Downtown Saint Paul
There’s always a lot going on for St. Patrick’s Day, but if you want to experience a true Irish tradition, head to Saint Paul. The parade there has been going on for more than 50 years and draws both families and green beer-swilling young professionals in droves. Afterwards, hit the nearby Liffey Irish Pub on West Seventh St for some authentic corned beef and cabbage.
Friday - Saturday
When it comes to college hockey, it’s not clear who will be in the mix come championship time but the NCHC’s fourth-annual Frozen Faceoff is sure to feature some great games. Four teams will take the ice at Target Center -- and you can too during a special skate. A Fan Fest with live music and post-game parties also take place around town.
Saint Paul Central Library
Yup, you read that right. Who would have thought you could drink local craft beer amidst the stacks while a band plays? After hours, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library are trying new things to reach millennials, and anyone who brings in a current library card will receive a free Summit beer.
Nothing says the start of spring in the Cities like the Twins’ home opener. Even though last year was... um... pretty much the worst for the team, fans still flock to Target Field for the food and reason to take a half-day at work. The Twins start the season against the Royals and there’s nowhere to go this year but up... right?
TCF Bank Stadium
Even though you’ll likely never match a gopher’s top speed of 16mph, after spending the winter on the couch, Goldy’s Run is a great race to get back on your feet. Pick between a 5km or 10 mile route along the Mississippi that starts and finishes at the stadium. All proceeds also go to the U of M’s Masonic Children’s Hospital so you can give back and start your spring training at the same time.
Wednesday - Sunday
Apr 12-May 14
Billed as “the untold story of the witches of Oz,” Wicked plays a five-week run this spring that has sold out four previous times at the Orpheum. Seats will undoubtedly go fast again, so snap them up because there’s no place like home to see this musical.
Thursday - Saturday
St. Anthony Main Theatre
The largest film event in the region and one of the longest-running in the country, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns this Spring for its 36th year. From Sundance to Berlin, you’ll find unique, international films that wouldn’t otherwise be screened in this area. Last year, more than 45,000 people attended, and this year’s lineup will be just as diverse with more than 250 feature-length, short-narrative, and documentary films.
American Swedish Institute
If your kids are so over hunting for plastic Easter eggs in the backyard, they can’t argue with looking for candy in a castle this year. The American Swedish Institute’s Easter at the Castle offers an “egg-cellent” hunt in more than 30 of the mansion’s rooms, and afterwards kids can stay to make crafts and cards.
Various Minneapolis parks
Do something good for the environment by volunteering at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s annual Earth Day Cleanup to keep the city beautiful. Projects are designed for all ages and take place at more than 30 sites throughout the metro area. Just show up and bring a pair of gloves.
Thursday - Sunday
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Roses, lilies, tulips, and other brightly colored blooms form floral interpretations of selected pieces of art from the MIA’s permanent collection. Stop in and see the museum in a whole new light -- it might even inspire your green thumb to start gardening this spring.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Get your geek on at the Science Museum’s Adult Camp-In, an overnight party that includes trivia, Omnitheater shows, food, a cash bar, and live bands. Check out exhibits ranging from the human body to weather to dinosaurs in the nearly 400,000sqft museum.
Thursday - Sunday
Saint Paul RiverCentre
Where else can you find Norwegian lefse, Cambodian curry, and Italian cannoli all under one roof? Treat your tastebuds at the Festival of Nations at RiverCentre -- you can also catch cultural artistic performances from more than 90 countries and shop the bazaar for fabrics, clothing, and crafts.
Betty Danger's Country Club
Sport your bowler and bowtie or most stylish sundress and fanciest hat at Betty Danger’s annual Kentucky Derbatante party. You can also sip mint juleps, pet ponies, and enter costume contests. It’s not even a close race -- Danger’s is definitely the kitschiest place in town to catch the Derby.
If you’re looking to mix up your brunch routine, Eggs and Drag at the Gay 90’s is a surefire solution. Who needs caffeine to wake up when you have queens singing and dancing around your table? It’s also a really good deal -- for $15, you get all-you-can-eat breakfast and for an additional $10, bottomless mimosas.
Always held in the Cities on Mother’s Day, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure draws droves of pink-clad runners and walkers to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. In recent years, turnout has topped nearly 40,000, and the race continues to grow every year along with the Health Expo offering free screenings, mammograms, and healthy snacks.
Friday - Sunday
Go behind the scenes of more than 50 private studios and galleries at the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl in Northeast, the largest open-studio tour in the country. You can also participate in workshops, Q&A’s with the artists, and purchase original pieces. Best of all, it’s kind of like a tour meets a party with new breweries like Able and old favorites like 612Brew and Indeed serving suds adjacent to many of the spaces.
Memorial Day means more than just a long weekend, and a visit to historic Fort Snelling is a great way to honor the holiday. Step back in time to watch cannon firings and military re-enactments while remembering the lives of those who died serving our country in the Civil War.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Soundset started as a hip-hop music festival founded by Rhymesayers Entertainment less than 10 years ago and has already grown to more than 30,000 attendees in recent years. While this year’s lineup hasn’t been released yet, Snoop Dogg, Macklemore, Atmosphere, Doomtree, and Ludacris have all taken the stage before, so you know the game will be strong.
Sunday Fundays are better with a street fest, and Grand Old Day is the kickoff to summer in Saint Paul. There’s a parade for kids, fair food previews, live music, sports, and shopping all spread out over 30 blocks surrounding Grand Ave. Grab your neighbors, hit the beer garden, and start summer off right.
Tuesday - Sunday
There’s no day but today, and Rent returns once again to the Orpheum as part of its 20th anniversary tour, which has gotten rave reviews. If you haven’t seen it, the rock musical follows seven young impoverished artists struggling to survive in New York City. You definitely don’t want to miss seeing one of Broadway’s biggest hits right in your backyard.