We totally agree with you: road construction in the Twin Cities is making it tough to get around right now! The Minnesota Orchestra is still here and working hard to create world class performances for you at Orchestra Hall, and we don’t want traffic cones and detours to spoil your summer concert experience.
We recommend that you leave home early and spend some extra time in downtown Minneapolis and at Orchestra Hall, where you can experience a lot more than just the evening’s concert. Here are ten tips from us to help you ease the construction woes and fully enjoy your visit.
- Take the Light Rail Blue Line or Green Line to avoid the construction all together. It’s a 10 to 15 minute walk to Orchestra Hall from the Nicollet Mall station.
- Speaking of Nicollet, have you visited downtown since this street re-opened last fall? New features include a “Light Walk,” an “Art Walk,” artist-designed lanterns and a restored clock sculpture on the corner outside Orchestra Hall.
- Metro Transit is offering FREE RIDES to the International Day of Music events at Orchestra Hall on July 21. Click here to download your pass.
- Go green and Bike to Orchestra Hall! Did you know that several of our Orchestra musicians bike to Orchestra Hall every day for rehearsal? If you bike to a concert, stop by the box office and let us know by showing your helmet or gear. We have a special discount coupon for you that is good for 50% tickets to select upcoming concerts.
- Come early and have dinner downtown. There are many great restaurants within a few blocks of Orchestra Hall. Check out our list of nearby dining options.
- Throughout this summer, Orchestra Hall is home to an educational exhibit about Nelson Mandela, curated by our friends at the University of Minnesota; in addition, artists from Homewood Studios and Juxtaposition Art in North Minneapolis and Interact Center in Saint Paul have their artwork on display; and children from Way to Grow’s preschool classes created a community out of decorated boxes. Doors open two hours before each performance, and at noon for the International Day of Music on July 21.
- Come early on specific dates and listen to our free pre-concert talks, where you can learn more about the programs and performers for the evening’s concert. Additional musical performances are often happening in the Target Atrium and Orchestra Hall lobby spaces before and after concerts, too. Check out the event page on our website calendar for your particular concert choice to find out more.
- Increase your daily dose of classical music as you drive. The Minnesota Orchestra won a Grammy Award for its recording of Sibelius’ Symphonies No. 1 and 4, and was recently nominated for another Grammy for our recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. We have many recordings that you can listen to on your way to Orchestra Hall! Or check out our Spotify playlists to hear previews of upcoming concerts.
- Not the driver? Scroll through the #MNOrch social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as you make your way here. You’ll find plenty of great photos, details about upcoming events, links to interviews with our musicians and more.
- And don’t forget to visit all of our Sommerfest food and merchandise vendors, and enjoy a pre-concert happy hour at the Orchestra Hall bars!