12 Ways to Hang Out in Minneapolis this Memorial Day Weekend

It’s a three-day weekend! These don’t come around very often…how are you going to make the best of your Memorial Day weekend? You could venture to the same old spots you always visit, or you could switch it up and head to Minneapolis for a weekend filled with adventure. Get outside, tour the city, try locally crafted brews, and make some memories!

1. Honor and remember those who have sacrificed for our country at Lakewood Cemetery

Tune into Youtube on Memorial weekend to watch the annual Memorial Day ceremony from the comfort of your own home. The recording will be available starting on Friday, May 28th. Then join onsite on Memorial Day for live music and fun outdoor activities for the whole family to celebrate this special day.

2. Catch a Twins Game

The Minnesota Twins will be playing home at Target Field during Memorial Day weekend. Watch them take on the Kansas City Royals in a Central Division match-up. Tickets will still be sold in “pods” of two (2) or four (4) contiguous seats, but seating has opened to allow for 60% capacity.

3. Visit a Park

Whether you're looking for a nature getaway, an urban escape, or a romantic walk, Minneapolis has got a park for you. Known for our accessible and abundant park system, you're never more than 6 blocks from a park at any given point in the city!  Bring a good book or tune into our favorite Minneapolis playlists and enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature at some of our favorite parks this Memorial Day Weekend.

4. Go on an adventure at Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls is one of the oldest and most striking sights in Minneapolis. The crash of the water and the cool air rising from the basin with the contrast of the urban setting make it one of the most popular destinations in the city. Peer over the ledge at the start of the 53-foot waterfall or take the staircase down to the bottom to explore from a different angle.

There’s plenty to do around Minnehaha once you’re done appreciating the views. Take a stroll through Minnehaha Park and bring some snacks to set up lunch at one of their picnic tables. Even easier, dine at the seasonal restaurant right next door to the Falls. Well-known for stand-out tacos and seafood, Sea Salt is always a favorite.

5. Explore Minneapolis on two wheels with Nice Ride

As the 2nd most bike-friendly city in America, Minneapolis is a hot spot for traveling on two wheels. The best part about it is you don’t even need to own your own bike! Our bike-share program, Nice Ride, makes it easy to get outside and take a spin around town. Grab a bike at one of hundreds of stations across Minneapolis, or use the app to figure out where you can pick up one of their dockless bikesEither way, ditch the car this weekend and get moving! If you need inspiration on where to ride, try them out on one of our scenic bike trails.

In an effort to maintain safe and clean bikes for all riders, see how Nice Ride is doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

6. Shop and taste local at a Minneapolis farmers market

Local produce, fresh ingredients and unique hand-crafted goods are what the Minneapolis Farmers Markets are all about! We’re proud to provide access to fresh, healthy food, which is why we have over 25 different farmers markets throughout the city.

Please note that not all services and activities listed above will be available during this time, and new safety precautions are being enforced at markets to ensure the safety of all customers.

7. Hike Around the City

Put on your walking shoes and grab the dog collar, because we're all getting a little restless! A City by Nature through and through, Minneapolis has dozens of hiking opportunities. We're all itching to stretch our legs these days, and with the perfect scenic hiking route there's no excuse to stay inside all day. Check out some of our places to hike and please remember to continue maintaining social distancing while outdoors and around others.

8. Takeout and Picnic

Perfect spring weather is calling our names. And so is a delicious meal that we don't have to cook ourselves. Support our local Minneapolis restaurants by ordering takeout and finding a nearby park to post up and dig in! We've got a few ideas for you with our favorite global flavors. Bring a blanket and turn on your favorite tunes while enjoying the simple satisfaction of a picnic in the grass.

9. Go on an Audio Tour and Learn About the Mississippi River

Ranger On Call is a free program set up to give visitors the opportunity to learn more and hear the unique stories of our national park on the Mississippi River. Walk around certain parts of Minneapolis and follow the directions at each Ranger on Call station using your phone. Then take in the beautiful landscape while listening to several audio recordings that give interpretation and information about your surrounding sites.

Map of Downtown Minneapolis Tour
Map of Cold Water Spring Tour

10. Quench your thirst with a local craft brew

It’s no doubt that we have a passion for beer in Minneapolis. Breweries are everywhere and we can’t complain because our brew masters know what they’re doing. If you’re looking to expand your palate, head to Insight Brewing. They’ve taken it to the next level with two of their more unique beers, An Obstruction on the Troll Way (citrus IPA) and The Return Voyage of Banshee Cutter (coffee golden ale). If you're feeling adventurous, go on a brewery crawl in Northeast. Start at Able Seedhouse + Brewery and then make your way to 612BrewBauhausSociable Cider Werks (hard cider – and it’s gluten free!), and end at Indeed. You’ll never be walking for more than 10 minutes, and you don’t have to worry about driving. If you’re looking for a bite to eat with your beverage, check out our favorite spots for brew food!

11. Catch some rays on one of our awesome patios or rooftops

As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining, we're eager to fill patio seats and take over rooftops. Our thirst for adventure has us always on the hunt for something a little outside the box. Enter the Minneapolis outdoor dining scene. From Ferris wheels to rooftop lawn bowling, there's not an experience we won't try. Check out the most unique outdoor dining experiences the city has to offer.

12. Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. And as the month winds down this is your chance to celebrate and experience Asian culture. Minneapolis has plenty of opportunities for you to learn about the AAPI community, from special virtual events, delicious food spots, museum exhibits and more.