150 Things to do in Minneapolis

We gathered 150 of our favorite things to do. No matter the season, this list will keep you busy:

Summer

1. Visit Go Minneapolis to save on all your summer activities.
2. Spend the first two weeks of August racing from show to show for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Bonus: The first weekend in August, you can catch a Fringe performance in Uptown and then spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the Uptown Art Fair. End the day with a cool drink and good food at Chino Latino.
3. Enjoy lawn bowling on the roof at Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment.
4. iPod out of juice? Head on over to one of the five major Minneapolis parks anytime during the week to hear live music, part of Minneapolis Music in the Parks.
5. Sit on the deck of Tuggs Tavern in Saint Anthony Main in the summertime—enjoy a stuffed burger and lemonade while taking in the skyline and riverfront views.
6. Play cricket outside at Bryn Mawr Park adjacent to the Cedar Lake Trail.  For a full list of Minneapolis parks, click here
7. Canoe and look at the beautiful houses along Lake of the Isles.
8. Enjoy the patio views over dinner at Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe in the summer.
9. Shop and eat your way through Mill City Farmers Market on a Saturday morning.
10. 450 different types of food served up deep fried, in a bucket, wrapped up and even on a stick warrant a trip down to the Minnesota State Fair.
11. View the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi every July, then head to the Soap Factory for the annual Ten Second Film Festival.
12. Catch some curb and watch the Art Car Parade in Uptown.
13. Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and the country’s second oldest public rose garden, located on picturesque Lake Harriet—on Minneapolis's Chain of Lakes.
14. Catch a glimpse of a Queen (the Queen of the Lakes) at an Aquatennial Parade.
15. Take kayak tour on the Mississippi River with Above the Falls Sports. It’s an awesome way experience Minneapolis
16. Get a bird's eye view of downtown Minneapolis from Prohibition, situated on the 27th floor of the W at the Foshay.
17. Dance, drink and get "diva-d" at Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest free gay pride festival in the country.
18. Enjoy sidewalk dining at dozens of restaurants along downtown's Nicollet Mall.
19. Float down the Mississippi on the Minneapolis Queen.
20. Rent in-line skates in Uptown and glide around Lake Calhoun.
21. Sit under the stars and watch a movie in Loring Park.
22. Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of the 170 stations and explore the city on two wheels of eco-friendliness.
23. Rock out at the party "of a higher order": the Basilica Block Party.
24. Nosh on pomme frites and sip great beers at Café Barbette's Bastille Day Block Party.
25. Catch a concert at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis .
26. Shop until you drop at Gavidae Common located on the walkable 12-block stretch of Nicollet Mall.
27. Cool off with a pint and watch a game of soccer at The Local, a favorite Irish pub on Nicollet Mall.
28. Catch a flick at the Riverview Theater and then set up camp with friends and a flight of wine on the patio of the River View Wine Bar.
29. Stop by Marin Restaurant and try on of the 111  types of gin on thier outdoor patio.
30. Play softball in one of Minneapolis's 170 parks, where the sport was created 100 years ago.
31. Attend a Sunday morning non-denominational service at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.
32. Go back in time on the Lake Harriet Streetcar.
33. Attend the free family day at the Walker Art Center.
34. Learn about Minneapolis history in 19 minutes flat at Mill City Museum.
35. Watch the world go by at an outdoor concert in Peavey Plaza.
36. Throw your tam in the air with Mary—the Mary Tyler Moore statue on Nicollet Mall, that is.

