5 Fun Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis

Don't know what to do with your Labor Day weekend? That's okay, that's why we're here!

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. This year, it's extremely important to be safe and follow social distancing rules while celebrating. Luckily, Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis is still full of 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

UPDATE: The Minnesota State Fair has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. However, the organization will still be hosting fun events, such as the Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade, and the Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace. Learn more here.

2. Have a family fun day at a museum

Check out the Science Museum of Minnesota, which will reopen to the public the weekend of September 4-6th. Don't miss the Omni film, Ancient Caves, where you'll take a deep dive into all things geology and how studying caves has helped us learn about our history. Be sure to read their safety guidelines before visiting.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the perfect way to spend time outside while perusing some iconic art pieces. Don't forget to get your Instagram photo next to the Spoonbridge and Cherry!

Travel the globe through art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Admission is free but timed tickets are required. They've also added extra safety precautions so you can peruse the galleries without worry.


3. Grab some takeout and have a picnic

Forget the big cooler and all the preparation. Make your picnic easy by grabbing some local takeout! Then head to one of our many parks to enjoy your food while you watch the sunset, overlook the Mississippi River, or take in views of the downtown skyline. 


4. Shop local at one of our farmers markets

UPDATE: Minneapolis Farmers Markets are currently open to the public under specific conditions that help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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 plenty of baked goods if all of the fresh food is making you hungry. Check out our farmers market guide to see which one suits you!

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.

*Some restaurants have new protocols, like requiring reservations. Check their website before visiting.