Mar 21, 2024 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: Spring flower show, "Lord of the Rings" party, Holi festival

A garden filled with colorful flowers.

The 2023 spring and winter flower shows at the Como Zoo and Conservatory. Photos: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

It may not feel like it yet, but Tuesday was the first day of spring β€” and if you'd like to avoid the snow and smell the flowers, there's a show for you this weekend.

What's happening: Luxury Edina mall The Galleria will fill its common areas with fresh floral displays created by local garden center Bachman's beginning Sunday.

  • The "Into the Deep" Floral Experience features sea-inspired, floor-to-ceiling installations using more than 100 different types of flowers, trees and plants. It's free to visit and open daily through April 7.
  • Take a look at last year's grand display, and keep an eye on our Instagram Friday for a sneak peek.

Plus: Como Zoo and Conservatory's Spring Flower Show opens on Friday, featuring early spring favorites like tulips, daffodils and snapdragons.

  • The display in the Sunken Gardens is also free and open daily through April 28.

In other entertainment news...

🎭 The Black and Funny Improv Festival takes over HUGE Theater in Minneapolis Thursday-Sunday with 10 unique shows centered on Blackness that are primarily performed by all-Black improv troupes. Individual show tickets are $20

πŸŽ‰ Celebrate the Festival of Colors at Midtown Global Market's Holi party on Saturday afternoon. Expect live music, traditional Indian dances, family-friendly activities and food specials. Free

πŸ’₯ Eclectic Lyn-Lake comic book shop Odd Mart will host Giganticon, a celebration of all things comics, on Sunday afternoon. Guests include artists behind shows like "Avatar: The Last Airbender," "Rick and Morty" and more. 25-cent admission

πŸ’ Calling all Middle-earth residents β€” Boom Island Brewing in Minnetonka is hosting a "Lord of the Rings"-themed party on Sunday featuring themed beers, a folk band, a cosplay contest and other "hobbit-sized festivities." Free admission

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