The 40th Anniversary Celebration features a Friday evening concert and an extended Saturday radio broadcast. The weekend also features free performances, activities to celebrate A Prairie Home Companion, and a community Sing-Along with Garrison on Sunday. Food and drink will be available for sale.

The featured events take place on The Great Lawn. Garrison will present "40 Years, 40 Songs" to celebrate the music of the show, on Friday at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, we present a special 3-hour version of our national radio show, broadcast live from the Great Lawn stage, starting with our warm-up at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are required for admittance to the Seating Area for these events. You may purchase tickets to either event, or both.

No ticket or admission is required to attend the remainder of the celebration. Patrons may be able to see and hear the Great Lawn events from outside the Seating Area.

Coming in from out of town? Browse a list of restaurant and activity recommendations from locals on our Facebook page.

More information about:


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  • All tickets are General Admission.
  • Seating locations are first-come, first-served.
  • All tickets are for lawn seating.
  • Ticketholders will be admitted to the Great Lawn Seating Area beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday. Ticketholders may claim their location for that evening's show any time after 1:00 p.m. Ticketholders are welcome to watch rehearsals for that day's performance. Ticketholders will be free to enjoy the rest of the Celebration, coming and going from the seating area during the day. Make sure you get a hand stamp when leaving.


  • Chairs will not be provided.
  • A large area closest to the stage will be reserved for those bringing blankets, cushions, or ground-level back-supports.
  • The remaining area will be reserved for those who bring chairs. Please be sure chair legs are 4" or shorter, and that chair backs are 28" or lower.
  • We respectfully request that strollers, playpens, umbrellas, tables, or other taller items be collapsed or positioned such that they not interfere with other patrons' view or enjoyment of the events.
  • An area will be reserved for those patrons using wheelchairs or other devices unsuitable for the Lawn.
  • We reserve the right to redirect chair and blanket placement for the comfort and safety of patrons.


  • All events will be performed Rain or Shine. Please come prepared for the weather.
  • In the event of inclement weather, we reserve the right to move or cancel planned outdoor events. In the event of anticipated severe weather during the weekend, ticketed events will be moved indoors to the Leonard Center Fieldhouse and chair seating will be provided.
  • Pets will not be permitted on or in campus property.
  • Fireworks, sparklers, noisemakers, or similar devices will not be permitted on or in campus property.
  • Smoking will be permitted only in specific designated areas on the campus grounds.
  • Firearms will not be permitted on or in campus property.
  • Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale in our Beer Garden. We respectfully request restraint with any food/beverage brought in to the seating area for the ticketed performances. No carry-in alcoholic beverages will be permitted. Cooking/grilling on campus will not be permitted.
  • Please be respectful of our neighbors when traveling and parking.
  • In the interest of providing an enjoyable experience for all patrons, we reserve the right to deny admission, or remove from the premises, any patron at any time.
  • In the interest of public safety, all patrons are subject to inspection of personal belongings including backpacks, coolers, and purses.


  • Limited public parking is available on the Macalester College campus and on city streets in the immediate neighborhood. Campus lots will fill up early.
  • We encourage walking, bicycling, and using public transportation. Bus stops are adjacent to campus. Bicycle parking areas are available.
  • Download a coupon for a free ride on Friday, July 4, and Saturday July 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on any MTC Bus Line or the Red/Green/Blue Line for the train
  • For those using electronic directional aids, please note that 1600 Grand Avenue is not an actual building address.  For an actual address, use 130 Macalester Street.  The geolocation for the campus is 44.939429, -93.169218.
  • For more information, visit the Macalester website.

Event Information

A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary Celebration

Macalester College Campus
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Friday, July 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free Activities

  • APHC Film Room in the Leonard Center Gym — Watch slide shows and APHC videos
  • Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center — Concerts and presentations in the Mairs Concert Hall
  • Weyerhaeuser Chapel — Concerts
  • Jamboree Stage — Bring your instrument and join a few pros for morning and afternoon jams, July 4 and 5
  • Air Traffic — Juggling and great games for family fun
  • Book nook — Book giveaway (with a Second Harvest Food donation)
  • Hula-hooping from Live Retro—Hoops by Lizzie and Sydney Spins — Watch demos and try them yourself!
  • Macalester College Pipe Band
  • Minnesota Children's Museum — Paint-your-own-face and Imagination Playground
  • Minnesota Historical Society — the History Hound
  • Minnesota Public Radio — Gary Eichten interviews APHC performers from across the 4 decades
  • Mrs. Sundberg's Pantry — Apron decorating contest, exchange a Second Harvest food donation for a Keillor Family recipe, share your favorite family receipes, discussions and presentions on food and cooking
  • Tessie Bundick — Makeup artist
  • Turn Your Radio On — Try your hand at SFX scripts and sing some Prairie-oke!
  • A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary Gift Shop
  • Avalon on Grand
  • Minnesota Honey Company
  • Red House Records
  • Wade Scheel Pottery
  • Tim Trost — Original and distinctive culinary, nature, and inspirational artwork
Food & Beverages
  • Breadsmith
  • El Burrito Mercado
  • Cow Bella Gelato
  • Famous Dave's (Saturday only)
  • French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
  • Khyber Pass Cafe
  • Kowalski's Market
  • Leprechaun's Dreamcycle
  • Natedogs
  • Potter's Pasties
  • R.A. MacSammy's
  • Rusty Taco
  • Sassy Spoon
  • Schell's Beer
  • The St. Paul Cheese Shop

Community Sing-Along with Garrison
Leonard Center Fieldhouse
Sunday, July 6 at 12:00 Noon

"40 Years, 40 Songs"

Celebrating the music of A Prairie Home Companion
Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Macalester College Campus
The Great Lawn
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN
General admission lawn ticket: $25.00
Children 10 years old and under: $15.00
Babes in arms 2 years old and under: Free
Lawn opens for seating and open rehearsal at 1:00 p.m.

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Three-Hour Live National Radio Broadcast
Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
Macalester College Campus
The Great Lawn
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN
General admission lawn ticket: $35.00
Children 10 years old and under: $20.00
Babes in arms 2 years old and under: Free
Lawn opens for seating and open rehearsal at 1:00 p.m.

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Combo Ticket — Friday AND Saturday Great Lawn Performances

General admission lawn ticket: $50.00
Children 10 years old and under: $25.00
Babes in arms 2 years old and under: Free

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