Minneapolis (April 6, 2018) – Minneapolis recently captured the spotlight and successfully hosted Super Bowl LII, but that’s just the beginning of an exciting year for the Bold North. In April, visitors will be drawn to the City by Nature for events such as the Prince from Minneapolis Symposium and Celebration 2018, the U.S. premiere of “Such a Morning,” plus the annual “Art in Bloom” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Minneapolis Craft Beer Festival. With this Meet Minneapolis leisure travel round-up, you might just find that you’ve never met a place quite like this.
Here are some of the highlights of events taking place in Minneapolis in April:
Prince from Minneapolis Symposium and Celebration 2018
It’s hard to believe it has been two years since Prince Rogers Nelson, Minneapolis native son, passed away April 21, 2016. The fervor for “all things purple” has not dissipated Minneapolis.
This year, the first-ever Prince From Minneapolis, A Symposium, April 16-18, presented by the University of Minnesota, will investigate Prince’s unique relationship to Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. Asking numerous questions like, “Why did Prince stay there?” and “How did the Minneapolis sound affect hip hop, jazz, rock and electronic dance music?” as well as, “Why do music tourists flock to this city from Europe and Australia?”
In collaboration with the symposium, the University’s Weisman Art Museum has organized an exhibition, “Prince from Minneapolis,” celebrating Prince’s local legacy. This will be open through June.
In addition, Paisley Park -- Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary near Minneapolis, now a museum and event center -- will welcome fans from around the world to Celebration 2018, April 19-22. This year’s event will include an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations. Celebration 2018 has added an arena show, “PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen,” at the newly renovated Target Center on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Art – U.S. Film Premiere and Annual “Art in Bloom”
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) presents the U.S. premiere of Such a Morning (2017), a film by New Delhi–based artist Amar Kanwar. The 85-minute single-channel film installation, which debuted internationally in 2017 at documenta 14, is the centerpiece of the exhibition “New Pictures: Amar Kanwar, Such a Morning,” on view April 15 to Aug. 12. It is the latest in Mia’s “New Pictures” series, which showcases artists who push the boundaries of photography and new media and respond to Mia’s encyclopedic art collection.
View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them during the 35th 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. The exhibit has become a Minneapolis rite of spring.
Minnesota Craft Beer Festival at Minneapolis Convention Center
Minnesota Craft Beer Festival returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center, on April 14, featuring limited release beers, unlimited pours and live music. Last year this event was a sellout. With 90+ breweries pouring more than 300 beers, there’s no better way to sample Minnesota’s finest while supporting Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
Surly Brewing Company’s “Surly Pizza Upstairs”
Surly Brewing Company’s destination brewery recently opened Surly Pizza Upstairs, featuring New Haven-style pizza, oysters and more. Replacing the former Brewer’s Table, the new restaurant is located above the Beer Hall and is open nights and weekends.
Minnesota Twins’ Target Field Features New “Bat and Barrel” Bar
The former Metropolitan Club space is now the Bat and Barrel bar at Target Field, which is premiering this week at the team’s opening home stand. Open to all fans, unlike the former club space, the new area will feature foods from local restaurants.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
The 37th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) returns April 12-28, bringing 158 new feature films and 120+ shorts representing 70+ countries to audiences, as well as parties and social events combining live music, entertainment and cinema.
One Year Away: NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball in Minneapolis
One year from now, the NCAA will bring the men’s Final Four back to Minneapolis. U.S. Bank Stadium, site of Super Bowl LII, will host this finale to March Madness April 6-8, 2019. The last time Minneapolis was the host city for this event was in 2001.
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