At the heart of Minneapolis, The Basilica of Saint Mary rises along the skyline and serves as a recognizable part of our downtown landscape. But it’s more than just a place to rock out for two days during The Basilica Block Party- it’s also a spiritual, cultural and community center for many.
The Basilica of Saint Mary– America’s first Basilica – has stood as a The Building of Hope for more than a century. But for decades, we took it for granted and it was nearly destroyed due to neglect. Fortunately, our community realized the value of the building in time to save it. Now, it’s up to us to turn back the hands of time and restore The Basilica to its original glory.
Your ticket to The Basilica Block Party helps support The Basilica Landmark’s mission to preserve, protect and restore this historic building all year long. We are committed to ensuring The Building of Hope continues to welcome generations to come to rock out at the Block Party. Here’s how you can support The Basilica after the bands and beer disappear:
The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores, and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.
* Bands subject to change
1 NIGHT: $45 BOTH: $80
1 NIGHT: $50 BOTH: $90
1 NIGHT: $55 BOTH: $100
1 NIGHT: $60 BOTH: $100
Ages 5 – 12. Children under 5 are free
Kids tickets will always be available at the gate. Child must be present when purchasing.
Includes free parking (MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica), free catered food by Irish Born Hospitality & free beverages in the VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage only (on the west lawn of the Basilica) & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. This ticket does NOT include access to the Great Clips Skybox or any VIP area at the Sun Country Airlines Stage.
$75 is tax-deductible *
Includes free parking (MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica), free catered food by Irish Born Hospitality & free beverages in the VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the Great Clips Skybox & Great Clips Skybox Bar at the Sun Airlines Country Stage, & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening.
$160 is tax-deductible *
4 Basilica Block Party event shirts, free parking (MCTC ramp adjacent to the Basilica), free catered food by Irish Born Hospitality & free beverages in the VIP area across from the PreferredOne stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the Great Clips Skybox & Great Clips Skybox Bar at the Sun Country Airlines Stage, & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. To purchase tickets, call 612-317-3428.
$1,000 is tax-deductible *
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*Contributions to The Basilica Landmark.
Congratulations to our Raffle Winners:
Contact Leah at 612.317.3432 or firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem your prize.
For 2014 sponsor information, please contact Jean Ryan, email@example.com or call 612.386.1055.
Download the Great Clips app and don’t wait in line for the party or the potty. That’s a Great idea.
Not only is it a great financial steward, but it’s also a great partner to the Basilica Block Party.
Find a Car2Go 2 go 2 the Basilica Block Party. Drive it to the event and just leave it. Why wouldn’t you?
Thanks for all the work you do in the community, and for supporting the music in the community, too!
Click to review the following volunteer documents before your volunteer shift:
Volunteer Disability Awareness
Map of Ground & Volunteer Gate
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Most shifts run from 4-8pm or 7:30pm-event close. There are some shifts from 4pm to event close. Late-shift volunteers are required to assist with event cleanup from 10:30 until the event is closed.
Plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your shift and reporting to the Volunteer Center 15 minutes prior to your shift.
On the night you are volunteering, you do not need a ticket for admission. All volunteers can enter through the Volunteer Gate at 15th Street and Laurel Avenue. PACK MINIMALLY as your bags will be searched upon entering. There is no place on the grounds to store them safely. Your name will be on a volunteer list. Bring your photo ID or driver’s license as you may need it for equipment checkout for your shift. You will also need a photo ID if you plan to purchase beer or wine after your volunteer shift. You may not under any circumstances consume alcohol while volunteering or while wearing your volunteer T-shirt.
Try to walk, bike, bus, or carpool. If you plan to drive, arrive early to park in a downtown lot and walk to The Basilica. Parking will be available for a fee at the Dunwoody Institute lot west of The Basilica, the Walker Art Center, and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
Please check with the parking lot for restrictions and parking hours. We are not responsible for any tickets or towing.
Volunteers should report to the Volunteer Center located in the Great Hall on the 3rd floor of the Basilica School for check-in. Signs will indicate where you have to check in for your respective volunteer duties. Please stay with your group in your assigned area. T-shirts and equipment will also be handed out at check-in time. Please wear a lightweight T-shirt so that your volunteer shirt can be worn over it. After you have completed your shift, you will need to remove your volunteer T-shirt if you intend to stay on-site. THE SHIRT IS YOURS TO KEEP. A team leader or escort will meet you in the Volunteer Center and show you to your volunteer post.
Alcoholic beverages cannot be consumed before or during your shift. You may not wear your volunteer T-shirt and consume alcohol after your shift–please change into your street clothes or turn your T-shirt inside out.
Please do not bring backpacks. All bags/purses are subject to inspection.
Please do not bring recording equipment or cameras on-site.
Once you come on-site, there is no re-entry.
The Basilica Block Party recycles and composts. As a representative we ask that you do as well.
For questions or more information please contact Dan at 612-317-3457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit cards can be used to purchase admission tickets and merchandise. Food and beverage tickets and raffle tickets are cash only.
Yep, there are ATMs in multiple locations on the grounds.
Wristbands are needed to purchase alcohol, but the wristbands are free. Look for a wristband station immediately after you enter the grounds.
Yes. You sure can.
That depends! Tickets for children ages 5-12 may be purchased for $20 at the front gate. The child must be with you to purchase the ticket. But, children under 5 are free.
Check out the Swag section of our website to order BBP merchandise.
The party starts at 5 pm sharp.
Nope, sorry, once you leave the grounds, there is no readmission.
The show will go on, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, information and instructions will be posted on our website, in the BBP App, and through our social media accounts.
See the Directions section of our website. All the info you need will be right there.
Of course! There are bike racks available in the parking lot under the freeway, on 17th Street in front of the Basilica. They are first-come, first-served. No reserved spots here.
Yes. Raffle tickets can be purchased on-site or after masses at The Basilica of Saint Mary for $5. The top prizes are $2,500, $500, and two round-trip Sun Country airline tickets.
Chairs, no. Pets, not really (service animals, of course). Umbrellas, nope. It’s for the best, really.
Sorry, that would be a no. We do have water fountains onsite and bottled water for sale to quench your thirst.
No backpacks please. All bags/purses are subject to inspection.
We have seating areas for individuals who require accommodation and a clear view of both the PreferredOne Stage and the Sun Country Airlines Stage. Temporary ped ramps are installed to make it easier to navigate the curb at the Sun Country Airlines Stage.
No, general admission tickets are not tax deductible. However, a portion of the price of VIP Block Star and VIP Block Legend tickets is tax deductible. See more information on these type of tickets in the Tickets section of our website.
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*Based on availability.
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There are plenty of bike racks available in the parking lot under the freeway, on 17th Street in front of the Basilica.
Take the Hennepin/Lyndale exit (Exit 231B). Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin, and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.
Take the Lyndale Avenue exit (Exit 231A) toward Hennepin. Stay in the left lane. Turn left onto Dunwoody Blvd.
Follow the I-94 West exit (Exit 17B). Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin, and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.
Take the I-94 West exit (Exit 17B). Stay in the right lane. Go north (right) on Lyndale/Hennepin and north on Hennepin to N 17th Street.
Take the Dunwoody Blvd exit (Exit 8A). Go east (right) on Dunwoody Blvd to N 17th Street.
Public parking is available for a fee at the Walker Art Center, Dunwoody Institute, and other downtown area parking ramps. Free parking is available at the MCTC Ramp with the purchase of a VIP ticket. Present your VIP ticket at the gate when entering the parking ramp.