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Things to do this week include CannaFest and GrillFest, Grand Old Day, Museum of Illusions, and more

For The Cannabis Curious

What: Minnesota Monthly’s Inaugural CannaFest
When: June 2
Where: CHS Field, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul

It couldn’t be timelier for CannaFest to launch this year. Happening the day before GrillFest, the new event features CBD and THC businesses from Minnesota. Expect cannabis-infused beverages, foods, healing products, and more at CHS Field.


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Fire Up the Grill

What: Minnesota Monthly’s 11th Annual GrillFest
When: June 3-4
Where: CHS Field, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul

Taste your way through grilled foods and sample wines, specialty beers, and cocktails at this kickoff to summer at CHS Field. Test out the hottest grills, gather recipes, and learn how to barbecue like a pro.

Art in the Streets

What: Edina Art Fair
When: June 2-4
Where: 50th and France district, Edina

With a theme of The Art of Connection, this annual event is among the most prestigious outdoor fine art festivals in the Midwest. Browse art across all genres, including glass, fiber, and mixed materials, and enjoy the live entertainment and vintage market.

Locomotive Motivation

What: Train Days
When: June 3-4
Where: Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul

For the train-lovers in your life, this annual event is a chance to explore train equipment including the Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotive No. 261 and the CPKC Canadian Pacific SD70ACU Locomotive, shop train-themed gear, and explore the depot as trains arrive and depart.

Grand Return

What: Grand Old Day
When: June 4
Where: Grand Avenue, St. Paul

This granddaddy of summer kickoffs is back and features a parade, fun run, car show, drink specials and five stages of live music. The Jayhawks and Bad Bad Hats will headline this one-day festival.

The Art of Disney

What: Immersive Disney Animation
When: Part of Art-A-Whirl activities May 20-21, through Aug. 13
Where: Lighthouse Artspace, 1515 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Combine a day of Art-A-Whirl studio hopping with a stop by the Immersive Disney Animation exhibit. Lighthouse Artspace guests attending during Art-A-Whirl will receive priority parking in the privately managed lot at 1505 Central Ave.

Mystery’s Afoot

What: Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”
Through July 2
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

The most classic among classic whodunnits, Christie’s train-car murder mystery—whose satisfying twists and memorable characters make for “theatrical entertainment at its best,” artistic director Joseph Haj said in a press release—opened this past weekend and runs through July 2.

Union Depot Farmer’s Market

Farm to Table 

What: Farmer’s Market  
When: Every first Wednesday through October 
Where: Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul 

Starting this week, the Union Depot Farmer’s Market will open, jam-packed with fresh produce, fresh meals from local vendors, and raffle-style games!  

“The Prom” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres


What: “The Prom”
When: Through June 10
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen

This feel-good Tony-nominated performance for Best Musical and winner of Best Musical Score offers laughs, love, and plenty of sparkle complete with an abundant meal for dinner and a show in one spot.

Museum of Illusions at Mall of America

It’s All An Illusion 

What: Museum of Illusions at MOA 
When: Now open
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, is now open at the Mall of America. 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.