FitzFest: After-hours fun for the literary set.

In addition to our academic conference schedule, we are offering an array of engaging activities that are all in the name of fun.  Grab your literature-loving friends and family and join us for some Saint Paul adventures.  The following activities are open to the public, although some require advance registration or entrance fees.  Events requiring tickets are available via the link below.

Monday, June 26, 7:30 to 8:30 pm – WWI and 1920s Era Sing-Along With Dan Chouinard    
Hotel 340, Butler’s Room, 340 Cedar Street, Saint Paul
Free – Cash Bar available.
The public is welcome to join in with conference attendees for a fabulous Fitzgerald era sing-along.  For three decades Dan Chouinard has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who’s who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community singalongs, and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on A Prairie Home Companion.

Tuesday, June 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m. – Turn Back Time Tuesday in White Bear Lake
For more information call 651-407-5327 or email
White Bear Lake, briefly and famously home to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, turns back the calendar and steps into the 1920s.  Get out your vintage clothing, vehicles, and accessories for an informal stroll, or motor along Lake Avenue South between Lions Park and Veteran’s Park.  Those in vintage garb, or with vintage cars, are invited to share lemonade and cookies on the Boatworks Common lawn.  Sponsored by the White Bear Lake Historical Society, in conjunction with Manitou Days.

Wednesday, June 28, 1 to 2 p.m. – A Fitzgerald-Themed Guided Tour of the Saint Paul Cathedral
Saint Paul Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue Gather at the front of the interior of the church – Free.
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is an architectural gem with stunning stained glass windows. Its interior is embellished with many types of marble, mosaics, statues, and paintings. The tour, led by former Cathedral archivist, Tom Flynn, includes a brief history of the building and an explanation of its features, and weaves together themes in Fitzgerald’s works reflecting his Catholic heritage and upbringing.

Wednesday, June 28, 8 to 11 p.m. – Early Jazz featuring the Southside Aces
Vieux Carré Cocktail and Jazz Lounge, 408 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul Cover Charge May Apply – Reservations at or 651/291-2715
A special evening of music at Vieux Carré, an underground jazz speakeasy that is a local favorite as well as home to some of the finest names in jazz.  The Southside Aces have been described as, “A true authentic New Orleans dance-hall style band.” They possess a diverse repertoire, with a roll call that includes the names of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Bix Beiderbecke. 

Thursday, June 28, 1 to 2 p.m. – A Fitzgerald-Themed Guided Tour of the Saint Paul Cathedral
Saint Paul Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue Gather at the front of the interior of the church – Free.  
See description above, under Wednesday, June 27.

Thursday, June 29 – Poolside Reggae Party at the University Club of St. Paul
The University Club, 420 Summit Ave., Saint Paul. Tickets ($35) and details available at
The University Club in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, will open its doors for a full-fledged, Gatsby-esque party. The club was one of Fitzgerald’s favorite haunts, and the site of the infamous “Bad Luck Ball.” The evening event will include music by the reggae band, Irie Sol, including selections from their CD, "Dred Scott Fitzgerald."   Food service and cash bar will be available.

Saturday, July 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Bus Tour of Sauk Centre, Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street
Space is limited, and $45 advance registration required.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Along with Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis was one of the Minnesota literary giants of the 1920s, who achieved international acclaim with the publication of his novel, Main Street.  In Sauk Centre, you will tour Lewis’s boyhood home and see the original Main Street; and, hear Dave Simkens discuss his research for his book, On Becoming Sinclair Lewis.  Lunch at the Palmer House is included with the tour. Bus departs the Hotel 340 in downtown Saint Paul at 8 am and returns at approximately 5 p.m.   Some walking may be part of the tour.    

Saturday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Minneapolis Cultural Icons Bus Tour
(Space is limited, and $35 advance registration required.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Led by author and experienced guide, Linda Koutsky, this is an opportunity to explore the vibrant arts, literary, architecture and music scene in the city of Minneapolis and environs, including: architectural gems by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouveau, and Cesar Pelli; the new Dylan mural by artist Eduardo Kobra; First Avenue, the club where Prince got his start; the Guthrie Theater; the Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi, the Lakes and much, much more. Some walking may be part of the tour.   A lunch stop is planned at a local restaurant (but not included in price of the tour). Bus departs the Hotel 340 in downtown Saint Paul at 9:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m. – Gatsby Night at the Saint Paul Saints, CHS Field
Block of seats reserved for Fitzgerald Fans! Tickets ($15): CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
The St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team are planning to throw a big “Gatsby” party. There will be hijinks, period cocktails, and great summer baseball, too. Dressing in 1920s attire is encouraged, but not required. A section of seats on the 3rd base side has been specially reserved for Fitzgerald fans.  Cheer for the home team as the Saints take on the Gary SouthShore Railcats. Please note that in the event the game is cancelled due to inclement weather, the ticket is non-refundable.

Exhibits on View Throughout the Week of the Conference

Beyond Fitzgerald: Minnesota Art and Literature During the 1920s and 30s
James J. Hill House Art Gallery, 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul
An exhibit of Minnesota authors and visual artists, many friends or contemporaries of Fitzgerald, exploring themes such as economic disparity, class systems, and an emerging social realism.
     -  Open to the public, June 17- September 3 – Admission charge
     -  Hours: Sunday, 1-4 pm; Monday & Tuesday, 10 am- 4 pm (Art Gallery only); Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

Looking for Scott: Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, an exhibition of photographs by Jeff Krueger
The Show Gallery Lowertown, 346 Sibley Street North, Saint Paul
Krueger is the photographer for the new book, Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home. His fine architectural photographs of Fitzgerald sites in Saint Paul, including many not in the new book, will be available for purchase.Open to the public, June 21-July 1.
     -  Opening reception June 21, 7-9 p.m.  Free.
     -  Hours: Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 6 pm; Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends
George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th St., Saint Paul                                                                                        Open to the public, June 24 through July 17 - Free
     -  Hours: Saturdays, 1 to 4:30 pm; Monday, 4:30 to 7:30 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 1 pm(Note: additional open hours
        during the Fitzgerald conference only on Wednesday, June 28, 9 am to noon)

WWI America
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul
A major exhibit telling the extraordinary stories of Americans during a turbulent era in our history, through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives, and multimedia.
     -  Open now through the September 4 – Admission charge
     -  Hours: Sunday, noon to 5 pm; Tuesday, 10 am to 8 pm; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm



FitzFest Activity Schedule

Thursday, June 29: Pool Party at the University Club

Wednesday, June 28: An evening of jazz

Saturday, July 1:  Saint Paul Saints Baseball Game

Fitzgerald & his World on View

From rarely seen photographs of Fitzgerald at the Saint Paul Library to an exploration of Minnesota art and literature in the 1920s at the James J. Hill House, there will be a variety of illuminating exhibits open to the public throughout the week of the conference.


Discover Fitzgerald's Minnesota

Take advantage of one or more of the various tours we are offering, ranging from hour-long tours of the Saint Paul Cathedral to day-long bus trips to areas of interest throughout the region. Something for everyone.


After-Hours Social Events even Scott & Zelda Would Love

We are excited to offer a rip-roaring social events featuring great food, live music, the opportunity to dress in fabulous 20s attire, and plenty of chances to imbibe in style. The party options include a poolside event with live bands and even a baseball game!

Reserve your tickets now.

Register online by following the link to the right, or download this registration form to send in payment via email or post.