The 16th Annual Driveway Tour

For 16 summers, our award-winning Driveway Tour has been roving the Twin Cities with all-ages outdoor puppet shows! All summer long we perform puppet shows in backyards, front yards, and parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached more than 50,000 people.

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Our Summer 2018 Show

June 13 - July 29   Find a show near you!

Conceived and designed by Michael Sommers and the team
Performed by Declan Lowthian, Jennifer Rathsack, and Jason Yukon Kornelus
Direction and music by Kalen Rainbow Keir
Written by Peter Lincoln Rusk
Costumes by Susan Haas

Little Grandpa is turning 100 years old, and his granddaughter BB is planning the best, biggest, most bodacious, and SECRET — ssshhh — Surprise birthday party ever. But when cake-baking chaos ensues, BB has to call on her friends and neighbors for help. Can they bring all the ingredients together in time?
This brand new Driveway Tour show is complete with flying cakes, catchy tunes, and Henry the Helpful Rooster! LITTLE GRANDPA'S BIG SURPRISE is sure to delight and entertain all ages. 

 Two-Wheel Tour

Two-Wheel Tour


Every summer, Open Eye's shiny tandem bicycle can be seen pulling the city's smallest theatre throughout urban neighborhoods to present impromptu five-minute performances that are sure to brighten your day! The Two-Wheel Tour can also be seen at scheduled locations as part of The Driveway Tour. Check the Driveway Tour schedule to find a showing near you!

How Do I Host a Driveway Tour Show?

The Driveway Tour is made possible by our neighborhood hosts!

If you would like to learn more about hosting, please check out Host a Show

If you have questions about the Driveway Tour, please contact or call 612-874-6338.

How Do I Attend a Driveway Tour Show?

The Driveway Tour is hosted within communities all around the metro area. All shows are free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

"The puppet show helped us re-imagine our public/community space."
"We met many new neighbors at our event" and "the shows are appealing to all age groups, tots and seniors."
"The shows were professional and engaging and smoothly operated."
"The kids love the songs. Each year they spend weeks after singing the songs."

This activity is made possible in part by grants provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts an cultural heritage fund with the money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The Driveway Tour proudly receives funding from the Target Foundation.