Fall

37. Walk through the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.
38. Cruise down Victory Memorial Drive to Theodore Wirth Parkway and beyond, watching the wildlife (yes, in the city limits).
39. Play Frisbee golf—the Minneapolis area hosts more disc golf parks than almost any other metropolitan area in the U.S.
40. Explore Minneapolis with your taste buds at Spoonriver, La Belle Vie, Fogo de Chao and Saffron.
41. Enjoy dinner at the Oak Grille followed by a touring Broadway Show at the Historic State or Orpheum Theatre.
42. Grab a monocle, top hat and your best British accent and sample some bangers and mash with authentic English beer at Brit's Pub.
43. Get your football fix by watching a Gophers game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.
44. Participate in a Fun Run around beautiful Minneapolis, organized by Twin Cities In Motion.
45. Indulge in high-class steak perfection at Murray's Restaurant.
46. Learn something from a book—and the architecture—at the Minneapolis Central Library.
47. Arrive early and stay late at Gasthof's Oktoberfest festival every autumn.
48. Hear inspirational music at the Basilica of St. Mary, the oldest basilica in the country.
49. Enjoy a Tourtiere (French Meat Pie) after Sunday service at Minneapolis’s oldest church: Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
50. Take a trip back in time at Nye's Polonaise Room, rated the best bar in the nation, and belt out a tune at the piano bar.
51. Take a day to see nearly 100,000 items on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
52. Toga up and taste authentic Greek food and wine (along with music and cooking demos) at the Minneapolis Greek Festival.
53. Take a backstage tour of the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater.
54. Find internationally-themed groceries, food and unique gifts in South Minneapolis at Midtown Global Market.
55. Run around any of Minneapolis's 22 lakes to train for the Twin Cities Marathon in October.
56. Take home something with a Latin flair from Mercado Central, a market on Lake Street with more than 40 Latino businesses.
57. Steal a kiss with your sweetheart on the Stone Arch Bridge.
58. Duck into the Chambers Hotel's lobby and view the modern art collection.
59. For a late-night dinner, eat where the chefs go at 112 Eatery.
60. Shop at one of the eclectic boutiques in Northeast Minneapolis for a little something new.
61. See a show, puppet-style, at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.
62. Watch a classic movie—from the 40s or the 80s—at midnight on Saturdays at the Uptown Theater.
63. Learn about Minneapolis history and explore mill ruins at the Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park on the Mississippi Riverfront.
64. Rent a canoe and float on Lake of the Isles while enjoying the fall colors.
65. Hop on a Twin City trolley for a city tour.
66. Grab a seat at a Gophers basketball game at the University of Minnesota.
67. Splash around in a 15,000-foot water park, then ice skate indoors at The Depot.
68. Take the whole family for "kids eat free" day (Sunday) at popular local restaurant D'Amico & Sons.
69. Catch a show at a discount —go through the rush line at many local theaters.

Spring

70. Known as the “Best of the Midwest,” check out the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
71. Bike or run around Lake Calhoun on a sunny weekend afternoon.
72. Enjoy outdoor baseball in the best sports venue in the nation: Target Field.
73. Take a lengthy bike ride with a bunch of friends down the Mississippi along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
74. Take the walking path out of Boom Island, down to St. Anthony Main, and across the Stone Arch Bridge, following the Mississippi River back to Boom Island.
75. Celebrate spring with friends over appetizers and drinks at Kieran's Irish Pub.
76. De-stress with a walk at a fun park or trail.
77. Peruse the artists' galleries and little shops at the Northrup King building in Minneapolis.
78. Meet an artist and buy their work at Northeast Minneapolis's Art-a-Whirl weekend.
79. Picnic near "Spoonbridge and Cherry" at the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens.
80. Make the pilgrimage and find a treasure at the quaint Bryn Mawr neighborhood's annual Festival of Garage Sales.
81. Catch a glimpse of blooming talent at the Children's Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning theater for youth.
82. Canoe down Minnehaha Creek, then view the fabulous Minnehaha Falls.
83. Learn Scandinavian customs and traditions in a historic mansion, the American Swedish Institute.
84. Spice up your breakfast at the well-loved, Cuban-flavored Victor's 1959 Café.
85. Stop to smell the flowers at the Macy's Spring Flower Show in its eighth floor auditorium at the flagship downtown Minneapolis store.
86. Fish for musky in Lake Calhoun, and explore the Mississippi River through Wildnerness Inquiry .
87. Window-shop and stop for a bite in the Linden Hills neighborhood.
88. Learn and have fun while you're at it—take a Magical History Tour on a Segway.
89. Cool off with an ice cream treat from Ben & Jerry's Calhoun.
90. Line up for a May Day parade like no other on Bloomington Avenue.
91. Enjoy a movie night at Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo.
92. Take a class on painting, crocheting, or quilitng at the Textile Center.
93. Stroll Uptown at the annual CARAG neighborhood garage sale.
94. Ride a bike or cruise the Mt. Curve neighborhood, shaded by trees and gorgeous homes.
95. Hit the juice bar for OatsCreme at the Wedge—the highest grossing food co-op in the country.
96. Catch an indie film at the Lagoon Theater.
97. Get a taste of Eastern European goodness at Kramarczuk's Deli in "Nordeast" Minneapolis.
98. Salsa dance at Picosa on a Saturday night, with the lights of the skyline behind you.
99. See where Aveda got it's start. Get pampered at Aveda Institute's Northeast Minneapolis location.
100. Break out some verse at a poetry slam at Kieran's Irish Pub.
101. Eat in the kitchen at Heidi's in South Minneapolis.
102. Hang around for the hysterical improv session after a performance at the Brave New Workshop.
103. Ask the Lake Harriet elf a question, via note (he lives in a tree). Come back the next day to find the answer.

