With phase one of a $23 million renovation completed, the Minnesota Museum of American Art (currently trying on the nickname ‘The M’ for size) is hosting a grand opening this weekend. The updated space, commanding the corner of St. Paul’s Pioneer and Endicott buildings in Lowertown, teases street traffic with window installations and glass walls on the skyway level, while those who venture in can wander through exhibits that commemorate local artists who’ve gained national renown alongside vast range of U.S. creatives that leans heavily, but not exclusively, Minnesotan (we’re particularly excited to see the mural from local Hmong artists). The opening festivities include a ribbon cutting, live music and dance, and kids crafts. A pre-opening gala on Sunday night is not anywhere close to free, but some of the artists will be present and the evening includes food ‘n’ drink, including a 12welve Eyes brew made in honor of one of the museum’s works. Sunday, December 2, 11 AM – 5 PM. Free. Preview Party Saturday, December 1, 6:30-10 PM. $300. —Isabelle Wattenberg

Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert Street N, STP; mmaa.org