Summer on the Plaza

Each summer Hennepin County Public Affairs is proud to present the Summer on the Plaza Program. Liven up your lunch and join us on the North Plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center for musicians, actors, dancers, educators and more!

Hennepin County Public Affairs arranges all performances, which are uncompensated.

In the event of bad weather, performances move inside to the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center.

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Performing at Summer on the Plaza

Each summer Hennepin County welcomes performers, entertainers and educators of all genres to the Government Center’s outdoor North Plaza for the Summer on the Plaza performance series.

Interested in performing?

Hennepin County always welcomes new talent to our line-up. If you or your group is interested in this downtown Minneapolis performance opportunity, email or call us at 612-348-3848.


Performances are scheduled from noon–1 p.m., during the months of June, July and August on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, weather permitting. In the event of severe weather, performances are moved inside to the Government Center’s Public Service Level (Skyway Level 2).


The North Plaza (map) is located adjacent to Minneapolis City Hall at the Hiawatha Light Rail Government Plaza station. The plaza has a small grill-style restaurant and a few food carts and is a popular lunch spot for downtown employees.


Hennepin County provides the tools necessary for a successful performance, including a full sound system, staging, portable dance floor, tables and chairs. Please call or email with your specific needs.


Summer on the Plaza cannot offer payment to performers; however, Hennepin County provides complimentary underground parking in the Government Center as well as a luncheon after the performance. Additionally, Hennepin County Public Affairs will send out news releases and publicize performances on the county website with mentions on Twitter and Facebook and take professional-quality photos of the performance for your own use.

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