What to do in Minnesota: 8 things to do this weekend (April 14-16)

Goats are brought to graze the weed on a cobblestone sector of the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, at the Trouée dArenberg near Arenberg, on April 4, 2023, ahead of this week-ends women and men races. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by A (Getty Images)

Spring has sprung in Minnesota! Head outside for events that include delicious food, vintage goods, and goats!

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2023 Foodtruck Season Kick-Off:

  • Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St. Paul
  • April 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free admission

Kick off the spring with this delicious event. A variety of foods are offered from 35 food trucks including wood-fired pizzas, egg rolls, barbecue, and more.

Spring Junk Bonanza:

  • Canterbury Park, Shakopee
  • April 13 through April 15
  • Early bird tickets are $25. General admission is $12. Tickets are available here.

Junk Bonanza offers over 150 hand-picked vintage vendors. From home decor to unique antiques, this local event offers a shopping experience that has something for everyone. Early bird tickets offer two extra hours of shopping ahead of entry for general admission ticket holders.

POP Cats Twin Cities:

Enjoy over 10,000 square feet of colorful feline-themed displays at this cat-themed event. Adoptable cats, art, and more are available at this event. A portion of the profits will be donated to local cat shelters in Minnesota.

VGM Con:

VGM CON is Minnesota's video game and music convention and includes an annual celebration of live video game music, panels, workshops, tournaments, indie games, artists, and more.

Royal Canadian Circus:

The Royal Canadian International Circus returns to Mall of America for 19 exciting shows under the European big top! The show includes jugglers, contortionists, aerialists, and more.

Goat Fest:

This event features craft beers, food trucks, toe-tapping music by Traveled Ground, and of course, goats. The band will play from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and goat races will take place multiple times throughout the day. All ages are welcome to join in the festivities, but please leave your furry friends at home.

Spring Cheese and Chocolate Weekend:

  • St. Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
  • April 15 and April 16
  • $20 per person. No reservations are required or available.

Enjoy five samples of pre-selected wines, accompanied by samples of cheese from Eichtens Hidden Acres, chocolate from Knoke's Chocolates, and custom-made Raspberry Infusion Wine Truffles. Attendees may enter to win a basket of wine, cheese, and chocolate!

Junior Ranger Day:

  • Mississippi River Visitor Center, St. Paul
  • April 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Free admission

Enjoy the warmer weather at this family-friendly educational event. Identify local trees, complete a ranger booklet, make a screen print using trees you encounter on your walk, and more. In the case of inclement weather, an alternate activity will be held inside the Mississippi River Visitor Center.