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Best Twin Cities Spring Events 2023

Spring is upon us! And as a season of renewal and rejuvenation (and warmer weather), it’s time to celebrate the wide array of events happening in and around the Twin Cities in 2023. From outdoor festivals and performances to sports games and art exhibitions, there is something for everyone. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the best that the Twin Cities has to offer as the snow melts, the clouds part and the sun shines upon us once again. So, let’s highlight some of the best spring events happening in the Twin Cities this year that you can partake in.

Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Dates: March 1-5, 2023
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
More information: homeandgardenshow.com

The Minneapolis Home & Garden Show offers a lively marketplace where you can browse home-related goods and services, marvel at inspirational project displays, interact with seasoned professionals in the field and attend insightful presentations by distinguished home experts from around the world. Regardless of whether you visit the Minneapolis Convention Center with a specific project in mind, or are simply seeking inspiration, this local home show will cater to your needs. Featuring over 600 booths and distinctive feature displays, this event is a must-see for every Minneapolis resident.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: March 17, 2023
Location: Rice Park
More information: stpatsmn.org

The Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation returns to St. Paul this March, with a parade starting at Rice Park and ending at Mears Park. Join the post-parade Ballpark Hooley (Presented by Guinness) at CHS Field starting at 1 pm. Come join in and celebrate the greatest holiday of all, where we honor the patron saint of Ireland with great food, music, dancing and a ton of green pageantry.

Minneapolis International Festival

Date: March 25, 2023
Location: Central Park Gym
More information: minneapolisparks.org

The Minneapolis International Festival is a commemoration of the diverse cultures in and around the City of Minneapolis, featuring music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits, demonstrations and so much more. At this free event, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the Twin Cities culture and discover the many amazing customs that make the city such a vibrant place to live for everyone. Bring the little ones – it’s a great event for the whole family!

2023 Aviation Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Date: April 1, 2023
Location: Mystic Lake Center
More information: mahof.org/awards-banquet

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony is an annual event that recognizes the accomplishments of aviation pioneers and leaders who have made significant contributions to the aviation industry in Minnesota. Each year, new inductees are honored and recognized for their exceptional achievements in aviation. The event includes a formal induction ceremony followed by a dinner banquet, where attendees can mingle and celebrate the achievements of these individuals. This year’s ceremony promises to be an exciting and inspiring event, and a must-attend for anyone interested in aviation history and innovation.

Minnesota Craft Beer Festival

Date: April 1, 2023
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
More information: minnesotacraftbeerfestival.com

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – experience limited-release beers from world-class breweries, indulge in unlimited pours, and enjoy live music at Minnesota’s biggest craft beer festival. With over 400 beers from 110+ breweries hailing from the Gopher State and beyond, attendees get an authentic taproom experience. Every brewery has been tasked with bringing a taproom-exclusive beer and/or an exceptional limited-release selection. Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated event, as all previous Minnesota Craft Beer Festivals have been sold out. Secure your tickets now!

Metropolitan Ballet Performs Sleeping Beauty

Date: April 2, 2023
Location: Fitzgerald Theater
More information: first-avenue.com

The Metropolitan Ballet, a Twin Cities institution since 2002, aims to unite the communities of dance, music and theater in staging high-impact works in the performing art of dance, emphasizing accessibility, diversity and affordability. This spring, they’re bringing their talents to the Fitzgerald Theater. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty performed by the acclaimed Metropolitan Ballet. This original classical ballet has captivated audiences for generations with its music and storytelling.

John Mellencamp: Live and In Person

Dates: April 6-8, 2023
Location: State Theater
More information: hennepintheatretrust.org

You won’t want to miss legendary American musician John Mellencamp when he comes to the State Theatre from April 6th to April 8th, 2023. As a singer-songwriter, painter, actor and film director, Mellencamp is widely known for his heartland rock style that instills a hearty sense of Americana. With a string of Top 10 singles throughout the 1980s, including hits like “Jack & Diane,” “Small Town,” and “Cherry Bomb,” Mellencamp has sold over 30 million albums in the US, so you know tickets for this springtime event will go fast!

