Visit Northside (West Broadway) - a neighborhood with dining, arts and parks.
Update: June 25, 2020
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The Northside is one of Minneapolis’ most diverse neighborhoods. Prince spent a few important formative, guitar-strumming, piano-tapping years in the area. The local businesses, events and entrepreneurs are bringing a new life and energy to the area with a focus on community-led growth. These changes include a thriving cultural presence, often seen through food and artistic expression.
Make sure to check out a local resident's perspective on more things to do in the Northside neighborhood.
Things to Do
The Capri Theater has been working to develop the artistic and performance community in North Minneapolis for over 50 years. It’s widely believed that Prince’s first solo performance (i.e. headlining as himself, not part of a different group) was at the Capri in January 1979. They host live theater, concerts, film screenings and offer after-school youth classes and workshops. While you're out, make a stop at Mother Plants, formerly Madre Cacti, where cactuses from Mexico are a hot commodity.
At 740 acres, gigantic Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park in Minneapolis. There are year-round activities, including cycling, golf, archery, soccer, tennis, sledding, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking and pretty much any other activity you can imagine in a huge, grassy space. There’s also a garden, bird sanctuary and a beach. Theodore Wirth Parkway is a component of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 51-mile loop composed of parkways, trails, lakes and the Mississippi River Boulevard. It’s the only scenic byway in the country located entirely within an urban area.
To learn more about the West Broadway Business Association, visit westbroadway.org/.
Where to Eat and Drink
Part market, part neighborhood celebration, the West Broadway Farmer's Market is open Friday afternoons, June through October. You'll find the requisite fruit and veggies, but there’s also a wide array of clothing, art, live music, DJs and spontaneous dancing.
Utepils Brewing's massive taproom and beer garden not only serves a variety of German, Czech and Belgian beers, but there’s also food trucks and events like “Beer + Yoga” and “Brushes & Brews” for those who feel that any activity is made better with a pint in hand. Their beer is made with water from the city’s historic Glenwood Inglewood wells.
Now a popular local chain, the first Broadway Bar and Pizzeria opened nearby in 1953. These days it’s a beloved neighborhood institution and family-friendly dinner spot. If you're feeling especially hungry, try out heir lunch buffet. The thin crust pizzas and pasta get the biggest raves.
Getting to and around Northside
(Starting point of Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center on Nicollet)
Finding free, on-street parking in West Broadway is usually straightforward.
The 14 Bus runs straight up West Broadway Ave., past many of the area’s attractions.
From downtown, you can get to Theodore Wirth Park on the 7 Bus. It’s about a 25 minute trip.