Concerts happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the week of Thanksgiving 2018
Courtesy of Interscope Records

While Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends and perhaps enjoy a big meal, it can be a little hectic during Thanksgiving week, especially considering that the holiday shopping season kicks off the day after Turkey Day on Black Friday. In the Minneapolis and St. Paul area they know how to do the festive week up right, including making sure you have some fun musical distractions at hand. Here’s our list of recommended concerts coming to the Twin Cities area during Thanksgiving week.

Five Finger Death Punch
Nov. 20 @ 6 p.m.
Target Center – 600 1st Ave. N. – Minneapolis

Calling all Knuckleheads! You won’t want to miss this metal band’s area appearance as it will undoubtedly be one of the biggest blowouts of the season. 5FDP are touring behind their seventh album And Justice for None, a pummeling tour de force that features a mix of original material and covers. Did we mention that Breaking Benjamin opens the show?

The Paper Kites
Nov. 20 @ 7 p.m.
Amsterdam Bar and Hall – 6 W. 6th St. – St. Paul

Sure it would be a blast to travel to Australia to catch this sublime pop band in their native Melbourne. But conveniently the Paper Kites have been on a North American tour, and this show is one of the group’s last half-dozen shows in the States this year. Expect to hear recent singles “Don’t Keep Driving” and “On the Train Ride Home,” the title cut from their new album.

Related --- Watch: The Paper Kites explore NYC at night in new video for 'Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain'

The Crash Test Dummies
Nov. 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
Fitzgerald Theater – 10 E. Exchange St. – St. Paul

It has been 25-years since Crash Test Dummies broke big with their album God Shuffled His Feet and its smash hit single “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and in celebration of hitting that milestone the band is playing the album in its entirety during each show on their current tour. The performance will be rounded out with select cuts from the band’s vast repertoire. If you’re driving to the show, be sure to wear your seat belt!

Hippo Campus
Nov. 23 @ 6 p.m.
Palace Theatre – 17 7th Pl. W. – St. Paul

The hippocampus is the part of the brain that handles memory so hopefully, you won’t forget to go to this show by the Twin Cities-based Hippo Campus. The local favorites are routinely selling out shows on their current North American tour, and this hometown stop on their Bambi Tour, named after the title of their latest album, is sure to be packed with Black Friday revelers.

Pale Waves
Nov. 24 @ 6 p.m.
Amsterdam Bar and Hall – 6 W. 6th St. – St. Paul

Pale Waves hails from Manchester, England and their latest album is amusingly titled My Mind Makes Noises. Fans of noises of the pop-rock sort will love songs like “One More Time,” “Eighteen” and “Television Romance,” effervescent cuts from the album that are driven by the sprightly vocals of Heather Baron-Gracie. The Candescents and Kailee Morgue are also on the bill.

Ideas for other fun things to do in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area can be found here.