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Cedar Cultural Center

The Cedar
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

School performancesGetting there

The Cedar is a nonprofit music venue located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood with the mission of cultivating intercultural understanding through the performance of music and dance.

A highly eclectic music venue known for hosting a wide variety of folk, blues, jazz, indie rock and world artists, as well as films, spoken word performances, dances, and community events. The Cedar promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance at the only all-ages venue of its kind in the Midwest. With high-quality sound in an intimate concert environment, you can experience local, national, and international artists as though you were in their living room.


School performances

Daytime programs usually last from 45 minutes to an hour and consist of the band talking to the audience about their home country, describing the instruments they play, and performing some awesome songs (you WILL want to get up and dance).

The Cedar leverages its access to the world’s leading international musicians to create high-quality educational programs for students. Daytime performances are curated specifically for youth and are designed to promote intercultural understanding and diversity learning and to foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts. During these programs, musicians share their cultural background, describe and demonstrate culturally-specific instruments, answer questions, and perform songs tailored to the grade range of the audience.

The Cedar has made an organizational commitment to present at least one daytime program per quarter (in addition to the Global Roots Festival shows) and works in partnership with K-12 schools and youth organizations to serve students that do not often have access to these or similar programs.

Cost per child/student: daytime performances are completely free of charge and open to the public

Minimum group size: none
Maximum group size: the hall accommodates 450 audience members.

Target age range: daytime performances are intended for youth of all ages and their families

Parent/guardian/educator policy: Parents or supervisors should accompany youth to The Cedar and will arrange their own transportation.

For more information, contact Fadumo Ibrahim at 612-338-2674 or fibrahim [at] thecedar.org


Getting there

Parking information: Parking is available at the University of Minnesota 19th Avenue Ramp, located just ⅓ block east of the Cedar Cultural Center on Riverside Avenue.

Driving directions:

From the North
Take I-35W South to Washington Ave exit. Take a left onto Washington Ave S. Follow Washington Ave to Cedar Ave (veering to the right). The Cedar will be ½ block on right after Riverside Ave intersection.

From the South
Go North on I-35W to the University of Minnesota exits (17C). Follow the West Bank sign. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Washington Avenue. Follow Washington Ave to Cedar Ave (veering to the right). The Cedar will be ½ block on right after Riverside Ave intersection.

From the East
Travel on I-94 West to the Cedar Avenue exit (234C). Take a right at the bottom of the ramp. The Cedar Cultural Center is 3 blocks north.

From the West
Take I-94 East to 25th Ave/Riverside Ave exit (235A). Turn left at the light on 25th Ave, then left two lights ahead onto Riverside Ave. Take Riverside about 6 blocks to Cedar Avenue.

Light Rail: Metro Blue Line (Hiawatha): From Cedar-Riverside Station, follow S 6th St one block east to Cedar Ave. Take a left and walk one and a half blocks north to The Cedar.


Information subject to change. Please check with Cedar Cultural Center for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Aug 13, 2016.