Every Minnesotan looks forward to the spring thaw and the promise of more outdoor activities for the next few months. In Minnesota, spring is something to celebrate – hence the variety of festivals and events scheduled from mid-March to early-June. Enjoy spending sometime outside with the rest of the community and celebrate the variety of activities offered at springtime festivals. Travel to some of these festivals and enjoy a day of fun.

Homegrown Music Festival
Various Locations In Downtown Duluth
Contact: PO Box 16505
Duluth, MN 55816
(218) 590-1210
www.duluthhomegrown.org

Date: May 1-8, 2016

Duluth, Minnesota is home to a thriving arts community and works hard to support local talent and creativity. During the Homegrown Music Festival, local bands are invited to showcase their talents all around the community and at different venues along Superior Street. Duluth welcomes 8 days of bands during the first week of May and locals work hard to make this event a success. Travel between venues on the Homegrown Trolley, visit a new spot in downtown Duluth and maybe find a new favorite band.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

May Day Parade
In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet And Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-2535
www.hobt.org

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016

The May Day Parade and Festival, in the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis, has been a community event for almost 40 years now. Sponsored by the Heart of the Beast Theatre, the celebration is a community effort to mark the beginning of spring and get locals outdoors for some entertainment. The parade travels around the lake and the festival takes place right after the parade. Enjoy puppets, shows, music, and food along with many other family-oriented events. Learn about the history of May Day and spend some time outdoors with the rest of the neighborhood.

Festival Of Nations
St. Paul RiverCentre
1694 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 647-0191
www.festivalofnations.com

Date: May 5-8, 2016

Celebrate diversity this spring at the Festival Of Nations in St. Paul. Minnesota is home to a large variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds that live and thrive together in local communities. Learn about the programs that Minnesota has that help refugees from other countries and enjoy immersing yourself in different cultures. Performances and entertainment will be offered all weekend, along with an international marketplace and fun things for kids. Enjoy delicious cuisine and learn something about your neighbors.

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(credit: Mike Binkley)

(credit: Mike Binkley)

Cabin Fever Festival
Radisson Harborview Hotel
505 W Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(800) 635-3037
www.minnesotabluegrass.org

Date: April 15-17, 2016

Fans of Bluegrass and local music will love the Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth. This year, the festival is spread out over 3 days and 3 different venues to give audiences a bigger show. Listen to local bands during indoor stage shows at the Radisson Harborview, the Incline Station, and the Avalon Educational Institute. Shows go all day and some go well into the night. Other events include dancing, workshops, kids events and local vendors. Feed your love of local music this spring.

Detroit Lakes Festival Of Birds
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
29409 170th St.
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 847-9202
www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Date: May 19-22, 2016

Bird enthusiasts will want to fly up to the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds. Travel outside of the city to watch over 200 species of birds migrate back from the south this spring. Bird lovers will enjoy learning to identify different types of birds and maybe see one that they have never seen before. Experts will be on hand to guide field trips and give lectures about this natural phenomenon. Enjoy a day full of birding and travel the the many parks and trails in Detroit Lakes to get some additional outdoor activity in.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.