Best Bets: April 28-May 1

Coming up in Minnesota: opportunities to support Ukraine through the arts, a regional music festival, a walk for animal-lovers, and more
Nur-D performing at Mid West Music Fest in 2021.
Nur-D performing at Mid West Music Fest in 2021.

Photo by Nate Nelson

An Anniversary Celebration

What: The Ann Bancroft Foundation’s 25 Years of Inspiration
When: Thursday, April 28; 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: The Depot Minneapolis, 225 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

This celebration will commemorate 25 years of the Ann Bancroft Foundation, which provides grants, mentorship and other opportunities to help girls in Minnesota achieve their full potential. The event will host speakers and performances, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and other festivities.

Calling All Hyperpop Fans

What: Charli XCX with Baby Tate
When: Thursday, April 28; 9 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul

Recently, U.K.-born artist Charli XCX has risen to hyperpop stardom. She’s going on tour following the release of her newest album CRASH, accompanied by rapper and R&B artist Baby Tate.

Midwestern Pride

What: Mid West Music Fest
When: Friday, April 29 through Saturday, April 30
Where: Various venues in Winona, Minnesota

This annual music festival features a handful of musicians from the upper Midwest. This year’s lineup boasts over 60 bands and artists, many of whom are from the Twin Cities — Poliça, Bad Bad Hats, Gully Boys, Durry, Early Eyes, Papa Mbye, and more.

Ukrainian Film

What: Twin Cities Ukrainian Film Series
When: Various showtimes Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1
Where: Emagine Theater, 2055 Cliff Rd., Eagan

This three-day film series will showcase a wide range of Ukrainian films, from documentaries to comedies and beyond. The event will raise funds for several nonprofits and community foundations in Ukraine. 

Amplifying the Arts

What: Worldwide Readings Project for Ukraine
When: Saturday, April 30; 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis

Arts organizations from across the Twin Cities will join the Worldwide Readings Project to share and amplify the work of Ukrainian playwrights. The performances will feature excerpts from new works written since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. The event is free, but donations to help support Ukrainian war relief are encouraged.

Walk n’ Wags

What: Animal Humane Society’s Walk For Animals 2022
When: Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N., St. Paul

The annual Walk For Animals offers a chance for pet owners and furry friends to come together in support of the Animal Humane Society. After the one-mile walk, an array of food, drinks, a pet costume contest, and other fun activities will be available.