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This weekend: Five ways to celebrate spring


A drag queen dressed in all in white with crystals in her hair stands under stage lights.
Julia Starr

A “Private Prelude Sneak Peek” starts off the spring edition of Black Fashion Week MN, featuring designs by Julia Starr at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis this Friday, May 3 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.



Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This year the celebration on St. Paul’s West Side will take place on Saturday, May 4, along Cesar Chavez Street. The event runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will feature Mexican food, music, and entertainment. The event is free with food and other items available for purchase.




A Black women with long braids stands behind a table, facing customers at an open market. She is wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.
The Black Market: Mayfest


“The Black Market: Mayfest” is a huge outdoor event that promotes Black-owned businesses. Located just off I-94 and Hwy 280, it features performances, games, art, food and more, and runs from 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The event is free, with food and other items available for purchase.


A Black woman in a colorful patterned blouse and black skirt stands in front of a wall of old speakers and television sets. Her eyes are closed and her arms are outstretched.
Jamela Pettiford


Singer Jamela Pettiford celebrates her birthday with a listening session and theatrical performance at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Saturday, May 4. The performance features a live band as well as spoken word, and is hosted by poet Chadwick "Niles" Phillips. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments by Papa J's Kitchen are included in the price of admission. Tickets are $35.




Presented by Lake Hiawatha – 4200 Cedar Drum and Dance, Heart of the Beats Drum Jam, “MayDayAnyway4,” has sprung up in the place of the former Heart of the Beast May Day parade as a celebration of the return of spring. The festival will take place at Powderhorn Park on Sunday, May 5 from 2:30 - 7 p.m., come rain or shine. Drumming, dancing, engaging, and simply existing are all encouraged. The event is free and open to the public.

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