Arts & Entertainment
The arts & entertainment scene accents Saint Paul's unique charm with visual, musical, literary and interactive beauty.
Saint Paul’s arts and music scene might seem underground to outsiders, but it's a thriving and innovative community with plenty to offer visitors. From cutting-edge galleries and soapbox poetry slams to the Saint Paul Art Crawl, Saint Paul is an epicenter of the Upper Midwest’s creative community. Lowertown, in downtown Saint Paul’s southeast quadrant, is a vibrant artists’ quarter filled with beautiful workspaces, hip cafés, fine restaurants and the stunning CHS Field. Take time to explore these repurposed warehouses, store fronts and office spaces that are now state-of-the-art galleries. Relax in Mears Park, a trendy and tranquil garden that's energized by food trucks, musicians and neighborhood events. Regardless of where you are in Saint Paul, you'll find small, intimate musical acts if you dip into to most cafes or pubs in most neighborhoods. If you're looking for the biggest names in music, check out the Xcel Energy Center and its slate of arena concerts and shows.
Theater is also a large component of life in Saint Paul. The Ordway, a 1,900-seat theater in the heart of downtown, hosts a range of renown soloists, companies and titles in dance and theater performances. Catch a taping of NPR's famed Prairie Home Companion at The Fitzgerald, or enjoy up-and-coming local talent on smaller stages such as the Park Square Theatre.