As First Avenue prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, festivities are beginning to ramp up throughout the Twin Cities to pay homage to Minnesota’s greatest music venue. The Minnesota History Center is celebrating all things First Ave with a sprawling new exhibit, “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom,” showcasing the music, musicians, and legendary moments that have made the club an internationally recognized landmark. Drawing inspiration from Chris Riemenschneider’s recent book, First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom, the collection will include images, artifacts, staff stories, fan experiences, hands-on interactive displays, and a striking recreation of First Ave’s iconic star-filled walls. The opening reception on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature DJ sets from local luminaries, such as Lazerbeak, the Current’s Andrea Swensson, and Transmission’s Jake Rudh, as well as live music from Faith Boblett and Prairie Fire Lady Choir. There will also be book signings from MNHS Press authors and art activities where you can make your own First Avenue star and buttons.