Photo Exterior Event Groups gather on the front steps, Block Party

Our Basilica Block Party Community

The second weekend in July is usually my favorite of the year. Volunteers and committee members come together, stages are constructed, fans arrive, and many hours worth of work culminate with the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party. Sadly, this year is different. We are adjusting our lives as we find our new “normal.” In canceling the 2020 Basilica Block Party, I never expected to feel such a strong sense of grief. As I spoke to others, it was clear they were feeling it too; that Block Party weekend will leave a gap, as they plan their summers around those two days. And for many on our executive planning committee, this will be the first in 20+ years without gathering together. 

This long-standing summer tradition connects us to the broader Twin Cities community. For many, including myself, The Basilica Block Party serves as their first introduction to our parish. I was lucky to attend the event in 2012, a double sell out, and experience what it felt like to be welcomed into The Basilica community. After those two days, I was hooked, and have been ever since.

Over the past 25 years, the Basilica Block Party has contributed approximately $6.7 million to The Basilica Landmark’s mission to preserve, restore and advance The Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. Though we currently find ourselves unable to host our cherished summer tradition, we can still unite in support of our beloved Basilica and help cover the loss of revenue caused by its cancellation. Together, we can ensure a bright future and sustain the well-being of our historic buildings and campus. I invite you to support The Basilica Landmark’s Annual Fund by making a gift to help advance our mission for future generations. You can make your gift online at

This weekend we are celebrating what would have been the 26th annual Basilica Block Party. This year’s celebration is one of gratitude for the dedicated committees, supporters, volunteers, staff, vendors, sponsors, and so many more who are in this together. 

While I would prefer to be together this weekend, celebrating the power of music, community, and Minneapolis, I have been reminded of how lucky I am to have something worth missing. As for the Block Party, it’ll be back stronger than ever. We are committed to carrying the spirit of the Basilica Block Party forward as we dream and plan for its return on July 9 and 10, 2021. 


Holly Dockendorf 
Special Events Coordinator
The Basilica of Saint Mary



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