7 Reasons to Hangout 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. Learn about the history behind Memorial Day

Head to Fort Snelling to explore the grounds and discover the story behind this historic location. Learn about the experiences of soldiers, join in activities, and watch demonstrations including canon firing and blacksmithing Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27, 2019.

Check out the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum to explore one of the largest displays of military aircraft in the five state area. You'll see fighters, cargo planes, helicopters and utility aircraft used by the U.S. military. Get a close up of ejection seats, flight simulators, jet engines and weaponry from WWI to the present. Be sure to schedule your tour at least 10 days in advance. 

Honor and remember those who have sacrificed for our country at Lakewood Cemetery for a Memorial Day Celebration. Enjoy free history tours, exhibits and music after the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019.

2. 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 often packs a crowd so grab a beverage and enjoy the sights while you wait.

3. 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, A Visit to My Crazy Aunt (gin & tonic ale) and Rowdy Uncle (Moscow Mule ale). If you're feeling adventerous, 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!

4. Explore Minneapolis on two wheels with Nice Ride

As the 12th Best City to Visit By Bike, 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 their 400+ stations across Minneapolis, or use the app to figure out where you can pick up one of their dockless bikes. Either way, ditch the car this weekend and get moving!

5. 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.

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. For more than just edible goods, head to the Mill City Farmers Market where you’ll find live music, artist demonstrations, kids activities, educational speakers and other events.

7. Get your festival on at Soundset

One of the largest annual hip-hop music festivals in the country, Soundset will be at the State Fair Grounds on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. Explore new music or listen to your favorites with over 40 different artists performing over the 10 hour span. Check out the lineup and be sure to get your tickets! Download the Soundset app to receive full access to all things Soundset, including the full schedule, food & drink options, site map, and more!