Apr 18, 2024 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: Earth Day cleanups, Record Store Day, 4/20 parties

Illustration of hands holding up the Earth.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Earth Day isn't technically until Monday, but this weekend is a great time to get out and beautify your neighborhood or local park.

What's happening: 44 park sites in Minneapolis, including the Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth and Powderhorn Park, are holding volunteer cleanups on Saturday, all from 9:30am–noon. No registration required, bags and gloves provided.

  • There are 33 kickoff sites in St. Paul ranging from parks to breweries to coffee shops. Stop by between 9am and 11:30am for bags and gloves, then head out to collect trash at the location of your choice.

Plus: After the cleanups, head over to events like Como Zoo and Conservatory's Party for the Planet, featuring kid-friendly activities and educational programming, a clothing swap in Minneapolis and birding festival in Hastings.

In other entertainment news...

🍿 The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival continues this week with more screenings of new releases, local films, panels and parties. Check out the lineup. Individual tickets are $15

🎶 Saturday is Record Store Day! Shops across the metro, like Electric Fetus, Cheapo Records, Down In The Valley and many more will be hosting parties with exclusive drops to celebrate the biggest record shopping day of the year — see the full list of participating stores. Free

🍃 Saturday is also 4/20, the unofficial cannabis celebration day.

🐜 Want to eat bugs? The Great Minnsect Show is this Saturday afternoon in St. Paul, with entomologists, live insects, insect games, insect crafts and "insect food."

  • Offerings include products from local business 3 Cricketeers and "cricket brownies" made by entomologist Sujaya Rao, according to a Racket interview with Rao. Free

😋 It's officially food truck season! Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul is starting up its food truck festivals again this Sunday with over 20 vendors, including State Fair favorites like Pronto Pup and cheese curd tacos. Free

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