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.
NCHC Frozen Faceoff: March 22-23
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff returns to Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, March 22-23. Hockey fans won't want to miss this action-packed championship tournament and fan fest.
Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show: March 24-25
Kick off riding season with more than 17,000 biking enthusiasts at the 32nd annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show, March 22-24 at Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Local Wares at Lowertown Pop: March 30
Start your spring with Lowertown Pop, opening March 30. 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. Half of your $10 entry fee will benefit Her Spirit and the other half will be given to one lucky Minnesota Maker.
MNUFC Home Opener at Allianz Field: April 13
Saint Paul Art Crawl: April 26-28
Explore different corners of the city and the art scene with the Saint Paul Art Crawl from April 26-28. 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.
Brews & Buses Brewery Crawl: April 27
HAMMS - Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed: April 27
Love supporting local makers? Don't miss this annual maker market at Urban Growler on April 27.
Como Zoo's Party for the Planet: April 27-28
Is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day than a Party for the Planet at Como Zoo and Conservatory? Spend Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 learning about simple ways to conserve, participating in crafts and spending a day with the animals.
Festival of Nations: May 2-5
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 2-5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and is stock-full of with various exhibits, demonstrations, bazaars, performances and more.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 4
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 4, on Cesar Chavez Boulevard from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The parade, live music, car show and jalapeno eating contest make this one of the Twin Cities’ most lively community events.
Twin Cities Burger Battle: May 18
Here in the Twin Cities, we're pretty serious about our burgers—from juicy lucys to doubles, simple to elaborately topped. Watch (and eat) as your favorite local burger joints compete for the title of best burger on May 18 at the 6th annual Twin Cities Burger Battle on Harriet Island.
The Boys of Summer (and Spring): May 16
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 2019 home opener on May 16. Snag your single-game tickets to get in on all the fun at the field named "Best New Ballpark" in 2015.
Waldmann's Maifest: May 18
Join Waldmann Brewery for their inaugural Maifest on May 18—an event celebrating spring with German music, games, grilled food, pretzels and beer (of course).
Bell Museum's Museum of the Moon: May 21-June 9
The Bell Museum continues their celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a showcase of Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram. Each centimeter of the seven-meter sculpture represents five kilometers of the lunar surface and will be on display day and night both inside the museum and through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the museum's lobby.
Flint Hills Family Festival: May 31-June 1
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 Family 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 31-June 1.
Grand Old Day: June 2
And, finally—bid adieu to spring at Grand Old Day, Saint Paul's official kick-off to summer. The largest one-day festival in the upper Midwest featuring has brought food, entertainment and all sorts of fun to Grand Avenue since 1973.
Saint Paul Farmers' Market
Nothing says spring like fresh produce and bright flowers. Swing by the Farmers Market Saturday and Sunday mornings in Lowertown near CHS Field.
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 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.