Have you seen your first robin yet? I have! Which can only mean one thing… It’s spring! Ok, it officially started on March 20th, but in Minnesota, you know that the calendar doesn’t always line up with weather patterns. The coats are starting to get thinner and you have been just itching to get outside and enjoy some of this great weather. I’ve put together a list of some of the best parts of Spring.
Maple Syrup Demonstration
Did you know where your maple syrup comes from? I do and I didn’t even have to go all the way to Vermont to find out. Over the next couple weeks, they are doing all kinds of different Maple Syrup tapping demonstrations all over the states. The best part, you usually get to taste a sample too. To find an event, check with the DNR or the MN Landscape Arboretum.
Macy’s Annual Spring Flower Show
The first two weeks of Spring you will be delighted with all the fresh buds at the Macy’s Spring Flower Show. Macy’s does a spectacular job of displaying their flowers. This year’s theme, America the Beautiful. Check out my review.
Apple Blossom Drive
Check out the blooms on this scenic drive through Southeastern Minnesota. The byways connect to Highway 61, which is another great river drive. Stop along the way and pick up some apple cider at some of the orchards. For the details on the route, check out ExploreMinnesota.
Spring means the start-up of the outdoor farmers markets again. This time of year you will find Eggs, Meats, Asparagus, Rhubarb and of course a lot of fresh cut flowers. It is also the place that I like to purchase my annuals and perennials for the garden. For a full list of Farmers Markets near you, check out MinnesotaGrown.
April 29th marks Arbor Day. There are tons of ways to celebrate. If you like to get your hands dirty, check with your local community to see what types of tree planting and park cleanup activities they have going. Also, the Midtown Farmers Market will be having some additional educational activities on display.
Check out the latest buds blossoming at the Landscape Arboretum. Depending on the conditions outside, the three-mile drive may be open. Otherwise, walk some of the paths or even the drive. On May 1st they hold their annual Bud Break 5k. Take one of their classes to learn about what’s best to plant at your home. On the weekends and take your kids to their free Plan Maker Studio workshops.
Festival Of Nations
Looking to discover more about the world and their cultures. Check out the Festival of Nations at the St. Paul River Center, May 5th– 8th. There will be all kinds of Performances, Demonstrations, Café’s to taste and of course a Bazaar. For more info, check out their FestivalofNations.com.
National Get Outdoors Day (June 11th)
Have you ever wanted to check out a state park? This is the opportunity you have been waiting for? On June 11th, they are offering free admission to all 75 Minnesota State Parks. It’s part of the National Get Outdoors Day initiative. Go and hike some trail, do some of the nature programs, or even spend the night. This a great opportunity to see what they have to offer.
Check back later this week for things just for kids.