Events Calendar

Minneapolis is the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. No other American city has a chain of lakes, the mighty Mississippi, and 200 miles of walking, biking and cross country ski trails within the city limits-literally steps from the most vibrant arts and music scene outside NYC, the best shopping in the region, and museums among the finest in the nation. Celebrate your stay in Minneapolis with some of these fabulous, unique events.

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Memorial Blood Centers 11th Annual Gala

May 7th to 7th

This year in Minnesota, one in 450 kids will be diagnosed with cancer before age 15. Memorial Blood Centers’ _What’s Your Type?_ event will raise funds to help children fighting cancer. Having specially matched blood is often essential to these young patients in their fight and funds raised will help match donated blood with cancer patients in local hospitals. Join emcee Rena Sarigianopoulos from KARE-11, along with 600 guests for silent and live auctions, raffle, mystery boxes, cork pull, blood typing and more. Savories and sweets provided by the Eat Local restaurants, and music by Stockcar Named Desire; a fiery fusion of high-energy, full throttle roots, rock and swing. 

Eric Whitacre with the Minnesota Orchestra

May 8th to 10th

You'll want to say "I was there!" when the unpredictable Grammy-winning Eric Whitacre, rock star of the global choral and virtual media scene, returns to lead a concert of otherworldly harmonizing along with contemporary orchestral works. Among the highlights: Lux Aurumque, Deep Field and the suprising Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. Tickets $25-$96. 

111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis , MN

Treat Yo Momma

May 8th to 10th

Head to Hell's Kitchen Mother's Day Weekend for an extended Brunch. Celebreate the Fishing Opener with one of our many walleye entrees. Try out the Epic Bloody Mary Bar and New Mimosa Bar. 

80 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Bell Social: Curious Creatures After Dark

May 8th to 8th

Because only the most curious creatures come out at night... 
Enjoy a special after hours event at the Bell Museum of Natural History—City Pages 2015 winner for best museum in the Twin Cities. A variety of refreshments and refreshing activities await including a celebration of art and science with the Bell Museum artists in residence Sam Easterson & Diane Willow, live music in the diorama halls from The Cactus Blossoms, and much more!

10 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN

National Train Day

May 9th to 9th

The Minnesota Transportation Museum hosts National; Train day event for all ages. Highlights include a Jazz Breakfast, real train rides, give-aways, live music, interactive activities, face painting, caricatures, vendor booths, blacksmith demonstrations, museum access, food trucks, and a new exhibit unveiling. Plus, free vintage bus rides to the James J. Hill House (with free entry to the art gallery), St. Paul Union Depot, and the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum.  

193 Pennsylvania Ave E
St. Paul , MN

Bike MS: Sam's Club Twin Cities Ride

May 9th to 9th

Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, one-day ride that starts and finishes at Summit Brewery in St. Paul, Minn. Choose a 15-, 25- or 50-mile route and pedal toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. For more information and to register, visit 

Twin Cities , MN

LINDOR Chocolate Day

May 9th to 9th

 In celebration, Lindt is creating millions of LINDOR melt moments across the country for people to experience the irresistibly smooth melting LINDOR truffle, including a special sampling event in Minneapolis. From 12-8 p.m. on May 9 at the Mall of America, Lindt will offer chocolate lovers the opportunity to experience their very own LINDOR melt moment via complimentary LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffles, exclusive offers and a virtual reality LINDOR experience to escape to an exotic location as they enjoy their LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffle. Similar activations will be taking place simultaneously in NYC and San Francisco on May 9, as well as in more than 2,000 retailers nationwide. 

Bloomington, MN

Douglas Flanders & Associates presents Kris Lowe: The Back Story

May 9th to 9th

Douglas Flanders and Associates are pleased to present Kris Lowe: The Back Story. Kristen Lowe exhibits a new series of large drawing/constructions based on research into the American Eagle's practice as architect of the largest nest on record and its nesting habit of accumulating a variety of materials that are recycled year after year. In her eagle's nest works, Lowe creates a charcoal base to which she adds the physical volume of materials such as grasses from nature walks, thread, whole and shredded postage stamps, and in some cases, even shredded paper currency. This presents a viewer the opportunity for not only exploring formal intricacies but the potential for symbolic and editorial commentary.

818 W Lake Street
Minneapolis , MN

Union Depot Train Day

May 9th to 9th

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul will host its annual Train Day event on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will feature rail-themed activities and entertainment for all ages, with five restored vintage rail cars and a brand new Amtrak baggage car specially equipped for those traveling with bicycles.  Displays of MINNESOTA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM’S vintage 1966 GREAT NORTHERN 400 HUSTLE MUSCLE and 1951 EMPIRE BUILDER coach car.  Refreshments for purchase at CHRISTOS in the Head House and from GASTROTRUCK and SIZZLIN’ WAGON food trucks on the East Plaza.

214 Fourth Street East Suite 300
Saint Paul , MN

Mother's Day Brunch

May 10th to 10th

Treat Mom to a Special Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. Featuring hot and cold buffets, meat carving station, pastry table, and kid friendly options. Brunch includes your choice of coffee or orange juice. Offered 9am to 3pm. 

825 Hennepin Ave CRAVE
Minneapolis , MN


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