Early Spring Events in the Twin Cities

See what the Twin Cities have to offer during March and April

By Claire Noack

March and April in Minnesota can be overlooked as months where nothing is going on. It’s not quite done with the cold and not quite warm and sunny spring yet. If you’re looking for something to do during this in-between seasons time, you’re in luck. There are still plenty of fun events to attend in the upcoming months in the Twin Cities. Check out some of our top picks for things to do while you patiently wait for warmer days.

Mythic Creatures
Through April 16
Bridge the gap between nature and legend with the Mythical Creatures exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Explore the roots of mythological creatures such as mermaids, dragons, griffins, unicorns and other magical beasts that continue to fascinate the world.

Music Under Glass
March 5
Don’t miss the last week of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s free eight-week concert series in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Listen to live music in the tropical gardens of the conservatory from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Groove to local band Jelloslave’s jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Indian rhythms among the flora and purchase spirits and light snacks.

Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest
March 11
Taste test rare, vintage and one-off specialty beers at the fourth annual Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest. More than 30 craft breweries, including ten from Minnesota, will participate in this special one-night tasting at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul.

March 11
Start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a week early at LuckyPalooza in downtown St. Paul. The two-block street party is packed with festivity from three tent parties provided by McGovern’s, Burger Moe’s and Cosetta’s, street vendors, and live music. Join the action on West Seventh Street for the night and head back to St. Paul for other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations over the week, including a massive parade, Irish dancers, bar hopping and more. Check out our list for the best Twin Cities St. Patrick’s Day events you won’t want to miss here.

Minnesota United FC
March 12-April 1, 23, 29
Cheer on Minnesota’s newest professional sports team, United FC. The men’s soccer team just earned a spot in Major League Soccer. Home games will be held at TCF Bank Stadium until a new arena is built for the team.

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
April 7-30
Four Watsons—Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, engineer who built Bell’s first telephone, super-computer turned Jeopardy champ and a techno-dweeb looking for love—become one in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, a comedy-drama by Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
April 13-29
Attend one of the longest running film festivals in the country at the 36th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. The spring exhibition at St. Anthony Main Theatre will showcase more than 250 new feature length, short narrative and documentary films from over 60 countries.

Saint Paul Art Crawl
April 28-30
Celebrating local artists since 1977, the St. Paul Art Collective makes art accessible with the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Tour more than 30 locations and see the work of over 400 artists throughout the city. Check their website for a full list of participating artists and locations.


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