Garden Grill by D’Amico

The Open Field Bar & Grill features classic Americana foods like angus beef/black bean burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, keg beer, and lemonade. Learn more

Meet the Artists in Residence

Machine Project from Los Angeles (July 20-29) and Marc Bamuthi Joseph from Oakland, California (August 15-18).

Come Create!

Drawing Club is about the social experience of art-making, collaboration and play. Come add your creative touch during weekly sessions open to local artists and the public alike.
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Calendar of Events

Watch and Be Moved by Tai Chi

September 1, 2012 3:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Tai-chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, a kind of moving meditation, known for its ability to mobilize energy and benefit physical, mental, and emotional health.  Executing the slow, steady motions of the form is a way of slowing down time; those who perform the movements as well as those who watch are visibly and energetically moved.  Twin Cities T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Studio will do the t’ai-chi form and other related arts, including sword form, saber form, and two-person dance.

The Abundant Harvest: An installation of sustainability

September 1, 2012 1:00 pm
to 5:00 pm


Imagine a garden sprouting hand crafted bags full of food, fresh harvest and seeds to grow your own garden!

Participants are welcome to take home a beautiful bag of abundance, as well as contribute artwork, poetry or performance!  Art supplies will be provided.

The Abundant Harvest will be a celebration of creativity, performance and generosity!

Check the website for information on food drive dates and fresh harvest collection.  Knitted/crocheted items can be sent to:

C. Elias
P.O. Box 582353
Mpls, MN 55458

Swatch Team Mission Statement:
The Swatch Team is a gang of creative fiber artists that enjoy displaying artwork in surprising places!  These installations offer a contrast to the cold, hard, mechanized world of fences, concrete and blacktop that we survive in daily.  All of our installations are titled, with a message and include beautiful hand knit and hand crocheted items that are useful and free for the taking!  We hope to inspire the world around us to take back their creativity, as well as experience the joy of gift giving and receiving!

Free First Saturday: Get Up and Read with Nancy Carlson

September 1, 2012 10:00 am
to 3:00 pm

With free gallery admission and artist designed adventures from 10 am to 3 pm for kids ages 6–12, the first Saturday of each month is a family-friendly-free-for-all on Open Field. Check out the Tool Shed with tons of stuff to make your own fun, or set the kids free in the Walker’s big green backyard while parents enjoy food and drink at the Garden Grill by D’Amico on the outdoor patio.

Internet Cat Video Film Festival

August 30, 2012 8:30 pm
to 9:30 pm

While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our unofficial cat-lady-in-residence invites you to come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other.  Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena.


Click here for more info and to vote for “People’s Choice” August 6 – 12, 2012.


Acoustic Campfire: Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade

August 30, 2012 7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm

A great way to wind-down after Target Free Thursday Nights. Close out the evening with local musicians performing intimate acoustic sets. Join in a sing-along or just take in the music while savoring a summer sunset.

Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade close out the summer with an infectious set of folk and bluegrass inspired happiness.

The Big String Thing

August 30, 2012 6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm

Mike Haeg, Amanda Lovelee, Holly Petersen, Peter Schilling Jr.

“Nothing binds the modern American family together so absolutely as a short length of rope.”

Working together as a team, fingers and thumbs can make all kinds of string figures.  The Hawk’s Foot, Two Boys Fighting for an Arrow, Pygmy Diamonds, and of course A Cat’s Cradle.  Be ye a finger or be ye a thumb, you will get to play the part of one of the digits on two massive hands cooperating to create the most massive string figures known to mankind on Open Field.

“___The_End___ is what we make together”

August 30, 2012 4:00 pm
to 7:30 pm

Join Jenni and Morgan, the lovely ladies of Lunalux, for a night of fill-in-the-blank letterpress poster-making! Get creative with the idea of the end of summer and out Open Field motto: “Open Field is what we make together.” Make your own “________ is what we make together poster.” Check out this blog post from the last time Lunalux led this activity at the Walker Art Center to get a better idea and we’ll see you there: http://blogs.walkerart.org/mnartists/2012/05/08/making-it-_____________-is-what-we-made-together/

CANCELLED: Tai Chi, (or Chai Tea)?

August 30, 2012 1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm

This session of Tai Chi (or Chai Tea) has been cancelled.

Every Thursday except July 5th, 1-2pm

 Tai chi doesn’t need to be confused with chai tea, or qi gong, or martial arts . . . . experience the mindful breathing, moving, and even massage of Tai Chi Easy.  Come as you are; no special garb, experience, or equipment needed. Not even a tea cup.

(On especially hot days you may find us seeking shade in the Sculpture Garden across the street.)

Drawing Club

August 30, 2012 4:00 am
to 8:00 pm

The first rule of Drawing Club: What’s made at Drawing Club stays at Drawing Club.

Drawing Club is about the social experience of art making, collaboration and play. Come add your creative touch during weekly sessions open to local artists and the public alike.

Here is how it works: Art supplies are provided on large tables in shaded areas of the outdoor Open Lounge. Start a new drawing or select one in progress from the table. Slide it back into the pool, pass it around, and alter, edit or amend it until the group declares it complete. All ages, abilities, and aesthetics welcome. The finished works are collected and displayed throughout the summer at future sessions. There are no assignments, structured projects or formal processes for drawing club. This idea is to make collaborative works…however that manifests itself and what can beat making art under a grove of trees with a cold drink!

This week: Harvest Party Drawing Club Celebration!


Optum-mum Nutrition with Alicia Luftman, Opt In! Health Advocate and Registered Dietitian

August 28, 2012 11:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Yummy or icky? You be the judge. Take the taste test and help Aly decide which foods are the best.