Peavey Plaza Performing Arts Series

Green Minneapolis is excited to announce a summer long series of free performing arts presentations at Peavey Plaza, the City of Minneapolis owned downtown architectural landmark.  

We believe in the power of art to nurture human connection, and parks and public spaces are some of the best places in our community where people from all walks of life come together to relax, recreate and get to know one another.  

As part of the broader reanimation of downtown, every week from June thru September, Peavey Plaza will be the place to go downtown for free music, dance and theater performances.  Performing partners include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Children’s Theatre Company, Cantus, MNspin, ARENA DANCES, Mirage Performing Arts, Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora and Westminster Presbyterian Church Music Program.  

Funding for this programming is made possible by charitable contributions to Green Minneapolis.

Peavey Plaza Performing Arts Series Press Release 

historic landmark

Designed by renowned landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, Peavey Plaza opened in 1975. A notable example of modernist architecture, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. 

Image by M. Friedberg & Associates, 1975. 

The new peavey

Demonstrating the power of a true public-private partnership, Green Minneapolis has spearheaded the $12 million fundraising campaign to revitalize Peavey Plaza, with contributions from the City of Minneapolis, State of Minnesota and many private donors. To date, $10 million has been raised.

The design team, led by Coen+Partners, facilitated a project that celebrates the Plaza’s historic modernist design, enhances sustainability and makes the Plaza accessible to all.


Peavey Plaza is operated and programmed by Green Minneapolis on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. Green Minneapolis raises funds to support the Plaza’s annual budget and is responsible for the work it takes to keep Peavey Plaza safe, active and well-maintained.

Recognizing our donors

City of Minneapolis • State of Minnesota • Al and Kathy Lenzmeier • Dennis and Nora Hunchar • Ameriprise Financial • Carlson Family Foundation • David A. Wilson and Michael J. Peterman • Page and Jay Cowles • Julia W. Dayton • Kelly and Connie Doran • Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Foundation • Margaret V. B. Wurtele • Ned Abdul • Opus Foundation • Paul and Mary Reyelts Family Foundation • Piper Sandler Companies • The Pohlad Family • Target • U.S. Bank • M. A. Mortenson Company • Bob and Nancy Anderson • Peter Hendee Brown and Anna Larsson