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 Science Museum’s special exhibit, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks! Be inspired by an exhibition where architecture and engineering meet creative play. Not only will you see 20 of the most astonishing skyscrapers from around the world, replicated at 1:200 scale using only LEGO bricks, you can also create your own ‘tower of tomorrow.’ There will be more than 200,000 loose LEGO bricks on hand in construction areas, where you can add your creations to a steadily rising futuristic metropolis inside the exhibition. While you’re there, don’t miss out on all of the other amazing exhibits currently at the museum.

One of our 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.

A trip to the Science Museum wouldn’t be the same without taking a journey to some of the most incredible places on earth via the Omnitheater. Soar above the world’s tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 mph—all on the Omnitheater’s giant screen! In Dream Big: Engineering Our World, you’ll see engineering marvels from around the world—from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest skyscrapers to underwater robots and solar cars.

3. Sing your heart out at Taylor Swift

See Taylor Swift on her long-awaited Reputation Stadium Tour on Friday, August 31st or Saturday, September 1 at U.S. Bank Stadium! Tickets are still available. Check out what to see, do, and eat before or after heading to U.S. Bank Stadium.

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 Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet for local, handmade gifts and crafts! They're open on Labor Day from 9:00am-3:00pm. 

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.