Spring Events

When you look at this calendar, you'll wonder how you ever spent spring anywhere else.

Minneapolis is a four-season city, and there are always things to do whether you prefer being indoors or out. The city has a reputation for being one of the nation’s healthiest cities, and its award-winning parks and trails systems are accessible year-round. Once winter comes to a close, trees and flowers begin to bloom and parks explode in bright colors.

We are a city with both award-winning museums and gorgeous parks. It has beautiful riverfront trails and fun professional sports stadiums. Enjoy a cold beverage at one of our local breweries or revisit your childhood at an adult arcade. Families can rent bikes and ride along the river or head to the Science Museum for a day full of exploration. Come experience the unique intersection of a vibrant, bustling downtown with an amazing outdoor landscape. There's nothing quite like spring in Minneapolis! 


Chanhassen Dinner Theater

March 3-October 28

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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Real Housewives of Edina Season 2

New Century Theater

March 16 - April 15

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Matilda The Musical

Orpheum Theater


Matilda the Musical March 28 - April 2 TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year comes to the Orpheum (March 28 – April 2)! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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A Musical Companion to Betsy-Tacy

Minnesota History Center

March 14

A Musical Companion to Betsy-Tacy Tue., March 14, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am Vocalist Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson present songs from the 1890s through World War I that were referred to in Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy book series.

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Jon De Vaal: Old School Piano Bar

Red Stag Supper Club

March 15 - April 19

Jon De Vaal: Old School Piano Bar:Wednesday, April 19, 2017        9:00pm 11:59pmJoin us as we welcome Jon De Vaal and Paige Ferris for an Old School Piano Bar the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9pm-close.  Jon & Paige are well remembered from the infamous NYE's piano bar.  Happy Hour 10pm-close!

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The Fingerprints That Couldn't Lie

New Century Theater

April 23rd

The Fingerprints That Couldn't Lie Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:00 pm: The Norwegian Explorers present another Sherlock Holmes radio drama at the Museum. This year’s drama, “The Fingerprints That Couldn’t Lie,” first aired April 3, 1944.

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The American Clock

Guthrie Theater

April 13-23

The American Clock April 13-23rd: In this brilliantly theatrical, kaleidoscopic study of the Great Depression in its early years, Arthur Miller's The American Clock stitches a fabric of short scenes played in vaudeville style, some with period songs. The central figures are the Baums, a wealthy family whose fortune has vanished in the stock market crash, but their story is amplified and illuminated by brief glimpses of others from all walks of life.

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Minnesota Wine Dinner

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

April 20

Minnesota Wine Dinner: Cast and Cru Restaurant Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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The Psycho Luau: Pig Roast & Dinner Show

Psycho Suzi's

March 31, 2017

Don't just eat a pig roast, experience it.' Eater'tainment.

Pre-show Feast

  • A PIG ROAST (offered to the tiki gods)
  • A LUAU SPREAD (done Suzi's way)
  • KONA BREW Tap Takeover ($6 a beer)

Dinner Show Includes:

  • FIRE

Be a lone warrior at communal tables (to meet other lone warriors) or bring your whole tribe.Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets for $49 each.

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival

St. Anthony Main Theaters

April 13-20

The largest film event in the region, and one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country, the MSP International Film Festival annually presents more than 200 feature length and short narrative and documentary films from more than 60 countries.

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43rd Annual Mayday Parade

Powderhorn Park

May 7

The MayDay Parade and ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities. For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world.

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Northeast Minneapolis

May 19-21Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is a free open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.

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Plant Your Garden for Seed Saving Workshop

Oliver H. Kelly Farm

March 11

Plant Your Garden for Seed Saving Workshop Sat., Mar 11, 2017, 9:00 am - Noon : Discover how to design your garden for seed saving in this hands-on workshop located in the Oliver Kelley Farm's new visitor center classrooms. Learn about seed selection, planting and growing methods and harvesting techniques. Topics will include hand-pollination and isolation techniques, proper tools for seed saving, how to identify the best seeds to save, seed preparation and proper storage techniques. Participants will leave with a garden plan, seed-saving tools and some seeds for spring planting.

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Hot Indian Dance Off Finals

Powderhorn Park

May 20 from 3-6pm

The Hot Indian Dance Off began as a collaboration between BDS and Hot Indian Foods to showcase diverse local dance talent in a fun choreography challenge at the Midtown Global Market.  In the first two years, HIDO became such a popular attraction that we realized we could not accommodate the enthusiastic crowd at MGM. Earlier this year in March, we held HIDO prelims at MGM, and we will hold the final competition at nearby Powderhorn Park.

As part of our larger initiative of splitting HIDO into two days, we also reached outside the South Asian American communities and were rewarded with dance styles of different cultures being performed to Indian music including: African, Hmong, Hip Hop, Bhangra, Ballet, Irish, Kuthu, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam.

It is a beautiful experience watching unity in diversity.

Women of Mill City Family Day

March 25

Women of Mill City Family Day Sat., Mar 25, 2017, Noon - 3:00 pm Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by four Mill City Museum history players portraying 19th and 20th century women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Explore the museum exhibits for stories of women who contribute to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902. Test your skills in a "piecework challenge" against the speed of women mill workers who produced 2,200 bags of floor a day. Visitors can also dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s "mill girl" and make their own paper hat like women flour packers wore in 1919.

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West Side Story

Ordway Center for Performing Arts

April 4 - 16

West Side Story April 4-16 he world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater’s finest accomplishments. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to New York City in the 1950s, where two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time.

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Minnesota Lynx

Excel Energy Center

May 14

The Minnesota Lynx kick of their 2017 season at home verses the Chicago Sky.

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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reopens June 2017

Walker Art Center

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the crown jewels of the city’s park system, uniting two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. The 11-acre site, home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, showcases more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center’s renowned collection. A partnership with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, the Garden is a top destination for visitors, who enjoy not only the art but also the seasonal displays in the Cowles Conservatory and the Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden.

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Final Major Battle in Western Europe

Historic Fort Snelling

May 11

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hal Winton, author of "Corps Commanders of the Bulge," and veterans of the Battle of the Bulge will discuss critical decisions and mistakes that resulted in a hard-fought victory.

The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.

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War of 1812 Family Day

North West Company Fur Post

June 3

War of 1812 Family Day Sat., Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm It's the War of 1812, and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support.

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Animal Babies at Minnesota Zoo

March 24Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

It’s always an exciting time when we have babies at the Minnesota Zoo.  But sometimes zoo babies arrive in nontraditional ways … not just by the stork.  Join Curator of the Northern Trail Diana Weinhardt and hear the “tails” of some of the Zoos most popular babies – brown bears Sadie, Kenai, Haines; Sundari, the Amur tiger; and our resident herd of moose!

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Minnesota Twins

Target Field

The Minnesota Twins officially start their season at Target Field against the Royals on April 3! Come experience baseball at one of the best ballparks in the country.

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The 20th Annual Arboretum Bud Break 5k Run/Walk

Minnesota Landscape Arboritum

May 7

The 20th Annual Arboretum Bud Break 5k Run/Walk Sunday, May 7, start time 9 a.m.  certified asphalt course that winds through scenic spring Arboretum landscapes, including challenging hills and rolling prairies. Medals will be awarded to top three runners overall. Results will be posted on Raceberry Jam at https://www.raceberryjam.com/

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Running Aces

March 30 - September 16

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