Peavey Plaza Performing Arts Series

Green Minneapolis hosted 65 free performances in our inaugural year of our Peavey Plaza Performing Arts Series, including the Minnesota Orchestra, The Children’s Theater Company, Cantus, Mirage Performing Arts, ARENA Dances and many more. 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. 

Next year, we plan to increase the number of free performances from 65 to 100, including winter season activities. Funding for these performances is being raised through charitable contributions to Green Minneapolis, and it is Green Minneapolis’ intent to keep these performances free and open to all. Please consider a donation to Green Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza Performing Arts Fund, where 100% of your donation will go to pay stipends to our performing artists.

Submit a Proposal to Perform at Peavey Plaza

On behalf of the City of Minneapolis, Green Minneapolis is coordinating a performing arts and entertainment program in Peavey Plaza for 2023. Peavey Plaza is a place to go downtown for free music, dance and theater performances. Peavey Plaza offers several different areas for programming ranging from the large basin space to smaller plaza spaces. The basin and fountains can be wet or dry for performances. Amphitheater seating is provided in the grassy areas of the plaza and on the many steps and terraces that surround the plaza.

Submit a proposal for using Peavey Plaza to present free performances next summer by clicking the button below. Selection of performing organizations is subject to plaza availability and funding, and is at the discretion of Green Minneapolis and the City of Minneapolis.

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