Honoring Prince: Tribute events in the Twin Cities (and beyond)

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UPDATE: See birthday celebrations for Prince here

Prince’s untimely death April 21 has left fans in Minnesota and all over the world reeling and struggling to process the sudden loss of such an unparalleled talent. Various establishments in Twin Cities are holding events to help fans honor and celebrate his vast musical legacy.

Many theaters will be screening Prince’s seminal 1984 film, Purple Rain this weekend and next, block parties and concerts are in the works, too, and much more. Below we’ve compiled a list of events around town.

Check back for updates! Let us know of events we missed in the comment section and we’ll add them to the list (or email msrnewsonline@spokesman-recorder.com).

Purple Rain Screenings & Gatherings


Mall of America Purple Rain screenings, Saturday: April 23: 5:20 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:50 pm

Chanhassen Cinema Purple Rain screenings
Saturday, April 23: 5pm, 7:25 pm, 9:50 pm, 12:15 am
Sunday, April 24:  11:40 am, 2:15 pm, 5pm, 7:25 pm, 9:50pm
Monday, April 25 thru Thursday, April 28: 4:35 pm, 7:05 pm

St. Anthony Main Theatre Purple Rain screenings
Sunday, April 24 – Thursday, April 28: 1:05 pm, 4:05 pm, 7:05 pm, 9:55 pm

Target Field Station will honor Prince with a screening party, Saturday, April 23. Music starts at 6:30 pm, with the movie screening of Purple Rain at 8 pm.

princeflyer3satFirst Avenue is throwing all-night parties at 1:30 am Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Free and open to the public.

More events:

Monday, April 25; 7 pm: Lakes & Legends Brewery in Minneapolis will host a special screening of Purple Rain.

Monday, April 25 — Friday, April 29; 6 pm: Sabathani Community Center will host daily screenings of Purple Rain in the auditorium every night until Friday. Popcorn will be provided.

Monday, April 25 — Friday, April 29; 10 am – 8 pm: The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul will have a collection of Prince items for viewing during normal business hours.

Friday, April 29; 7 pm: The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul will hold a special memorial screening of Purple Rain. (Please note: this event appears to be sold out – check the theater for more info).

Friday, April 29; 11:59 pm: The Uptown Theatre will host a viewing party of Purple Rain.


image1Saturday, April 30; 1 – 6 pmPrince Block Party at Sabathani Community Center. In addition to movie screenings during the week, a day-long Prince celebration will take place at Sabathani Community Center on Saturday. The event will feature Prince-inspired musicians, Ray Seville as DJ  and of course, music by Prince, plus magicians, bounce houses, puppeteers and more family fun!

The event is family-friendly and free and open to the public. Attendees are encourage to bring something purple to share and lawn chairs are recommended. The event is sponsored by KMOJ-FM, Seward Community Co-op, The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, MADD DADs, Council member Elizabeth Glidden and more. To help sponsor, perform or contribute, call 612-807-8134 or call Cindy Booker at Sabathani.

Saturday, April 30; 4 pm & 7 pm: Purple Rain screening at Capri Theatre

Join the us at the Capri Theater for a FREE screening of Purple Rain in celebration of the life and work of Prince. Free tickets must be reserved in advance to guarantee admission. Reserve your free ticket today online.


Know of events we missed? Let us know in the comment section and we’ll add them to the list (or email msrnewsonline@spokesman-recorder.com). 


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8 Comments on “Honoring Prince: Tribute events in the Twin Cities (and beyond)”


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  2. Hi! We were one of Prince’s best stomping grounds for years here at The Lounge (now called Rouge at The Lounge). We are having a big tribute to all of his music tonight on Saturday from 10pm-2am in both of our rooms along with his videos. All your fans have to say at the door is “Prince’s Booth” for free cover!!

  3. I’ll be in town for his born day next week and would love to do a little dancing while I’m there. Anything happening June 6th and 7th?

    1. I actually purchased a ticket to be there for his born day to. Great minds think alike.

    2. Chase & Ovation: The World’s Quintessential PRINCE Tribute

      Dearly Beloved
      We are gathered here today to celebrate
      The Birthday of Prince

      Famous Dave’s Uptown Calhoun Square
      3001 Hennepin Ave S

      Time: 7PM
      Cost: $10/@ door

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