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Art in Bloom at MIA | April 26-29

Enjoy natural and man-made masterpieces side-by-side at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s 34th annual Art in Bloom. Featuring over 165 extravagant and imaginative floral arrangements designed to look like various objects from Mia’s permanent collection, it’s the perfect way to welcome Spring. After months of cold, gray gloom, we love seeing both art and blooms bursting with life throughout Mia’s festive galleries.

SE Minnesota Spring Apple Blossom Scenic Drive | April-May

This 17-mile scenic route encompasses a portion of Highway 29 just South of Winona, winding along the edge of the Mississippi River, and through classic Minnesota country towns like Nodine and La Crescent. After you’ve taken in all the pretty-pink apple blossoms on your drive, enjoy a picnic with a view in Great River Bluffs State Park.

Maple Syrup Festival | Saturdays, March 24 & April 7

If you’re like us, you enjoy cooking up a fluffy stack of pancakes to pair with your morning French Roast. Take your breakfast to the next level by picking up some local maple syrup at Saint John’s University’s Maple Syrup Festival. One taste of that sweet syrup, and you’ll forget all about Aunt Jemima.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival | April 29–May 6

This week-long music and arts festival began in 1998 with just five acts. Now in its 20th year, it’s grown to include over 200 acts at 30 venues across the city. While this year’s talent line-up has not yet been announced, past headliners have included popular musicians like Trampled by Turtles, Low, Charlie Parr, and Haley McCallum.

Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener | Green Lake

This year’s fishing opener will be hosted on Green Lake by the communities of Willmar, Spicer, New London and a few other smaller communities within Kandiyohi County. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, fishing enthusiasts can look forward to large numbers of walleyes, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies, bluegill and more. If you’re not all that jazzed about fishing, we’d still suggest checking out this beautiful region just a couple of hours west of the cities. With 360 lakes, beautiful state parks like Sibley, and the 22-mile Glacial Lakes State Trail, it’s the perfect spot to get outside and welcome Spring.