Arts & Culture

Discover unique Brainerd Minnesota arts and culture including a variety of artists, music, and theater.

The Crossing Arts Alliance:

A 400-member 501c3 nonprofit. Located in the historic Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) seeks to make the arts accessible to all. Arts & Culture They represent and showcase a wide range of artistic mediums and offer a high quality arts experience to artists, arts appreciators, and the community.

TCAA offers monthly low-cost kids art classes, visual arts exhibits, literary arts programs, performances, workshops, community outreach, featured and visiting artist talks, a gift shop with the work of over 70 of our local artists and more.

Visit The Crossing Arts Alliance’s website at

Cultural Arts Series – Central Lakes College

The Brainerd Minnesota Cultural Arts Series is the performing arts series at Central Lakes College. It is the goal of the Series to bring to Brainerd stages professional artists of national and international reputation. A wide variety of quality artists from the worlds of theatre, music, dance, film, and literature are presented by the Series at affordable prices. Series producer Patrick Spradlin says "There are some returning favorites, some legendary performers, and several new offerings that I think people will really enjoy." ticket packages tailored to particular interests are available.Brainerd Minnesota Theatre Productions

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Stage North Theatre Company

The Stage North Theatre Company in Brainerd is a Not-for-Profit theatre production company located in the beautiful Brainerd lakes area in central Minnesota.  Performances are held at the Re-furbished Franklin Arts Center. This facility is a beautiful historic 478 seat theatre making it a wonderful place to experience a variety of full production musicals and plays. Brainerd Minnesota Theater

SNTC was originally created by Kevin Yeager and Gary Hirsch and is committed to bringing an affordable, high quality theatre experience to the Brainerd Lakes area. SNTC will be offering a variety of productions ranging from musicals, dramas, classics and children’s shows

Click here for the Stage North website

Great Lakes Performing Arts (GLAPA)

In 1983, a group of interested community members and community education personnel met to form the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts. This group has been providing entertainment for the Lakes Area ever since. Greater Lakes Performing Arts (GLAPA) is responsible for setting a season of performances, soliciting season ticket sales, and raising funds to underwrite programs, if necessary. GLAPA has an active membership of 120 plus season ticket holders who enjoy a theatre and arts season of visitng performers, touring theatre show, and guest artists, as well as the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre programs. Brainerd Minnesota Theatre

GLAPA is a non-profit organization and we welcome donations. Any amount is appreciated. Please contact us if you are interested, or mail your donation to GLAPA/Pequot Lakes Community Education - 30805 Olson St - Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

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When staying in the Brainerd/Baxter area be sure to stay at one of our lodging partners which give you centralized access to the entire area and it's great activities. Regardless of wether you are visiting the Brainerd area for business or pleaseue our local theatre will enhance your trip and is another reason that tghe Brainerd lakes Area is Minnesota's premier vacation destination.