Celebrate the Cultural Districts Throughout the Year.
By Katie Hare
The Minneapolis Cultural Districts are home to some of the best food in the country, along with premier arts programming, museums, performance venues, independent businesses, glorious parks, and public art. Celebrate and savor these areas while supporting their residents and business owners by exploring cultural events throughout the year. From weekly farmers’ markets to annual festivals and community theater, these spaces and surrounding areas can provide the opportunity to learn, appreciate, provoke thought and discussion, and help sustain some of the most inspiring neighborhoods in the city.
Jan. 27-Feb. 6 | The Great Northern | Varies
Embrace winter through projected artwork, outdoor ventures, performances, climate talks, and more in various locations across Minneapolis.
April-May | Playwrights Center Playlabs Festival | Franklin Avenue
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the playwriting development process at the 39th PlayLabs festival.
May 19-21 | Art-A-Whirl | Central Avenue
Wander this extensive open studio tour featuring artists, galleries, and businesses in over 60 Northeast Minneapolis locations.
June 20 | Celebrate Northeast Parade | Central Avenue
Participate in the largest one-day event while honoring Northeast Minneapolis on Central Avenue.
June-October | West Broadway Farmers Market | West Broadway
Gather in the dynamic West Broadway neighborhood to shop for fresh food and local products at this weekly market.
June-October | Four Sisters Farmers Market | Franklin Avenue
An Indigenous-centered food market focused on both Indigenous and hyper-local foods from Phillips and the surrounding neighborhood.
June 19 | Juneteenth | Varies
Join the community in commemorating the end of slavery with activities presented across Minneapolis parks.
June 26 | Somali Independence Day Festival | Lake Street
Celebrate Somali Independence Day with music, food, and games at this annual family-friendly street festival.
July | Twin Cities Carifest | West Broadway
An annual celebration of Caribbean arts and culture in Minnesota.
Late July | FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | West Broadway
Explore North Minneapolis studios, galleries, theaters, and commercial spaces over a 3-day, self-guided arts experience.
Summer | Music & Movies in the Parks | Varies
Sit back, relax, and enjoy live music or a movie screening outdoors at parks throughout Minneapolis.
Summer-Fall | Open Streets | Varies
Visit Minneapolis' unique neighborhoods during this series of block parties featuring local businesses and vendors.
Fall | Mizna's Arab Film Fest | Lake Street
View independent Southwest Asian and North African cinema virtually and in-person at Trylon Cinema.
Fall | The Cedar Cultural Center's Global Roots Festival | Cedar-Riverside
Hear live music rooted in traditions from around the world.
November | Día de Los Muertos at Midtown Global Market | Lake Street
Support independent business owners on this day of tradition, education, food, art, and music.
Fall-Spring | Rarig Theatre Arts & Dance 2022-23 Season | Cedar-Riverside
Home to the University of Minnesota's theatre arts program, Rarig offers a season of productions not to be missed.
Ongoing | Pillsbury House and Theatre Mainstage | 38th Street
Experience contemporary productions by local actors and directors at these Mainstage productions.
Ongoing | First Thursday Films at Capri Theater | West Broadway
Immerse yourself in this free Northside film series curated to create space for dialogue and better understanding.