Prince Events

Here in Minneapolis, friends, fans and musicians join together throughout the year to honor and remember our purple star, Prince.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Prince Tribute Crawl

April 20, 2019
508 Bar + Grill

Be a part of the Biggest Charity Crawl In Minnesota. With your ticket you'll get 2 FREE Drinks, drink specials & Prince themed cocktails, live entertainment, and free cover at all participating venues.

Midwest Funk Association ft. Ron Trent and more

April 20, 2019
7th St Entry

Join Midwest Funk Association as they mark the third rotation since Prince left this Earthly Plane, and gather once again to celebrate the spirit of the patron saint of Minneapolis, on the dance floor, where it is meant to be done. On this night, pay tribute not just by playing music he created, but by exploring the sounds that influenced him and that he influenced.

Erotic City ft. Lenka Paris, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Brother Jules, Mike 2600 and more

April 20, 2019
First Avenue

Erotic City a Prince Tribute with a funky twist, based out of Portland, OR will be performing at First Ave.

Purple Rain (1984) 35mm Presentation

April 21, 2019
The Parkway Theater

Join the Parkway Theater for a special screening this rare 35mm print of Prince's Purple Rain.

Prince Legacy Tours at the Capri

April 22-26, 2019
Capri Theater

Take a self-guided tour of the Capri Theater where Prince played his first concert as a solo artist. You'll see Greg Helgeson's stunning photos of Prince's 1/5/79 gig @ the Capri and the auditorium and stage where it all began.

Purple Family Meet & Greet II

April 23, 2019
Bunkers Music Bar & Grill

Party like it's 1999. Come and meet your Purple Family from all walks of life. Hang out with your favorite Jersey girl, the funkiest DJ around DJ Hightop(aka Alphonso Starr) with Special guest Martin Kember. Good Food, Good Music, Good Vibes, Good People. Celebrating the Life of Prince. All are welcome.

Starr Party II

April 24, 2019
The Pourhouse

Come celebrate the incredibly diverse and loving Prince community with music from DJ Hightop AKA Alphonso Starr, vocals from Martin Kember, free hugs, free henna, and a whole lot more!

Official Paisley 5 & Dime Celebration Kickoff Party

April 24, 2019
Gluek's Restaurant & Bar

This year will feature an early Author's Spotlight with the chance to meet Prince biographers and participate in a book signing , Live Music, Purple DJ's, and more surprise guests added constantly.

Sound 80 Studio Tour: Dylan, Digital, Punk, and a Young Prince

April 24 & 29, 2019
Orfield Lab

Discover the history of Sound 80, Minnesota's premier recording studio from the 1970s and early 1980s! Open for the first time to the public, local music historian Kristen Zschomler will lead the tour through the original studio spaces and will share the stories and sounds of some of the most important recordings to come out of Minnesota. Learn how Bob Dylan fixed his masterpiece Blood on the Tracks here with local musicians, including the Sound 80 house rhythm section; hear the story behind the world's first ever digital recording; see where The Suicide Commandoes captured the sound of the emerging Minneapolis punk/new wave scene; and explore where a young local artist, Prince Rogers Nelson, got "hip to Polymoogs", furthered his studio engineering mastery, and laid down the demo tracks that landed him his first recording contract when he was only 19 years old.

Prince Inspired HENNA & Coloring Party

April 25, 2019
ColorWheel Gallery

Enjoy local art, sweet treats & coloring pages from "Rated P 4 Funky" Prince inspired coloring book together at the #InspirationTable (Free & Open to Everyone). PLUS, guest artist - Victoria will be with be there offering HENNA (designs starting at $10). Adorn yourself with Bbautiful Henna designs and shop for local Art, PRINCE inspired icon art & memorabilia, beautiful jewelry, funky gifts, upCycled gently used global style clothing & fabrics, gently used social justice books & so many more unique inspired treasures that speak with diverse voices!

Celebration 2019

April 25-28, 2019
Paisley Park

The Celebration 2019 welcomes fans from around the world into an immersive four-day experience at Paisley Park honoring the life and legacy of Prince. Exclusive musical guests are set to perform including long-time Prince collaborator and friend Sheila E. Special guest speakers will participate in panel discussions and there will be special presentations highlighting Prince's talent.
Ticket Information:
Celebration 2018 VIP Pass: $1049
Celebration 2018 Pass: $549

Prince Rooftop Celebration: A Purple Dance Party

April 26, 2018
Union Rooftop

Join Larry Peace (DJ'd for Prince back in the day) as we celebrate the life of the Purple One from Minneapolis. Larry will roll out the hits, old school classics, and deep cuts.

Prince: In Concert and on the Big Screen, presented by Paisley Park

April 26, 2019
The Armory

As an extension of CELEBRATION 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career. The live concert experience will showcase Prince in his inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. CELEBRATION 2019 VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Dance Party at The Armory following the conclusion of the live concert Friday evening, hosted by DJ Kiss who Prince often invited to DJ his own private parties around the world and special events at Paisley Park.

The New Power Generation, Featuring The Music of Prince

April 27, 2019
Fine Line Music Cafe

The reunion of former members of the New Power Generation (NPG) - including a number of those in the original configuration - was born out of the official Prince Tribute concert in October, 2016. Given the overwhelming response to that historic event, Morris, Sonny T, Tommy Barbarella, Tony M, Damon D, and Levi Seacer met with one of Prince's former managers to discuss an official reunion in order to bring a live celebration of Prince and his music to 'fams' throughout the world. Thus, the birth of the NPG's tour featuring the music of Prince was underway. See them perform live at Minneapolis' Fine Line Music Cafe.

