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!

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! Make the most of it and make it a weekend! Book your hotel and don't worry about trying to squeeze everything into one day.

MN United & Surly Prematch Parties

Every home game through end of season
Surly Brewing Co.

Surly is thrilled to partner with Minnesota United for a second season of Official Prematch Parties at their Destination Brewery before every home game. Grab a beer, get some food, listen to some live music, and march to the stadium with a brass band and the rest of your fellow soccer enthusiasts.

Farm Babies

March 23 - April 30, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily
Minnesota Zoo

Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.   Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.

Surly Beer Hall Cellar Raid

Last Monday of every month (March 26, April 30, May 28)
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Surly Brewing Co.

Every month, the Beer Hall at Surly's Destination Brewery gives Surly Nation access to their coveted vintage beers. The cellar raid features a live DJ, table-side bottle service and a beer list that changes month to month with the draft cart always in the back corner with special treats. Check back each month for their upcoming cellar raid beer list!

Twins Home Opener

April 5, 2018
3:30 PM 
Target Field

Come on down for the Minnesota Twins home opener. Watch the Twins take on the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Be one of the first 10,000 through the gates and receive a Twins hoodie sweatshirt! If you can't make it, check out Twins theme nights and other specials!

Minnesota Brewer's Ball

April 7, 2018
6:00 PM 
International Market Square

The Minnesota Brewer's Ball is all about good people, sampling good drinks, for a good cause. You can help find a cure for cystic fibrosis on April 7, 2018! The annual Minnesota Brewer's Ball is a unique, craft beer tasting event - with an opportunity for VIP ticket holders to sample local distilleries and wineries as well. The event offers guests the opportunity to sample hand-crafted beers, from the region's local breweries while enjoying fabulous food.  The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, and great drinks.

MSP International Film Festival

April 12-28, 2018
Films & Events

MSPIFF is Minnesota’s largest film event and one of the longest running film festivals in the country. Each year, the festival presents more than 250+ bold, exciting, and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the globe. Join us for the 37th annual event!

Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

April 14, 2018
8:10 and 8:55 AM
Boom Island Park

Join the movement that's taken over the racing world. Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is returning to Minneapolis on April 14, 2018! Start and finish in Boom Island Park amongst the biggest chocolate aficionados in Minneapolis. This year, train, race, and celebrate  all the way to the finish line.

Minnesota Craft Beer Festival

April 14th, 2018
1 - 5 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall E 

Come on down to the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 14th for the annual Minnesota Craft Beer Festival! With more than 300 beers from 90+ breweries from Minnesota, you'll get the taproom experience of them all. Enjoy limited release beers, world-class breweries, unlimited pours and live music from Rough House.

Celebration 2018

April 19-22
Paisley Park

The Celebration 2018 welcomes fans from around the world into an immersive four-day experience at Paisley Park honoring the life and legacy of Prince. Exclusive musical guests are set to perform including long-time Prince collaborator and friend Sheila E. Special guest speakers will participate in panel discussions and there will be special presentations highlighting Prince's talent.

Prince Tribute Charity Crawl

April 21, 2018
12:00 PM
Multiple locations, downtown Minneapolis

Honor the Minneapolis icon, Prince, on April 21. Two years after the artistic sensation passed away, people around the globe can still feel the loss. Come together with Prince fans of all walks of life and celebrate the man who redefined music, art and identity.

University of Minnesota Spring Jam

April 21, 2018
All Day
UMN Campus

Spring Jam™ is a celebration that brings the U of M together for an over-the-top festival experience. Complete with live music, carnival rides, and food, Spring Jam™ is the perfect welcome party for warm weather! The music lineup includes Lil Yachty, Cashmere Cat and Ella Mai.

Fashion Week Minnesota

April 23-29, 2018
Locations Vary

Fashion Week MN (FWMN) is a community-driven initiative celebrating the talent of the Minnesota fashion industry and creative community. Every spring and fall, FWMN organizes a week-long installment of events showcasing the designers, brands, retailers, producers, stylists, artists, influencers, models, photographers and other creatives who are elevating the Minnesota style scene. Join fellow fashion lovers for the Spring 2018 FWMN!

Art in Bloom

April 26-29, 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

2018 Festival of Nations

May 3-6, 2018
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Festival of Nations invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the globe through members of our local communities. The Festival brings together people from a vast array of ethnic communities to celebrate their ethnic heritage, learn about other cultures and enjoy great food. Through engaging cultural exhibits, vibrant music and dance, personal connections, and culinary delights, Festival of Nations provides a look into the traditions, history and journey of nearly 100 ethnic groups, and sheds light on how each one contributes to the American cultural landscape.

2018 Mayday Parade

May 6, 2018
Powderhorn Park

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.

Art-a-Whirl

May 18-20, 2018
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.

Minnesota Lynx Home Opener

May 20th, 2018
4:00pm
Target Center

Looking to defend their 2017 WNBA Championship, the Minnesota Lynx will start off their season at home vs. the LA Sparks. This will be a re-match of last year's Finals, so emotions will be running high at this game.