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 newsโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’ Art in Bloom (my favorite event of the year) runs Thursday through Sunday.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ 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

โญ 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+

๐Ÿ˜๏ธ 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

๐Ÿšฒ 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

๐Ÿฅ• Seward Co-op is hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair on Saturday afternoon.

๐Ÿท 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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