COVID-19 Safety Update by Explore Minnesota


Precautions around COVID-19 have led to limited hours of business (or temporary closure) for area attractions, shops, and restaurants, as well as the cancellation or postponement of area events. Please contact individual businesses or event organizers for specific details and hours of operation.

Welcome to the Minneapolis Northwest blog! We give you the inside scoop on our area events and the newest spots to check out. You can find us talking about attractions, events, music, shopping, sports, meetings, outdoor activities and so much more.

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Kickstart Your Holiday Shopping with the Best Local Shopping Finds in Minneapolis Northwest


With the holidays right around the corner, get a head start on your holiday shopping! Minneapolis Northwest features one of the most expansive retail areas in Minnesota, second only to the Mall of America. From national retailers, locally owned boutiques, thrift stores, and hidden gems, there’s plenty to browse through. Be sure to mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, where you can pick up unique, quality gifts while supporting local shops.

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Fall Itinerary for Family Fun in Minneapolis Northwest


Life can be stressful these days, and fall is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to recharge outdoors! Minneapolis Northwest features many fun and safe fall events and activities that are great for the whole family. Find your way out of a large corn maze, paint your own pumpkin, and treasure hunt for Halloween treats. Use our suggestions for safe dining, lodging, events, and activities to create the ideal itinerary for your family.

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Hit the Trails! Our Fall Guide to Biking & Hiking Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest


Home to hundreds of miles of trails and greenways, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect place for bikers and hikers who want to enjoy the beauty of autumn while practicing social distancing. The region has been named one of the country's most bike-friendly destinations thanks to its expansive network of trails and protected lanes, and the city’s parks offer pedestrians and hikers plenty of places to wander. Here are five favorite destinations for bikers, hikers, and those who simply want to soak in the fall scenery.

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Passport to World Flavors: Travel the World With Your Taste Buds in Minneapolis Northwest


You don’t need a passport to take a flavor journey around the world! As Minnesota begins to reopen, we’re excited to welcome you back to Minneapolis Northwest, where you can restart your adventures and enjoy the flavors of the world in just one stop, with special health and safety precautions in place to protect against COVID-19. From collard greens and sirracha fried rice to banh-mi and a Cajun seafood boil, we’ve got a kaleidoscope of tasty options in Minneapolis Northwest.

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Top 10 Events and Festivals in Minneapolis Northwest


Each year, Minneapolis Northwest hosts a number of entertaining events and festivals featuring music, art, and family fun that are worth planning your next trip around. While most events have been postponed due to COVID-19, a few are still happening, now with a virtual component and with extra safety precautions. Remember, you can still jumpstart your 2021 travel plans with all the great events that will return next year!

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Shop the Many Markets of Minneapolis Northwest


It’s summertime, and nothing beats dining on fresh produce, such as sweet corn, kale, and cherry tomatoes. Stop by the farmers markets of Minneapolis Northwest to get your fix of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies, bakery items, jams and preserves, and artisan specialty foods. Thanks to Minneapolis Northwest’s rich cultural diversity, you can also shop at authentic Asian and African markets year-round for all the ingredients you need. Savor the flavors you know or discover new dishes to fall in love with!

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Where to (Safely) Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season


Summer in Minnesota is kind of a big deal, and while we’re missing many of our favorite summer activities, there’s one you don’t have to skip – patio season! Below are the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest that are open for business and taking precautions to ensure you can safely enjoy dining al fresco. Cheers to an unforgettable summer!

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Celebrating Our Diversity: Where to Support Black-Owned Businesses in Minneapolis Northwest


The Minneapolis Northwest area is incredibly diverse, with a wide variety of restaurants and businesses that represent the unique flavors of many nations near and far, making it the perfect place to experience and learn about different cultures. Home to two of the most diverse cities in the state of Minnesota ⁠— Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park ⁠— the Minneapolis Northwest is a great place to help redirect economic resources to help in the effort to reach racial equity . Now, more than ever, is a great time to explore and support some of the great Black-owned shops and businesses in the Minneapolis Northwest!

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Golf Courses Open in Minneapolis Northwest


Take advantage of golf courses open in Minneapolis Northwest. New guidelines and procedures have been put in place to promote social distancing and support the health and safety of all golfers. Read through the new guidelines and contact the course directly for further details and questions. The grass is green and waiting for you to play on it! Please supply your own mask, gloves and hand sanitizer as you feel necessary.

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Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy! Your Brewery Road Trip Guide to Minneapolis Northwest


What better way to ring in spring than soaking up the sun on a patio with a refreshing craft beer in hand? Minnesota ranks in the top 15 of states with the most craft breweries per capita and with an overwhelming number of new breweries opening each year in the Twin Cities, there’s always a new place to explore! We’ve gathered some of our favorite breweries to get you started on a beer-filled road trip in Minneapolis Northwest and beyond!

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