After enduring a long, cold winter, you’re probably eager to get out of the house and find something fun to do. Fortunately, the Twin Cities offers plenty of spring events sure to interest you. No matter where you live in the Minneapolis area, you won’t have to travel far to reach these nine events.
Minnesota Twins Home Opener
Target Field, Minneapolis
What better way to celebrate spring than with a ticket to the Twins Home Opener on April 2 against the Oakland Athletics. After a strong showing last season, the Twins are poised for an exceptional year. Although their loss in the division series was a little disappointing, 2020 just might be the year the Twins make it to the World Series again. The home opener starts at 3:10 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early to score a Twins Quarter-Zip Pullover. The first 30,000 fans will receive the pullover.
April 9 – 25
39th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Various Locations in Minneapolis
The 39th Annual Film Festival features more than 200 feature-length and short narrative and documentary films, all filmed during the last year. Filmmakers from all around the world participate in the festival, which includes awards for fiction shorts, documentary shorts, documentary features, emerging filmmaker, Minnesota-made fiction and documentaries and other categories. Films are shown at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in downtown Minneapolis and in several other local theaters.
April 23 – 26
Art in Bloom
Minneapolis Institute of Art
During Art in Bloom, floral artists create their own interpretations of the Minneapolis Art Institute’s art collection with fresh floral arrangements. In addition to creations from floral artists, the festival also includes commercial displays, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, children’s crafts, tours and a fashion show. Admission is free, but some events require paid admission.
April 24 – 26
Saint Paul Art Crawl
Various Locations in Saint Paul
Art galleries and studios throughout the Saint Paul area open their doors to the public every year during the Art Crawl. Although the majority of the artists are located in Lowertown, the event has expanded to encompass other Saint Paul neighborhoods in recent years.
Artists participating in the crawl work in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolors, acrylics, stained glass, ceramics, photography, leather, alcohol inks and stained glass. One artist even turns recycled books into art. Whether you want to add a few pieces to your art collection, or just enjoy browsing, you may want to add a day at the Saint Paul Art Crawl to your spring schedule.
Minnesota Craft Beer Festival
Minneapolis Convention Center
More than 100 breweries will be on hand during this year’s Minnesota Craft Beer Festival held in the Minneapolis Convention Center. You won’t find boring, run-of-the-mill beer at this festival. In fact, breweries have been asked to bring taproom-only beer and/or rare, limited release options. Your tasting ticket will give you access to as many beers as you would like to try during the first (noon – 3 p.m.) or second (4 – 7 p.m.) session. If you want to participate in both sessions, you’ll need to buy two tickets.
Festival proceeds will be donated to the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s House That Beer Built. Tickets have sold out quickly in past years. If you don’t want to be disappointed, you may want to buy your ticket soon.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
West Side St. Paul
You’re never too old or young for a visit to St. Paul’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 2. The celebration, presented by T-Mobile, includes a lively parade with colorful floats, Mexican dancers and performers, live music and a car show.
Is “the spicier the better” your motto? Consider entering the celebration’s popular jalapeno-eating contest and demonstrate your ability to beat the heat. After you take in the entertainment, stop by the placita market located near the Intersection of Cesar Chavez and Ada Streets. You’ll find produce, tee shirts, jewelry, and handmade arts and crafts for sale. Al proceeds benefit the neighborhood.
May 16 and 17
Doors Open Minneapolis
Various Locations in Minneapolis
Have you ever wondered what’s behind the closed doors of the buildings you drive or walk by on the way to work every day? During Doors Open Minneapolis on May 16 and 17, you’ll finally be able to indulge your curiosity. Last year’s event included 115 venues that were architecturally, culturally or socially significant, including the Hotel Ivy, Basilica of St. Mary, First Avenue, Witch’s Hat Tower and the Foshay Tower. Check the Doors Open website often for the list of this year’s participants.
May 29 and 30
Flint Hills Family Festival
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
The Flint Hills Family Festival on May 29 and 30 offers performances, music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to create your own artwork during interactive sessions held around the Ordway. Although the festival is free, you will pay a small fee to attend indoor shows and performances.
Among the indoor performances offered this year are NOOMA, an opera for babies (May 29 and 30); Polkadots, The Cool Kids Musical (May 30), Sons of Mysto (May 30); and 42ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels (May 29 and 30). Tickets for indoor performances are available in advance and often sell out early.
Grand Old Day
Still going strong after 47 years, Grand Old Day offers food, entertainment, art, family activities, vendors, a parade and festival beer gardens. Encompassing 30 blocks of Grand Avenue (from Dale Street to Fairview Avenue), the festival draws large crowds every year. Admission to Grand Old Day is free, but you will be charged an admission fee to enter the beer gardens.
The abundance of things to do is one of the best things about living in the Twin Cities. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect home base in the area, we can help. As the area’s premier custom home builder, we’ve helped many Minnesotans build their dreams home or remodel their existing homes. Contact us and let us know how we can help you.