd Wednesday of the Month
- Great River Tours | 4th Wednesday of the Month
- Schubert Club and Museum
- It’s the 10th Anniversary of Urban Expeditions
- Summer Arts Discovery at the Landmark Center
- 10 Free & Air-Conditioned Indoor Family Outings
- Family Fun Idea: Flint Hills International Children's Festival