Minnesota Craft Beer Festival
Beer fans, look no further than the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival for the easiest way of tasting new and rare craft brews from across the state and region. The festival features more than 80 breweries pouring 220+ beers from Minneapolis and abroad, and each one has been asked to bring rare, limited or taproom-only options for festivalgoers. A ticket gets guests unlimited pours across the four-hour tasting. Erik Berry of Duluth’s Trampled by Turtles is also slated to perform at the festival in the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.
When: Saturday, April 23 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Fashion Week MN
Fashion Week MN kicks of its second semi-annual week of fashion events around the Twin Cities on April 8 with a party at Cliché (2403 Lyndale Ave. S.) from 7-9 p.m. The week begins Saturday, April 9 with Envision, a long-running fashion show with an art-and-music edge, at Orchestra Hall (1111 Nicollet Mall) at 9 p.m. The presentations continue with an event each day, with notable events like #Minnstafashion, a free social media-themed event featuring pop-up shop with local retailers and designers, at The Living Room in the W Minneapolis hotel (821 Marquette Ave.) from 7-10 p.m. The week ends with Rooted, a show with inspiration from Hmong art, at Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave. NE) from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Various venues
When: April 9-16
Cost: Free, ticketed events and RSVPs recommended
Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey” tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his unusual best friend, a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood’s sister Veta hosts a social gathering to launch her daughter into society, Elwood’s idiosyncrasies threaten to upset the family’s reputation, the story goes. The charming, family-friendly comedy, written by Mary Chase in 1994, gets the Guthrie Theater treatment under director Libby Appel. “Harvey” went on to become a motion picture in 1950 and was revived on Broadway in 1970. The play was last produced at the Guthrie in the 1989-1990 season. Previews begin Saturday, April 9 and the play opens Friday, April 15.
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S.
When: April 9 through May 15
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre brings a cast of internationally known flamenco dancers to the Cowles Center for three evenings of spectacular dance and music. Omayra Amaya, the grand-niece of the greatest flamenco dancer who ever lived (Carman Amaya), gypsy flamenco guitar master Josa Valle “Chuscales” of Granada, Spain and flamenco singer Kina Mendez of Jerez, Spain, will take the stage in downtown Minneapolis. A flamenco community fiesta will take place on Sunday, April 17 following the 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave.
When: April 15-17
Cost: $30, fees included
Pig on the Porch Tailgate
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar is kicking off the Minnesota Twins home opener with the restaurant’s sixth annual tailgate. FireLake, located inside the downtown Minneapolis Radisson Blu hotel, is making the event even bigger this year with a “Pig on the Porch,” the roasting of a whole hog on the patio. Executive chef Jim Kyndberg is serving pulled pork sandwiches and pork tacos for this tailgate event, complete with pre-game coverage from KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3.
Where: FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, 31 S. 7th St.
When: Monday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Twin Home Opener
The Minnesota Twins are kicking off their baseball season with an April 11 game against the team’s division rival, the Chicago White Sox. While the game is sold out, the team says a limited number of tickets may become available online. Twins legend and National Baseball Hall of Farmer Rod Carew will throw the ceremonial first pitch. The first 30,000 fans in attendance will receive a red Twins hoodie and several other events will go one as gates open at 1 p.m. From noon to 2:15 p.m. DJ Mad Mardigan will perform on the balcony that overlooks Target Plaza and local singer Caroline Smith will sing the National Anthem.
Where: Target Field, 1 Twins Way
When: Monday, April 11 at 3:10 p.m.
Cost: Limited tickets available
Thai New Year at Sawatdee
Sawatdee founder Supenn Harrison and daughter and business partner Cyndy Harrison are ringing in the Thai New Year, Songkran, at the downtown Minneapolis Thai restaurant. Supenn is emceeing two free nights of Thai dancing and festivities, which will also celebrate the restaurant’s three decades on Washington Avenue. Sawatdee, which suggests dinner before the shows start at 7 p.m. each evening, will have an additional menu for the event on top of regular fare. The Thai New Year (April 13-15) is also a festival of water, and Sawatdee’s event will be an authentic way of experiencing the celebration.
Where: Sawatdee, 607 Washington Ave. S.
When: Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13
Cost: No cover on top of food, drinks
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with events from April 7-2, including the North American premiere of “A Man Called Ove.” The Swedish blockbuster, a both touching and humorous portrait of an isolated widower from director Hannes Holm, will debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at the festival’s main venue, the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Following the film, Aster Café will host an opening night party at 9 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and wine tastings by Sileni Estates. This year’s festival will feature more than 200 feature-length films, documentaries and more from over 60 countries.
Where: Various venues
When: April 7-23
Cost: $13, $7 for students and children under 12, passes available