The Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival – Discount Tickets

Love craft beer, wine, and/or cocktails AND the Minnesota Twins? Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th for the Minnesota All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival at Target Field!

Plus, if you grab your tickets NOW through Goldstar you can get them at a discount! Early bird admission is normally $39.95, but through Goldstar you’ll pay $29.95 + a service fee. Choose from Session 1 (12:30 – 4:30 pm) or Session 2 (7 – 11 pm).



Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of craft beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a keepsake sampling glass, live entertainment, games, and more! Plus, you’ll get TWO Twins games tickets with each festival registration you purchase! These Twins games tickets are valid for select Twins games on June 25, August 6, August 20, September 8, September 10-11, September 16-18, and September 22. (More information will be in the email you receive after making your purchase.)

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, will be the host for Minnesota’s largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever featuring hundreds of different brands at the iconic Target Field! Guests will be treated to unlimited samples of hundreds of amazing craft beer, wine, and cocktail brands from around the world that will be showcased throughout the ballpark, enjoy multiple live entertainment & DJ’s, receive a keepsake sampling glass, enjoy tons of games (think giant Jenga, Connect Four, Cornhole, Hula Hooping, and much more), receive tickets to a 2019 Twins game*, a free ride to/from the festival from MetroTransit, free admission to the official after party, sampling glasses, giveaways, activities, other all-star product vendors, and expedited super-quick entry through the gates! Plus, you will also be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the ballpark like never before by being able to walk the warning track around the entire playing field and get a professional photo in The Twins dugout!

Get your discount tickets HERE!

MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival – Sunday, May 5th

The 45th Annual MayDay Celebration features a parade in Minneapolis along Bloomington Avenue, and then continues with a ceremony and festival in Powderhorn Park!

The parade is a vibrant display of participants that dance and play instruments. A story is told, section by section, each designed musically and visually as a walking theatrical performance. The parade begins at noon on Sunday, May 5th. It begins at 25th St & Bloomington Ave south to 34th St and then west into Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

After the parade, enjoy the Tree of Life Ceremony (3 pm) and the MayDay Festival at Powderhorn Park. All events are free, but donations are gratefully accepted at the event.

Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center: Everyday Extraordinary – Saturday, May 4th

This Saturday, May 4th is Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and this month’s theme is Everyday Extraordinary!

An order of French fries and a can of soup? These common items become extraordinary in Five Ways In. Discover artworks by Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol and then transform the “everyday” in your own remarkable piece. All activities are available from 10 am – 3 pm unless otherwise noted.

Art-Making Activity: What is Your Everyday?
10 am–3 pm

How do you get ready for school? What is your favorite food? Using the recycled materials provided, create a collage which illustrates your everyday experience. Think about the routines of your daily life and express them in an artwork.

Art-Making Activity: Soft Sculptures
10 am–3 pm

Take inspiration from the soft sculptures in Five Ways In (Yayoi Kusama’s Oven-Pan and Claes Oldenburg’s Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag) and your own with us. Meet new friends in this collaborative art making activity that uses a variety of fun materials.

Short Film: Mrs. McCutcheon
10 am–3 pm

Now at his third school, 10-year-old Tom has always felt he was born in the wrong body. After taking up the name Mrs. McCutcheon in place of his birth name, he has trouble finding acceptance from his newfound peers—but a school dance is about to revolutionize it all. Directed by John Sheedy. 2017, Australia, 10 mins. Showing on loop in the Bentson Mediatheque.

Community Performance: Student Musicians
Noon and 1:30 pm

Music students of Jill Thomas (independent Suzuki piano instructor) and the Walker West Music Academy will play at noon and 1:30 pm, respectively. Celebrate their talent and enjoy live music with us in these casual, drop-in performances.

Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available, or bring something from home to snack on in the museum’s public spaces.

Teddy Bear Clinic at HCMC

Once again HCMC is offering a free Teddy Bear Clinic.  It takes place Saturday, May 4th.  The event is a chance for kids to learn about an emergency room, with their bear as the patient.  You can find more specifics here on their website.HCMC Teddy Bear Clinic

More specifics about the HCMC Teddy Bear event: 

Join us at our Teddy Bear Clinic and patch up your favorite tattered teddy or other stuffed animal. Parents, take the scare out of ER care and ease children’s anxiety related to a medical setting. This event is a great opportunity to help kids become comfortable with medical personnel and the medical equipment they may experience on a visit to the doctor or hospital.

Activities and stations for the kids and their Teddy’s will include:

Stitch loose seams
Listen to heartbeats
Splint broken limbs
Get “teddy” x-rays
See a real ambulance
Visit safety stations

Free bike helmets to kid doctors – while supplies last.


Boardwalk Celebration at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

We discovered the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary not long ago and enjoyed it so much we’ve returned more than once since then. This Friday, you can enjoy it just a little more at the Boardwalk Celebration from 2-4.

If you aren’t familiar with the park, you can read more about it in a previous post that we wrote here.   We love the boardwalk and this new installment means even more space to explore and view flowers and wildlife.

 Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

A little more information about the event:

Join us from 2-4pm, on Friday, April 26th to celebrate the final installation of our boardwalk! Join MPRB leadership, Friends of the Wildflower Garden volunteers and Wildflower Garden staff members for refreshments and jubilation, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00pm.
*Following the Boardwalk Celebration, join in the fun across the street for the 2019 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration, from 4-8pm. Food trucks, games, nature play a beer garden and other festivities will take place East of Wirth Beach on Glenwood Ave. in Theodore Wirth Regional Park.


Lakewood’s Annual Earth Day Celebration

Lakewood's Annual Earth Day Celebration

We’ve mentioned the Lakewood Cemetery a few times in the past.  If you still haven’t had a chance to tour it, the Lakewood’s Annual Earth Day Celebration is another great opportunity to check it out.  It takes place this Saturday and the tours are 30 minutes long.

There’s a small fee for the event but the greenhouses are amazing and really worth a visit.  *Greenhouse tour tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  You can go here to purchase tickets in advance.

Lakewood Cemetery Open House

Additional Information about the Earth Day Celebration and Lakewood Cemetery:

Lakewood is a unique green space in the heart of the city — with 250 acres of ornate gardens, scenic vistas and endless knolls dotted with old-growth trees and rare and native plants — all open to the public.

For our annual Earth Day Celebration, we invite you to visit our spacious grounds and take a behind-the-scenes tour of our historic greenhouses still operating today. On the tour, you’ll learn about Lakewood’s horticultural history, sustainable practices and see what we have in store for this spring’s flower beds.

After the tour, put your own green thumb to work and plant a perennial to take home and plant in memory of a loved one.

Make a day of it by taking a self-guided tour of the cemetery before or after your greenhouse tour. Self-guided brochures will be available at the event or by downloading the Lakewood mobile app.


Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration

Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration

Save the date, April 26th is the Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration taking place at Theodore Wirth Park.  No admission and the event takes place from 4-8.  Some of the activities include:

Tree Planting
Bucket truck rides
Rope-and-saddle tree climbing supervised by professional arborists
Tree-sized lawn games
Tree-themed obstacle course/Nature Play Zone
Live Music
Food Trucks
Beer Garden 

The spectacular springtime celebration is full of tree-themed activities and educational opportunities, music, food, beer and, of course, new trees! Anyone can help MPRB Arborists plant 200 new trees.

The event will be held in the area of the park between Wirth Lake Beach and JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Xerxes Avenue.





Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour

Even when we aren’t looking to relocate, I still enjoy looking at sale listings.  Mostly, I like to see the architecture and how people decorate or have remodeled. 

Another way to see the inside of some local homes, the upcoming Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour.  The event takes place during the weekend of April 27-28.

The event is free, no reservations needed and there will be homes to tour in all areas of Minneapolis and St Paul. 

This is a great opportunity to get ideas for your own home and see changes that home owners have made. You can find the full guide and additional information to plan your route here on the event website.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum is one of our favorite places to visit.  It’s a wonderful place filled with science, fun and learning.  Plus the building that it’s located in quite unique and not like most museums.  It’s a big old historic mansion and it’s tucked into a mostly residential neighborhood.

Occasionally the Museum hosts a Sensory Friendly Sunday event, the next one is tomorrow (April 14). If you can’t make it tomorrow, the next Sensory Friendly Sunday will be May 12th.

Activities and accommodations will include:

  • Lowered volume on interactive exhibits
  • Dimmed lights throughout the museum
  • Additional sensory-aware signage throughout the museum
  • Noise-dampening headphones
  • Music therapy

More information about Sensory Friendly Sunday’s at The Bakken: 

Sensory Friendly Sundays allow people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have an enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Events will include modified programming for diverse sensory needs and specialized staff training.

The Bakken Museum’s Sensory Friendly Program has been developed in consultation with the The Autism Society of Minnesota. The museum will continue be open to the general public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

All activities are free with museum admission:
Adults: $10
Seniors: $8
Young People 13–24: $8
Children 4–12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free
Members: Free

Free parking is available both in the museum’s lot on Zenith Avenue South, and on West 36th Street.

Additional information to plan your trip can be found at

Doors Open Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis will be opening up their doors to the public during the weekend of May 18-19. It’s a chance to check out buildings in the city of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. The Doors Open event is free and gives everyone the rare opportunity to see areas and buildings we might not normally see.

I’m excited for this event, first because it’s on a weekend so it means that more people can attend. Secondly, I really enjoy architecture and history. Some of the buildings that will be open for the event include:

  • Hewing Hotel
  • Manhole Entrance – City of Minneapolis Public Works Surface Water and Sewers Division
  • Kingman Studios at Case Beer Warehouse
  • IDS Center
  • Hennepin Island Powerhouse
  • JB Hudson Jewelers
  • K&K Metal Recycling
  • Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Courthouse
  • PLUS sooo many more

The list is long and fascinating.  I want to visit ALL of them and hope this event can be an annual thing or maybe even twice a year.  There are so many great places to visit and just not sure a weekend is long enough to try to fit them all in.  We are sharing this early so you plan accordingly. It’s probably a good idea to make a list of your top places and make sure to visit those first in case they don’t do this again.

Doors Open Minneapolis Event

A few more details and how and why this event is taking place: 

Doors Open Minneapolis is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give visitors a FREE behind-the-scenes look at over 100 exciting venues.  We’re hoping to enrich experiences by presenting meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are.