April at Last
When T.S. Eliot famously declared April to be the cruelest month, he’d clearly never experienced March in Minnesota, a challenging tug-of-war between winter and not-winter. Here in the Twin Cities, April is a genial snowbird of a month. After wintering in Scottsdale, Santa Barbara or Sanibel, April is happy to return home, bringing baseball games, film festivals and other annual events for entertaining clients and colleagues.
If your clients are soccer fans, invite them to choose between Minnesota United FC versus Atlanta United FC on April Fool’s Day or vs. the Houston Dynamo on April 28. On your way to Dinkytown, swing past MN United’s new home, Allianz Field in St. Paul, scheduled to be finished in 2019. Stop by Beacon Public House (graduatehotels.com) for a bottle of Grain Belt Premium and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese curds before heading over to TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota United’s interim home pitch. mnufc.com
If your clients love baseball, indulge them with tickets to the Minnesota Twins’ home opening series against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. For a memorable, only-in-Minnesota experience, book seats on the home plate terrace next to the organist and treat them to 4 Bells’ signature shrimp boil, Kramarczuk’s Polish sausage and other local specialties washed down with cans of Wonderstuff pilsner from Bauhaus Brew Labs. April 5-8, mlb.com/twins
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Clients who are film buffs will appreciate a platinum pass with VIP access to more than 250 films, parties and panels at the 37th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival at St. Anthony Main. Get a head start on the celeb-spotting with margaritas and nachos on the patio at Wilde CafÃ© & Spirits (wildecafe.com) and then join the throngs of auteurs and aficionados at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. April 12-28, mspfilm.org
Saint Paul Art Crawl
If your out-of-town clients appreciate art, invite them to the Saint Paul Art Crawl, a local tradition since 1977. Spend the day among painters, sculptors, furniture makers, glass blowers and other artists in historic loft studios and other creative outposts in Lowertown and other neighborhoods. Celebrate your acquisitions with craft beer and pretzels at Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery (waldmannbrewery.com), an 1857 saloon at the foot of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. April 27-29, saintpaulartcrawl.org