Basilica landmark

Thine ticket doth matter greatly

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:

http://thebasilicalandmark.org/
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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.

A connection shalt be made

The organ doth rock

Treateth thine ears to some sweet remixes of popular songs from the 2015 Basilica Block Party lineup, reimagined on the Basilica of Saint Mary pipe organ. It doth rock, indeed.

Congrats ye raffle winners!

Hey there, ye raffle participants of great luck and fortune! Raffle winners are below, plus the bounty that they will receive. Yippee! Contact Leah at 612-317-3432 to claim your prize.

Christine Bonnes $2,500
Joyce Kliebenstein $500
Beth Prouty Sun Country Airline Tickets
Lisa Thompson Cities 97 Studio C & CD
Bev Schmitz Cities 97 Studio C & CD
Bridgett Hicks Windows tablet

Questions that doth be often asked

Have questions? Chances are, someone has asked them before. And gosh, do we have answers. Take a peek through our most frequently asked questions.

FAQ
LOSE SOMETHING AT THE SHOW?

For lost and found contact blockparty@mary.org or 612-317-3432.

CAN I USE CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS ON-SITE?

Credit cards can be used to purchase admission tickets and merchandise. Food and beverage tickets and raffle tickets are cash only.

ARE THERE ATMS ON-SITE?

Yep, there are ATMs outside the gate, and in three locations on the grounds.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A WRISTBAND TO DRINK ALCOHOL?

Wristbands are needed to purchase alcohol, but the wristbands are free. Look for a wristband station immediately after you enter the grounds.

IF I PURCHASE FOOD & BEVERAGE TICKETS ON FRIDAY, CAN I USE THEM ON SATURDAY?

Yes. You sure can.

IF I BRING A CHILD, DO I NEED TO BUY THEM A TICKET TO ENTER THE GROUNDS?

That depends! Tickets for children ages 5-12 may be purchased for $20 at the front gate. The child must be with you to purchase the ticket. But, children under 5 are free.

IS BBP MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE EVENT?

Check out the Swag section of our website to order BBP merchandise.

WHAT TIME DO THE GROUNDS OPEN?

The party starts at 5 pm sharp.

IF I LEAVE, CAN I RE-ENTER?

Nope, sorry, once you leave the grounds, there is no readmission.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

The show will go on, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, information and instructions will be posted on our website, and through our social media accounts.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PARK?

See the Directions section of our website. All the info you need will be right there.

IS THERE BIKE PARKING?

Of course! There are bike racks available in the parking lot under the freeway, on 17th Street in front of the Basilica. They are first-come, first-served. No reserved spots here.

IS THERE STILL A RAFFLE? WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

Yes. Raffle tickets can be purchased on-site or after masses at The Basilica of Saint Mary for $5. The top prizes are $2,500, $500, and two domestic round-trip Sun Country Airlines tickets.

CAN I BRING IN CHAIRS, UMBRELLAS, CAMERAS, OR PETS?

Chairs, no. Pets, not really (service animals, of course). Umbrellas, nope. Cameras, no. It’s for the best, really.

CAN I BRING A SELFIE STICK?

Nope, sorry. Those can get in the way of the great view of the stage. So please leave those selfie sticks at home.

CAN I BRING IN MY WATER BOTTLE?

Sorry, that would be a no. We do have water fountains onsite and bottled water for sale to quench your thirst.

CAN I BRING A BACKPACK?

No backpacks please. All bags/purses are subject to inspection.

IS THE SITE ACCESSIBLE?

We have seating areas for individuals who require accommodation and a clear view of both the PreferredOne Stage and the Sun Country Airlines Stage. Temporary ped ramps are installed to make it easier to navigate the curb at the Sun Country Airlines Stage.

ARE TICKETS TO THE EVENT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

No, general admission tickets are not tax deductible. However, a portion of the price of VIP Packages is tax deductible. See more information on these type of tickets in the Tickets section of our website.

IS THERE A GOOD HOTEL NEARBY?

Yes! One of our great sponsors, the Hilton Minneapolis, is offering a discounted rate to all Basilica Block Partiers. The rate will be available until June 12th or until the block of rooms is sold out. The hotel also has some special bonus offers for BBP guests, so check out the link below to find out more and make your reservations.

Stay at Hilton Minneapolis, Play at Basilica Block Party. Rates start at $129. Book your reservations by calling 1-800-HILTONS or visit us here.

WHAT’S THE BEST OPTION FOR TRANSPORTATION?

Info coming soon…

Sponsors

For 2016 Sponsor information please contact Jean Ryan, jean@jrimarketing.com or call 612-386-1055.

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A tried-and-true partner of the Basilica Block Party, with over 20 years of participation so far.

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For the 8th year, Bud Light is helping keep the church party rolling.

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This is the 12th year of Sun Country Airlines helping the Basilica Block Party soar to new heights.

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Working hard to keep Block Party-goers healthy, year after year.

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Giving us the lowdown on what's going on... especially with the Minnesota music scene!

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Helping make the Block Partiers look good, year after year.

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Thanks to the Minneapolis Hilton, everyone will be able to get some much-needed rest!

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Hot nights and great music are made better with a Big Ginger®!

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Not only is it a great financial steward, but it’s also a great partner to the Basilica Block Party.

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A great event deserves some great wine! Thanks, Sutter Home, for your long-term partnership.

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Our friends at Coca-Cola have been quenching the thirst of the Block Party since the beginning.

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Don’t let hunger ruin the party. Thanks to our catering partner for the delicious dining options!

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Find a Car2Go to get to the Basilica Block Party. Drive it to the event and then just leave it. It's the perfect plan.

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The perfect cocktail: ice, Prairie Vodka and the Basilica Block Party.

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North Memorial is committed to keeping our volunteers and music lovers happy and healthy!

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Thanks for getting the Basilica Block Party message “All Over” the place.

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Buy advertising on the Basilica Block Party Video Wall and reach a great demographic!
If you have any questions, please call 612-317-3457 or email us at blockparty@mary.org.