10 Cool Things to See and Do Near The Stone Arch Bridge Festival

It’s officially summer in Minneapolis! Turn off the Netflix, rummage for your sandals, and get outside to be a part of the action. No one makes the most of summer quite like Minneapolis.

Our calendars are colorful and jam-packed with weekend festivities, and after work you can often find us sipping drinks and sharing apps on one of our favorite patios or rooftops. Kick off the start of summer with us at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival June 15-17, 2018, one of the first outdoor festivals of the season!

To make the most out of your festival experience, don't worry about driving home. Make a weekend out of it! It's more fun when you sleep over (we promise). Be sure to check out the best hotel deals plus summer events and things to do during your weekend getaway.

What You’ll Find

Located at one of the most iconic places in Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is filled with people excited for the season. Start Friday night with some live music at their kick-off concert on Water Power Park. On Saturday and Sunday you’ll find more live music, local artists demonstrating and selling their creations, the Art of the Car show, Stone Arch Beer Sampler, and plenty of local food trucks to keep you going! They’ll also have a family activities stage with performers and interactive theater so your kids will have a blast.

Want to know more? Check out their schedule

Don't miss these 10 things during the Stone Arch Bridge Festival!

Here are some fun ideas to make the most out of your time at this year's Stone Arch Bridge Fest.

1. Get a close up of the river with Paddle Share

After taking in the views of the river at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, hop in a kayak and take a closer look. Paddle Share offers kayak rentals with designated pick up and drop off points to make your trip easy and accessible. Where else can you take in views of the downtown skyline and have the water at your fingertips? 

2. Travel like a local with Nice Ride

You could drive to your destination, or you could get around like a local and take a Nice Ride bike! Our local bike share program is a great way to see the city while traveling from place to place. Grab a 30-minute ride or get a 3-day pass so you don’t have to think about transportation for the weekend. With over 200 stations, you’re sure to be near a bike all throughout downtown.

3. Grab drinks with a view on the St. Anthony Main patios

Just across the bridge, you’ll find St. Anthony Main, an area of Minneapolis along the river that serves as an oasis for patio cocktails and lunchtime sun seekers. Walk along the cobblestone road to an unbeatable view of the skyline along the river. Stop at Aster Cafe for a cheese board and a drink on the patio, head to Hideaway Burger Bar for some serious burger creations, or try Jefe: Urban Hacienda for Mexican-inspired fare.

4. Treat yourself to brunch at Spoonriver

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival doesn’t start until 10…don’t waste time sleeping, get out and grab brunch at this trendy and healthy eatery! Just a block from the Stone Arch Bridge, Spoonriver the perfect place to start out your day. They offer vegan/vegetarian options as well as a selection of gluten free dishes! But they don’t skimp on taste. Try their fried egg and avocado sandwich or their shrimp quesadilla. Head out to their patio and sip some coffee before the day starts.

5. Become a Minneapolis expert at the Mill City Museum

Right next door to Spoonriver is the Mill City Museum. Learn about the explosion that made Minneapolis what it is today. This old flour mill provides loads of history, and it’s not the boring stuff you’d read from a textbook. View baking demonstrations, sample fresh bread, observe a model mill explosion, experience the Flour Tower and be sure to watch “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat!” You’ll become a Minneapolis history buff without even knowing it.

6. Explore the city with Segway

If you want to explore even more of the riverfront area, you have to try Segway Magical History Tours. Learn about the Mill City Museum, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge and more…on a Segway! Learn about the history of Minneapolis while navigating the city on two (motorized) wheels. This is a very popular tour, and for good reason.

Segway Tour

7. Grab a cold one at Day Block Brewing

With a full menu, incredible beer, and a full-service bar, everyone is sure to be pleased at Day Block Brewing. The beer is their cornerstone, but don’t be afraid to try one of their tasty cocktails. They even offer brunch drinks if you need a kick in the morning! Pro tip: get in early on Friday to hit their happy hour.

8. Get wooed at the Guthrie Theater

After a day in the sun, you might need to sit back and relax. But why go home when you could go to the Guthrie, one of the most popular theaters in Minneapolis. The space is beautiful and the shows are top-notch. Let the incredibly talented performers entertain you in one of the most incredible spaces downtown. Can't make it to a show? At least experience walking out onto the Endless Bridge, a "bridge" that juts out from the front of the building and offers incredible views of the Mississippi River.

9. Indulge in a burger at Red Cow

A short walk from the riverfront, Red Cow is our go-to local burger joint. And of course there’s a patio (we wouldn’t be caught going anywhere in the summer without one). There’s just something about a cold beer and a fantastic burger while sitting out on the patio that makes us keep crawling back to Red Cow every time someone asks, “Where should we go?” With their extensive list of burgers and beverages to choose from, you may just have to go more than once!

10. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Izzy's

Before you head home, you have to stop at Izzy’s, one of the favorite local ice cream shops. Choose from more than one hundred flavors from Salted Caramel to Mango Sorbet. And don’t forget your Izzy’s scoop, an extra dollop of ice cream they put on top of your cone or dish. (Pro tip: mix and match flavors!)

Make it a weekend!

Come for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, but stay to experience all there is to do in Minneapolis. Why not make a weekend out of it? Check out  hotel deals, summer events, and other festivals and fairs that you might just want to stay for.