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.
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 Preferred One stage only (on the west lawn of the Basilica) & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. This ticket does NOT include access to the skybox or any VIP area at the Sun Country 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 Preferred One stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the skybox & skybox bar at the Sun 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 Preferred One stage on the west lawn of the Basilica, access to the skybox & skybox bar at the Sun Country stage, & access to indoor bathrooms throughout the evening. To purchase tickets, call 612-317-3428.
$1,000 is tax-deductible *
*Contributions to The Basilica Landmark.
Purchase a raffle ticket or 5, and help the ongoing restoration of The Basilica.
Only 5,000 tickets printed so you’ve got great odds! $5 a ticket.
Drawing will be held on Saturday, July 12th at The Basilica Block Party. Winners need not be present to win.
Purchase tickets in advance or at the Block Party. Contact Leah to get your tickets at 612.317.3432.
Interested in selling raffle tickets before the event? Top sellers entered to win $100 Gift Cards.
Contact Leah at 612.37.3432 for more details.
For 2014 sponsor information, please contact Jean Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612.386.1055.
Not only is it a great financial steward, but it’s also a great partner to the Basilica Block Party.
Tuesday, May 13th|6:00 – 7:00 PM|The Basilica of St. Mary School (3rd Floor)|Use West Entrance off 17th St
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO VOLUNTEER!
The 2014 Cities 97 Basilica Block Party is July 11th and 12th! Come to the Volunteer Rally and find out how your skills can be put to work for the good of the Block Party. Come early, because all positions and shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis! Please make sure to bring your contact information. We will not accept volunteers without complete contact information: name, address, phone and email.
To sign up to volunteer after May 20th, contact our Volunteer Hotline at 612.317.3457 or online at basilicablockparty.org.
See you at the rally!
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.
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.