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: March 24
Start your spring with Lowertown Pop, opening April 24. 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 Walk Talk Connect, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of rare brain and spinal cord tumors.
Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show: March 24-25
NCAA Frozen Four: April 5-7
The State of Hockey's capital city will host the NCAA Men's Frozen Four for the third time at Xcel Energy Center, April 5 & 7. Catch the top teams in the nation as they vie for the championship and have a hockey-filled fun time at the Fan Fest.
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.
Saint Paul Art Crawl: April 27-29
Explore different corners of the city and the art scene with the Saint Paul Art Crawl from April 27-29. 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.
HAMMS - Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed: April 28
Love supporting local makers? Don't miss this annual (+ dog-friendly!) maker market at City House on April 28.
Saint Paul Farmers' Market: April 28
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 28.
Festival of Nations: May 4-6
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 4-6 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and is stock-full of with various exhibits, demonstrations, bazaars, performances and more.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration: May 5
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 5, 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.
Twin Cities Burger Battle
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 19 at the 5th annual Twin Cities Burger Battle on Harriet Island.
The Boys of Summer (and Spring): May 21
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 2018 home opener on May 21. Snag your single-game tickets to get in on all the fun at the field named "Best New Ballpark" in 2015.
Flint Hills Family Festival: May 29-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 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 29-June 2.
Grand Old Day: June 3
Finally, the official Saint Paul summer kick-off is Grand Old Day on June 3. 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 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.