Love 2 the 9’s

April 27, 2019
The Parkway Theater

Part of The Parkway’s PRINCE CELEBRATION. Take a deep dive into the genius of the Purple One's catalog in an acoustic and intimate setting, late night, at The Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis. Featuring Prince’s longtime Keyboardist, Tommy Barbarella, on the grand piano, and the voice of Julius Collins. Also on hand will be Petar Janjic on percussion and Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitar. It's an exclusive night, and don't miss event!

Ongoing Experiences

  1. Experience Prince's Minneapolis self-guided city tours start with our comprehensive list and map. Bus tours are available from First Avenue & the 7th St Entry
  2. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how First Avenue & the 7th St Entry began - made famous by Prince’s Purple Rain. During your tour you can expect to step onto the world-renowned stage, check out the “set list wall” backstage, and maybe even hear a few ghost stories. Groups of 10 or more can request tours via the website
  3. Prince's home and studio, Paisley Park, is permanently open to the public for tours Thursdays through Sundays. Fans will receive a rare glimpse of Prince's 65,000-square foot home, studio and rehearsal spaces. Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles. General admission and VIP Tour options are available. Book your tour today!

Paisley Park now offers new themed tour packages. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to record vocals live in Prince's Studio B. The "Paisley Park After Dark" dance party will groove the NPG Music Club for hours. Saturday evenings will feature Prince movies and rare concert footage! Save your appetite for Sunday morning brunch in the NPG Music Club, reserved for VIP ticket holders. Tickets now are on sale for tour dates.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full details are available at the official museum website

Past Events

Prince Night at Target Field

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The Twins celebrated the first official Prince Night at Target Field on Friday, June 16, 2017 during a game vs. the Cleveland Indians. The first 10,000 received a "Purple Rain" umbrella. Prince music was played throughout the ballpark pre-game and in-game. Twins players and staff wore special Prince themed t-shirts during batting practice. A Prince-themed fireworks display took place at the conclusion of the game.

The Revolution headlines Rock the Garden!

The Revolution played Rock the Garden at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, July 22, 2017. They performed a mixture of Prince's top hits and B-sides.

Purple Rain Suit at Minnesota History Center

In honor of Prince's life and legacy, the Minnesota Historical Society had Prince's iconic Purple Rain suit on display as well as other items from Prince's collection.

Minnesota Historical Society Prince Suit

Shelby J at the Dakota Jazz Club

New Power Generation Member, Shelby J performed at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 19th, 2017. A mentee of Prince she had her album release party on this day as well.

Shelby J

Celebration 2017 at Paisley Park

CELEBRATION 2017 honored and celebrated the life and legacy of Prince, as the world marked the first anniversary of his passing. Bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and knew him best, the four days featured live music, panel discussions and presentations on Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Celebration 2017 Paisley Park

Kristi Abbott Book Signing

Kristi Abbott will be signed her 'Prince,' from the art pop icon series, at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet.

Book signing event flyer

Jesse Johnson at Bunker's

Many of Prince's musical peers have been known to hang at Bunker's in the North Loop. Jesse Johnson, is an original member of Time and played a three night stint from April 20 - 23, 2017.

Late Night Dance Party at First Avenue

First Avenue will held two dance parties hosted by DJ Smitty and DJ Rudh.

Paintings Inspired by the Music of Prince

Minneapolis Fine Artist, Linda Clayton, is held a reception to honor the life of Prince through her collection titled, The Prince Series. Clayton listened to Prince's music while composing the series. Headphones were available for visitors to listen to the music that inspired each painting. The unveiling took place on Friday, April 21, 2017 at studio 404 in the Northrup King Building

Deep Purple - A Tribute to The Heads featuring Moodyman at 7th Street Entry

Moodyman, is a veteran producer and DJ of house, funk, and jazz music, and a Detroit legend. He spent the majority of his career sampling Prince music and adopting his writing style in various song titles. After Prince passed last year, Moodyman turned his Detroit home into a pop-up museum, blasting Prince's music from giant speakerboxes, ringing down the block for a month straight, nonstop. In 2017, he came to  Minneapolis to DJ for the first time in Prince's favorite city.

Flyer designed by James Kloiber

Memorial Street Party on 7th Street

The Current and  First Avenue hosted the Memorial Street Party at First Avenue – 7th Street that was free and open to all. Afterwards a dance party was held inside First Avenue. 

PRNFAMILY presents: Dance On 'Til Daen 2017 Celebration After Party at the Metropolitan Ballroom

Dance with the family as they Celebrate the Life and Music of our brother Prince in continuing with his tradition of the After Party where we Danced to the Music Until Dawn. The Dance Party begins at 10:30 PM for Early Entry tickets, with Live Music kicking into high gear at Midnight through 4:00 AM.

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I Would Dance 4 U - A kids dance party at First Avenue

This dance party was for the kids. Anyone 17 and under was free to enter and join the celebration.

A Textural Tribute to Prince at the Textile Center

Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince. Juried and curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, this exhibit featured the work of 24 quilters from around the nation, including members of the Women of Color Quilting Network. 

"These quilts are pulsating, vibrating and alive with Prince’s music.” -Juror/Curator Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi