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2021 is here!

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and look forward to having the best season we can. We have worked closely with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and are excited to have secured the following dates for our concerts this year:

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

Since 1950 the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra has been making a difference in the community by offering summertime concerts at Lake Harriet and other park locations.

Each year 20,000 to 25,000 concertgoers enjoy our beautiful music in glorious open-air public venues. Learn More About The Pops

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association Board President Cynthia Stokes has written a book on the history of the Pops Orchestra! You can find more info about the book on our history page.

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Now, more than ever, it is important that you support the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra with your best gift. Join hundreds of your neighbors in donating to this timeless twin cities tradition.

On COVID-19 Safety

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is following guidance from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, which has propagated the following statement:
“There are currently no city or state requirements or recommendations regarding mask use or social distancing outside. We encourage all artists, staff and audience members to use personal discretion and to respect the space and choices of those around them. People who are sick or exposed to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.”


Bring the power and pleasure of live orchestra concerts,
performed by professional musicians,
to the Twin Cities community, free of charge.

2019-2021 Initiatives

Community Impact

Increase the amount of training and educational services by Pops’ expert musicians in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools year-round. Improve access for low-income, senior, and other diverse audiences in the Twin Cities that will benefit from free and open concerts but are not aware of our offerings.

Dynamic Music

Increase and diversify the Pops repertoire.

Collaborate with area arts organizations and form enriching partnerships with local artists.


Increase the number of concerts for seniors.​

Our Musicians Enrich Our Community

The professional musicians of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra are actively engaged in enriching our community in the art of music. We spend our summers providing a variety of performances and activities for all ages.

The Pops hosts ten concerts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell each summer. 

Each year the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra presents free concerts for seniors at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. These concerts are suspended for 2021 due to COVID. We hope to return to Nicollet Island in 2022!

Kids Play, an instrumental coaching/mentoring program for high school musicians during the school year, side-by-side performance with the Pops pros in the summer.

We also host an annual Neighborhood Concert at Elliot Park. 

Our Major Supporters

The Pops Relies on Your Support

Our orchestra is made possible by contributions from major supporters, and individuals like you. Every dollar matters and the Pops is one of the most financially efficient non-profits around.

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