5 Fun Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis

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It’s the last hoorah of summer, the one weekend where you try to fit in as much as possible before the fall feels start to set in. Luckily, Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis is packed with events and activities to help you in your end of summer celebration. Your only worry will be how you’ll fit it all in. Check out the best ways to spend your Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis.

1. Act like a true Minnesotan at the State Fair

Head to the Minnesota State Fair where you can eat anything and everything on a stick, shop local goods from Christmas gifts to paddle boards, face your fears on a new ride or coast along on the sky glider, feed baby animals, and even catch a concert. Check out our guide to the Minnesota State Fair and plan your trip!

2. Have a family fun day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Check out the brand new Virtual Reality Experience at the Science Museum! Dive into The Click Effect, an Emmy-nominated VR short film that follows two marine researchers as they attempt to free-dive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface in a single breath to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales. With the help of special virtual reality goggles and headphones, you’ll experience what it’s like to immerse yourself in ocean depths with marine life on all sides of you.

One of our other favorites is Sportsology, which takes a deeper dive into what it is that allows us to kick a soccer ball or swing a tennis racket. Race your favorite athletes, see how well you can really swing a baseball bat, and enjoy a little competition while you learn how physiology, physics and nutrition all work together to give us movement.

3. Catch a concert or watch a movie at Music & Movies in the Parks

Known for our #1 park system, Music & Movies in the Parks is always on our summer bucket list. Brought to you by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, parks across the city feature free outdoor music or movies through Labor Day! Perfect for a night of relaxation, grab a date, some friends, or the whole family (the pup is welcome too!). 

4. Shop local at one of our farmers markets

Grab a bite to eat, sip on a perfectly brewed coffee and peruse local goods and produce. Think the farmers market is just for getting groceries? Not in Minneapolis! Our farmers markets have local and hand-made goods from art pieces to jewelry to ceramics, plus tons of prepared goodies if all of the fresh food is making you hungry. Many of our farmers market also have live music, children’s activities, interactive cooking classes, yoga, and more. Check out our farmers market guide to see which one suits you!

Looking for even more local shopping? Stop by Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center for local, handmade gifts and crafts! They're open on Saturday, August 31 from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday, September 1 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. They are closed on Labor Day.

5. Dine and unwind on one of our many patios

When we say “dine on a patio” what we really mean is eat a burrito on a Ferris wheel, go lawn bowling on a rooftop, nosh on brunch with a view of the downtown skyline, sip a cocktail on the river, watch the sunset with some sushi, or enjoy tacos by a waterfall. Yes, you can do all of these and more in Minneapolis. You could say we’re a little over the top when it comes to our outdoor dining. We wouldn’t have it any other way.