Minnesota Monthly: Close your eyes and picture the perfect summer setting: the warm rays of the sun gently warming your face, a cool drink in your hand, the sizzling sounds of the grill, and searing mouth-watering creations. Welcome to the 10th Annual GrillFest— a weekend celebrating the very best parts of the spring and summer seasons.
GrillFest will return to CHS Field on Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd, from 1 to 5 pm each day.
Test out the best grills, gather recipes, and learn how to barbecue like a pro while sampling the best burgers, beer, sweet treats, seltzers, Bloody Marys, margaritas, summer wines, and more. Play outdoor games, find Minnesota-made art and gifts, listen to music, and enjoy perfect weather. The best part? It’s all included with the purchase of your ticket.
Join us on the lawn for a unique mix of emerging talent, provocative creativity, and an enthusiasm that can only be found at MCAD! Enjoy craft cocktails courtesy of Bacardi and a delicious array of bites by renowned local chefs; view the incredible artwork up for sale; bid at the live auction; experience incredible local artists DJ Tricky Miki, Sam Larom ’19, and Aaron Dysart, all while supporting MCAD Scholarships.
This year, in addition to the incredible selection of artwork up for bidding, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is graciously donating a private dinner for twelve to the Auction. The winning bidder and their guests will enjoy a memorable evening at Andrew’s studio over a delicious meal prepared by Andrew Zimmern and his team. This experience will be a part of the live auction and only available for bidding by in-person event guests.
Can’t make it to the event? Join us online from May 20–23 for the silent auction and bid on more than 40 pieces of work from the comfort of your home.
While MCAD students share a passion for creativity, they come to us from all walks of life. With more than 97% of our students receiving some form of financial aid, scholarships are critical in ensuring that our students feel supported as they pursue their dreams.
Now in its ninth year, The Auction has raised more than $1.5 million for MCAD Scholarships. All proceeds from the event directly benefit emerging artists and designers on their paths toward graduating.
The health and safety of our students, guests, staff, and community is our top priority. In an effort to better minimize risk and the spread of Covid-19, all Auction attendees must present proof of a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event.
The Ard Godfrey House is Minneapolis’ oldest surviving wood frame house, built in 1849, and located at the corner of University and Central Avenues SE in Chute Square Park in Minneapolis.
Dandelion Day celebrates Harriet Godfrey’s introduction of dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area. Participants can learn how to make dandelion necklaces, bracelets, and crowns, just as Harriet Godfrey did as a child. Participants can also take home a complimentary recipe booklet which includes recipes for dandelion tea and salad. There are free Godfrey House buttons for the kids, and everyone can enjooy a guided tour of the charming Godfrey House led by docents dressed in 1850’s period costume.
The Woman’s Club oversees the maintenance of the interior of the house, and its members also serve as volunteers and guides. The Club offers events and guided tours throughout the year. Visitors can admire the artifacts that characterize the time period when Ard Godfrey and his family still occupied this house.
Ard Godfrey came to Minneapolis in 1847 to supervise the first commercial dam and lumber mill at St. Anthony Falls. He built this 1 1/2-story wood frame house in 1848, where he and his family lived until 1853. After they moved out, various other families occupied the house until 1905 when it was sold to the Hennepin County Territorial Pioneers Association.
The Association moved the building to its current location on Chute Square in 1909 and gave it to the City of Minneapolis. It served as a museum of historical artifacts until 1943. As a gift to the city of Minneapolis in honor of its bicentennial, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis undertook the renovation of the Ard Godfrey House in 1976. The Club opened the house to the public in 1979 and remains as the oldest wood frame house in Minneapolis.
One of the events held at the site in May is Dandelion Day. Visitors learn how Harriet Godfrey first brought dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area in 1849. Also, visitors can find out how to make dandelion coffee and tea. The house proudly displays the Godfrey children’s walnut cradle and the family’s Chickering Rosewood piano.
The annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is back in person this year in the newly renovated space that previously housed the St. Anthony Main Theater. As one of the largest and longest-running international film festivals in the country, MSPIFF will be showing more than 250 films, from over 70 countries.
Founded in 1962, The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP Film) is Minnesota’s foremost film exhibition organization, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We bring the best of international and independent cinema to Minnesota audiences through the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, numerous niche film festivals and series, and daily programming 365-days a year.
We promote the art of film as a medium that fosters cross-cultural understanding, education, entertainment, and exploration. We offer audiences unique opportunities to experience the wealth of international cinema, to engage with and learn from visiting international filmmakers, and to come together and share these experiences as a community.
Our programming serves a growing membership base and diversifying audiences of 85,000+ annually.
MSP Film is best known for the annual centerpiece, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Presented every April, MSPIFF is the largest international arts event in the region, exhibiting more than 250+ films from some 70 countries each year and drawing growing audiences of nearly 50,000 in 2016.
All films are presented in their original language with English subtitles for non-English dialogue.
The Mission of MSP Film is to foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to unite, inform and transform individuals and communities.
Our mission is accomplished through a commitment to exhibiting the very best of new and classic local, domestic and international independent cinema. These notable award-winning films represent many perspectives and experiences and are, for the most part, simply not otherwise available to audiences in the region. And so, through the power of great cinema, we expose our audiences, in a unique way, to a rare mix of cultures, ideas, current affairs and notable filmmaking from around the world.
Our mission is carried out through the annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, regular special themed series, and daily screenings of new releases and classics from around the globe.
Step back to a time before Wi-Fi and when MTV was the place to find new tunes at Twin Cities Vintage Fest, Minnesota’s largest vintage event dedicated to the 80’s and 90’s. Feel the nostalgia as you shop from over 100 vintage vendors, challenge a friend at the vintage arcade, show off your fit at the throwback photo ops or jam to the tunes being spun by the vinyl DJ. There is a little something for everyone inside TCVF. Vendors primarily focus on vintage clothing but you’ll also find toys, video games, home goods, memorabilia and more! Whether you’re hunting for a gem hiding in a bargain bin or searching for the collectable piece of your dreams you are sure to find it at Twin Cities Vintage Fest.
Saturday, April 23rd Beat the rush with Early Bird Tickets. Early Bird Ticket holders get exclusive first access the event, and the vintage inside, at 8:30am. Early Bird Admission $25 in advance Early Bird Entry: 8:30am
General Admission ticket holders will get access to the event starting at 10am.
St. Patrick’s Parade: Join us as we paint the city of St. Paul green again! Shenanigans begin at noon starting at Rice Park, traveling down 5th St, and ending at Mears Park.
This year’s parade will be a reversal of our traditional route in years past. The fun begins at Rice Park (5th St & Market St) and will travel along 5th Street, ending near Mears Park (5th St & Sibley St).
We reversed the route this year so we can all head straight on to CHS Field to celebrate the return of St. Paul’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade with a big party! The Ballpark Hooley presented by Guinness will start immediately after the parade (12:30 pm) and will feature live music by The Northerly Gales and Tim Sigler, Irish dancers, and some great food and drinks. Tickets for the Ballpark Hooley are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. (Parade is free)