Fun Comes to Life in RiverSouth
As much as we all love movies and TV, there’s nothing like the thrill of a live performance. Here’s your guide to the song, dance, music and magic of entertainment in RiverSouth.
Mystic Showroom & Mystic Comedy Club
Mystic Lake’s Mystic Showroom plays host to a wide variety of live entertainment, from top country and rock stars, touring Broadway shows and televised mixed martial arts events to live versions of your favorite game shows. You can also catch some of today’s funniest stand-up at the Mystic Comedy Club. The club hosts shows on Fridays and Saturdays one weekend every month. Keep an eye on Mystic Lake’s entertainment calendar for upcoming shows, or sign up for their email club for access to presales before tickets go on sale to the public.
Mystic Lake knows how to throw a party! It’s the place to be for outdoor festivals like The Great Midwest Rib Fest July 24 – 26 and the second annual Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally August 21 – 23. Free concerts, food and drink tents, and a weekend of giveaways are all part of the fun at these outdoor all-ages events. When the weather cools, the fun heats up indoors with Oktoberfest returning for multiple weekends in October, plus live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night on the Promenade Stage right in the middle of the casino floor.
Valleyfair is your home for live local music! Check out the sweet sounds of summer at Valleyfair Live! every Friday & Saturday. This summer-long concert series is free with park admission. Mark your calendars for a special performance from The Voice Season 6 semi-finalist Kat Perkins August 21 and 22!
Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem
Don’t miss this fast-paced comedy, magic and dance revue now playing at Valleyfair’s Galaxy Theatre. Ed is one of the premier comedy magicians in the world and has appeared on hundreds of variety and talk shows including Ellen, Top Chef Masters, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Masters of Illusion and more. Known for his role as the diner owner Max on the iconic ’90s show Saved By The Bell, Ed Alonzo has developed and directed magic and illusion production for Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Usher. Performances run daily (except Tuesdays) through August 23 and are free with park admission.
Friday Night Fun
Canterbury Park has live music every Friday between races—and it’s included free with your live racing admission. It’s all part of Minnesota’s Biggest Happy Hour with great food and drink specials throughout the night.
Vans Warped Tour, the largest traveling music festival in the United States, is at Canterbury Park this Sunday, July 26. Check out over 100 up-and-coming acts ranging from punk to hip hop at this year’s event. Festival Palomino returns to Shakopee for a second year Saturday, September 19. Headliners and local favorites Trampled By Turtles curated this concert lineup featuring many of their favorite performers including Father John Misty and Dr. Dog. Located in the Canterbury Park infield grass, Festival Palomino features two stages, food trucks, a craft beer garden, artist village and more.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival attendees can expect to be wowed, dazzled and humored by a bursting schedule of entertainment. In addition to the hundreds of street characters roaming the streets, the Realm boasts 16 stages of live entertainment for a full day of enjoyment fit for King Henry himself!
Elizabethan Syngers & 4 Pints Shy
The Elizabethan Syngers have been a fixture at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since its founding in 1971. Dedicated to preserving, promoting and performing music of and inspired by the Renaissance period, the Syngers educate and entertain with the beautiful melodies of centuries past. 4 Pints Shy is a traditional Irish folk band with full instrumentation and multiple lead singers, boasting a catalog of over four hours of music. These festival musicians have been playing Irish folk anywhere from 5 to 17 years and counting! The nationally recognized duo Puke and Snot relentlessly provide unending comedy and mayhem, cleverly disguised in Shakespearean wit and verse. Making their debut at the Minnesota Renaissance in 1975 as Mouldy and Wart, this brand of mock-Shakespearean vaudeville continues to delight the crowds after decades of performances.
From huge outdoor festivals to intimate acoustic performances, there’s fun for everyone in RiverSouth.