The Best Events in MN, March-April 2020

The top 20 things to do in Minnesota this spring—from the Twins to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival and more
Photo by Melissa Sherwood
Martha Graham Dance Company

Photo by Melissa Sherwood

[Editor’s note: Events on and after March 12 may be canceled due to the novel coronavirus. Please be careful and stay informed. Click here for resources from the Minnesota Department of Health.]

3/5-15

Our Hmong Community

Park Square Theatre’s new series, Face to Face, addresses community issues and mines local stories. To start: a piece drawn from Hmong families in surrounding St. Paul.

 

3/6-8

International Festival of Owls

Owl enthusiasts worldwide descend on the International Owl Center in Houston for live owl programs, art exhibits, pellet dissections, nature walks, kids’ activities, and more.

 

3/7

Bock Fest

Seek out seven wooden goat heads (bocks) in Flandrau State Park while “human St. Bernard dogs” strap around kegs of beer, or stick to Schell’s Brewing Co. in New Ulm for brats, kraut, and dark German lagers.

 

3/7

Minnesota RollerGirls Home Team Championships

The Minnesota Roller Derby’s storied home teams skate circles around (and into) one another at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul to get their name on the Golden Skate.

 

3/7-8

Food & Wine Experience

Top restaurants meet award-winning local and national wines, beers, and spirits in grazing heaven at MinneapolisTarget Field, hosted by Minnesota Monthly.

 

3/7-15

Twin Cities Auto Show

This year, the annual luxury vehicle showcase debuts the National Truck Summit, for more trucks, crossovers, and SUVs at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

 

3/11

The Bachelor Live on Stage

From the hit romantic reality-TV franchise, Minnesotan “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin joins “Bachelor” Ben Higgins at MinneapolisState Theatre—and a hometown bachelor goes to the best competitor in the audience. 

 

3/11-4/12

Redwood

Meg discovers her boyfriend’s family owned her relatives in the antebellum South. History, love, and forgiveness tangle in this play at Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

 

3/12-7/12

Sky Hopinka: Disfluencies

Video artist Sky Hopinka explores the way “disfluencies”—or, snags in your speech—relate to cultural memory, at the MIA in Minneapolis.

 

3/14

LuckyPalooza/St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It’s year 54 for the St. Paul parade, and West Seventh businesses are still putting out for the LuckyPalooza street party of live music and food stands—including Patrick McGovern’s.

 

3/14-17

Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival

[Note: This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus, as have related activities.]

For the first time in two decades, the world’s top cross-country skiers compete in the U.S. At the Trailhead, in Minneapolis’ Theodore Wirth Park, spectators enjoy a block party, live music, and mini races.

 

3/15

Minnesota United Home Opener

[Note: This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus.]

The Loons host the New York Red Bulls to kick off their second season at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

 

4/2

Twins Home Opener

The Twins face the Oakland A’s at Target Field in Minneapolis.

 

4/4

Martha Graham Dance Company

At the Northrop auditorium in Minneapolis, the country’s oldest modern dance company honors the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote with The Eve Project, featuring works by Martha Graham and other women pioneers.

 

4/8-19

The Last Ship

Police frontman Sting wrote this musical based on his upbringing, following residents of a sea town who picket against a closing shipyard. He plays the foreman at the Ordway in St. Paul.

 

4/9-25

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

More than 250 films, from some 70 countries, screen at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis.

 

4/11-5/31

Emma

One of the country’s most popular playwrights, Kate Hamill, adapts Jane Austen’s Emma with a screwball sensibility for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

 

4/16-19

American Craft Show

Get in on the maker movement at the St. Paul RiverCentre, where the country’s top craftspeople sell ceramics, sculptures, handwoven clothing, accessories, and more.

 

4/18-7/26

The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance

Is it a still life if the fruit is rotting? Some 65 artists investigate stillness in 100-plus works, plus performances, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, including by Marina Abramović and Cindy Sherman.

 

4/29-5/31

Mary Jane

At MinneapolisJungle Theater, a single mother cares for her chronically sick child, relentlessly optimistic though still unsure—“Am I doing a good job?”

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