The 17th Annual Driveway Tour
For 17 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.
Our Summer 2019 Shows
The Adventures of Katie Tomatie
School is out for summer and Katie wants to do nothing. While planting her favorite tomatoes, she digs too deep in her garden and is surprised by Mr. Boo Boo, a funny skeleton that is full of life and ready for adventure!
The Adventures of Juan Bobo
The world is upside down in The Adventures of Juan Bobo—and he is going to do something to turn it right side up! Inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories, the show combines puppetry, music, Spanish and English in a delightful tale of riddles, silly devils, a missing pig and a village in need of a hero.
Ms. Marvel's SANDBOX CIRCUS — NEW!
Ms. Marvel, the cat, is the madcap, merry-maker that lives and prowls in your neighborhood. Every summer, Ms. Marvel transforms the sandbox into an amazing circus where a cavalcade of antics, thrills, chills, and spills await. Step right up to Ms. Marvel's Sandbox Circus and witness the Acrobatic Ants, the Daredevil Squirrel, the Caterpillar Catapult and the Earthworm Orchestra!
The 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 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. Visit our tour schedule for more info.
"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.