Minneapolis LGBTQ Community
Minneapolis is a pioneer in the LGBTQ community.
We have a proud tradition of inclusion throughout our entire city. We were the first state to reject a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage by a popular vote. In 2016, we were given a perfect rating by LGBTQ Nation for 2016 for most LGBT-friendly city in the United States. Today, over 200 organizations in the Twin Cities offer diverse programs and services to LGBTQ Minnesotans, their friends and families. Minneapolis has always been an inclusive city and we look forward to hosting your next meeting, convention or event.
Venues like the 480,000-square-foot Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) play host to many events year-round. The MCC alone hosts nearly 500 events per year. Other great local facilities include Target Field, Xcel Energy Center and Target Center, countless hotels, restaurants, theaters and museums. Minneapolis offers meeting planners a bevy of choices when it comes to choosing venues for any size group. Use one or fill them all, but no matter where your group ends up, it'll be in the middle of everything.
Staying in Minneapolis is just as fun and luxurious as playing in it. Five-star, four-diamond and other award-winning hotels await, opening up the comfort and style of their abodes to you. After a full day of play, let our hotels offer you a place to kick back, relax and unwind. With more than 3,500 hotel rooms connected by 80 blocks of skyways, attendees and visitors can easily access their destination. From high-end to economical, massive to quaint, world-class accommodations await, ready to offer anything you need to make your visit to Minneapolis memorable.
James Beard winners and nominees head some of our best restaurants. Two local chefs have earned the title Best Chef Midwest: Alex Roberts of Brasa Premium Rotisserie and Restaurant Alma and Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa. In addition, ethnic eats like those along Eat Street in Minneapolis keep world flavors at the forefront, while local pubs and neighborhood joints serve really good food in unique environments for affordable prices. Plus, with a dozen farmers' markets and nearby organic farmers, locally grown and sustainable food is at the fingertips of our chefs.
Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River. Known as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with approximately 3.3 million residents. The city is abundantly rich in water with over twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi river, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. And, average flight times to the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area from around the country are just 2.5 hours.
Only in Minneapolis can you step outside your hotel and kayak the Mississippi River, then watch a Broadway-quality show at one of our many renowned theaters. Rent a bike at one of the many Nice Ride stations and conquer "The Most Bike-Friendly City" on two wheels, then shop around at our fashionable stores and enjoy tax-free shopping on all apparel. Enjoy cuisine from James Beard award-winners, then get inspired at our world-renowned art galleries. No matter the season, the City by Nature is the premier year-round destination.
AS A MEETING DESTINATION
More than 18 million people choose to visit Minneapolis each year, and a high percentage of those visitors come here to attend meetings, conventions and events. With a Delta Air Lines hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and light rail that connects the airport and Mall of America to downtown, we're easy to explore. Best of all, in Minneapolis you get more meeting for less cost. Getting here is affordable and our world-class attractions are reasonably priced, making Minneapolis the perfect meeting destination.