The Ultimate X Games Itinerary
Heading to Minneapolis to get in on the X Games action? Thousands will gather at U.S. Bank Stadium, Medtronic Plaza, and Downtown East Commons to watch the best action sports competitions in the world featuring skateboarding, BMX and motocross. With so much going on in during these jam packed days we’ve put together a cheat sheet of events you shouldn’t miss and things to do while you’re in town.
Must-See Event(s): The Pacifico Skateboard Vert Final
Athletes perform tricks on their skateboards in a vert ramp—a half pipe shaped like a U. This event is held outside on the Downtown East Commons and is free to the general public. Starts at 9pm.
Athlete(s) to watch: Bucky Lasek
A seasoned veteran and the most decorated Vert Skater in X Games history, including 8 gold medals. At 44 years old he’s back for another round of competitions.
Live Music: PROF, Sa-Roc, and Cashinova play the official kickoff party at First Avenue. Doors open at 9:00pm.
Nearby attractions: If you decide to start celebrating the X Games at the First Ave. kickoff party, there are a couple of cool places to stop along the way. Walk, bike or skate over to Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar, a great dinner option—think bratwurst, pot roast, stroganoff—you know the good stuff that sticks to your ribs. It’s been around since the 1930’s and is unapologetically old school. The hidden patio is located near the rear of the restaurant. Searching for the after-party? Set in the heart of downtown, UNION is the place you’ve been looking for. Grab a couple cocktails and head up to the rooftop to enjoy the energetic, lively atmosphere that also offers some stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline.
Must See Event(s):
Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick
Back for the third year, this event honors the memory of X Games legend Dave Mirra. Athletes complete tricks on BMX bikes in a park shaped like a bowl. Starts at 6:30pm.
Moto X FreeStyle Final
Riders perform motorcycles routines on a course consisting of multiple jumps of varying lengths and angles. A panel of judges assigns each contestant a score based on a 100-point scale, looking for difficult tricks and variations over jumps. Starts at 9:45pm.
Athlete to watch: Colton Walker
Minneapolis native and one of the youngest BMX athletes competing at this year’s games, he has impressed many with his gold medal win in the BMX Dirt competition in 2017 and looks to make an impact on the BMX Park Best Trick this time around.
Live music: Kaskade at the Minneapolis Armory. Show starts at 11:00pm.
Nearby attractions: The North Loop and Warehouse District are home to amazing local businesses. Start out the morning at One on One, a bicycle-themed coffee shop. You can load up on some caffeine while also shopping around for all kinds of bikes, accessories, and apparel.
We of course have to give a mention to the endless restaurant, bar and brewery options in this area. One popular place is Red Cow, where you'll find a selection of gourmet, award-winning burgers. Or end the night at Runyon’s—the vibe is relaxed, the beer is always flowing and you’ll find some of the best wings in the city. Northwest Downtown has a ton of great breweries to check out Inbound Brewing, Fulton, and Modist Brewing are all within walking distance to Target Field, have outdoor patios, rotating food trucks, and above all delicious and innovative beers!
Looking for more beer? Check out our Minneapolis Breweries list for your choice of taprooms.
Must See Event(s): SoFi Women’s Skateboard Street Final
Competition street skateboarding is conducted in skateparks designed to replicate real-world environments. Tricks are performed on benches, stairs and rails alongside traditional skatepark elements like vert ramps. Starts at 3:45pm.
Athlete to watch: Aori Nishimura
At just 15-years old, she shocked everyone by grabbing the gold in last year’s Women’s Skateboard Street. This year she is back to defend her title.
Live Music: Brother Ali and Ice Cube at the Minneapolis Armory. Show starts at 11:30pm.
Nearby attractions: Start your day at Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll want to order the lemon-ricotta hotcakes or anything you can smother in their homemade peanut butter. Before you leave, head up the stairs to Angel Food Bakery & Bar and grab a donut and coffee for the short walk to the stadium.
End the night at Brit’s Pub. Brit's is a traditional English pub boasting three unique outdoor areas including a large lawn bowling green on the rooftop. Excellent people watching in a unique environment.
Must See Event(s):
Women’s Skateboard Park Final
Starts at 1:00pm
Toyota Men’s BMX Park Final
Toyota Park offers riders the opportunity to test their skills on a unique transition-based concrete bowl course. In this year’s Final-only format, each rider will take three runs through the course. Final ranking is determined on each rider’s best score. Competitors will be judged based on aggressive execution of maneuvers, degree of difficulty, variety, continuity of run, originality and style, amplitude (height of airs) and use of the course. Starts at 3:30pm.
Athlete(s) to watch:
After coming in second the last 2 years of the BMX Park Final, he’ll be hungry for that elusive gold medal win at this year’s competition.
Hometown favorite, Nicole has been considered the Minneapolis X Games ambassador. She just missed the podium at last year’s games, coming in 4th at the Skateboard Park Final, but she’s looking to make a comeback this year and grab that gold medal.
Live music: Zedd at the Minneapolis Armory. Show starts at 5:30pm.
Nearby Attractions: Reminisce about the stunts, tricks and flips you’ve witnessed over a beer at Day Block Brewpub. Located two blocks away from the stadium, this place has it all: delicious beers on tap to keep you happy, live music to keep you entertained, and stellar snacks to keep you full. We like to order a bacon flight to go with our beer flight. Just putting it out there. After a beer or two enjoy a gorgeous walk across the Stone Arch Bridge and check out the Aster Café. Located right on the river it has some insane views of the city.