Best Bets: March 11-17

Things to do this week: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Celtic Festival, VocalEssence concert, and more

Parade Aplenty

What:St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 16
Where: Downtown St. Paul, starting at Rice Park

One of the nation’s largest St. Paddy’s Day parades is on Saturday instead of March 17 this year because Sunday is a holy day. The parade kicks off at noon at Rice Park and end at Mears Park.

Celebrate Celtic Culture

What:Celtic Festival
When: March 16
Where: Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N., Moorhead

Discover the history, arts, and tradition of the seven Celtic Nations—Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales—at this 20th annual event in the Fargo-Moorhead are.

Civil Rights Moment

What: ‘A Unique Assignment’
When: Opens March 16, through April 7
Where: History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul

In this theater production, two men—Henry Gallagher, white, and James Meredith, Black—are thrust into each other’s lives in the aftermath of the Ole Miss Riot. Explore a milestone moment in Civil Rights history through the men’s own words and perspectives on their shared experience.

Lead With Love

What:VocalEssence WITNESS: Leading with Love
When: March 17
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Vocal activist Melanie DeMore joins the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers and diverse teenage choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age with a program including works by contemporary Black composers Damien Geter, Marques Garrett, Joel Thompson, and songs from the African diaspora. 

St. Paddy’s Day Specials

What: St. Patrick’s Week Specials
When: Through March 17
Where: Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar, 1565 Cliff Road, Eagan

Embrace the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day all week long with traditional Irish entrées, along with special desserts and libations. Entrées feature shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, bangers & mash, and Reuben & Rachel sandwiches.

“Hells Canyon”

Rich Ryan

Get Spooked in Spring

When: Through March 17
Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
In Theater Mu’s world premiere of “Hells Canyon,” five friends head up to a cabin in the woods. What starts as an innocent trip turns into a horrorscape as old grudges, new betrayals, and a mysterious outside force threaten them. This fast-paced play by Keiko Green is directed by Twin Cities theater favorite Katie Bradley and stars Kaitlyn Cheng, Ryan Colbert, Becca Hart, Matt Lytle, and Gregory Yang.


Autumn Ness in “Babble Lab”

Glen Stubbe Photography

Science Scene

What: “Babble Lab”
When: Through April 14
Where: Cargill Stage at Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

When an experiment unexpectedly goes awry, a concoction of sneaky, sprightly letters takes over a weird science lab. Watch them jump into jars, spring from drawers, bounce around the room, and play hide-and-seek as a scientist makes her findings. Created with early learners in mind.



Dan Norman

One Fine Day

When: Now open
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen
The true story of singer Carole King follows her life from teen to Grammy-winning songwriter, best known for her album “Tapestry.”