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Cocktails at the Castle: Chroma Craze

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Cocktails at the Castle, the “museum party done right,” returns to the American Swedish Institute with Chroma Craze

This fall bash is inspired by the bold colors and progressive perspective of the Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe exhibition, drawing energy from the renowned Swedish fashion/textile designer’s vibrant installations displayed throughout the Turnblad Mansion. We're spinning the color wheel for an indoor/outdoor celebration chock full of live music and performance with plenty of hands-on activities. FIKA Café is serving fine food and cocktails. It's a night full of chromatic craziness. 

The night kicks off with music by the FiAMMA Disco Queens, followed by Tacky Annie’s irresistible, indie mash-up of rhythmic bass, cello quartets and electro-driven poetry and Mina Moore’s mixed groove of soul, R & B and pop. Stir the color waves with the Bollywood Dance Scene and the Zorongo Flamenco dancers, then hook up with the Science Museum of Minnesota for a color burst experiment. Juxtaposition Arts will be doing live mural painting and there will be a photo booth on site. Pair your craft cocktails with a Swedish Åh Snaps drinking song session and you have yourself a party. Top the night off on the dance line with Hennepin County Disco Authority.

Planning Ahead

  • All members of your party must be 21 years of age or older and show a valid ID to enter the event.
  • Cash craze! Credit cards are accepted at food and beverage stations, but cash only lines may be faster.
  • Cocktails at the Castle is held both indoors and outside. Dress for the weather and have fun. Power clashing or colorful ensembles are encouraged, but not required. #chromacraze

Cocktails at the Castle: Chroma Craze

#CocktailsattheCastle  #CatC  #gudrunminneapolis  #americanswedishinstitute


Music brought to you by the Star Tribune


FIAMMA Disco Queens



Tacky Annie



Mina Moore


8:15, 9:15, 10:15

Bollywood Dance Scene

Larson Hall

7:45, 8:45, 9:45

Zorongo Flamenco Dancers

Larson Hall


Dance Party with Hennepin County Disco Authority

FIKA Café Indoors





Color Burst Science

Milk with a dash of color turns into a wild science experiment. Join the Science Museum of Minnesota to get your nerd on.


Aerosol Affects

Alex Smith of Juxtaposition Arts adds life to the courtyard. Stop by all night to see the progress on his colorful mural. If you don’t know Juxta, you should! Check ‘em out:


Pedal Powered Spin-Art

It’s a throwback! Just like when you were a kid, but way cooler. Find a friend and pedal your way to some psychedelic fun.


Bento Bags

With little bits of Gudrun fabric, donated cloth, and lots of love; local fiber artist Maddy Bartsch of Three Rivers Fibershed sews bags benefiting Dress for Success. Purchase one in the Museum Shop tonight and stop by the studio to see her work her magic.

Outside Studio Classroom

Togetherness Crown

Join Minnesota artist Alison Aune in the ultimate Gudrun community art project. You’re invited to help create a tillsammans kronor, or togetherness crown – a magical mobile with a Gudrun soul.

Mansion, Music Room, Floor One

Photo Booth

You dressed for the party, now let everybody know! Snap a few pics in the photo both – make sure to tag us! #cockatilsathecastle

Mansion, Salon, Floor 1

Star Tribune’s Airbrushed Ink

Newspapers are known for their ink – now it’s time to commit to the temporary kind by displaying some grown up facepaint done airbrush style! Tack to the Star Tribune for being a rock-star party sponsor!


Åh snaps! Swedish drinking songs at 7:27, 8:28, 9:29

When Swedes drink – they sing! Come learn a song and get in the Swedish spirit. Bring the beverage of your choice and skål with style. No Nordic heritage required!

Folke Conference Room – off the cafe

Sip a Sample

Another reason to be Swedish – they have some seriously good adult beverages! Try free samples of Swedish Rekorderlig Hard Cider.


Other Amusements

Grab a tasty libation, cozy up by a bonfire, explore the Gudrun Sjoden exhibit, indulge in the museum shop, and enjoy the party at the only castle in Minneapolis. 

All Over


FIKA cafe has curated a selection of pre-made specialty cocktails and small plate options. beer is only served from the Indeed Tap Cart.! Food & beverage available for purchase.


… NCC Lawn

COCKTAILS by FIKA … Remember to search the entire campus - we've got multiple bars! Check the Courtyard, NCC Lawn, Mansion Veranda, 2nd Floor NCC. Beer only found at the indeed tap car in the courtyard

 -waiting for the menu and prices from Slate & Stone, will share when they share

BEER by Indeed Brewing … Courtyard

Beer is only served from the Indeed Tap Cart in the courtyard.


Please use your favorite ride sharing service, or head to the front desk for the number of a local taxicab service.

$20 general admission / $17 members. Plus fees. ($25 at the door if available)

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