321 Central Ave. N. • Faribault, MN 55021 507-332-7372

Annual and Gallery Events at Paradise Center for the Arts

Annual Events

January Thaw – Featuring Dianna Parks and the Wreck


(Parks and Kleist Band and Fred the Bear Collaboration)

Fred-The-Bear-Band drumsBeat the cold and heat up the night with this annual music celebration! Dianna Parks and the Wreck will have you dancing in the aisles with a great blend of country rock, old school Americana and rock-n-roll. This music collaboration featuring the Parks and Kleist Band and Fred the Bear first premiered at our 10th Anniversary event. Fans will also remember Dianna as the lead in our 2017 Linda Ronstadt show. Enjoy an evening of terrific live music, dancing and warm up with a cup of mulled wine or cider! A portion of the proceeds from this event support scholarships for Paradise youth classes and camps.

Saturday, January 27 | 7:30pm

Member: $16 | Non-Member: $21 | Student: $10

Magic Comes to the Beau

Magic Beau

Beau Chant Presents: “Magic Comes to the Beau”
Annual fundraiser for the Beau Chant choir

Beau Chant’s annual fundraiser returns to the Paradise Center for the Arts. This year’s gala event, “Magic Comes to the Beau,” promises to be an evening filled with music, magic, desserts, and the always popular silent auction. Tickets are $30 and are available through the Paradise Center for the Arts.

Saturday, February 17

Tickets: $30

Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Jam for MN State Academy for the Blind

Cats PJ Group Shot

Portion of all tickets support MSAB

The Cat’s Pajamas, an explosive 5-piece vocal band has toured internationally, wowing audiences around the globe each time they take the stage. Cat’s Pajamas got their start when they competed in the nation OREO Cookie Jingle Competition. They were selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the entire country and appeared on Oprah. The group competed on NBC’s The Sing-Off and America’s Got Talent. Cat’s Pajamas also rocked out on FOX’s Next Great American Band where they proved that voices can in fact replicate a band when they finished in the top 30 groups out of a field of over 14,000. Join us for this dynamic, award-winning show and support MSAB!

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00pm

Adult: $13 | Student: $6 | Family Package: 2 adult & 2 student tickets, $33

Big Hats & Big Hearts


Support the Arts. Strengthen Our Community.

Be part of this annual spring tradition of celebrating and supporting the arts through entertainment, fashion, and friends. Take part in live and silent auctions and watch the greatest two minutes in sports! Drinks, games, appetizers and live music create a festive, gala-style event. Proceeds from Big Hats & Big Hearts help to continue the rich tradition of arts and education in Faribault.

Saturday, May 5 at 4:00pm

Pre-Sale: $20 | Day Of: $25

Songs of Hope International Youth Ensemble

Songs of Hope

FREE Show: Donations Accepted – General Seating

Songs of Hope has a well-deserved reputation for upbeat, high-energy concerts showcasing the talents of children and adults from countries around the world. Enjoy an evening of songs, dances, and cultural dress from many countries, with live music by an outstanding band. Now in its twenty-seventh year, award-winning Songs of Hope offers music for everyone from US pop to international folk, from show tunes to freedom ballads. Made possible in part by an Arts Tour Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Sunday, July 15 at 7:30pm

Blue Collar BBQ Music & Arts Festival

10th Blue Collar BBQ

10th Anniversary!

Welcome to the Region’s Biggest Block Party!

Located in the heart of historic downtown Faribault, this event attracts over 6000 attendees annually. With 12 hours of live music, BBQ competition (back for 2018—revised and better than ever!), kids’ activities, market, food vendors, beer garden, craft beer competition, and more, The Blue Collar BBQ Music and Arts Festival is the highlight event of the summer!

Saturday, August 11 from 11am – 11pm

A Celebration of Faribault: The 1855 Live Show

1855 Live Show

Creators of the Faribault Community Television documentary series 1855, Logan Ledman and Samuel Temple, host a journey through Faribault’s compelling and inspiring story in a commemoration of the town and its history.

September 21, 23, 28 & 30

Haunted Basement Tours


(held annually in October. Date TBA)
When the curtain is lowered and the lights go out the Paradise spirits come wander about, from corners dark as October nights our ghosts appear for dreadful frights. Tour the Haunted Paradise but beware! You’ll meet goblins and ghouls who love a good scare.

Haunted basement brides

Spirits, Screams and Screen

Spirits Screams and Screens

Join us for the 2nd Annual MN & More Spirits Tasting and costume party (costumes optional, but prizes will be awarded in several categories). Sample spirits from local and regional craft distilleries, breweries, and vineyards, enjoy light appetizers and then settle in for a movie in the classic horror film genre. Halloween, Friday the 13th, Carrie?! You’ll just have to sit back and wiat for the screen and screams to start.

Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Pre-Sale: $20 | At the Door: $25

Artist Talks

Throughout the year, we schedule Artist Talks where you can spend a few hours getting to know our current exhibiting artists. Learn what motivated and inspired them in their work and follow their journey from conception to completion.

Fred Somers: January 19 6:30pm-8:00pm
Pastel artist Fred Somers will discuss his career, exhibit, and current work.

Fred Somers Fred Somers

Judy Saye-Willis: February 23 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fiber and jewelry artist Judy Saye-Willis will talk about her current exhibit, her work, and career as a full time studio artist.

Faribault Area Student Art Exhibit

student exhibit

Student Exhibit: March 9 – April 14
Opening Reception: March 9 5–7pm
All Area School Student Exhibition
Second Floor Gallery

Recycled Art Sale

Recycled Art Sale June 7, 8, 9
If you are, or if you’ve recently redecorated, moved, downsized, or inherited art, please donate to the Paradise Center’s Recycled Art Sale. If you’re looking for new artistic treasures, then shop the Recycled Art Sale, you never know what you will find! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Paradise Center for the Arts and the Mural Society of Faribault.

Annual Members’ Show

2018 members show miniature challenge . The Annual member’s show has been a tradition that dates back to the Faribault Art Center, the forerunner of the Paradise Center for the Arts visual arts programming.

The Paradise Center for the Arts  2018 Members Minature Show is open to all current paid members of the Paradise.

The 2018 Members’ Show Miniature Challenge exhibition will be held June 15 through July 29. There will be an opening night and Artists Reception on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Holly Days Sale

Holly Days ImageHolly Days Sale November 15 – December 22, 2018
Grand Opening November 15, 4-8pm

Paradise Center galleries will be decked out in boutique style and filled with the artistic wares of regional artists. The “GRAND OPENING,” which runs 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, will be a gala event with free hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar to enjoy while browsing through the beautiful array of artistic creations. What a wonderful way to find that one-of a kind gift for someone special! A portion of the sales will help fund continuing programs and education at the Paradise Center for the Arts.

Contact Info:

Paradise Center for the Arts 507-332-7372 info@paradisecenterforthearts.org
321 Central Ave. N.
Faribault, MN 55021


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Thursday: 12pm-8pm
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