Spring Events in Minneapolis

When you look at this calendar, you'll wonder how you ever spent spring anywhere else. Our mix of outdoor adventure and indoor inspiration provide one of the most unique experiences in America. Check out what YOU could be doing with a visit to Minneapolis.

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MARCH


Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women
New Century Theatre
February 27-April 19
Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust. Girls Only is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show is a unique examination of all things guilty.
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Fifty Shades of Gravy
Brave New Workshop
Now-May 2nd
In "Fifty Shades of Gravy," the cast of the BNW will be doing  what it does best: Plumbing the depths of human stupidity, from politics to pop culture to poorly written erotica bestsellers. These satirical sketches and songs are fresh from the creative minds who brought you 2012's smash hit "Fifty Shades of White: A Minnesota XXXmas"!
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Guthrie Theater
Feb 8-March 29
Mischief meets merriment in this fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy. In just one night, four magical stories are cleverly woven together: the marriage of the Athenian duke to the Amazon queen; the battle of the king and queen of the fairies; the follies of four lovers in a forest; and the hilarious antics of amateur actors staging a play. 
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Frame Up
Walker Art Center
January 6, 2015-March 29
Filmmaker Ericka Beckman’s dual-screen projection Frame UPreimagines the construction of the Walker’s Herzog & de Meuron–designed building as a video/pinball game. The short film is edited from hours of footage shot during her 2003–2005 Walker artist residency. 2005, 8 minutes.
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CSI: The Experience 
EMS Exhibit Center
March 2015
Do you have what it takes? Come find out at CSI: The Experience. Join forces with our team of investigators, and identify evidence at the scene of the crime. Using the latest in forensic scientific advances, put your investigative skills to the test!
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Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
Science Museum of Minnesota
March, 2015
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and partner museums.
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Macy's Flower Show: Art in Bloom 2015
Macy's Downtown Minneapolis
March 22-April 4
Join us for the Taste of the Oak Grill Dinner in Macy’s Oak Grill Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal of traditional and specialty menu items paired with four different wines. Those attending this event will also get a sneak peek of Macy’s Flower Show that evening. Tickets are $35.
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Winter Flower Show
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Jan 10-March 15
The Winter Show will have a mixture of purple, red, and pink.  Plants highlighted will be various Cyclamen, Pansies, Viola, Cineraria, Amaryllis, Primula , Azaleas, Camellias, Digitalis, Primula and Velthemia with their pink flower spikes.  Fragrance to the show will be supplied by various Oriental lilies and Papewhite Narcissus. The addition of spring ephemerals will occur in 2015.  
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Annie 
Orpheum Theatre
March 31-April 5
One of the world's best-loved musicals is back! The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. Featuring the beloved book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." 
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Northwest Sports Show
Minneapolis Convention Center
March 25-29
Whether you're an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, the Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow is YOUR show! This annual 5-day event turns the Minneapolis Convention Center into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun the best place to see and buy everything you need for your outdoor adventures! 
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Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames
Xcel Energy Center
March 27
Come watch the Minnesota Wild vie for a playoff spot as they take on the Calgary Flames at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Women of the Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum
March 14
Celebrate Women’s History Month with performances by four Mill City Museum History Players portraying women in Minneapolis and the region in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guests can also take a short quiz to discover which "women’s work" would suit them best, and try their hand at the "Piecework Challenge," testing their speed against 19th century work standards.
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Black Label Movement with special guests The Bakken Trio
Cowles Center for Performing Arts
March 5-7
Black Label Movement's third Cowles Center season will treat audiences to the full spectrum of Artistic Director Carl Flink’s choreography with the lush physicality of Lost Lullabies, the intimate emotional landscape of A Fractured Narrative for a Sad Ending and more.
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The Sing-Off Live Tour
Mill City Nights
March 29
The Sing-Off, NBC’s No. 1 rated a cappella music competition, returns to the road this February for its second national The Sing-Off Live! Tour.
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APRIL


Minnesota Timberwolves vs Toronto Raptors
Target Center
April 1
See the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Toronto Raptors at Target Center 7:00pm, April 1st. 
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Minnesota Zoo's Farm Babies
Minnesota Zoo 
April 1-30
Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.  There’s nothing cuter than baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Each weekend there will be special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.
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Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival

Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Film Festival
St. Anthony Main Theatre
April 9-25
The largest film event in the Upper Midwest, and one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country, the MSP International Film Festival annually presents some 200 feature length and short form narrative and documentary films from 60+ countries around the world to growing numbers of attendees every year.
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Guster
State Theatre
April 9
With a new looseness and swagger on Guster’s forthcoming album, Evermotion, the band pushes the acoustic guitars into the background, instead exploring deeper drum grooves, keyboard textures and atmospheric noise. The album's first single, the infectious “Simple Machine,” has been hailed by TIME Magazine for its “frantic beats and crawling synthesizers.
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Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience
EMS Exhibit Center
April 2015
Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ is an interactive installation located at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ brings the iconic Barbie™ Dreamhouse® toy to real life for fans of all ages. With interactive and personalized touches, guests have the opportunity to discover different rooms, living areas and to explore the 30,000 square feet of this larger-than-life version of Barbie™ doll’s Dreamhouse® for a one-of-a-kind branded experience.
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Minneapolis Remodeling Expo
Minneapolis Convention Center
April 10-12
This comprehensive and expansive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.
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The Crucible
Guthrie Theater
April 11-May 24
For the first time in four decades, Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of good and evil will be revisited at the Guthrie. It’s 1692 and a dark magic possesses Salem. The God-fearing citizens are on their guard and no one is beyond suspicion. As investigations into witchcraft reach their height, a young woman points a finger at Elizabeth, the blameless wife of John Proctor.
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International Pop Exhibition 
Walker Art Center
April 11-August 29
This groundbreaking exhibition follows the trajectories of Pop and its critical points of contact with global developments in art such as Nouveau Réalisme (France), Concretism and Neo-Concretism (Brazil), the Art of Things (Argentina), Anti-Art (Japan), Capitalist Realism (Germany), Happenings, and Neo-Dada. 
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Shapiro & Smith Dance
Cowles Center for Performing Arts
April 2-4
Shapiro & Smith Dance will present Tableau VivantApril 2-4, 2015 at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.
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Kalin & Myles
Mill City Night
April 10
A VIP Ticket includes a ticket to the show, commemorative VIP laminate with lanyard, a Pre--‐show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity with Kalin and Myles and access to the "KAM Kick It".
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Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg
Xcel Energy Center
April 6
Come watch Zach Parise the Minnesota Wild vie for a playoff spot as they take on Winnipeg at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Minnesota Twins Home Opener vs Kansas City Royals
Target Field
April 13
See the Minnesota Twins take on the Kansas City Royals in their first home game of the 2015 seson.
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Damien Rice
Northrop Auditorium
April 15
Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter best known for his hits "Cannonball," "9 Crimes," and "The Blower's Daughter." My Favourite Faded Fantasy, the highly anticipated new album from Rice, is now available and continues to receive critical praise both stateside and abroad. Rice’s latest single, “I Don’t Want to Change You,” was recently featured on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” 
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75 Gifts for 75 Years
Walker Art Center
Feb-Aug
One of several exhibitions marking the occasion of the Walker’s 75th anniversary, this presentation focuses on the vital role that gifts of art have played in building the collection throughout its history. While the Walker has always made important purchases of art, often acquiring the work of artists early in their careers, this activity alone could not have developed the museum’s collection into the preeminent repository of contemporary art that it is today.
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Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers
Target Field
April 27-29
Every home game throughout the 2015 season, the Minnesota Twins Split the Pot Raffle will benefit the Twins Community Fund. One lucky winner will take home HALF the net proceeds from that day's raffle.
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Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators
Xcel Energy Center
April 13
Come watch Zach Parise the Minnesota Wild vie for a playoff spot as they take on the Nashville Predators at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays
Target Field
April 15-17
See hometown hero Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins take on home run master Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field – home of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz
Target Center
April 16
See double double machine Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Utah Jazz in the last regular season home game of the year.
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Shapiro and Smith Dance
Cowles Center for Performing Arts
April 17-19
Shapiro & Smith Dance’s newest work, “Narcissus” takes audiences down a path of mirrors where we see how our preoccupation with image might distort how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. 
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Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers
Target Field
April 27-29
See hometown hero Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins take on AL MVPs Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers at Target Field – home of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
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James Sewell Ballet
Cowles Center for Performing Arts
April 25-May 4
With the Dante Project, James Sewell Ballet will create a new full-length dance/theater performance piece – “Inferno” – inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.  The piece will premiere at The Cowles Center as the centerpiece of James Sewell Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Season.
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Jersey Boys
Orpheum Theater
April 28- May 3
Since its debut in 2005, Jersey Boys has become a must see, embedding itself in the Broadway landscape, playing over 3,000 performances and winning 4 Tonys, proving that the rags to riches, to rags again, story is an ever enduring theme!
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Bunnicula
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
April 24-26
Chester the cat and Harold the dog are the best of pals. But, one dark and stormy night, their family comes home with a very strange baby rabbit who has sharp fangs instead of buck teeth, and who sleeps all day and prowls around his cage all night. Meanwhile, all the vegetables in the house are drained of their color and turn white. Could this possibly be a coincidence, or could Bunnicula be a vampire? 
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MAY


Happy Days- A New Musical
Through May 17th
New Century Theatre
The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a trip back to the 1950s with the Cunninghams and their friends.
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Medtronic TC 1 Mile

Medtronic TC 1 Mile
Marquette Plaza
May 14
It All Starts with the First Mile. The race will be run in multiple waves. The first wave starts at 6:53 p.m. with each successive wave starting approximately 10-15 minutes after the one preceding it. See the chart below for wave information and approximate start times. (Wave start times may be subject to change.).
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Star Trek: The Exhibition
EMS Exhibit Center 
May 2015
Star Trek™: The Exhibition is the largest collection of authenticStar Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display. A truly impressive array of exhibits featuring sets, costumes, priceless museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek feature films, including the 2009  blockbuster film directed by J.J. Abrams. 
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Dinosaurs Alive!
ValleyFair
May 2015
This dinosaur park presents scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence, such as the predator trap at Cleveland-Lloyd in Utah and the Pachyrhinosaurus flash flood episode from Pipestone Creek in Alberta, Canada. Other key scenes depicting behaviors and diversity include an attack by a pack of Deinonychus on a lone Tenontosaurus, and an adult and sub-adult Tyrannosaurus rex stalking a Triceratops.
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