Twins Home Opener

Date: April 8, 2023
Location: Target Field
More information: mlb.com/twins/tickets

Get ready to root for the home team at the Twins home opener! Head to Target Field for the first regular-season game against the Houston Astros on April 8. See baseball played in one of the best stadiums in the league, as you cheer on your favorite players and witness dramatic plays unfold on the field. Come early and soak up the lively pre-game atmosphere, with delicious food and drinks, live music, and entertainment for fans of all ages. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual spectator, the Twins home opener promises to be an unforgettable event. Be there to witness the excitement and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Castle

Date: April 8, 2023
Location: American Swedish Institute
More information: asimn.org/event/easter-at-the-castle-morning-session

Celebrate Easter in an enchanting way with an egg hunt in a castle! Discover colorful eggs hidden in every corner of the Turnblad Mansion, a stunning castle-like structure nestled in the heart of Minneapolis. With two sessions available – one in the morning from 9am to 10:30am and one in the afternoon from 1pm to 2:30pm – you can choose the perfect time to embark on this exciting adventure. The hunt promises to be a blast for both kids and adults, as you uncover hidden treasures. Plus, there will be plenty of photo opportunities and Easter-themed activities to keep the fun going. Tickets are just $15 per person, so sign up now to secure your spot.

Art in Bloom

Dates: April 27-30, 2023
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art
More information: new.artsmia.org/art-in-bloom/art-in-bloom-2023

Free and open to the public, Art in Bloom exhibits imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from Mia’s permanent collection, created by more than 100 individual and commercial florists. Over the course of the four-day festival, everyone is invited to experience the floral beauty and fragrance throughout the museum, take a free guided tour, and enjoy family activities for our younger guests. Admission to the museum will be free throughout the event, so bring your family and friends for a memorable experience.

Minneapolis Arbor Day

Dates: April 29, 2023
Location: Windom Park
More information: minneapolisparks.org

Come celebrate the occasion at the Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration on April 29th from 4-8pm at Windom Park in Northeast Minneapolis. Hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, this annual event is a fun and educational way to show appreciation for trees. Enjoy a variety of tree-themed activities, educational opportunities, art, music and food. You can even help Park Arborists plant new street trees! With so much to offer, this award-winning festival is sure to entertain.

2023 Flower Show

Date: May 6, 2023
Location: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
More information: comozooconservatory.org

The Como Summer Flower Show is the perfect way to kick off the spring and bask in the beauty of the season. Walk among a colorful array of blooming flowers, ranging from bright sunflowers to delicate roses. This free event takes place in Como Park, and reservations are required. Enjoy the gardens and the blooming plants, or sit and relax while taking in the peaceful surroundings. Whether you’re a flower enthusiast or just looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon, the Como Summer Flower Show shouldn’t be missed.

Minnesota Lynx Home Opener

Dates: May 19, 2023
Location: Target Center
More information: lynx.wnba.com

Minneapolis’ own professional WNBA team, the Lynx, are gearing up for their highly anticipated home opener against the Chicago Sky. As one of the most successful teams in the league’s history, the Lynx have won four championships and have been to the playoffs every season since 2011. Led by star players Sylvia Fowles, Napheesa Collier, and Crystal Dangerfield, the Lynx are expected to have another exciting season. Be a part of the Lynx community and come support these talented athletes as they take on the Sky in their first game of the season!

Art-A-Whirl

Dates: May 19-21, 2023
Location: Northeast Minneapolis
More information: nemaa.org/art-a-whirl

Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, which happens annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis the third weekend of May. Over 1,000 NEMAA member artists, galleries, and businesses participate across all of Northeast Minneapolis at over 60 locations. Art-A-Whirl is a fantastic way to connect with artists in their own spaces, enjoy demonstrations and interactive activities, listen to live music, and sample local restaurants and breweries. Art-A-Whirl is free and open to the public, so come on down and experience the fun that is the Northeast art community.

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