Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Art Event

MayDay Parade and Festival

Last January, massive sorrow ensued in the Twin Cities when In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre announced that, due to financial struggles, their annual MayDay Parade and Festival would be coming to an end. The good news is that we have one more MayDay that is happening for sure, so let’s celebrate all the puppetry, tall bikes, stilt dancing, elaborate costumes, pomp, ritual, and community love while we still have the chance. A joyful, unabashedly hippie, lefty, DIY, spectacle-filled experience, MayDay has left its mark on the Twin Cities as an art event that has brought hope to crowds since the end of the Vietnam War. For this upcoming 45th annual MayDay, add some flowers to your hair, wear a spring outfit, dust your face with glitter, and bid adieu to a wonderful parade, pageant, and festival. 

Best Lake (2013) Powderhorn Lake

Best Sledding (2013) Powderhorn Park

Best Festival (2009) MayDay Parade and Festival

Best Place to Show up Stoned (2019) Recreation league baseball game in Powderhorn Park

Best Theater Troupe Theatre Coup d'Etat

Best Play Guthrie's West Side Story

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Actor C. Michael Menge

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best Dance Company TU Dance Company

Best Choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Best Dance Performance ICON SAM: Temple Dances

Best Movie Theater Lagoon Cinema

Best Standup Comic Rana May

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Red Menace at Erik the Red

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Podcast I Love You, Mana

Best Museum Minnesota History Center

Best Museum Exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

Best Permanent Collection Piece The Bell Museum's Woolly Mammoth

Best Gallery Exhibition Kinngait Studios: Printmaking in the Arctic Circle

Best Art Gallery Modus Locus

Best Public Art American Indian Center

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Bookstore (New) Birchbark Books and Native Arts

Best Bookstore (Used) Cream & Amber

Best Author Marlon James

Best Book (Fiction) 'Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories' by Kelly Barnhill

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The Infamous Harry Hayward' by Shawn Francis Peters

Best Fashion Event Minneapolis Vintage Market

Best Fashion Designer Hackwith Design House