Secrets Around the Twin Cities

From free concert tickets to a restaurant that’s like the State Fair year-round, TCL’s Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, rounds up some hidden gems worth knowing about!

  • Get free tickets to First Avenue on your birthday, even if the show is sold out!
    • You and a guest will receive free admission to First Avenue in Minneapolis on your birthday! Plus, you’ll get free champagne, too.
    • To claim your tickets, bring a valid ID to the First Avenue box office on your birthday.
    • You and your guest must meet the minimum age requirement for that show (e.g. 18, 21)
    • This deal is valid even if the concert is sold out.
  • Get tickets for you and three friends to ACME Comedy Company during the month of your birthday!
    • Claim four seats to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday performance during your birthday month for free.
    • You must submit your request by 3 p.m. the day before the show you’d like to attend. Here’s the link.
    • You’ll pick up your tickets at the ACME box office; make sure to bring a valid ID to verify your birthdate.
  • There’s a bar in the Life Time Fitness at Target Center and you don’t need to be a member to go!
    • Thrive is located inside Life Time Fitness, which is in the basement of Target Center. When we checked it out, they serve $3 wine, tap beer, domestics and rails during happy hour.
    • You do not need to be a member of Life Time to enjoy the bar. However, you’ll be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive.
    • Due to construction, the door to enter the Life Time at Target Center is currently located just north of the main entrance on First Avenue. You can also access Life Time via the skyway.’
    • Non Life Time members can also access the Life Cafes at all locations. They serve up salads, wraps, quesedillas, smoothies and more.
  • Repair broken items for free at a Fix-It Clinic!
    • Bring small kitchen appliances, phones, electronics and more to a clinic and work with volunteers to repair it.
    • We found these clinics in Hennepin, Dakota and Ramsey Counties. Check with your county of residence to see if they host events.
    • You can find a list of upcoming Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics here.
  • Miss State Fair food? Get a taste at Deep Fried Goodness!
    • Deep Fried Goodness is located just west of KSTP on University Avenue.
    • Try deep-fried girl scout cookies, deep-fried tacos, and more.
    • Stop in on your birthday and get a free dessert.
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