The MSR’s guide to summer festivals, concerts, and activities for foodies, stargazers, art and music lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy for the week of June 22-28.
June 22 – 7:00 p.m.
The Fillmore – 525 Fifth Street North, Minneapolis
Grammy, Dove and Stellar award-winner Jonathan McReynolds continues his “My Truth Tour.” On the heels of his fifth-consecutive Billboard Gospel National Airplay #1 single, “Your World,” McReynolds now lifts a brand-new track, “Able” featuring Marvin Winans. For more info, visit bit.ly/JonathanMcReynolds.
15th Annual Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference
June 22 – 23
Metropolitan State University, Founder’s Hall – 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul
The 15th Annual Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference will explore practical trauma-informed, culture-sensitive, outcome-driven, current and future approaches that can lead to community empowerment and healing. The conference is open to men and women of all cultures working with the African American community or interested in the topic. For more info, visit www.brothershealing.com.
Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom
June 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota Orchestra – 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
The Minnesota Orchestra presents a program in honor of Juneteenth. With conductor André Raphel at the podium, the concert includes Adolphus Hailstork’s jubilant “Three Spirituals” and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” Symphony, one of the most celebrated American symphonies ever written. Singer Jevetta Steele, performance poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Justice Alan C. Page all lend their voices to this evening of celebration and remembrance. For more info, visit bit.ly/JuneteenthMNOrchestra.
The 25th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Fest
June 23 – 24
Mears Park – 221 Fifth Street East, Lowertown, St. Paul
The Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing communities together to enjoy and appreciate the art form of jazz and inspire new generations of youth. This year’s lineup includes headliners Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Latin Experience, Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet, Christian McBride, Lucia Sarmiento, and Nabaté Isles. Admission is free. For more info, visit www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com.
Wayzata Art Experience
June 23 – 25
300 to 600 Lake Street East – Wayzata
The Wayzata Art Experience, held in the heart of downtown Wayzata, provides a two-day celebration of art, music, food and fun for all ages. Established in 2004, the Wayzata Art Experience is held on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. For more info, visit artexperience.wayzatachamber.com.
Soul Food Festival
June 24 – 4:00 p.m.
Farmers Market Annex – 200 East Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis
The Soul Food Festival, returning to downtown Minneapolis for its third year, promises to be bigger and better. The fest is presented by The Black Market, an organization that seeks to positively impact 10,000 African American and women-led businesses over the next 10 years. For more info, visit bit.ly/TBMSoulFoodFestival.
Roots, Vol. I
A Journey Through African American Music Towards Community Healing
June 24 – 25
The Capri Theater – 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis
Greta Oglesby presents this journey through African American music—spirituals, jazz, blues, and gospel—with Sanford Moore and the Kingdom Life Ensemble. For more info, visit capri.simpletix.com.
Black to Nature: Trees & Community
June 25 – 1-3 p.m.
Carl Kroening Nature Center, North Mississippi Regional Park – 4900 Mississippi Ct., Minneapolis
Enjoy an afternoon of celebrating the strength and beauty of trees. Meet a tree person on stilts, learn about trees on a guided walk, and create a wood craft with Northside community artists. At 2 pm, attendees will honor those who have passed on with a tree planting ceremony.
For more info, visit bit.ly/BlacktoNatureTreesCommunity
Black Girl Joy
June 25-26 – 2-5 p.m.
Midtown Global Market – 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
“Black Girl Joy” is described as a healing space to celebrate Black women. With all that’s happening in the Twin Cities, it’s important to recognize those who are often at the forefront of organizing, protesting, serving, and protecting the community. For more info, visit knownmpls.com/event-details/black-girl-joy