Twin Cities Pride
Support the greater GLBTQ community while experiencing a summer festival that has an energy like no other.
Come celebrate Twin Cities Pride with us at the 2017 Pride festival and parade Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25! With over 400 exhibitor booths, 4 stages of entertainment, plenty of food and drink options and a schedule packed with events, the Pride festival is something you don’t want to miss!
Get the excitement going with the Pride Beer Dabbler on Friday, June 23. Sample unique beers specifically created for Pride from 50 different Minnesota breweries! Then kick off the festival at Loring Park on Saturday and experience six different zones each including a variety of entertainment like the beer garden, fireworks, arts and culture, sports field and food courts. On Sunday, be sure to get a spot for the parade so you can participate in the one of the biggest celebrations of the GLBTQ community!
While there are plenty of awesome events and activities to experience at Pride, we want to make sure you make the most of your time in Minneapolis. There’s so much to see and do, and a single day just won’t cut it. Why not extend the celebration and make a weekend out of it? To make your decision easy, we’ve compiled the top 8 ways to maximize your Pride weekend in Minneapolis!
8 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PRIDE WEEKEND IN MINNEAPOLIS
1. DIVE INTO THE FOODIE SCENE AT CAFÉ & BAR LURCAT
Calling all foodies! You can’t come to Minneapolis and NOT try Café and Bar Lurcat. The trendy, urban eatery has both a café for a fabulous sit-down dinner, and a bar for hanging out with a couple of craft cocktails. Located right outside of Loring Park, it’s the perfect spot to relax and indulge in the Minneapolis food scene post festival madness!
2. GET YOUR BRUNCH ON AT THE BIRD
The fun at Pride doesn’t stop, so you need to fuel up! Also right outside of Loring Park, The Bird is a great spot for healthy eats, nutritious smoothies and fresh squeezed juice. If you’re looking for more of a jolt in the morning, don’t worry. They offer bottomless bloody marys and mimosas with breakfast and lunch!
3. TRY LAWN BOWLING AT BRIT’S PUB
Walk just a few blocks and find yourself…in the UK? Get a taste of life abroad at Brit’s Pub! Grab a beer, try lawn bowling on the rooftop, or watch a soccer or rugby game while chowing down on some pub food. This is one of the most unique bar and dining experiences in Minneapolis, so don’t miss it!
4. GET A TASTE OF OUR BREW SCENE AT LAKES AND LEGENDS
A trip to Minneapolis just wouldn’t be the same without experiencing our incredible craft beer scene. Luckily, Lakes and Legends is just a few short blocks from Loring Park, so you can quench your thirst with a cold beer whenever the mood strikes. The beer is incredible, the space is beautiful, and they even offer games. Going back to your hotel room is sounding less and less intriguing…
5. SPICE UP YOUR DINNER PLANS WITH SALSA A LA SALSA
When you’re done at Lakes and Legends, round up your friends and head just a block over to Salsa A La Salsa for some Mexican food! Enjoy margaritas, traditional Mexican cuisine, and even vegetarian dishes! It’s a great spot to unwind after the festival, or get the party started. We’ll let you decide.
6. GET MOVING AT LAKE OF THE ISLES
Travel just 2 miles southwest of Loring Park and find the beautiful Lake of the Isles. It wouldn’t quite be a Minneapolis weekend without walking around one of our many lakes. Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” after all. One of the most popular spots to break a sweat or lay out a towel, you’ll find bikers, skaters, sun-seekers, people-watchers, and everything in between.
7. EXPERIENCE AN INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE
Originally opened in 1921, the Orpheum Theatre is an historic venue in Minneapolis with Broadway shows in a gorgeous space. If you love good theater, check out Wicked and Rent, both currently showing at the Orpheum. Not looking to see a show but still interested in the history? Take a public tour of The Orpheum, Pantages, and State Theatres all in one!
8. GET INSPIRED AT THE WALKER ART CENTER
The Walker Art Center is a must-see destination in Minneapolis, and with its location right next to Loring Park, it’s an easy choice! Although the Walker has a number of incredible galleries and exhibits, the star is the Sculpture Garden. Recently renovated and re-opened in early June, the Sculpture Garden is a true gem in Minneapolis. Visit the iconic Spoon Bridge and Cherry among more than 40 other works from the Walker’s collection. Afterwards, make a visit to Esker Grove, the attached restaurant at the base of the museum. Enjoy top-notch cocktails and remarkable dishes all with a fabulous view through the glass-enclosed walls.
MAKE IT A WEEKEND!
Hang out all weekend to experience all there is to do in Minneapolis! Here are some great spots to crash.
1. Check out the historic Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.
2. Radisson RED takes a new approach to travel with its all-encompassing app. Download the app and use it to check in, request service, and even order food.
3. The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
4. Aloft Minneapolis is conveniently located right near the river. It’s the perfect walking distance from Spoonriver, Izzy’s, and the Mill City Museum!
AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown, located in the heart of downtown.