What to do in Minnesota: 5 things to do this weekend (March 17-19)

Children attend a St. Patricks Day Parade. (Photo by Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Plenty of free events are happening this weekend including a self-defense class and a spring carnival!

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2023 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo:

The Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo is the largest fly fishing event in the Midwest. Vendors include fly shops, guides, top brands, outfitters and nonprofits. Fly fishing education, free programs and seminars will also be offered at all three days of the event. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Minnesota Trout Unlimited.

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Keg and Case Weekend Market:

  • Keg and Case, St. Paul
  • March 18
  • Free admission

Head to Keg and Case Market for a weekend shopping experience with multiple local vendors.

This weekend, Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers will take the stage from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children will be welcomed on stage for the last 15 minutes of each show to learn some Irish dance moves of their own.

Spring Carnival:

  • Chaska Parks and Recreation, Chaska
  • March 17
  • Free admission

Test your luck at this free, annual carnival with St. Paddy's Day-themed games and prize drawings. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. The Community Center gyms will be closed from 4:45-9 p.m. for the event to allow for set up and cleanup time.

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DISCONCÉ: A Beyoncé Disco:

This disco features music from artists who inspired the sounds heard on the iconic Renaissance album and over the course of Beyoncé's career.

Women's Self Defense Class:

  • Boltz’s Family Martial Arts Academy, Mendota Heights
  • March 18
  • Free admission, ages 11+

Join Master Boltz, seventh-degree Black Belt and his team, for an informative, practical and fun class on basic and effective self-defense principles. The team will cover awareness, avoidance, how to react or escape specific situations, and useful strikes and escape techniques.