There’s plenty to do around Saint Paul in the spring. Most Minnesotans haven’t taken off for the lake quite yet, and the weather is starting to hit its prime. If we're not kicking back at one of these patios, you can find us partaking in one of the many events across the city that help to bring people out of hibernation.
Local Wares at Lowertown Pop: April 15
Start your spring with Lowertown Pop, opening April 15. Lowertown Pop is a Minnesota Maker market developed to support local artisans and craftspeople. The market is held in the Waiting Room at Union Depot and half of your $10 entry fee will benefit River's Edge Academy, a non-profit that challenges students in a small community setting.
Fashion Week MN: April 20-29
Celebrate Minnesota's local designers and shops, April 20-29 at Fashion Week MN. Saint Paul will be hosting three events in the series: Saint Paul Collective Fashion Show (April 22, University Club), Mind-Full: By Alissa Paris + Stacie Yokiel (April 22, Gem Salon + Spa) and The 5th Annual HAMMs Event (April 29, City House). You can also enter to win some amazing items (and one huge Saint Paul shopping spree) by downloading our deals app and checking in at participating boutiques!
Como Zoo's Party for the Planet: April 22
Is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day than a Party for the Planet at Como Zoo and Conservatory? Spend April 22nd learning about simple ways to conserve, participating in crafts and spending a day with the animals. Come back over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) to catch the return of the ever-popular Sparky the Sea Lion Show.
Saint Paul Art Crawl: April 28-30
Explore different corners of the city and the art scene with the Saint Paul Art Crawl from April 28-30. Although the concentration of artists and displays are in Lowertown, the crawl stretches throughout Saint Paul and each neighborhood has something different to offer the art community.
Saint Paul Farmers' Market: April 29
Nothing says spring like fresh produce and bright flowers. Swing by the Farmer's Market when it officially opens for the spring season on Saturday, April 29.
Festival of Nations: May 5-7
You really don't want to miss Festival of Nations, the longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest. The annual celebration of worldwide diversity runs from May 5-7 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and is stock-full of with various exhibits, demonstrations, bazaars, performances and more.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 6
If you’re looking for one of the biggest parties this spring, come celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the District del Sol. The festival will be held Saturday, May 6, on Cesar Chavez Boulevard from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The parade, live music, car show and jalapeno eating contest make this one of the Twin Cities’ most lively community events.
Train Day: May 6
Trains are a big part of Saint Paul’s history, and there's no better way to celebrate that history than with Train Day on May 6th at the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Hop aboard one of the vintage buses for a tour of downtown Saint Paul's, learning about the city's railroad history along the way. Shuttles will also run to Union Depot, the James J. Hill Center and the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. If you want to brush up on your local train knowledge beforehand, check out our history with the rails blog.
The Boys of Summer (and Spring): May 18
Warm weather means it's time for baseball at the gorgeous CHS Field in Lowertown, home of the St. Paul Saints. The season kicks off with the 2017 home opener on May 18. Keep an eye out for the start of single-game tickets sales, so you can be sure to catch a glimpse of the action at the field named "Best New Ballpark" in 2015.
Flint Hills International Children's Festival: May 30-June 2
The cultural and artistic celebrations continue throughout the spring in Saint Paul, and one of the largest festivals to celebrate both is the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. In this popular event sponsored by the Ordway, 65,000 people come to celebrate art from every corner of the world, and some of the most imaginative acts from around the globe pass through Saint Paul to perform for the audiences. This year’s Flint Hills International Children’s Festival occurs May 30-June 2.
Brunch-A-Palooza: June 3
Brunch, music, and local beer—what more do you need to know? Join GetKnit Events on June 3 for a one-of-a-kind outdoor festival at Upper Landing Park, and indulge in delicious brunch food provided by Blue Door and Hi-Lo Diner. Tickets available at brunchapalooza.com.
Grand Old Day: June 4
Finally, the official Saint Paul summer kick-off is Grand Old Day on June 4. More than 300,000 people have been known to attend the 30-block street party, dubbed one of the largest one-day festivals in the Midwest.
Are you looking for some outdoor activities, but you want to avoid crowds? We recommend exploring Saint Paul’s 26 miles of riverfront on the Mississippi, which also serves as a national park. One of the best ways to see the river is by kayak, so check out Minnesota Adventure Company for urban river tours. Then, spend the day hiking, biking or climbing on the bluffs.
Museums and Walking Tours
Is it one of those rainy spring days? Escape to one of Saint Paul’s museums. Catch a film at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater, and then swing through the new Sportsology exhibit. There’s also plenty to discover through the Minnesota Historical Society, especially on Summit Avenue walking tours from the James J. Hill House or once Fort Snelling reopens on Memorial Day weekend.