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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!Read More
Spring brings a burst of colors and energy to Minneapolis Northwest. It’s a time when Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods start buzzing with festivals, shows, family friendly events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you choose to spend the days or evenings watching international films, making maple syrup or cuddling baby animals, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!Read More
School’s out! Parents across the nation know summer is the best time to spend with their kids. Luckily, Minneapolis Northwest has plenty of summertime activities to keep families busy. From kid-friendly outdoor events to nationally recognized attractions, here are the top things to see and do with children in Minneapolis Northwest this summer.Read More
Summer is a wonderful time of year, with long beautiful days and relaxing nights! There are plenty of ways to enjoy these endless summer days, including the longest day of the year — the Summer Solstice (June 21) — in Minneapolis Northwest. Whether you enjoy outdoor concerts, theatrical performances or a walk through the park, there’s something for you to check out during the summer months.Read More
As Main Street at Arbor Lakes is transformed into a vibrant art collage for the annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, one family trio of artists will be taking the festival by storm with their unique combination of unforgettable creations! Ken Mullen has been chalking for 20 years, but this year both his daughters Aine and Aislynn will be joining him to come up with their own mind-boggling street art!Read More
What better way to appreciate the rich art scene near Minneapolis Northwest than with a locally crafted beer in your hand! We’ve assembled a guide to some of the best art galleries and breweries to explore during your next visit to Minneapolis Northwest, all culminating in the annual Art-A-Whirl event in May!Read More
Did you know that Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the state of Minnesota? This eclectic area sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from downtown Minneapolis. Its vibrant dining scene, natural wonders and exciting attractions make it a not-to-be-missed stop when you’re visiting. Here are ten of our favorite things to experience in Brooklyn Park!Read More
The art of caricaturing requires talent, agility, creativity and a sense of humor, and when it comes to caricaturing in the Twin Cities, Brooklyn Park caricaturist Erik Roadfeldt is one of the best. The talented artist learned the whimsical art form from his grandmother and makes caricaturing his business. Learn more about the artist behind the beard and what caricaturing is all about.Read More
Long, endless days spent lounging at the beach and relaxing on a patio or around a bonfire are just a few of my favorite things about summer! I’m Natalie, Communications & Social Media Manager at Minneapolis Northwest Tourism, and I’ve compiled some of my favorite things for visitors to do in Minneapolis Northwest during the splendid summer season!Read More
Coming on a business trip to Minneapolis Northwest? Instead of flying solo, bring the family and turn it into a trip you’ll never forget! Whether you’ve only got a few hours to spare in between meetings or you’re planning on extending your trip a day or two, we’ve got plenty of options to turn your work trip into a fun adventure — or as we like to call it, a bleisure trip!Read More
Birds chirping, snow melting, trees budding – spring has truly arrived! And with it comes lots of opportunities to enjoy the Minneapolis Northwest area. I’m Regina, Marketing Manager with Minneapolis Northwest Tourism, and I’m eager to share with you some of my favorite things to do in the area this spring.Read More
Live like a local at one of our 3 city festivals this summer! We all like a good parade, fireworks, and fair food, right? And that's just the tip of the ice berg: Tater Daze in Brooklyn Park, Earle Brown Days in Brooklyn Center, and Maple Grove Days have that and more planned for residents and visitors. Here’s the lowdown on the 3 summer festivals in Minneapolis Northwest.Read More