May 2024 Events in Greater St. Cloud

I’m over all these April showers, can we bring on the May flowers please?! Who’s ready for sunshine, warmer temps, a calendar packed with pre-summer fun and one of the most anticipated events of the year?! Greater St. Cloud has the calendar part covered, as for the heat wave… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 

It’s a busy month in Greater St. Cloud! I’ve got the highlights for you, but make sure to check out the FULL EVENTS CALENDAR for even more fun!

St. Cloud Area Restaurant Week

May 13 – 19 

St. Cloud Area Restaurant Week is May 13 – 19! It’s a week dedicated to exploring menu items at some of Greater St. Cloud’s delightful eateries. Each day will showcase a different category, featuring multiple restaurants. We will also be giving away a $50 restaurant gift card daily to a lucky winner (CLICK HERE TO ENTER)– totaling seven prizes! Join us for an incredible week of supporting local restaurants, inspiring people to try new flavors, and most importantly, relishing delicious cuisine. Don’t forget to tag us on social media to share your culinary adventures. 

Hemker Zoo – Opening Day!

May 1

Voted five years in a row, Best of Central Minnesota Out & About Family Recreation. At Hemker Zoo, you can experience animals up-close from May 1 – October 31, rain or shine. Zoo opens at 10 AM on May 1st.

Carnival at Crossroads Center

May 1 – 5

Find carnival rides, food and games outside the Macy’s entrance at Crossroads Center Mall May 1st – 5th. 3-hour Unlimited Ride Wristband
$25.00 per person/ per session or you may purchase individual tickets. 

Homestead Artisans: May Pop-Up

May 3 – 5

Don’t miss out on the first arts and crafts pop-up sale of the year at Homestead Artisans Barn! They will have so many unique art and furniture pieces, from over 30 Central MN Creatives, displayed in a unique rustic barn. And be sure to catch one of their live art demonstrations throughout the weekend! 

St. Cloud Farmers Market Opening Day

May 4

Join in for the summer season Farmers Market in downtown St. Cloud at the Lady Slipper Lot! Opening Day is 8am – Noon on Saturday, May 4 and will continue every Saturday. 

May the Fourth – Roller Derby in a Galaxy Not Far Away

May 4

SCAR Presents May the Forth – Roller Derby in a Galaxy Not Far Away. Join us for an intergalactic roller derby extravaganza at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center on May 4th starting at 10AM! Strap on your skates and get ready to witness the most epic battles on wheels. This event will transport you to a galaxy not far away where skaters from all corners of the universe will compete for glory. Expect high-speed action, jaw-dropping stunts, and out-of-this-world excitement. Whether you’re a fan of roller derby or a Star Wars enthusiast, this event is a must-see. 

Kentucky Derby Party

May 4

Join Back Shed Brewing for an exhilarating day of horse racing, showcasing and philanthropy at our Kentucky Derby Fundraiser for Quiet Oaks. Back Shed is brewing up a mint julip seltzer AND donating 20% of ALL sales that day. You’ll want to DRESS UP for this occasion, with a Churchill Downs backdrop, props AND a best dressed contest. A $20 donation will get you a racing form to compete in a drawing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 

NATIVE GARDENS presented by Great Theatre

May 10 – 19

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this thought-provoking hilarious comedy of good intentions and bad manners. This show is part of The Lab Series at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre and runs May 10 – 19. 

Celebrating the Music of PRINCE! *LIVE!* with Chase & Ovation

May 10

THEE Salute to the Music of PRINCE! LIVE! Live & Direct from the Purple City of Minneapolis, in what promises to be one of the best live musical performances you will see up close and personal, “Chase & Ovation” truly delivers! See the show on May 10th at The Pioneer Place on Fifth. Get tickets before they sell out!  

The Great Curious Cocktail Party!

May 15

We are thrilled to announce that Bella Vita Salt Caves has been chosen to HOST THE GREAT CURIOUS COCKTAIL PARTY! Join us for an extraordinary evening where only 2 hosts per state are selected to showcase Curious N/A beverages. Indulge in carefully crafted and delicious drinks in the heart of our historical DOWNTOWN ST. CLOUD! Get Ready to Turn Up the Fun Downtown at Our Sober Party! We’re taking it to the next level with live music, a downtown filled with mocktails from various vendors, and an array of exciting activities—this is one party you won’t want to miss!

St. Cloud Daddy Daughter Date Night

May 18

Daddy Daughter Date Night gives dads and daughters the opportunity to enjoy a special evening out together at the Gorecki Dining and Conference Center! Your date will include: entertainment, dinner, dessert, a keepsake photo, face painter, crafts, dancing and memories to last a lifetime. Daddy Daughter Date Night is designed for daughters ages 3-12, along with their fathers; however, the event accepts all ages.

5K Wine Run

May 19

Like Running or Walking? Love Wine? This race is for you! Join us on Sunday, May 19th, 2024, at 10:00am for an exciting event that features the fantastic scenery and landscape of Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery! Whether you want to run, walk or enjoy the wine, this race is a sure thing for a great time and an incredible experience! 

A’maze n Farmyard- Opening Day

May 25

At A’maze n Farmyard Start your day off with a hands-on experience with over 30 different farm animals, find your way through the twisting and turning trails of the permanent maze, then take a thrilling ride down the 150 foot giant slide. Don’t forget to hop in line for a pony ride, play a round of mini golf, take a ride on the train and go for a jump in the Bounce Barn.

Cirque Italia Water Circus

May 30 – June 2 

Cirque Italia is thrilled to present our new production, a captivating story about Rafael, a farm boy swept away by a tornado who lands in the heart of the city’s chaos. Cirque Italia will be at Crossroads Center Mall May 30 – June 2.