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


August 26, 2012 12:30 pm
to 3:00 pm

Struck percussion ensemble will perform “Threads” by Paul Lansky.  This is a 10 movement, half hour long continuous work that contains instruments such as vibraphones, glockenspiel, darbukkas, flower pots, wooden planks, wine bottles, tuned steel pipes, and much more.  There are three “threads” that the piece contains; arias and preludes that focus on metallic pitched sounds; choruses that rely heavily on drumming; and recitatives that deal with John Cage-like noise instruments.  Brief talk about the work before the performance, and a question and answer session to follow!

Monologue on a Mask: a Theatrical Mini-form from Innocent Offerings

August 26, 2012 12:00 pm
to 3:00 pm

Monologue on a Mask invites participants to come read, write, decorate, mask and repeat!
In the great Minnesota tradition of stuff on a stick, Monologue on a Mask seeks to create playwrights, actors, designers to create instant theater form.  Feel free to enter the project from any angle!

ART SWAP- Bring your art to swap for art from ART SWAP’s collection. If you call it art, we call it art!

August 25, 2012 2:00 pm
to 5:00 pm

Art Swap invites you to swap a work of your creation for a work from their collection of original creations. Your piece then becomes part of their collection, available to others through swapping.

How to swap:
(1) Bring a work of art to leave
(2) select a new work to take home
(3) pose for your “I brought/I got” photo with those pieces.

If you call it art, we call it art!

This activity will also take place on June 23 and July 28.

Speed Submissions

August 25, 2012 12:00 pm
to 2:00 pm

Coffee House Press is back with another fast, furious, and fun round of Speed Submissions! CHP editors want to hear about your book, whether it’s still just a twinkle in your mind’s eye or a towering stack of finished pages. Come down to Open Field, where you’ll have five minutes to pitch your work directly to our editors. This is your chance to talk about your book in person before our open submission period begins in September. Time is limited, so get there early. Good luck!

Skunk & Funk – Cribbage in the Field

August 25, 2012 11:00 am
to 3:00 pm


Cribbage in the Field invites participants of all ages and skill sets to spend a few hours at the Walker playing, teaching, learning, and sharing a Minnesota classic–cribbage! Replicating last year’s highly successful event, cribbage-goers need only show up. Boards and cards will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their favorite boards or pegs from home to share with others.


As a social game, cribbage encourages community, and the boards are often as beautiful as they are functional. Several custom boards will be featured, as well as a possible giveaway!  Field goers can also expect to learn a few unexpected historical facts about this unique game, from its bizarre history to its unlikely modern applications. See you there!

Acoustic Campfire: Tango Pohjan Tähden

August 23, 2012 8:00 pm
to 9:30 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.

Tango Pohjan Tähden
Tango Pohjan Tähden is a Minneapolis quartet that blends tango, jazz, and folk music within the context of classic Finnish tangos to create lush soundscapes.

It Is Always Someone’s Birthday, So Let’s Celebrate!

August 23, 2012 6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm

Everybody loves mail, hand written notes, especially birthday cards! Come help me celebrate everyone’s birthday!  We will have cake, candles to blow out, a book to write your wishes in, and most importantly supplies to make birthday cards. Please help Amanda Lovelee make enough cards to supply a local nursing home with love for a year because it is always someone’s birthday!

Hooking Up is Not Just About Jumper Cables: Teen Sexuality and the New Dating Scene

August 23, 2012 5:45 pm
to 6:30 pm

Being a teen can be tough–friends, cliques, dating, hooking up, coming out, looking for love, wondering where to fit in, creating a unique identity–as a parent, where do you even start?  Join us for a frank, open discussion about love, dating and relationships in the 21st century, and learn how to guide and support teens as they navigate through these milestones.  This sharing of collective knowledge will help you identify your own family’s beliefs and values, as well as key messages around sexuality and the best ways to communicate them to your teen.

The Swatch Team: The Abundant Harvest

August 23, 2012 5:00 pm
to 9:00 pm

The Swatch Team wants you!  Calling all levels of all knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists.  The public is invited to join our weekly creative rendezvous every Thursday this summer from 5-9pm.  All of our efforts will culminate in an interactive fiber arts installation called The Abundant Harvest on September 1st.

Questions, inquiries, or creative contributions contact Christina at The Swatch Team:  612-524-YARN (9276), swatchteamconnected@gmail.com.

Learning to Speak Their Language: Texting, Social Networking and Cyber Safety

August 23, 2012 5:00 pm
to 5:45 pm

PrNts, f dis duznt mke senZ, u nd dis cls! (Translation: If this doesn’t make sense, you need this class!)  Come enjoy some “screen-free” time with local experts on teen health and parenting, discuss parental concerns such as cyberbullying and “sexting,” explore effective ways to communicate about technology issues with your young person and establish rules and limits around internet and cell phone use.  Our group will be lively, interactive, educational and fun!  Cm C wats up!