Opened in 1985 as a venue where one could take in "everything from opera to the Russian circus," this performing arts center in the middle of downtown St. Paul is the perfect place for a big night out. Facing out on to lovely Rice Park, the center includes a 1,900-seat main hall, the much smaller 300-seat McKnight Theatre, and a spacious lobby with a glass curtain wall that affords fine views of the surroundings. With over 500 performances a year, there's something for everyone here, from big-name acts to touring musicals to a troika of remarkable classical ensembles. Recent shows have included "Bring it On" (the musical), the opera "The Turn of the Screw," and lieder performances sponsored by the Schubert Club. There are also many wonderful seasonal celebrations here, including the Flint Hills International Children's Festival and the Summer Dance Festival, which offers free dancing and live music right outside in Rice Park. It's worth nothing that every part of the Ordway is handicapped accessible and tickets are available at every price range.