St. Patrick’s Day
Minneapolis is going green this St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, a leprechaun contest and one lucky race:
Get Lucky 7K
The Get Lucky 7K returns to the downtown Minneapolis riverfront with one of the world’s largest 7K races. The walker-friendly race begins near 2nd Street & 5th Avenue near the Mill District and winds around over the river and back. Runners done their green and Irish-themed running attire and cruise over the picturesque Stone Arch Bridge. Afterward, several bars, including Kieran’s Irish Pub, The Local and The Lowry are giving out a free Finnegan’s or green mimosas to Get Lucky runners who wear their race bibs to the bar.
Where: The Depot Renaissance, 225 3rd Ave. S.
When: Saturday, March 12 at 8:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association puts on a family-friendly parade each year, an annual tradition for those around Minneapolis. The parade stretches along Marquette Avenue between 11th and 5th streets, not too far from Dan Kelly’s Pub, Brit’s Pub or Kieran’s Irish Pub, if you want to take in downtown’s Irish-inspired hotspots. There’s a $25 fee if you’d like to be in the parade.
Where: Marquette & 11th
When: Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Wee Leprechaun Contest
Do you and your family have a little Irish in them, whether by birth or by choice? The Normandy Inn is hosting the Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association’s Wee Leprechaun Contest. The family-friendly contest is open to kids age 2-7, in addition to a family category, who can dress in their best leprechaun attire. A winner will be picked in several age groups for both boys and girls, and two overall winners will get a Wii U system and a trophy. Each entrant will also get a goodie bag.
Where: The Normandy Inn, 405 S. 8th St.
When: Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m.
Southwest Home Improvement Fair
Need some ideas to update your home? The Southwest Journal’s 11th Annual Home Improvement Fair will have more than 40 exhibitors who can help you with landscaping, remodeling, plumbing and much more to update your home. Several home experts will host presentations on home improvement throughout the day to get you prepared for your project, large or small.
Where: Burroughs Community School, 1601 W. 50th St.
When: Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hot Dash 5K & 10 Mile
Minneapolis is finally warming up, and a spring run gives you a good reason to break out the outdoor running attire. The Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile is meant to reward tough Minnesotans for making it through the winter — even though we’ve had it easy this year — and celebrate the warmer weather. A short and sweet 5K is best for first-timer racers and the longer 10-mile race, which will take runners along Main Street to the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and back along the Stone Arch Bridge, is best for experienced runners. The Hot Dash will also have a lumberjack costume contest, winter beard and Minnesota-themed competitions.
Where: 1 Main St. SE
When: Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m.
A 24-decade History of Popular Music
Taylor Mac, a one-of-a-kind performer, social critical and artist, presents part of Mac’s “A 24-decade History of Popular Music” as part of the Guthrie Theater’s Singular Voices, Plural Perspectives series. Mac, know locally for producing the dark comedy “Hir” at Mixed Blood Theatre last year, envisioned the piece as a 24-hour performance, with one hour dedicated to each decade. Mac will bring an abridged version of the national show to the Guthrie for a night of history, ambitious storytelling and outrageous entertainment.
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S.
When: March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
On any given occasion people will pick up a greeting card and not think much of it, but Minneapolis was once at the center of the nation’s greeting card industry. The Hennepin History Museum’s latest exhibit, “Greetings,” details the story of the Minneapolis-based Buzza Company, the one-time publishing giant of the country’s greeting cards in the 1920s and 1930s. The colorful exhibit features framed pieces, gift books and plenty of greeting cards from the company, which once shipped millions of items from its Lake Street headquarters each year (the building still stands as apartments).
Where: Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave.
When: Runs through July 3
Cost: $5, $3 for seniors and students
The How and The Why
“The How and The Why,” a thought-provoking production focusing on science, family and survival of the fittest, will get its local debut at the New Century Theatre. The play, a co-production between Theatre Unbound and the Hennepin Theatre Trust, details two women scientists exploring the difficult choices that women of every generation face. “The How and The Why” writer Sarah Treem is known for writing for Showtime’s “The Affair” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Where: New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave.
When: March 10 through March 20