Walktoberfest: Celebrating the Walker's 75th Anniversary
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Walktoberfest: Celebrating the Walker's 75th Anniversary

The Walker Art Center opens its doors with extended hours and free gallery admission for all to celebrate its 75th anniversary as a public art center. Enjoy nonstop activities throughout the weekend, including the opening of the exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections. Celebrate the history of cinema with free screenings of films from the Ruben/Bentson Collection. The Grove at Open Field features a beer garden with local brews, bites, and music all weekend long.

Free Access & Longer Hours

Take in all the art you can handle. With extended hours and free gallery admission for all, there’s plenty of time to explore all four major shows. (Thursday–Saturday, 10 am–10 pm; Sunday, 10 am–5 pm)

Suds & Sounds.

Enjoy local craft beer (and root beer) or a signature cocktail, along with festival fare as you listen to live music and DJs at the Walker’s very own beer garden. (All weekend long)

Free Family Fun

What kind of creative kid are you? Kids and grown-ups explore their creative side with family activities, artist-led projects, and art-making inspired by the Walker’s collections. (Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm)

Free Films from the Ruben/Bentson Collection

Take in a showcase of free films, including Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Gold
; a vintage portrait of superstar Dennis Hopper in The American Dreamer; and William Klein’s Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the 1960s pop explosion. On Saturday night, join us for a sneak peek at MNTV’s new season featuring the best short films by Minnesota filmmakers.

Be Part of Walker History at Our Selfie Station

At the Selfie Station, snap-worthy settings and props in the gallery set the scene for time-traveling photos. Take Walker history into your own hands! (All weekend long)

Walker People’s Archive

What is your most vivid Walker memory? Help us look back at the museum’s 75 years by adding your voice and photos to the Walker People’s Archive (WPA). Throughout the weekend, we’ll show you how. On Thursday night from 7 to 9 pm, have your party picture taken by our New Deal–era photographer. Head into the galleries with a WPA-inspired scavenger hunt, and share your snapshots with #OurWalker. Visit online at walkerart.org/wpa. (All weekend long)

Members Get More

To become a Walker member, visit walkerart.org/membership.

  • Thursday: Have a free drink in the Beer Garden.

  • Friday: Go behind the scenes on a Library & Archives tour (RSVP to 612.375.7655).

  • Saturday: Enjoy a free treat in the Garden Café.

  • Sunday: Receive 25% off select catalogues in the Walker Shop.

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