Best May Day Celebrations In Minnesota

April 15, 2013 8:00 AM

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May Day is a traditional celebration to mark the coming of spring. In Minnesota, spring is often long-awaited and often does not come soon enough. Many events surrounding the beginning of May are held outside to help introduce a season of outdoor activity. Check out these festivals and events held on or around May first.

The 39th Annual May Day Parade And Festival
In The Heart of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-2535

Date: May 5

In The Heart of the Beast has been producing a parade and festival for May Day for almost 40 years. The festival takes place at the beautiful Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis and starts at 3 p.m., following the afternoon parade.The May Day festival includes food vendors, crafts and musical performances throughout the day. This event is noted for being the biggest May Day event in Minnesota, offering the most participants, observers and festivities. Join in the fun as The Heart of the Beast pays tribute to spring.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival
Over 30 different venues

Dates: April 28- May 5

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival began as a small event to celebrate a birthday and has grown into a local tradition featuring more than 100 musical acts from Minnesota. Celebrated at the beginning of each May, this event is full of festivities, fun, and food all centered around the love of local art. Start planning now for this weekend of fun. Check out the full lineup and featured venues here.

Spring Show
Circus Juventas
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 699-8229

Dates: May 1-11

Circus Juventas is a local circus school dedicated to the youth of Minnesota. Circus training has benefitted students by teaching confidence, balance, strength and encouraging physical activity. Performances showcase the students’ abilities to learn discipline and work as a team to create an entertaining show for the community. The spring performance of Circus Juventas is called the “May Show,” and ushers in the spring season.

Related: Best Upcoming Spring Art Festivals Or Events In Minnesota

Festival Of Nations 
St. Paul River Centre
175 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Dates: May 2-5

The Festival of Nations introduces the wonders of different cultures to Minnesota through exhibitions, performances, and education. This event has been an annual tradition since the 1930s and has helped to bring together the different cultures that reside in Minnesota. Attendees of the event can experience 90 different cultures under one roof.

“May Day On Main Street”
Stillwater Ladies Night Out
101 Main St. S
Stillwater, MN 55082

Date: May 2 at 5:30

Ladies Night Out in Downtown Stillwater provides annual events for women to enjoy the historic district of Stillwater along the river. Each May, an event is staged to help celebrate spring and the changing of seasons. This year, May Day includes boutique shopping, trendy dining locations, and fashion insights. Ladies will also enjoy specialty cocktails and time with girlfriends. Spots are reservable and local hotels are available for an overnight adventure.

Related: 2013 Minnesota Spring Theater Preview

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on