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Things to do this week include the Bud Break 5K, a Kentucky Derby party, and more

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry 

What: Herradura Tequila Dinner 
When: May 4, 6-9 p.m. 
Where: ninetwentyfive, 925 Lake St. East, Wayzata 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a tasting of Herradura Tequila alongside a five-course meal specially prepared by ninetwentyfive’s executive chef.

ninetwentyfive’s interior


Friday Festivities 

What: First Friday Art Walk 
When: First Friday of each month through December, 4-7 p.m. 
Where: MacRostie Art Center, 405 NW First Ave., Grand Rapids

Stroll through downtown Grand Rapids while enjoying art, live music, and activities from local businesses and organizations. Also, keep an eye out for each Art Walk’s unique theme.

Museum of Illusions at Mall of America

Amy Nelson

It’s All An Illusion 

What: Museum of Illusions grand opening at MOA 
When: May 5 
Where: Second floor, north, Mall of America, 281 Central Parkway, Bloomington

Did your mind play tricks on you or did you really see that room turn upside down, spinning 3-D printed sculpture change shapes, and infinity room of mirrors reflect back at you? This permanent exhibit, with operations around the world, opens at the Mall of America on Friday. Grab some friends and your camera for Instagram-worthy photos and mind-bending activities. Learn the science behind the illusions or challenge your brain with the games on display.

Margaritas and More 

What: Cinco de Mayo Celebration 
When: May 5, 4-11 p.m. 
Where: 7165 E. Point Douglas Rd. S., Cottage Grove

Raise a glass and dance! Las Margaritas’ Cinco de Mayo celebration will include food, a live Mariachi band, and, of course, plenty of margaritas.

Ride and Vibe 

What: Fulton Gran Fondo 
When: May 6 
Where: 2540 NE Second St., Minneapolis 

This event celebrates the three B’s: bikes, bands, and beers. The “Gran” ride is 100 miles, but there is also a 45- to 50-mile “Medio” Fondo ride. Non-bikers are free to join the block party at 1 p.m., where there will be food trucks, drinks, and music.

Fulton Grand Fondo


Who Let the Dogs Out? 

What: Dog Day in the Ravine 
When: May 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Where: Ravine Regional Park, 9653 Keats Ave. S., Cottage Grove 

Dog lovers unite! Bring your furry friend to check out local pet supply vendors, enter to win prizes, or even adopt with the Animal Ark rescue center.

Off to the Races 

What: The Annual Kentucky Derby Party 
When: May 6, 4-7 p.m. 
Where: Schram Vineyards, 8785 Airport Rd., Waconia 

This event will feature live music, food trucks, wine tasting, and even a themed costume contest—the perfect additions to viewing the race.

Ring in Spring 

What: Bud Break 5K 
When: May 7, 8 a.m.-noon 
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska 

Stretch your legs and enjoy the 40,000-plus beautiful blooms in the Arboretum gardens in this low-stakes 5K. Additionally, all racers will receive a 15% discount at the Gift & Garden store.

Bud Break 5K


Potting Time 

What: Sip + Plant 
When: May 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Where: Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, 30124 MN-264, Round Lake

Pick and choose from a variety of plants to pot while enjoying drinks and food from the Tasting Room.

Celebrating Community 

What: Spring Into Uptown 
When: May 7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Where: Hennepin Ave., between 31st and Lake St., Minneapolis

Taste, listen, and experience the diverse community of Uptown at this block party that includes a variety of traditional performances, food, and art.

Kate Linggi is an editorial intern who will be a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield but is from San Diego, California. She is planning on majoring in English. In her free time, you can find her at a concert, auditioning for a play, or spending all her money at a local coffee shop.