Most Sundays at Landmark events are free. A few noted exceptions have a small fee, and one event (the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration) is actually on a Saturday. The 2018 schedule is as follows:
- Sept. 23: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (3-6 p.m.)
- Oct 21: St. Paul Civic Symphony (1 p.m.)
- Oct. 28: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival (1-3 p.m.)
- Nov. 18: Latvian Centennial Celebration (1-4 p.m.)
- Dec. 9: Santa’s Workshop (1-3 p.m.)
- Jan. 6: Minnesota Boychoir Winter Concert (1 and 3:30 p.m.)
- Jan. 13: Urban Expedition: Puerto Rico (1-3 p.m.)
- Jan. 27: St. Paul Civic Symphony Winter Carnival Concert (2 p.m.)
- Feb. 10: Urban Expedition: Palestine (1-3 p.m.)
- Feb. 17: Balkan Festival, $4/$6 (12-5 p.m.)
- March 3: Urban Expedition: Romania (1-3 p.m.)
- March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration, $5/$7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)*
- March 17: Day of Irish Dance, $5/$7 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
- March 31: Urban Expedition: Great Britain (1-3 p.m.)
- April 14: Urban Expedition:Vietnam (1-3 p.m.)
- April 28: BANDWIDTH Community Band Festival (12-6 p.m.)
- May 12: St. Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert (1-3 p.m.)
- May 19: Border CrosSing (vocal) concert (1-3 p.m.)
Sundays at Landmark: Urban Expeditions
When we first entered the building, we were greeted with animals native to Argentina: llamas, alpacas, goats, a giant Flemish rabbit, and a big rodent of unpronounceable name. I wasn’t super thrilled with the rodent, but the other animals were adorable. I kept referring to The Emperor’s New Groove for a point of reference for my children.
From the animals, we walked into the only to be asked to stand and participate in the Chacarera (a traditional Argentinian dance).
We learned the baseball move–to go around the diamond, we learned how to run a home run–to turn in a circle, and half of us learned to shine the floor and the other half perfected the baseball move. All the while with our hands in the air. It was hilarious!
When we tired of the dancing activity, we checked out the other activities. They were spread around the entire room. We picked up our passport and got our passport photos taken. The girls made tissue paper flowers to wear in their hair.
I tried an empanada. The girls didn’t think they would like them because they were told they were hot: which ultimately they interpreted as spicy….but they weren’t spicy. They were really good.
This whole event was co-presented by the Tango Society of Minnesota (TSOM). For the last hour of the event, dancers from the TSOM performed different tango dances. I’m glad their were other things to do. This part wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping.
Ultimately, the girls loved the tango (and that’s the most important thing), but I don’t think I understand dance enough to be impressed. What I saw was a bunch of couples standing too close to each other to move.
However, I did learn that Argentinian men don’t ask women to dance with their mouths. They ask them to dance with their eyes (oooooh), and if the women don’t want to dance, they avoid eye contact at all cost!
- It wasn’t very busy. There was plenty of room to move around and wasn’t overly crowded.
- The staff/volunteers were very welcoming and kind (minus one who was a little grumpy).
- There was a wide variety of activity and something for everyone to enjoy.
- It was interactive. Learning to dance the Chacarera was especially fun with the engaging gaucho (Argentinian cowboy)
- The other museums are open to enjoy.
- There isn’t a lot of parking right next to the Landmark Center. Since parking was free, every spot on the street was full (not that I’m good at parallel parking anyway, but you may be)
- If you come in the wrong door, you may go through everything backwards. So if you do, just know that if you walk straight, you will run into the correct area to enjoy the festivities.
- We missed the free tour at noon–this would not be a disadvantage for you, but it was for us.
- They hold Urban Expedition in cold winter months in Minnesota. It’s hard to get out the door when it’s that cold. But don’t wait until April because it’s totally worth going, even in the cold!
*Note that the Landmark Center hadn’t updated these links yet when we published, but they will soon. In the meantime, we provided available information here.