A film fest, Twins baseball, plus Rock the Cradle

Credit: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Record Store Day

Record Store Day is the best day to find that sought-after record and celebrate your neighborhood music store. Two of Minneapolis’ popular neighborhood record stores, The Electric Fetus and Treehouse Records, are prime locations on Record Store Day. The Electric Fetus (2000 4th Ave. S.) is hosting They Might Be Giants at 4 p.m. for an in-store performance. Bloodshot Records artist Cory Branan will play an in-store show at Treehouse Records (2557 Lyndale Ave. S.) at 5 p.m. and he will be selling an exclusive Record Store Day release.


Where: Minneapolis record stores

When: Saturday, April 18

Cost: Free

Info: recordstoreday.com


Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is now open for the season. Several wildflowers are currently in bloom, from snow trillium to wild ginger, bluebells and trout lilies. The 15-acre garden is the oldest public wildflower garden in the country. The wildflower garden is open from 7 a.m. to an hour before sunset sevens days a week until Oct. 15. The Martha Crone Visitor Shelter in the garden is open from 10 a.m. until an hour before sunset Monday through Saturday and from noon on Sundays.


Where: Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Avenue

When: April through October 15

Cost: Free

Info: www.minneapolisparks.org


Twins Home Opener

Though the Twins’ home opener on Monday, April 13 sold out, baseball fans can still enjoy several free events around the game. From 6 to 9 a.m. fans can get a free ballpark breakfast driving down 7th Street adjacent to the Twins Majestic Clubhouse Store. Free food and drinks are available to bikers and pedestrians at the 7th Street side of Target Plaza. From noon to 2:15 p.m. DJ Mad Mardigan will perform on the balcony overlooking Target Plaza. Live music from Field Trip (noon to 1 p.m.) and Golden Hippie (1:15 to 2:15 p.m.) will also liven up Target Field Station where food will also be sold.


Where: Target Field Plaza, 353 N. 5th St. 

When: Monday, April 13

Cost: Free

Info: minnesota.twins.mlb.com


Intro to Brewing

In a city known for its innovative craft beer, learning how to make your own brews is welcome. Northern Brewer is hosting several beer-related classes, including an “Intro to Brewing” course that is perfect for would-be brewers or beer fans. The class includes malt extract brewing, siphoning, bottling and more. Students will also receive a free pint glass and 10 percent a brewing start kit for attending, which is great for starting up your own home brew.


Where: Northern Brewer, 6021 Lyndale Ave. S.

When: April 12, 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: www.northernbrewer.com


Crime & Punishment

Live Action Set’s “Crime & Punishment” at The Soap Factory is unlike version of the classic story any of us have ever seen.  The twisted, immersive production pushes the audience into the scene where they must follow the show and find their own path. “Crime & Punishment,” built from a 2014 Fringe Festival show, is mysterious and adventurous. Tiered tickets come at different price tags, and with each level comes different opportunities for adventure. What these adventures are exactly is up for the audience to find out.


Where: The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE.

When: April 10 through April 27

Cost: $25 to $100

Info: liveactionset.org/


April Showers Bring Rainbows

“April Showers Bring Rainbows” is a GLBTQ awareness event with theater, music and visual art by local GLBTQ artists that focuses on building community understanding. “The local LGBT community takes a lot of pride in who we are, but outsiders don’t often get to see where that pride comes from,” said event coordinator Jena Young. “To me, helping people understand foreign concepts with deep emotional connections is one of the main functions of art. It makes someone else’s perspective more personal.” Participating artists include Gadfly Theater, Day In, Day Out Productions, Victoria de Ville and more.


Where: Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave.

When: April 9 through April 25

Cost: Free to $20

Info: www.phoenixtheatermpls.org


Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Film Fest

The annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival brings more than 200 films from across the globe to Main Street. St. Anthony Main Theatre is hosting the festival, which will include screenings of “Love & Mercy” from filmmaker Bill Pohlad, known for producing “12 Years a Slave,” “The Tree of Life” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Pohlad will present the film at the Walker Art Center on April 24 and at St. Anthony Main Theatre on April 25.  Movie fanatics should also look out for anti-romantic comedy “Bread and Butter,” “The End of the Tour” with Jess Eisenberg and Jason Segel, and “The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Through the Woods“ from the local children’s musicians. Passes for multiple films and memberships are available.


Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE.

When: April 9 through April 25

Cost: $12, passes are available

Info: www.mspfilm.org


Rock the Cradle

Rock the Cradle, the annual event for both kids and parents, is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theatre Company.  The day will be full of live music, dancing and kids events. DJs from The Current, from David Campbell to Jill Riley, will be reading their favorite kids books at the MIA. The Children’s Theatre Company is hosting a kid-friendly dance party with Current DJs. The MIA is also hosting live music from Bunny Clogs, Duke Otherwise, The Bazillions and more. There will be Spyhouse Coffee and snacks from The Wedge Community Co-op for parents too.


Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S.

When: Sunday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: www.thecurrent.org