Grab your grass skirt and running shoes, because the Tiki Run is coming back to St. Paul on July 15. Enjoy a scenic run along the St. Paul downtown waterfront with a 5K, 10K, 15K, 21K or 26K. Best of all, there will be a costume contest and free post-race drink at Black Dog! Park at Union Depot and walk over to the starting line at Lower Landing park, just a 10 minute warm-up walk away.
From gluten-free cupcakes to honey-infused chocolate confections, Union Depot will offer visitors a sweet day of shopping when its Waiting Room is transformed into the Fourth Annual Holiday Bake Sale on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The popular event will showcase top bakeries from around the Twin Cities, hostess and holiday gift vendors, and a sneak peek at Lowertown Pop, a Minnesota-made event that will take place at Union Depot April 15, 2017.
Holiday Train Rolls Into Union Depot - Free Concert and Food Drive for Merrick Community Services Food Shelf
CP Holiday Train will roll into Union Depot on Friday, December 9 at 7:15 p.m. for a free concert performance by singers Colin James and Kelly Prescott and a heart-healthy food drive to benefit Merrick Community Services Food Shelf.
Kicking off the #HubForTheHolidays season on Dec. 2 is the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Hosted by Colleen and Bradley from myTalk 107.1, this year’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Head House with a holiday musical performance by Six Appeal. Be sure to join in the fun and wear your favorite ugly sweater! At approximately 7:00 p.m. guests will move outside to the North Plaza for the tree lighting celebration followed by a short fireworks display. Bring something to donate! Food, toys and cash donation will be accepted during the event and benefit Merrick Community Services.
European Christmas Market Returns to St. Paul. The enchanting European Christmas Market will come to St. Paul’s Union Depot East Plaza December 1-4 and 8-11, presenting a holiday festival inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries.
Jazz Masters Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, along with modern guitar wizards Russell Malone and John Pizzarelli, and multi-platinum artist Michael Franti, will headline the 18th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, executive director Steve Heckler announced today. “I'm excited to have jazz legends like Ellis Marsalis and John Pizzarelli perform the same weekend as Michael Franti and other artists who will be added to the schedule,” said Heckler. “Thanks to the support of so many folks we're able to keep our event free and open to all."
The festival, set for June 23-25 in and around Mears Park in Saint Paul's Lowertown arts district, will include headline acts on the Mears Park Main Stage, Sixth Street Stage, Union Depot Stage, and the new stage in Lowertown as well as performances at over 20 clubs, bars and studio venues.
Union Depot in St. Paul will host two fun-filled, jam-packed Train Days, April 30 – May 1, featuring historic locomotives, model train displays, train merchandise, kids’ activities, special ticketed events and free educational sessions. A complete run-down of the activities is outlined in the attached news release.
Celebrate the Irish from across Minnesota in this debut photography exhibit, Irish of Minnesota, and participate in a live photo session with Lowertown photographer, Tom Dunn. If you have strong Irish heritage or identify as Irish, you are invited to have your portrait created and added to a larger photography project that may be on display during Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island August 12-14, 2016. Don’t miss this chance to be part of a regional photography exhibit and tell your story about being Minnesota Irish.
Union Depot’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale will host the top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie and candy shopping in the beautifully restored, historic Union Depot in Lowertown St. Paul. Admission is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.
The European Christmas Market in St. Paul moves from West 7th Place to Union Depot. The market is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.
The annual AZ Gallery Holiday Gift Show opens Friday, November 27th at 5:00 p.m. and runs through January 3rd. Visit the AZ Gallery for an array of items, including jewelry, ceramics, photography, cards, leather goods, glass, textiles and ornaments.
Union Depot is excited to bring back free Dance Nights! The event will begin with 45 minutes of free professional dance instruction followed by two hours of dancing to a live band. On November 16, Union Depot will host Salsa Del Soul for a night of salsa dancing.
Artists and performers from the arts district of Lowertown announce the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The evening will be filled with art, live music, poetry, storytelling, face painting, dancing, and food celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday.
Try Something New This Fall!
Did you know St. Paul Community Ed is running classes downtown? Meet several inspiring community education teachers from right here in Lowertown, see and hear samples from classes and sign up on the spot. Classes include painting, drawing, glass work, meditation, yoga, ceramics, calligraphy, cooking and more! Interested in teaching? Staff will be on hand to talk to you about that, too!