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:
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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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