#22 The Basilica of St. Mary

#22 of 52 Must See Things in Minneapolis.

Established in 1914, the Basilica of St. Mary is widely known for it’s ornamental and detailed Beaux-Arts architecture and for being the very first Basilica in the United States. It is now recognized as an historic site.

The Basilica of St. Mary is more than a place of worship; it’s a gathering spot for the community to come together to appreciate diversity, art and culture. Its home to several art exhibits and galleries and concerts are held there throughout the year. The Basilica proudly welcomes people of all backgrounds and through celebrations of weddings, baptisms, holidays and events, people are brought together to connect and support each other.

One of the more popular events the Basilica is known for is the Basilica Block Party, a two-day music festival held just outside the beautiful cathedral. Originally a fundraiser to help pay for a restoration project, the Block Party evolved into a tradition that continues today. The proceeds from the event go to The Basilica Landmark, which helps maintain and update the Basilica.

The Block Party takes place annually at the beginning of July. Check out this year's line-up and purchase your tickets! If you’re looking for something to do before or after the event, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled the best places to eat around the Basilica.