TC Weekend | Mother’s Day, Fishing Opener, National Train Day & more!

Last weekend felt like a spring explosion with its many festivals and long-awaited burst of sun. This weekend continues the spring fun with Mother’s Day events, the Fishing Opener, National Train Day celebrations, and a host of other activities. Read on for this weekend’s lively lineup:


Bring Back Our Girls, Friday, May 9

Start the weekend by lending your voice and signs to raise awareness about the 276 school girls who were abducted in Nigeria by the Boko Haram militia. Organizers are asking for participants to bring a red candle, wear the color red, and bring your camera to help document the event. More details here.

Lake Street and Marshall Bridge, Minneapolis/Saint Paul

6 pm


Minnesota Fishing Opener, May 10 

Anglers rejoice! Happy days are here again as walleye, northern pike, and sauger become legal game. Apparently the ice has receded just in time. Check here for a "tackle box of angler must-haves."


Union Depot National Train Day Celebration, May 10

All aboard train lovers! Union Depot and Amtrak are hosting a celebration to mark the return of Amtrak Passenger rail service to the Union Depot and National Train Day. The event will feature exhibit trains and showcase the history and adventure of rail travel. Go here for more info.

11 am – 4 pm

Free and open to the public.




Twin City Model Railroad Musuem Celebrates National Train Day, May 10

Naturally, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is also celebrating National Train Day. The musuem is hosting two events, one at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the other at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum.

The semi-annual Model Railroad Show and Hobby Sale will feature over 200 tables of antiques, collectibles, toys, tools and all things trains. The museum celebration will include Amtrak Trains on operating layouts, plus an historic bus giving free round trip rides between the museum, Jackson Street Roundhouse and Union Depot. Go here for more details. 

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul

$6.00 Admission (Free for kids 7 and under)

9 am - 3 pm

Twin City Model Railroad Museum

1021 Bandana Blvd E., Suite 222, Saint Paul

$8.00 (Free for kids 4 and under)

10 am - 5 pm


Craftstravaganza at the MN State Fairgrounds, May 10

Are you a crafty person or interested in becoming one? If so, this event is for you! In addition to featuring over 90 vendors with 100% handmade goods, the 9th annual Craftstravaganza offers free hands-on workshops and activities to empower you to make your own crafts! Go here for more info.

MN State Fairgrounds, Progress Center

1265 Snelling Ave. N. Saint Paul, MN

10 am - 5 pm

Free and open to the public



Mill City Farmers Market's Season Opener, May 10

Mill City Farmers Market invites you to spend Mother’s Day at the first Mill City farmer's market of the season. Farm-fresh foods, local arts and crafts, and spring flowers to honor mothers, should make for a memorable outing. Go here for more info.

704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

8 am - 1 pm


Midtown Farmers Market's Mother's Day Celebration, May 10

In addition to moms being treated to free chair massages, aromatherapy sessions, and henna designs, there’s also a chance to win beautiful lavender-themed gift basket from vendor Hart and Soul Herbal, or a massage certificate from Massage Envy! Enter to win at the information booth.

2225 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

8 am- 1 pm

"Fight like a Mother!" Mother’s Day Show, May 10

Bring your mother, friends, and family to ColorWheel's annual Mother's Day event, where mothers use spoken word and visual art to express their hopes, fears, triumphs and joys about motherhood. 

319 W 46th St. (6th & Grand), Minneapolis

2 pm – 8 pm


Little Earth Mother's Day Powwow, May 10 – 11

The Little Earth of United Tribes’ Mother’s Day Powwow celebrates health, education, tradition, and includes food and other fun activities. Go here for more details. 

American Indian Center

1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Doors open at 11 am

Open to the public

Feast at 5pm Saturday, May 10




Family Bike Day, May 11

Keeping with the healthy Mother’s Day theme, how about a family bike ride to cap off Bike Week? There are a number of fun group biking opportunities to get the heart pumping! Go here to see schedule and location info.


Mother's Day Bonsai Show, May 10 -11

Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking mom to see the lovely sights at the Mother's Day Weekend Bonsai Show, sponsored by the Minnesota Bonsai Society. The show features a colorful array of bonsai, ‘tree in pots,’ an ancient Japanese art form that weaves artistic vision and horticultural expertise. Go here for more info.

Como Conservatory, The Ordway Gardens

1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul

10 am - 6 pm

Free admission (suggested donation of $3)


Festival Cinco de Mayo y Día de Las Madres, May 11

The Cinco de Mayo celebrations continue on into Mother’s Day! This event features rides, food and fun for the entire family. Go here for more info.

Lake St from 2nd to Portland Avenue, Minneapolis

12 pm – 7 pm







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Paige Elliott

(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.