Minnesota’s 21 Best Events, March through April

Here’s your spring calendar—for everything from a Paisley Park celebration of Prince to Michelle Obama’s book tour and an original stage version of “The Hobbit”

American Craft Council ring by Amarette Grego

Courtesy American Craft Council


Bock Fest

There’s a New Ulm rumor that Minnesota’s icy temperatures will dissipate early if beer hunters can find the elusive “Seven Bocks of Winter” hidden around Schell’s Brewery and in Flandrau State Park.



Minnesota Monthly’s Food & Wine Experience

In year 25, we’re still savoring, sipping, and hosting the state’s most palatable weekend. Join us at MinneapolisTarget Field for 150-plus samples of the best food, wine, beers, and more.



Disney’s DCappella

The seven dynamic voices of a cappella group DCappella belt tunes from throwback Disney classics like Tarzan and The Little Mermaid while rocking refrains from modern-day blockbusters Moana and Frozen at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.



Bedrace for Bridging

We know you remember flying down the stairs on a mattress as a kid. This time, you won’t be reprimanded—you’re raging down Buck Hill in Burnsville to furnish homes for families in need.



LuckyPalooza/St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate Irish tradition at LuckyPalooza’s two-block street party on West Seventh, where country singer Chris Hawkey performs, and stick around for the 53rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Paul.



The Hobbit

The adventures of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins come to life in this world premiere at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis.



Michelle Obama

At St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, the former First Lady discusses her hit memoir Becoming.



Cyrano de Bergerac

At the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, this 19th-century comedy stars a long-nosed romantic who tutors a handsomer suitor in wooing and witticisms.



Art Crawl St. Cloud

Among dozens of art-clad booths, crawlers can support and discover local artists in downtown St. Cloud.



The Body Electric

This tech-savvy exhibit at Minneapolis Walker Art Center explores the rapidly changing world of digital technology—zooming in on young artists like Rhys Ernst, Josh Kline, and Marianna Simnett.



100 Years of Healing: The Ojibwe Jingle Dress Dance Tradition

In Onamia, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post honors a century of the Ojibwe jingle dress dance with an exhibit of photos, displays, and oral history.



Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

At St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, join more than 40,000 movie aficionados for the debut of 250 bold works from emerging and established filmmakers.



American Craft Show

The American Craft Council returns to the St. Paul RiverCentre for another year of custom commodities, bringing along 230-plus artists to showcase their wares—including locals JUDiTH+ROLFE and Trace West.



Cry It Out

This quick-witted comedy at Yellow Tree Theatre looks at friendship, motherhood, and how income and socioeconomic class impact the tricky profession of parenting—not just in Osseo, but across the globe.



Celebration 2019

Prince fans from around the world gather at Paisley Park for music and the memories in his former home, studio, and venue in Chanhassen.



Fashion Week MN

Venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul become packed with runway shows by local designers and shopping events during the spring edition of the Twin Cities’ bi-annual fashion fest.



Homegrown Music Festival

In Duluth, jam out to local artists like rapper JayGee and singer-songwriter Gina Lee Welsh-Rabold at this non-stop eight-day music fest that celebrates the original and diverse music of the northeast.



The Brothers Paranormal

Two entrepreneurial Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in this clever (and supernatural) regional premiere, co-produced by Theater Mu and staged at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.


Spring into Sports

Between the NCAA men’s basketball championship, a new soccer stadium in St. Paul, and the debut of Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (read our profile on him here), a lot is coming to a head in local sports this spring.



Twins Home Opener

Our Minnesota Twins will slide into the 2019 season headfirst and steal a win over the Cleveland Indians (right?) at Target Field in Minneapolis.



2019 NCAA Final Four

Consult your carefully calculated bracket: Four teams compete for the men’s college basketball championship in downtown Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium. April 5-8, check out interactive games and live music for fans at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Armory, and on Nicollet Mall.



Minnesota United Home Opener

Minnesota soccer fans scored big with Allianz Field. For more than a year, we’ve craned our necks to see the 364,000-square-foot, $250 million Allianz Field near Interstate 94 in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. Finally, it’s game time for Minnesota United, who host New York City FC.