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Lakes Area Music Festival



About Us

Each year the Lakes Area Music Festival of Minnesota brings 200 artists from the nation's best orchestras and opera companies for a month-long festival of chamber music, orchestra, opera, and ballet. Additional educational activities for all ages, and community outreach program designed to meet underserved audiences align with the formal performances. The organization raises the cultural literacy and world-class performing arts experiences for permanent and seasonal residents, and visitors of Central Minnesota. In order to promote accessibility, each concert is presented with donation-based admission, ensuring an inclusive and socioeconomically diverse audience at each performance.


  • Over 200 musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and more!
  • Popular weeklong Explore Music! kids camp fills to capacity each August
  • 25 community outreach events bring musicians to libraries, shelters, eldercare, and the Crow Wing County Jail
  • All concerts are free of charge, with donations accepted


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