The Bloody Mary is many things -- brunch beverage, hangover helper, a meal in a glass if you skewer enough garnishes… and finally, it now has an entire event dedicated to it. Union Depot’s Bloody Mary Festival features unique iterations of the favorite drink as well as snacks, live music, and the chance to cast your ballot for the best bloody in town.
Xcel Energy Center
Catch P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which features songs from the popstar’s (new) seventh album as well as past hits. The Grammy Award-winner is always a great performer with unique costumes, styling, and sets -- expect a mostly-female crowd and get ready to belt out “What About Us” so loud you lose your voice for the next few days.
Cost: $150 and up
Yup, you read that right -- party promoter Flip Phone is behind this epic Golden Girls bar crawl (featuring Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy, for those of you who don’t know.) It’s an all-day crawl starting at the Pourhouse, where they’ll attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “having the most people dressed as Golden Girls under one roof.” (That’s a thing?) Also, a portion of all bar sales will go to OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.
For Mother’s Day, we’re pretty sure Mom won’t want to cook, so treat her to a cruise down the St. Croix River in an old-school paddlewheel riverboat. A brunch option includes carved ham, eggs, potatoes, and fruit, and for dinner, choose from prime rib or chicken with vegetables, pasta, and a full bar. The St. Croix is pretty scenic, so as long as the spring weather is cooperating, it’s sure to make Mom smile.
Cost: $40 adults/teens, $28 children 3-12, $10 children under 2
May 17-May 19
Go behind the scenes of more than 60 private artists’ galleries at the 24th annual Art-A-Whirl, the largest open studio tour in the country. You can partake in workshops, attend artist talks, and purchase one-of-a-kind, original pieces. Neighborhood breweries are conveniently located next to several of the major buildings, so you can hit Able, Bauhaus, and 612 for drink breaks.
Minnehaha Regional Park
Who run the world? Girls, obvi. Lace up your shoes and join about 4,000 ladies for the annual Women Run the Cities along the Mississippi River. Choose from a super-scenic 5K, 10K, or 10-mile course and after crossing the finish line, celebrate with a post-race brunch bar.