Festival of Nations

Put a Spring in Your Step with The Latest Spring Happenings in Minneapolis Northwest

Spring brings a burst of colors and energy to Minneapolis Northwest. It’s a time when Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods start buzzing with festivals, shows, family friendly events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you choose to spend the days or evenings watching international films, making maple syrup or cuddling baby animals, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!


Local Events

Eastman Nature Center

Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastman Nature Center

Kick off your Easter weekend celebration at Eggstravaganza – a festival focused on all things eggs and bunnies! Families are invited to bring their own hard-boiled eggs to dye naturally. Live bunnies will be there, including one very giant rabbit! The event also includes games, a scavenger hunt, face-painting and plenty of treats. 

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival
Weekends in April and May
Brooklyn Park

Kids love to meet fur babies, and there’s no better place than the Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival to introduce them to bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and more animals. On the last three weekends in April, bring your kids to meet adorable farm animals, go on pony rides and enjoy delicious food. The baby animals are inside, so don’t let the chance of April showers stop you. The festival also features a Kids Corn Pit, Straw Bale Maze, hayrides and a play area. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the gate, and children 23 months and younger get in for free.

Maple Grove Ice Show
Saturday, April 13
Maple Grove Community Center

Need a figure skating fix? Come to the Maple Grove Community Center for the 18th Annual Maple Grove Ice Show, presented by the Maple Grove Skating School and The City of Maple Grove. Purchase tickets at the Ice Arena Office or at the Ice Arena Main Entrance on the day of the show. Show times are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. The price for adults is $9, $7 for seniors and students, and tickets for children ages 5–12 are $5; kids younger than 5 get in for free. 

Spring on the Farm
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Historic Eidem Farm

During Spring on the Farm, help Farmer Eidem and Spud Olson at Eidem Homestead plant their garden and potato crops, sample fresh baked items in the kitchen, make a card for mom and meet baby animals. Historic Eidem Farm is a 19-acre farm, where you can travel back to the turn of the 20th century when the region was one of the top potato-growing areas. Kids can get creative by entering the “Name the Cow” contest. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and kids 4 and under can experience the farm for free. Learn more about this special spring event here.

Get Cultured

Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival
April 4 – April 20
St. Anthony Main Theatre

Forget MoviePass! When you sign up for the 38th Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival, you’ll have your pick of more than 250 films from 70 countries. At Minnesota’s largest film event, and one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, you can watch exciting and heartfelt films from new and veteran filmmakers in a span of two weeks. General admission starts at $15 per screening, $11 for Film Society members and $8 for people under 25. Festival passes with guaranteed access to all films, events, parties and panels are also available.

Festival of Nations
Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5
Saint Paul RiverCentre

For 86 years, the Festival of Nations in Saint Paul has been the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest and has inspired people to embrace the cultural diversity that immigrants bring to our country. At this year’s festival, which will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and hosted by the International Institute of Minnesota, 100 ethnic groups will come together for a four-day experience with dancing, performances, exhibits, demonstrations and cuisine from all around the globe. Tickets range from $11 for adults to $8 for youths, and free for kids. A World Pass that allows entry in to all of the festival days is also available.

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19
Northeast Minneapolis

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, the 23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl gives you the chance to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists and purchase original artwork the third weekend in May. Tours include demonstrations, mini workshops, installations, and special exhibitions, making this free tour the largest open studio tour in the country. And if you like art and hops, take a look at our guide to the best breweries and art galleries in the area!

Share your spring adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW and you may be featured on our website! More fun adventures await in Minneapolis Northwest! Learn to blend your own unique fragrance at Olfactory Scent Studio in The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Take a tour of the notable delicious pastry stops in the area. And check out our top 25 things to with families in Minneapolis Northwest!

Some spring events have already happened but keep an eye out for these fun annual events next year!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Instead of St. Patrick's Day, why not celebrate St. Patrick's week? At Claddagh Irish Pub, you'll step onto the Emerald Isle itself and can enjoy the luck of the Irish all week long. Tuesday through Sunday be on the lookout for traditional Irish music, fun activities and plenty of green drinks. This is a St. Patrick's celebration not to be missed!

Get Back to Nature

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple syrup is one of Minnesota’s staple flavors, whether it’s on our pancakes, chicken & waffles or ice cream. Check out the annual Maple Syrup Festival at Eastman Nature Center to see how this sweet condiment is made. Tap a maple tree, collect fresh sap, warm your hands by the steaming cauldron and, of course, taste maple syrup during this delightful event. 

Amazing Raptors of the River

All kinds of critters come out of hiding when spring hits and Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park offers a number of events where visitors can revel in this season of growth and change. Learn about the large birds of prey that come out in full force during the warmer months, like hawks, osprey and horned owls during Amazing Raptors of the River. Hike along with river with other outdoor enthusiasts and witness the spring migration in action. Check their website for a full list of spring events. 

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