Apr 11, 2024 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: International Film Festival, Nintendo Day, Lego convention

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The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns Thursday with over 200 films (including several with Minnesota connections) showing at venues across the Twin Cities April 11–25.

  • Here are three screenings we're looking out for this weekend:

🎀 "Sing Sing" β€” The festival's opening night film stars Colman Domingo as a man imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit who finds purpose through a theater group with other incarcerated men. It features an ensemble cast of formerly incarcerated actors who were alumni of the real-life program. Thursday at 7pm, 7:20pm

😳 "Laroy, Texas" β€” This thriller comedy follows Minnesota native Steve Zahn as a hardware store owner mistaken for a hitman who decides to play the part β€” until the real killer shows up. Friday at 7:10pm

❀️ Nextwave Youth Media Showcase β€” Celebrate the up-and-coming creatives among us at this 60-minute screening of 13 short films by Twin Cities high school students. Sunday at 2pm

Details: Individual screenings are $15, or grab a six-pack of tickets for $75. Find the full lineup here.

In other entertainment news...

πŸ›Ό Roller-skate through downtown Minneapolis Thursday night at City Skate, a free, family-friendly event with complimentary skate rentals, games and more. Free

🎨 Saint Paul Art Crawl returns this Friday through Sunday with local food, live music, dance and art across six venues around Summit-Grand, the West Side, Merriam Park and the Little Mekong Cultural District. Free

🧱 Attention, Lego fanatics: The Minnesota Brick Convention is back. The Eagan Civic Arena will host the traveling fan-created event on Saturday and Sunday, featuring massive displays, building zones and meet-and-greets with Lego masters. $15 in advance, $18 at the door

πŸ•ΉοΈ Game the night away at Nintendo Day, an extravaganza of Nintendo-themed activities on Saturday at Boom Island Brewing in Minnetonka. Retro gems and the latest systems will be available for play, plus Nintendo-themed markets, board games, music and beers. Free

πŸ›οΈ The Black Market, a Black business marketplace with monthly shopping events, is throwing a spring festival with over 50 vendors this Saturday at the Case building in St. Paul. Free, registration requested

πŸ‘— Fashion Week Minnesota kicks off this Sunday afternoon in the west metro with I Am Fabulous, a Paris-themed runway show that exclusively features models age 60 and above. Tickets start at $40

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