Things to Do in the Spring in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Minneapolis at dusk.
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The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and the temperature is getting warmer - it can only mean that spring is here in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Looking for ideas for things to do in the spring in Minneapolis? Here are some spring activities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • Splash in puddles with your kids.
  • Go skiing or snowboarding for cheap - local ski hills usually slash lift ticket prices at the end of the season until their snow finally melts.
  • See one of 170+ independent movies at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Independent Film Festival, held at the of April.
  • Go maple syruping.
  • Attend a Minnesota Fashion Week runway show, party or boutique event - usually the second week of April.
  • Go to a St. Patrick's Day parade, or a tent party at an Irish bar or pub on March 17
  • Take your kids on an Easter Egg hunt.
  • Get a car wash and blast the salt and road crud off your car.
  • Celebrate Earth Day at a fair, festival or help clean up a local park at an Earth Day cleanup event. Earth Day is April 22, Earth Day events are held on the closest weekends.
  • Wear shorts.
  • Go for a hike and look for signs of spring - birdsong, green shoots, rushing streams and creeks.
  • Yard sale season is here - spring clean your house and hold your own garage sale, or go shopping for bargains.
  • Visit the Farm Babies all April at Minnesota Zoo - fluffy chicks and little lambs!
  • It's warm enough to wear a kilt! Attend, or spectate at the annual Minnesota Tartan Day celebration at the Minnesota State Capitol. On or around April 9.
  • Appreciate the lack of mosquitoes... the peace won't last long.
  • Admire Minnehaha Falls - the falls are at their strongest in the spring with the water from melting snow.
  • Dress as the Borg or Princess Leia at Minicon, the Midwest's longest running SciFi convention. Easter Weekend.
  • Head up to the North Shore and go agate hunting - the winter storms have likely washed plenty of Lake Superior agates onto the beaches.