Winter

104. Have dinner along a window table at Café Lurcat on a winter night, overlooking Loring Park covered in snow and lit by the streetlights.
105. Get your holiday shopping done with some great local shops.
106. Go ice-skating on lakes, ponds and community center fields.
107. Try rock-climbing indoors at Midwest Mountaineering for free.
108. Sample the house-made beer selection at Town Hall Brewery.
109. Bowl! Pick a lane at Bryant Lake Bowl, Elsie's or Stardust Lanes.
110. Enjoy a classic Christmas custom by taking in A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater.
111. Go ice-fishing on the frozen lakes.
112. Spoil yourself for no apparent reason: Fogo de Chão, Chino Latino or Ichiban.
113. Cozy up to a great cup of coffee and authentic French cuisine at French Corner Bistro.
114. Witness the beauty and serenity of the season at Macy’s 8th Floor Holiday Display.
115. Stop and smell the roses at Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
116. Savor a delicious breakfast at La Belle Crepes in downtown Minneapolis.
117. Challenge your creativity at Paper Source in Uptown.
118. On a cold winter night, warm up with the sizzling pizza at Pizza Luce—open late!
119. Skate where the ice never melts—inside at the historic Depot in downtown Minneapolis.
120. Race the Valentine's Day TC 5k Run/Walk with your sweetheart.
121. Get competitive with the hipsters at the Uptown VFW on bingo night.
122. Visit the club that made Prince famous: First Avenue.
123. Cross-country ski at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
124. Get a touch of summer at Surf Night at the Hexagon Bar (first Saturday of every month).
125. Explore the inner author in you at Open Book literary arts center in the Warehouse District.
126. Peruse global flavors of the world at Midtown Global Market on Lake Street.
127. Walk the skyways AND play golf at the Skyway Open. Careful, though; the IDS skyway breaks left.
128. Release your inner rowdy college side at a Minnesota Gopher basketball or hockey game.
129. Sample wines from around the world at Lucia's in Uptown.
130. Catch performance artists from around the world at Cedar Cultural Center in the West Bank.
131. Sip a drink in the Ice Bar at the Chambers Hotel—bring your mittens!
132. Warm up with the comfort rotisserie cooking at Brasa.
133. Grab a bite at Hubert's and then catch a Timberwolves game at the Target Center.
134. Discover your inner artist with a class at Intermedia Arts.
135. Stock up on paintings, photography, sculpture and more at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's annual student art sale.
136. Take a tour of holiday lights with metroConnections.
137. Take in 5,000 years of art and culture at the always-free Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
138. Fly kites during the annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.
139. Take photos of St. Anthony Falls from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge that jets out over the Mississippi.
140. Ski—or just watch—the breathtakingly beautiful Luminary Loppet each February. The course is lit by thousands of candle lights.
141. Bundle up and go watch amateur and pro athletes compete in the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in January on Lake Nokomis.

Anytime

142. Venture out during the intermission of a show at the Guthrie Theater to savor a view of the riverfront.
143. Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium features more than 5,000 sea creatures that you can see and even touch! Come face to face with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and more.
144. Take in some tunes at one of the many local bars and theaters. Favorites include: Triple Rock Social Club, Fine Line Music Cafe, the Varsity Theater and 331 Club.
145. Explore traditional art and culture at the Somali Artifact & Cultural Museum in Minneapolis, a city that is home to the largest Somali population in North America. 
146. Go to a sporting event—from roller derby and broomball to baseball and basketball.
147. Play pub trivia every night of the week at a different cool spot: 331 Club (Sunday), Triple Rock Social Club (Monday), Club Jager or Pi (Tuesday), The Corner Bar, Nomad World Pub, Pizza Luce or Leaning Tower of Pizza (Wednesday), Brit's Pub (Thursday), The Little Wagon (Friday), Chatterbox (Saturday).
148. Deck out your digs with cool furnishing finds at Warehouse District shops.
149. Chow on fabulous, budget-friendly sushi at Wasabi.
150. Something new that you find!

Don't see your favorite activity listed? Send our editor and copywriter, Sean, your ideas: seanb@minneapolis.org

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  • The restored fort welcomes you to the 1820s. Soldiers, fur traders, servants, cooks, tradesmen, officers and laundresses are eager to share their stories with you.
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  • Tour one of the largest homes on historic Summit Avenue, with year-round hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m.

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