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Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, April 27-29, Lanesboro: Explore the art and scenery of southeastern Minnesota and surrounding area during the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. This self-guided tour features 26 artists at 19 studios, galleries and other locations. Visitors can see artists at work, providing demonstrations, and shop for ceramics, turned wood, paintings, fiber arts, sculpture, leaded stained glass, jewelry and more. Studios are open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 507-467-2696.

Pioneer Power Swap Meeting, April 27-29, Le Sueur: The Pioneer Power Show is an antique machinery swap meet, flea market, antique show and craft show with 900 vendors indoors and outdoors — this is the largest event of its kind in the United States! Admission is free for spectators. Le Sueur County Pioneer Power grounds. 507-934-5841.

Salt Lake Birding Weekend, April 28, Marietta: The Salt Lake Birding Weekend offers birders a chance to view over 150 different species! Volunteers will guide birders around Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge, and the lakes, wetlands and native prairies of Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Big Stone counties. 952-595-9265.

100 Mile Garage Sale, May 4-6, Red Wing/Lake City/Wabasha/Winona: Residents and stores clean out their attics, garages and basements to create this spectacular garage sale. A trail of distinctive colored ribbons will identify participating residents and businesses from Red Wing south along Hwy. 61 through Frontenac, Lake City, Camp LaCupolis, Reads Landing, Wabasha, Kellogg and Winona. 651-385-5934.

Farm Babies, Now through April 30, Apple Valley: Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. There's nothing cuter than baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies. Minnesota Zoo. 952-431-9200.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Now-April 28, Minneapolis: The film festival brings more than 250 new feature-length and short-narrative and documentary films representing more than 70 countries to audiences throughout the region. This year’s lineup features a Minnesota Made series with more than 80 locally created films. This is the largest film event in the Midwest. St. Anthony Main Theatre (and other theaters and venues). 612-331-7563.

Art in Bloom, April 26-29, Minneapolis: This free four-day festival will showcase 165 fresh, floral arrangements inspired by works of art in Mia’s collection and more than a dozen large-scale installations by Twin Cities florists throughout the museum. Minneapolis Institute of Art. 612-870-3000.

Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 27-29, St. Paul: This St. Paul tradition for 27 years features the artwork of more than 350 artists in over 33 locations. Meet amazing artists specializing in a variety of media from watercolors to wood, ceramics to dance, and more! 612-567-0551.

Minnesota Horse Expo, April 27-29, St. Paul: This is Minnesota's largest equine trade show with over 700 trade show booths in five State Fair buildings and lining the streets of the Expo grounds. Enjoy this easy access marketplace for merchandise related to horses and their owners. Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 952-922-8666.

Ladies Day Out, April 28, Buffalo: Buffalo is the birthplace of the occasional sale concept with more than 20 unique specialty shoppes open this weekend. 763-682-4902.

Clink! Minnesota Wine Pop-up Shop at Canterbury Park, April 28, Shakopee: Clink!, Minnesota’s largest one-day “pop-up wine shop,” will show off locally produced wines from dozens of Minnesota wineries and food sampling from restaurants and local food producers. This event gives Minnesota wineries a chance to bring their wines to the people. Participants will have the opportunity to visit 30 wineries in one day! Tickets are limited. Please purchase tickets ahead of time. Canterbury Park. 651-325-7057.

Air Play, April 28, St. Joseph: Get ready to ride the wind and dream with the modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and the biggest snow globe you've ever seen will make audiences of all ages gasp and giggle. Escher Auditorium, College of Saint Benedict. 320-363-5777.

Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society Rock Show, May 5-6, Brainerd: Anyone interested in rocks, gems and minerals should attend the Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society Rock Show featuring more than 50 indoor and outdoor vendors, concessions, rock cutting, a Rock Wizard, Children's Corner and more! This is a buy, sell and trade show. 218-829-4992.

Arts Expo and Annual Art Exhibit Reception, Now through April 28, Thief River Falls: The 2018 Arts Expo and Annual Art Exhibit Reception features the artwork of students and adults from the seven county area with cash awards for best artwork. Winners will be chosen by a qualified juror while the exhibit is on display, and they will be recognized at the Artist Reception on April 28. Also enjoy various presentations on the day of the Reception. Ralph Engelstad Arena. 218-745-9111.

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Studio and Cultural Tour, April 27-28, Bemidji: Tour open studios and workshops in Bemidji, Turtle River and Tenstrike, and enjoy artist presentations showcasing both traditional and contemporary textile art forms. And on Friday evening, head to the Wild Hare Bistro in downtown Bemidji for an artist reception and member exhibit. 612-961-1601.

Children’s Fair, April 28, Grand Rapids: Community organizations and businesses come together to provide a free fun-filled day of educational activities and information. Also enjoy a free Kiwanis pancake breakfast for children and families from 9 to 11 a.m., hands-on tours of huge vehicles, a carnival, live music and door prizes. IRA Civic Center. 218-327-5730.

Kites at the Harbor: Grand Marais Kite Festival, May 5, Grand Marais: Experience an amazing spectacle in the sky when Grand Marais hosts the first annual Kites at the Harbor: Grand Marais Kite Festival. Children will have an opportunity to make a kite and then proudly fly it over the harbor in a grand display. In addition, there will be professional kite flying demonstrations. Afterwards, head to the Gunflint Lodge up the Gunflint Trail for an evening of story-telling and music by Minnesota original and renowned story-teller Kevin Kling and songstress Simone Perrin. 218-387-2524.