Five Ways to Welcome Spring to the Twin Cities

Five Ways to Welcome Spring to the Twin Cities

Even if last year's thunder blizzards return to the Twin Cities, here are five fabulous ways to welcome—or pretend—it's spring.

In the Mall

In one of the surest and most stylish signs of spring, Bachman’s returns to the Galleria for the Galleria Garden Party, March 24 through April 7. In a very modern twist on a beloved local tradition that began more than 50 years ago with Dayton’s Spring Flower Show, the mall will be adorned end to end with 25 lush, colorful gardens and fragrant, floor-to-ceiling vignettes designed by Bachman’s expert floral artisans.

At the Museum

Should you prefer your spring bouquets served with a side of art, Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a must on the annual social calendar. The weekend event runs April 11–14 and includes more than 160 inspired juxtapositions of art and flowers by local artists, a fashion show and formal luncheon, floral master classes, happy hours, and a mixology workshop, plus storytelling, crafts, and other family-friendly events.

At the Zoo

What better way to celebrate spring than with the annual spring flower show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, right next to the zoo, through April 21? The elegant 1915 conservatory will be filled with fresh hyacinths, Asiatic lilies, hydrangeas, and other blooms—and, no doubt, Summit Avenue and Crocus Hill socialites wearing their finest spring hats.

At the Arboretum

Whether the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips are bravely making their debut or still sleeping under an avalanche of new spring snow, a day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska is a delightful April ritual. Walk the trails (or rent a pair of snowshoes) and stop for lunch at the Arboretum Café. Note to animal lovers: Mark your calendar for the very amusing All About Dogs Day on April 27.

On the Town

Now that spring is technically back in town, it’s time to shed the puffer jackets, pom hats, and Steger mukluks in favor of breezy neutrals, nude lips, and strappy sandals and celebrate Fashion Week Minnesota, April 28 through May 4. Envisioned, produced, and made possible by passionate volunteers, this nonprofit extravaganza includes more than 15 fashion shows and other events, so start planning a week’s worth of highly Instagrammable #ootd ASAP.