ST. CLOUD — Looking for something fun to do around Central Minnesota this weekend? We got you covered! You can enjoy a tribute to Ray Charles at Pioneer Place, share some laughs at the River's Edge Convention Center with Adrian Washington, listen to country music at Rollie's with Mitch Gordon, go back to mid-evil times at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and enjoy the ski trails at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. Read more in The Weekender!

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    A Night of Ray Charles

    Pioneer Place

    Pioneer Place will be honoring one of the greatest artist of all time tomorrow (Thursday) night.  Mick Sterling and Friends will make its Pioneer Place debut with Hallelujah We Love Him So – A Night of Ray Charles. Ray Charles was a pioneer of soul music, integrating R&B, gospel, pop and country to create hits like “Unchain My Heart,” “Hit the Road Jack” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Tickets for the show are $26 in advance and $29 at the door. Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -Friday, January 6th, 7:30 p.m.

    (Photo: Pioneer Place)
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    Donnell Rawlings Featuring Adrian Washington

    River's Edge Convention Center

    Get ready to laugh tomorrow (Friday) night with an evening full of comedy. Donnell Rawlings along with Adrian Washington will be performing their comedic routines at the River's Edge Convention Center. This is a 21+ show, so keep that in mind parents. Tickets for the show are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP and can only be found online. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -Friday, January 6th, 7:30 p.m.

    Rusty Sheriff, Flickr
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    Mitch Gordon

    Rollie's Rednecks and Longnecks

    Get your country music fix this weekend at Rollie's Rednecks and Longnecks. Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band will be rocking the stage Saturday night. Gordon has been playing live music since he was 16-year-old and even writes his own music. Mitch feeds off many artist from the greats as Waylon and Cash to artist such as Randy Rogers, Turnpike Troubadours, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean and many more. Show starts at 9:00 p.m. and there is no cover charge.


    - Saturday, January 7th, 9:00 p.m.

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    Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

    Come along to the idyllic kingdom of Camelot tonight (Thursday) at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Revel in the rich, deeply romantic legend of King Arthur and his beloved Queen, Guenevere. Celebrate the dashing Sir Lancelot, the gallant Knights of the Round Table, the mystical wizard Merlin. Enjoy the romance, noble quests and magic spells lie twisted plots, inner demons and betrayal – all threatening to snuff out Arthur’s dreams to build the greatest kingdom ever know. Tickets range between $50-$75. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and the show at 8:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    -Thursday, January 5th, 6:00 p.m.

    Gino Santa Maria, Thinkstock
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    Moonlight Ski

    Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

    Break out your cross country skis and enjoy the trails at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The park is holding their annual Moonlight Ski event along the 4.2 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Fitzharris Ski and Sport is also offering free ski rental for the Moonlight Ski, you will have to sign up in advance to use the free equipment. The free event run's tomorrow (Friday) from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Quarry Park in Waite Park. It's free to attend.


    -Friday, January 6th, 6:00 p.m.

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