Spring Events

Kick hibernation to the curb. It's time to awake from that wintery slumber and spend some time in the sweet spring air!

Due to recent events regarding COVID-19, please be sure to check the official event website or with event organizers for up to date cancellations and postponements.

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! 

Sistine Chapel Exhibit

Now–April 25th, 2021
Mall of America

Be transported safely and responsibly to the Vatican, all while never leaving Minnesota. Marvel up close and personal at one of the world's greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo's renowned ceiling frescoes.

The internationally acclaimed Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition is an immersive presentation of museum-quality, near life-size reproductions of the iconic master’s frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The Sistine Chapel exhibit allows visitors to experience one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements: Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in near-original size in a format that allows viewers to get face-to-face with the masterpieces. Through 34 artfully displayed reproductions, this innovative presentation includes world-renowned pieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, bringing them just a few feet away from the audience.

Full Moon Hikes

March 27th & 28th, 2021
April 25th & 26th, 2021
Various Times
MN Landscape Arboretum

Enjoy the quiet beauty of the Arboretum at night during our Full Moon Hikes in March and April. These special-access after-hours events feature luminaries, up-lit trees and bonfires. Hike through the Dayton Wildflower Garden and Johanna Frerichs Garden for Wildlife in March or the bog boardwalk in April. Reservations are $5 for Arboretum members and children and $20 for non-member adults.

Twins Home Opener

April 8th, 2021
3:10pm
Target Field

The new state guidelines allow seated outdoor venues to have a maximum capacity 10,000 fans in attendance this year. Single game tickets for the first 17 scheduled home games of the 2021 season, from the April 8 Home Opener through May 6, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. CT this Thursday, March 25.

To provide the safest environment possible for fans, staff and players, and to maximize guest comfort, the Twins will seat guests in “pods” of exactly two (2) or four (4) contiguous seats only, with a minimum distance of six (6) feet between pods in all directions. Sales are restricted to one (1) ticket purchaser per pod.

Prince Remembrance

April 21, 2021
Paisley Park Atrium

On the fifth anniversary of the passing of the incomparable Prince, Paisley Park, his home and creative sanctuary, is opening its doors for fans to pay tribute and celebrate his life. The Paisley Park Atrium, will be open for free visitation on Wednesday April 21 from 9 AM – 9 PM. Advance reservations are required.

Guests are also welcome to leave flowers, mementos, and other memorial items in front of the Love Symbol statue outside the Paisley Park main entrance. For those unable to visit in person, an online memorial will be available at PaisleyPark.com.

Visits will be timed, and masks required, keeping in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions currently in place. Limited reservations are available. Reservations do not include tickets for a tour; the museum will not host tours on April 21.

Virtual Art in Bloom 2021

April 28th-May 2nd, 2021

Save-the-date for the virtual return of Mia’s annual floral celebration of creativity and philanthropy. For the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, Art in Bloom will be digital this year. Expect virtual events, floral interpretations of artworks from home, and unique opportunities to give back to the institution and community that you love.

Fashion Week Minnesota

April 28th-May 1st, 2021
Locations Vary

Fashion Week MN (FWMN) announces it will host AWAKE: Spring 2021 lineup on April 28 through May 1. This spring, expect a COVID-safe, yet exciting lineup that showcases the work of local fashion veterans and fresh up-and-coming talent. This spring’s lineup features 7 events that represent a cross-section of the Minnesota fashion community, showcasing the diverse talent within the local fashion community.

Wordplay

May 2nd-8th, 2021
Virtual

Wordplay 2021 is all virtual due to public health concerns. They will host a series of livestreams throughout the week. This will include a regularly scheduled morning program focused on children's and young adult books, an afternoon program focused around international books, and an evening conversation focused around timely themes and topics.

There is no charge to attend any Wordplay event, but they will be offering an enhanced ticket that will include virtual, facilitated discussion hours before or after events—some of which will include visits from the authors!

MSP International Film Festival

May 13th-23rd, 2021
Various Locations

The 40th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns this year as a hybrid event with virtual screenings and plans in the works for outdoor screenings too! Check back on their website periodically, as they’ll be updating with more information.

Art-a-Whirl

May 14th-16th, 2021
Northeast Minneapolis

Presented 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.

During Art-A-Whirl weekend some individual studios and galleries will be open to in-person visitors, provided that everyone wears masks and observes social distance. A list of which artists and sites are hosting open hours the weekend of Art-A-Whirl will be provided on their website soon.