Easter in the Twin Cities

Sticking around for Easter Sunday? Here’s what you can do.

by Patrick Maloney

Spring break is long over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating.

You’ve passed the age limit for most local egg hunts, and you might be a little too big for pictures with shopping center Easter bunnies, but there’s still plenty to do this Sunday around the Twin Cities.




Windows on Minnesota Easter Brunch


Basil’s Restaurant, 710 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis


10 a.m.–2 p.m., Sunday




If you need a good place to blow your tax return, look no further. The price is steep, but your money will get you far — the 50th floor of the IDS Center.


Hot Club Easter Brunch


Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis


10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday




The Dakota’s brunch will feature music from Twin Cities Hot Club. The acoustic jazz group draws heavily on upbeat, gypsy-style music and violin-driven licks.


Easter Peeps


Angel Food Bakery & Coffee Bar, 86 S. Ninth St., Minneapolis


As an alternative to the mass-produced marshmallow treat, Angel Food is offering hand-made, all natural Peeps for 75 cents apiece.




David O. Brown Annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Contest


Eagle Bolt Bar, 515 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis


3 p.m., Sunday


Craft yourself an outrageous Easter bonnet, and head over to the Eagle for their sixth annual contest. After crowning the guest with the best bonnet, all the contestants take a short parade around the block.


Easter Sunday Rise ‘n’ Shine 5K


Como Lake, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, St. Paul


9 a.m., Sunday


$33 pre-registration ends Thursday night, $40 day of the event


Work up an appetite for brunch with a race around Como Lake. All proceeds will be donated to Charities Challenge.




“The Host”


AMC Rosedale


Hate it or love it, Stephanie Meyer’s work is back on the big screen. “The Host” swaps out the vampires and werewolves for aliens, but with the source material being from such a polarizing author, the plot probably isn’t too important.


“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”


AMC Rosedale

Sometimes you just want to see a ninja deflect a bullet with a sword. If you find yourself craving fantastical hyper-violence on Easter, the new 3D                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           G.I. Joe movie has your back. You’ll see plenty of gunfire, transforming motorcycles and London being destroyed by a single missile. Starring professional action heroes Channing Tatum, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis.