Spring Happenings in Minneapolis Northwest
Spring brings a burst of colors and vibrant festivals 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, celebrating Cinco de Mayo or making maple syrup, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!
Sap to Syrup (March 18 and 25 ) and Earth Day Hike (April 22)
Discover the history of maple syrup and practice your techniques at the Sap to Syrup event at the Eastman Nature Center on March 18 and 25. And in April, celebrate Mother Nature on the Earth Day Hike, exploring miles of trails on a warm spring day. Keep your eyes open for trumpeter swans, wild turkeys, bluebirds, dragonflies and a plethora of native wildflowers in the area. The events are free to the public and open to all ages.
13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton
Yoga at OMNI Brewing Co. (April 14 and May 12)
Beer and yoga?! Enjoy this relaxing and refreshing power duo at OMNI Brewing Co. Every second Saturday of the month, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., you can find a certified yoga instructor hosting a yoga class in its spacious taproom. Or better yet, outside, if the weather permits. This is your chance to get fit while enjoying a cold one. After the class, you’ll have the option to enjoy four delicious brews. The class fills up quickly, so register ahead to hold your spot! Find more info and register here.
9462 Deerwood Lane North, Maple Grove
Spring on the Farm at Eidem Homestead (May 5)
Help Farmer Eidem and Spud Olson at the Eidem Homestead plant their garden and potato crops, sample fresh baked items in the kitchen, make a card for mom and meet baby animals. Eidem Homestead is a 10-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.
4345 101st Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
Festivals and Shows
Annual Spring Ice Skating Show (April 6–7)
The 2018 Winter Olympics are over, but you can still enjoy your favorite winter activity. At the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, catch the Annual Spring Ice Skating Show. This year’s theme is “Skating Over the Rainbow,” presented by Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, Brooklyn Park Skating School and Champlin Skating School. Shows are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets start at $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and children.
5600 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
Wastebasket Revue (April 11–15)
Nearly 200 employees of Independent School District 279 perform for the annual Wastebasket Revue at Park Center Senior High School every year. The goal of this popular variety show is to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors of the ACHIEVE Program, Maple Grove Senior High, Osseo Area Learning Center, Osseo Senior High, Osseo Secondary Transition Center and Park Center Senior High. The group has raised more than $1 million since 1967 and continues to be a highlight of the school year. Bring your family and friends and sit back, relax and enjoy a selection of great music, funny skits, dances, the “dynamite” WBR band and the incredible Swingin’ Educators.
7300 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park
Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival (April 12–28)
Forget MoviePass! When you sign up for the 37th Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival, you’ll have your pick from 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 $14 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.
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis
Maple Grove Ice Show (April 14)
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 3–10 are $5; kids younger than 5 get in for free.
12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove
Twin Cities Spring Festival (April 14–15, 21–22 and 28–29)
Kids love to meet fur babies, and there’s no better place than the Twin Cities Spring 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.
8001 109th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
Festival of Nations (May 3–6)
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.
175 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul
Cinco de Mayo West Side (May 5)
Join Cinco de Mayo West Side’s celebration on Saturday, May 5, for an exciting day to commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. Cheer on the parade along Cesar Chavez Street from Wabasha to Ada at 10 a.m., and enjoy live entertainment starting at noon. If you’re feeling brave, participate in the jalapeno-eating contest. Test your vocal cords in the El Grito Contest, a synchronized call-and-response that dates back centuries, and the Lowrider Car, Truck and Bike Show is always a good time. End your day with dinner at Fiesta Cancun, opening in Maple Grove soon, Teresa’s or at El Rodeo.
Cesar Chavez Street between Robert Street and Highway 52, West Saint Paul
Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis (May 18–20)
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.
Start: Grain Belt Studios, 77 & 79 Thirteenth Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis
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