There’s plenty to do around Saint Paul in the spring, and local staycations are the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore something new. If we're not kicking back at one of these patios, you can find us venturing across the city to experience all it has to offer.
Saint Paul Farmer’s Market
9am - 1pm every Saturday in Downtown Saint Paul
Make a weekend of it: Before you stop by the Saint Paul Farmer's Market, grab take out from Black Dog after spending a night at the Hyatt Place in Downtown. After Saturday virtual yoga at Union Depot, check out the window exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Explore Como Zoo
Open 7 days per week - don't forget to make a reservation!
Make a weekend of it: Explore the wilder side with a day at the Como Zoo followed by dinner at Dock & Paddle after taking a spin around the lake on a pedal boat. Stay at the Como Lake Bed & Breakfast and then don't forget to extend the fun by checking out Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo now through May 16.
Saint Paul Saints First Home Game
May 11, 7:05pm at CHS Field
Make a weekend of it: Watch the Saints take on the Iowa Cubs, but be sure to swing by Saint Dinette for dinner before staying at the Springhill Suites. The Farmer’s Market calls in the morning with fresh produce, coffee and treats followed by lunch at Sawatdee Thai.
Twin Cities Auto Show
May 15 - 23 at Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Make a weekend of it: After a full day at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds checking out the cool cars at the Twin Cities Auto Show, hop in the pool at the Best Western Plus Como Park. In the morning swing by Colossal Cafe for a cinnamon roll, pancakes and nito cold press before heading back to the show for more amazing autos.
Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival Kick-Off
May 22, 1pm - 5pm in Creative Enterprise Zone
Make a weekend of it: Meet at Bang Brewing Company on Friday for a curated painting experience and artist talk before calling it a night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Saint Paul Downtown. In the morning, jump on the Green Line to the Naughty Greek for lunch and a beer from Dual Citizen Brewing before heading to the Creative Enterprise Zone for the Chroma Zone Festival Kick-Off.
Waldmann Brewery's Maifest
May 22, 1pm - 6pm at Waldmann Brewery
Make a weekend of it: After enjoying the food & music at Maifest, stay at the Residence Inn where you can grab dinner from The Gnome or breakfast from Hope Breakfast Bar as part of their hotel promotion. On Sunday check out the other craft beer in Saint Paul at Bad Weather Brewing or Tin Whiskers Brewing.
Minnesota State Fair Kickoff to Summer at the Fair
May 27 - 31 at Minnesota State Fair
Make a weekend of it: After missing the Fair last summer, we are getting an early taste. Get your tickets for the Kick off to Summer early (lottery closes May 6) then after getting your fill of Sweet Martha's cookies, foot long corn dogs and cheese curds, grab some rest at the Drury Plaza Hotel St Paul Downtown. Fuel your day at Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe with coffee, breakfast and chill jazz vibes. Weren't lucky enough to snag a lottery tickey? Enjoy these other events over Memorial Day weekend.
Flint Hills Family Festival
June 1 - 12 at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Make a weekend of it: Head to the Science Museum of Minnesota or the Minnesota Children’s Museum for some evening fun. Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Saint Paul and enjoy an after dinner dip in the pool, wake up to grab breakfast at The Buttered Tin and make your way to the Flint Hills Family Festival.
June 5 - 6, 10am to 4pm at Union Depot
Make a weekend of it: Calling all train lovers for Train Days. Get your train fix with equipment tours and a vendor marketplace then head to Urban Wok for dinner and a restful night at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. In the morning, grab breakfast treats at Creators Cup on the way to Can Can Wonderland for some mini golf and arcade games.
Poetry Summit Stroll
Enjoy at any time!
Make a weekend of it: Take a date night cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill before a stay at The Davidson Hotel. Then stroll Summit Avenue for the longest stretch of Victorian Homes in the nation and find Sidewalk Poetry along the way. Coffee and a croissant from Bread & Chocolate will fuel your morning then stop at Red Rabbit for lunch before swinging by the Minnesota History Center.
Explore the Mississippi River
Plan at your leisure
Make a weekend of it: Grab a dinner river cruise on the Padelford Riverboats followed by a stay at the Covington Inn. The next day go for a stroll along the river to Harriet Island to enjoy more of the Mississippi River scenery and stop by El Burrito Mercado for authentic Mexican food and drink.