Basilica block party


Live music, beer, food and a giant church. The Basilica Block Party is back for its 13th annual festival alongside the Basilica of St. Mary. Hosted by Cities 97, the party features 12 local and national bands, including Amos Lee, the Alarmists and G. Love and Special Sauce.

July 6 & 7 from 5–10:30 p.m.
Hennepin Avenue & 17th Street
$35 (one-day); $60 (two-day)

In previous years, more than 20,000 people have filled the churchyard, with more than 1,600 volunteers. Proceeds from ticket and food sales go toward the continued restoration of the church, which has served as a refuge for the poor and center for the arts since 1914. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend the event, a self-proclaimed “annual party of a higher order.”

Reach Mary O’Regan at or 436-5088.