St. Patrick’s Day: Our picks
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Perhaps the most historic tradition of Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the parade has been a family-friendly mainstay for nearly 50 years. Floats, musicians and other festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Nicollet and 11th and finish around 5th. The host, the Saint Patrick’s Day Association, has a long list of sponsoring pubs and restaurants if parade-goers want to continue the festivities on what is sure to be a busy bar night. If you’re looking for the pub experience, here are a few of our picks: Kieran’s Irish Pub or Dan Kelly’s Pub in downtown, Morrissey’s Irish Pub in Uptown or George and the Dragon in Lynnhurst.
Where: Nicollet Mall between 11th and 5th streets
When: March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Everybody’s Irish 5K
If you’re looking for a more low-key St. Patrick’s Day, or simply want to offset your beer consumption, then a charity run around Lake Calhoun might be just what you need. Everybody’s Irish 5K is a festive, non-competitive race to raise money for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. For Northeast and downtown residents, look out for the Get Luck 7K and half marathon on the same day, which begins in the Mill District and runs along the Mississippi River’s east and west banks. These morning excursions may just be the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends or to get in the mood for a night out.
Where: Lake Calhoun Park, 2510 W. Calhoun Pkwy.
When: March 14 at 9:15 a.m.
Cost: $20 to $40
St. Pats Bar Crawl
If you’re more inclined to the modern festivities of St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than the St. Pats Bar Crawl. In its second year, the crawl hits several lively hotspots in downtown Minneapolis, including The Pourhouse, 508 Bar & Restaurant, Brothers, Jackson’s Hole and The Depot. There’s an early check-in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the crawl will end around 6 p.m., so crawlers can move onto another pub, grab dinner or call it quits. Tickets include admission, gift cards for beverages, drink specials, a St. Pats medallion and other prizes and activities.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis
When: Saturday, March 14 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Cost: $12 to $25
Hot off the heels of his new book “Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes,” local author and architectural historian Larry Millet will give a talk on the state’s fascinating houses. Photographer Matt Schmitt will join him, sharing photos of these historically preserved buildings. Millet has made a name for himself combining his years as Pioneer Press’ architecture critic and love of mystery novels with several Sherlock Holmes books. He’ll also be appearing at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. to talk about the highly regarded architect of the cathedral, Emmanuel Masqueray.
Where: Mill City Museum, 702 S. 2nd St.
When: Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ “100+” exhibition features a photograph for every year since the museum’s founding. The work, selected from more than 12,000 images, reveals a timeline of the MIA’s history and a snapshot into a century of curating art. The “+” comes from the collection, which pre-dates the building and the MIA. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to celebrate a museum that Minneapolis residents have treasured for decades or to bring first-time guests to appreciate a breadth of art and history.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave. S.
When: March 19 through Oct. 18
Lagunitas and O+ Festival are once again hosting a “CouchTrippin’” tour across the country, bringing bands and beer along the way. Soulful indie rockers Delta Spirit and local up-and-comers Hippo Campus are set to perform at the Minneapolis stop of the tour at Aria. Artist Josh Reisz will also be creating live art at this 21-and-up party. Expect a sizable lineup of taps from Lagunitas.
Where: Aria, 105 N. 1st St.
When: Thursday, March 12 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Cost: Free, but first come, first serve
50th & France Art Crawl
The businesses at 50th & France are hosting the fourth annual Art Crawl with local and student artists. Local businesses will have art on display and guests will have a chance to meet artists and view in-store exhibits. Several celebrity judges, including style expert Grant Whittaker, salon owner Denny Kemp and blogger Nicole Trigger, will also name the “Best Of” works of art. Do a little shopping and take a walk around participating stores, from Red Cow to Fashion Avenue, to enjoy some local art.
Where: 50th & France
When: March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
There Are Other Worlds
“There Are Other Worlds,” the first project of art collective Free Black Dirt, was met with sold-out shows when it premiered in 2012. The play, set in 1999, tells the story of Amri Akenyemi, a mother, activist, yogi and convict who goes through a journey of mending relationships with her teenage daughters. The performance features aerial arts, music and poetry to convey tell a relevant, yet complicated story. “There Are Other Worlds” also raises questions of justice in the era of the Prison Industrial Complex.
Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 S. Lyndale Ave.
When: March 19 to March 21
Cost: $10 to $25