May Photograpic Opportunities

May! I think it’s safe to say we’re out of winter … or are we?

May 1st, 2011 ~ MayDay Festival ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN

Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! They own the street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve.

They tell their story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance.

The Join-In section follows, where lively groups proclaim their names and causes, and folks who like to dress up strut their stuff! All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other. People are everywhere – on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs. Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a “Happy MayDay!!” The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.


May 6th – 7th, 2011 ~ Cinco De Mayo Fiesta ~ 9 am ~ Plato & Wabasha, St Paul, MN

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is one of the 10 largest festivals of its kind nationwide, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to District del Sol on the West Side, one of St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhoods. Embracing the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture, this award-winning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing, children’s activities, a lowrider car show, colorful parade, a “People’s Choice” salsa tasting contest and more.

FREE – parking $6

May 8th, 2011 ~ Susan G Komen Race for the Cure ~ 7:00 am ~ Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

7:00 AM – Aerobic Warm-Up – Outside in North Parking Lot
7:25 AM – 5K Women’s & Men’s Wheelchair Race – Outside
7:30 AM – 5K Women’s & Men’s Combined Run – Outside
9:00 AM – 5K Walk – Outside


May 14th, 2011 ~ MN Scottish Fair & Highland Games ~ 9 am ~ Dakota County Fair Grounds, 4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN

Visit Scotland in your backyard. Join us where the Highlands meet the Prairie! A fair that transports you to Scotland for one day a year. Enjoy everything Scottish…Highland & Country Dancing, living history area, kid’s activities & prizes, Scottish Vendors & Clans, Pipers, Dancers and more. See men in skirts (kilts) throwing telephone poles (cabers) This year featuring Minnesota based Celtic musicians including Double Fiddles Iain MacGillavray & Chuck Butler.

Adults: $15

May 21st, 2011 ~ WaterFest 2011 ~ 10 am ~ 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN

Kickoff WaterFest with a parade. Stay for a free family celebration of our clean lakes and an opportunity for fun hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Highlights of WaterFest activities include: a raindrop mystery tour, Geocaching, a self-timed 5K walk/run, Voyageur canoe rides, fishing lessons, rain garden tours and native plant give-away, live animals, water games, landscaping and watershed exhibits, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s annual solar boat Regatta and lots more.


May 28th, 2011 ~ Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ 3001 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN

Free alternative sports & music tour. Top extreme sport athletes and XGames stars will fly through the air in gravity-defying demonstrations of the best of skateboard, BMX and freestyle motocross in a 60,000 square-foot “alternative sports playground.” Free headliner concert and Battle of the Bands for local acts. Interactive “Fun Zone” with free giveaways.


May 30th, 2011 ~ Military History Timeline ~ 10 am ~ Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN

Explore a living timeline of military life through history during this special day honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and reenactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniforms, accoutrements, artifacts, and firing demonstrations.

Adults $10

Other ongoing events in May:

Washburn A Mill Tour -Saturdays – St Paul, MN
Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN

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