Apr 27, 2023 - Things to Do

Twin Cities events: Indie Bookstore Day, free home tours

A photo of the Indie Bookstore Passport, which has a full-color drawing of a happy bird wearing glasses and holding a book. The photo's backdrop is a large bookshelf.

The 2022 Twin Cities Indie Bookstores Passport. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

Nearly two dozen bookstores in the Twin Cities are participating in Indie Bookstore Day on Saturday, a day to celebrate and support independent shops.

How it works: In addition to special author events and parties on Saturday, Twin Cities literary organization Rain Taxi created free IBD "passports" available at all participating bookstores.

  • Visit each shop any time this week and get the passport stamped to unlock future discounts for said store in May. No purchase required.

Plus: If you get all 23 stamps, you're eligible for a grand prize giveaway that includes a free book from each store.

In other entertainment news…

💐 Art in Bloom (my favorite event of the year) runs Thursday through Sunday.

🖼️ The Saint Paul Art Crawl continues Friday-Sunday. Attendees can explore a dozen venues in downtown and Lowertown, including Union Depot, to meet and shop from local creatives. Free

⭐ Local drag performers take over the Mall of America's rotunda on Friday night for the all-ages show "The Power of Drag," hosted by and starring "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Sasha Velour. $30+

🏘️ Be a nosy neighbor at the MSP Home Tour this weekend. Twenty-six houses across the metro, including in first-ring suburbs, will open their doors for free self-guided tours and IRL remodeling and decorating inspiration. Free

🚲 Exercise for a great cause at Ride of a Life Time on Saturday morning. Cyclists can ride at home or at any Life Time club to raise money for local charities. Free to participate, but fundraising is encouraged

🥕 Seward Co-op is hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair on Saturday afternoon.

🍷 Taste over 100 wines and bubblies while exploring the Science Museum of Minnesota after hours at the inaugural Uncorked: MN Wine Fest on Saturday night.

  • Act fast: Tickets are almost sold out. $65
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