Twin Cities Late Spring Events (May & June)
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As the weather gets warmer, the Twin Cities are buzzing with fun activities. See what's happening around Minneapolis and St. Paul in May and June.
Festival of Nations
Celebrate diversity at the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest at the St. Paul RiverCentre. For almost 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people to learn more about cultures from around the world. More than 90 ethnic groups showcase their rich heritage through performances, demonstrations, exhibits, ethnic cuisine and cultural bazaars. For tickets and free Metro Transit ride info, check their website.
Booty and the Beast: A Tinderella Story
May 4-June 24
What happens when Beauty and the Beast enters the world of texting, emojis and dating apps? Visit Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre in Minneapolis for a hilarious take on this classic film. Tickets are $20-36 and performances are every Thursday–Saturday through June 24.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Join in the party at the Cinco de Mayo Festival on the west side of St. Paul with a parade, live entertainment, car show, demonstrations, jalapeño eating contest and more! The festivities begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Street and Robert Street.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s 43rd annual MayDay Parade and Festival takes place at Powderhorn Park. The celebration of May brings the whole community together for a parade with 50-foot tall puppets, live music, dancing, poetry readings, canoe rides on the nearby lake, food and the signature Tree of Life ceremony.
May 13 & 14
Looking for plans for Mother’s Day? How about spending the afternoon tasting your way through your favorite grills foods and sampling summer wines and specialty beers at Minnesota Monthly’s 6th annual GrillFest at CHS Field. The 21+ event is filled with grilling demonstrations, great food and the first annual Bloody Mary competition.
The largest open studio art tour in the country happens right here in Northeast Minneapolis. This free event is open to the public and features more than 600 artists at over 50 locations, including art galleries, storefronts, local businesses, studio buildings and homes. For specific location information, visit the Art-a-Whirl website.
Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling
Explore history at Historic Fort Snelling over Memorial Day Weekend. Learn about Fort Snelling’s role in U.S. western expansion and American Indian history. Transport yourself back in time with demonstrations, including cannon firings, blacksmithing and hearth cooking. Visitors can also see the stone barracks at the fort and talk to costumed staff members from different eras of U.S. history.
Soundset Music Festival
Rock out at Soundset’s 10-year anniversary festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The lineup of performers includes: Travis Scott, Atmosphere, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gucci Mane, T.I., Mac Miller, Kevin Gates, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Brother Ali, D.R.A.M., Ty Dolla $ign, P.O.S, The Stand4rd, Dr. Octagon, Aminé, Talib Kweli, Denzel Curry, Mod Sun, Pete Rock, Dave East, 070 Shake, Sa-Roc, Zuluzuluu, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Peanut Butter Wolf, Stretch & Bobbito, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, Oswin Benjamin, Sophia Eris, J. Plaza, Monalisa, Horrorshow, Black Liquid, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, DJ Fleg, Last Word, DJ Keezy, Booka B, and hosts Sway Colloway, Heather B, JPratt and Cros One.
Minnesota Children’s Museum Reopening
Head over to the newly expanded Minnesota Children’s Museum for learning that is powered by play. New features include ten permanent exhibits, a four-story climbing structure, café with coffee bar, expanded toddler gallery, two outdoors spaces and more. Visit their website for specific details about when the museum will be reopening.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reopening
The sculpture garden next to the Walker Art Center in downtown Minneapolis will reopen after a total redesign with 16 new installations to enjoy. To celebrate the grand reopening, guided tours, food trucks, DJs, Blue Bunny Ice Cream and Walker giveways will take place throughout the day between 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
St. Anthony Park Arts Festival
Bringing the Twin Cities community together for 48 years, the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival features the work of more than 70 artists, art activities, music, food, plant and book sales and a community area. Proceeds from the festival go to the St. Anthony Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library.
This free family event celebrates Minnesota’s clean lakes with hands-on learning activities about clean water, conservation and wildlife at Phalen Park. Take a ride on a canoe, kayak or paddleboat, learn how to fish or participate in a fishing competition. Other fun activities include a water arcade, climbing wall, live animals, lakeside yoga, jump castle, art exhibits, dancing, food and more.
Grand Old Day
Kick off the summer with 30 blocks of fun along Grand Avenue. Thousands come out to Grand Old Day for great fair foods, a parade, live music and local vendors.
Don’t miss your chance to see the 20th anniversary tour of your favorite Broadway musical, Rent, at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest
Spend the day sipping on craft beers at this outdoor festival at the International Bazaar, located within the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Sample brews from more than 100 breweries in a commemorative tasting glass, and enjoy music, food, seminars and a silent auction.
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Spend Father’s Day weekend wandering around the Minneapolis riverfront and enjoying art, music, a car show, beer sampler and more at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. For a full list of events, check out our round-up of Twin Cities summer festivals.
An American in Paris
Watch the hit Broadway musical, An American in Paris, about an American soldier, a French girl and a European city at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
For the best jazz music in the Twin Cities, join the masses at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul’s historic Lowertown neighborhood. This three-day festival showcases dozens of jazz bands and attracts more than 40,000 annually. Look out for more details about schedules and performers on their website.
Twin Cities Pride
Show your support for our thriving LGBTQ+ community at the Twin Cities Pride festival. The festivities include a festival, parade, Rainbow Run 5K, family picnic, beer dabbler and more at Loring Park in downtown St. Paul.