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Walker Open Field

Sip a drink in the shade and make your mark on a collective drawing. Stretch out under an umbrella and tune into the Commons Radio. Join others to build a structure from surplus materials. This summer, the Walker transforms its big green back yard into a cultural commons, a park celebrating the creative assets and collective knowledge that abound in the Twin Cities. Consider this your invitation to a sprawling showcase that brings together relaxation and stimulation, recreation and exploration. The field is open—and your ideas are welcome.

Make the field your own.

Open Field is a place to express your talents and interests—and to share them with others by posting your plans on the calendar at Several outdoor spaces can be reserved for small groups during public hours; call the Open Field coordinator at 612.375.7543. Activities are subject to city and park regulations. For more information, visit

Relax and have a beer.

Visit the newest addition to the Walker—the Open Lounge. Created in consultation with talent from the Twin Cities’ design, architecture, art, and other creative communities, the Lounge transforms the Walker’s Vineland Place entry area into a shady courtyard serving as the ultimate gathering place: a combination public patio, performance plaza, classroom, and outdoor bar and grill. It’s also the hub of Open Field, where you can bring friends for a picnic, or bring yourself to unwind on a do-nothing afternoon. Make your own fun by rummaging in the Open Field Tool Shed, which has free shade umbrellas, picnic blankets, books, sports equipment, art materials, and other props for checkout. Tune into the Commons Radio, a continuously evolving playlist of music, podcasts, live broadcasts, mix tapes, and streaming audio from around the world. The local frequency can be picked up on portable radios available the Tool Shed, or on your own device.

Open Field Bar & Grill Hours

Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm; Thursday, 11 am–9 pm

Featuring barbeque fare, house-made lemonades, local beers, and specialty martinis by Wolfgang Puck.

Open Field Tool Shed Hours

Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am –5 pm; Thursday, 11 am–9 pm

Be part of the program.

Even the laziest summer needs a bit of structure. The Walker has lined up an array of local thinkers, community groups, artists and other individuals for activities ranging from collective doodling and family fun to workshops, conversations, games, swap meets, and ongoing collaborative projects. Every Target Free Thursday Night, stroll through the Walker’s exhibitions and then stay for an evolving evening of casual conversations and art-making, plus beer, barbeque, and Commons Radio (see listings at right). Thursday afternoons join the Drawing Club (2–5 pm), where you can doodle, sketch, or paint with local artists—supplies are provided—and add to a pool of collectively created artworks that are gathered for display at Open Field. Free First Saturdays bring art-making activities including the Drawing Club, live music, and more for families.