So starts the Festival Season - Nations, Cinco de Mayo, Flint Hills, and Mother's Day and the Addams Family!

Thursday, May 3

Festival of Nations, Rivercentre, thru May 6.

Kellogg & Robert Food Truck Court!

Friday, May 4

Ballet of the Dolls:Faith, Ordway, 7:30pm.

First Friday, American Burger Bar, 4-6pm. Sponsored by CapitolRiver/District 17 fro downtown residents to get better acquainted.

Minnesota Dance Festival, Fitzgerald Theatre,  7:30pm.  “Les Sylphides,” with music by Chopin, and “Handel’s Messiah Ballet,” plus children’s work, “The Ballet School”

Saturday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo, Cesar Chavez St. New organizers for this family-friendly event with entertainment, food, parade, and low-rider car show.

Minnesota Dance Festival, Fitzgerald Theatre, 2 and 7:30pm.  “Les Sylphides,” with music by Chopin, and “Handel’s Messiah Ballet,” plus children’s work, “The Ballet School”

The Big Back Yard opens, Science Museum of Minnesota.  Science-style mini-golf course,  a 17,000 square foot prairie maze, and watch water separate sand and dirt from gemstones and fossils in the Big Back Yard's very own sluice.

Sunday, May 6

Urban Expedition: Liberia!, Landmark Center, 1-3pm. This program will feature the music, dance, food and crafts of Liberia. Featuring main stage performances by Universal Dance Destiny.

38: US-DAKOTA WAR, History Theatre, 7pm. In 1862 Mankato was the sight of the largest mass execution in American history. This new play examines the war by framing the story with the trials of Dakota warriors, the politics of President Lincoln and Governor Ramsey, and the letters and diaries of the men and women who were caught up in this tragic moment in our country’s history.

Tuesday, May 8

Ballet Tuesday, Landmark Center, noon. “A Musical Journey to Paris.”

Addams Family opens, Ordway, thru May 20. The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.

Thursday, May 10

Kellogg & Robert Food Truck Court!

James Morrison, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.  Awakening Tour. 

James Madison: An Evening with the Father of Our Constitution, History Center, 7 pm, $15 ($10 MHS members) Reservations required. A portrayal by John Douglas Hall, official historic interpreter at Madison’s estate, Montpelier. Introduction by Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page.

Friday, May 11

Wits with Paul F. Thompkins and Aimee Mann, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.

Saturday, May 12

Foundation of our Nation FREE Family Day, History Center, noon–4 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 Happy Mother’s Day!

St. Paul Civic Symphony Annual Mother’s Day Concert,  Landmark, 1pm. “A Musical Journey to Paris”

PipJazz Sunday, Landmark Center, 5pm.  Hosted by Pippi Ardennia, a Chicago born jazz/blues singer and songwriter with guests. $10-$25.

Thursday, May 17

Kellogg & Robert Food Truck Court!

Saturday, May 19

Scratch Day, Science Museum, 10am-4pm. Workshop sessions and activities for everyone, including sessions for those new to Scratch, Scratchrs, and Scratch Masters. Cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is required. 651-221-9444

Van Halen, Xcel Center, 7:30pm.

Jeremy Messersmith, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.

Sunday, May 20

Pan Asian Arts Festival, Landmark Center, noon-5pm.  A FREE Family Day Celebration of Pan Asian Heritages with music, dance, and the arts.

Thursday, May 24

Kellogg & Robert Food Truck Court!

Retro Rama, History Center, 7:30-11pm.  Wear your vintage!

The History and Recovery of the Whydah. Science Museum, 7pm.  Hear a presentation by Barry Clifford, underwater explorer, author, and discoverer of the Whydah.  $12

Tuesday, May 29

Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Rice Park, Ordway and Landmark, thru June 3

Thursday, May 31

Kellogg & Robert Food Truck Court!

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