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THE GARAGE is the City of Burnsville's youth recreation center with afterschool and summer programs for young people in middle and high school. It also operates as an all-ages music venue on the weekends.

THE GARAGE is a safe environment where teenagers can excel! It strives to be a place where young people can just be themselves and have access to the resources and tools they need to accomplish their goals. Young people want to do extraordinary things, but for kids with interests in creative arts, music and dance, the world often leaves them without a place to excel; a place where they can get the encouragement and support they need to do the great things we know they are capable of.

THE GARAGE focuses on enriching teenagers’ lives by expanding their skills and encouraging them to share their talents, give service, and be creative. This is done by adult and teen partnerships to share in planning events, running the programs, handling the finances, and deciding how to make THE GARAGE a better place for everyone involved.

THE GARAGE provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment where participants create their own spaces to interact and acquire a sense of belonging, gain self-esteem, build friendships, explore ideas, try out various roles and cultivate a capacity to enjoy life through the arts, music and dance.

THE GARAGE promotes an inclusive community that provides all participants freedom from discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sub-culture, national origin, sex, disability, socio-economic status, affectional orientation, and age. Programs are focused to make sure that ALL youth have a chance to succeed, regardless of their home life or family situation.

What goes on at THE GARAGE?

THE GARAGE offers a full-catalogue of fun and enriching activities that appeal to a wide-range of teenagers. These programs include various after-school activities, such as dance classes, art workshops, homework help, booking meetings for THE GARAGE’s award winning music venue, even pizza parties! The facility also hosts support groups, speakers, awareness benefits and always acts as a safe place where teens can just hang out and feel valued.

Afterschool Hours
  • Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 6 p.m.
  • $1 daily admission or $5 annual membership (valid Sept. 1 - Aug. 31).
  • The all-ages music venue typically operates Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 – 11 p.m. with admission of $5 to $15.

Award-Winning Programs
  • Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association 2000 Award of Excellence
  • City Pages’ Best All Ages Music Venue 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Thisweek Newspapers Best of the Bunch Teen Entertainment Award 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Dakota Electric Association Excellence in Youth Employement Award 2009

  • National League of Cities and US Department of Justice Office 2006 Best Practices for Mayors and Police Chiefs working together for America’s Youth
  • The Finance Project 2006 Federal Best Practices for Creative Financing Strategies: Youth Engagement and Community Support for Youth Programming

THE GARAGE is funded by:
  • The City of Burnsville
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Local Civic and Business Organizations
  • And the generous donation of time and talent by local musicians and music fans who volunteer at THE GARAGE

75 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
Ph: 952-895-4664
Fax: 952-895-4556

The GARAGE logo

Jesi Nordaune

Talent Buyer
Jack Kolb-Williams

Sound Engineer
Steffan Soulak

Head of Booking
Anthony D'Attilio

General School Year Hours
2:30 to 6 p.m. M-Th
(closed when ISD 191 is closed)
5:30 to 11 p.m. most Fri-Sat

General Summer Hours
12:30 to 4 p.m. M-Th (Jr. Squad)
5 to 9 p.m. M-Th
5:30 to 11 p.m. most Fri-Sat

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