Around the Twin Cities: Events you Can’t Miss in May

As the weather starts to turn warmer (besides this weekend), the events scene in the Twin Cities comes to life. Take a look at few of the big upcoming events in the Twin Cities during the month of May! A.D. Hays Group challenges all of the area’s residents to take advantage of Minnesota and all of the many things to do this month, from art fairs to festivals and much more.

To make it easier, we’ve built this list to showcase events around town that we think are worth checking out. As a bonus, we added a few restaurants that we think pair well with the weather.

Minnesota Monthly’s 7th Annual Grillfest

May 5-6, 2018

CHS Field, the home of the St. Paul Saints

Cost: $50 online, $55 at the door.

At Grillfest, you get the opportunity to test out the hottest grills, gather recipes and learn how to barbecue like a pro. Get the latest grilling tips at the grilling stage and find special pricing on grills and products. Tickets include samples of food and beverage from 100+ vendors.

2018 Cinco De Mayo Festival

May 5, 2018

West side of St. Paul

Cost: Free

Celebrate the great heritage of Mexico at the 2018 Cinco De Mayo Festival on the west side of St. Paul. Festivities include a parade, live music and entertainment, a car show, jalapeño eating contest and much more. Join the party at the intersection of Cesar Chavez St. and Robert St. at 9:00 AM.

Minnesota Beer Week

May 7-13, 2018

Various locations

Cost: $25

Minnesota Beer Week celebrates all beer poured by your favorite breweries, restaurants and bars. Starting on Monday, May 7 and going through Sunday, May 13, visit any of the participating locations and receive one pint or flight of beer from the location’s Beer Week list for only $25.

2018 Art-a-Whirl

May 19-21, 2018

Northeast Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Once a year, Northeast Minneapolis hosts the largest open studio art tour in the entire country. This spectacle of an event features more than 600 artists at more than 50 locations, including art galleries, storefronts, local businesses, studio buildings and homes. Almost every bar and restaurant in the area hosts an event or has a special, from concerts to food and drink deals. The event is free – and there’s plenty of great art available for sale.

Soundset 2018

May 27, 2018

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Cost: $86 (GA); $208 (VIP)

Soundset, the popular Midwest music and lifestyle experience, takes over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on the Midway, May 27th, 2018. The 11th year of the music festival includes national and local artists alike, including Atmosphere, Logic, Tyler the Creator, Migos, Prof and many more.

Restaurants to Try this Month:


Sweet Chow

This new edition to the North Loop has menu items with a Southeast Asian influence. The room itself features exposed brick, wood floors, funky light fixtures and decent backdrops for snapping selfies. Order some of the massive wings or other delicious fare at the counter and take it to go or grab an open table and enjoy your meal.

Hai Hai

A tropical paradise in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, with a menu inspired by the owner’s travels through Bali, Vietnam and Thailand. Treat yourself to a mini ‘stay-cation’ with a tiki drink and unique eats, all with affordable prices (most drinks top off at $9 and entrees are well below $20). Insider’s tip: order the fried brussel sprouts for the table, with puff rice, green chili paste, and pork belly, they will be an instant favorite.

Salty Tart 

Located in St. Paul’s Lowertown, the Salty Tart has carved out a niche, serving up baked goods by hand-made by nationally lauded pastry chef, Michelle Gayer. Menu options include both a breakfast and lunch menu with dishes such as their famous egg sandwich served on a milk bun and a smoked salmon tartine that’s almost too perfect to eat.

At A.D. Hays Group, we love helping our neighbors find awesome things to do in the Twin Cities! We also love being the area’s preferred partner when it’s time to buy or sell a home in the Twin Cities. If you want an expert team on your side during the buying or selling process, we’re here for you – ready to solve your unique problems. Get in touch with one of our account managers today to find out how we’ll help you meet your real estate goals.  

*image from Minnesota Monthly

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