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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
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!Read More
Enjoy endless opportunities for fun in and near Minneapolis Northwest. We understand that sometimes you don't want to spend a lot of money while on vacation so we're here to help. We've put a list together of 50 FREE things to do in Minneapolis Northwest and the Twin Cities. From zoos, to nature, to museums, we have something for you.Read More
The days are already growing shorter, but there’s still time to soak up all the summer fun in Minneapolis Northwest! Don’t miss your last chance for prime-time patio dining, kayaking and fishing on the river, outdoor farmers markets, movies at dusk and foods on a stick. Also get a taste for what to look forward to when the fall season officially lands.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
Live music and fun movies are best experienced outside on warm summer nights, and Minneapolis Northwest is proud to host a variety of outdoor music and entertainment events throughout June, July and August. Check out the schedules below and make plans to enjoy the sunset and stars peeking out as you groove to live music or watch your favorite film.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
Is your family looking for new and fun things to do in Minneapolis Northwest and the Twin Cities Metro area? We’ve put a list together just for you! From zoos and museums to nature and painting, the Minneapolis Northwest area has something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Discover our favorite 25 things to do with families in and around the area!Read More
Who says you can’t be a kid again? Attractions like the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children’s Museum and Minnesota Zoo may be swarming with kids and school groups by day, but on designated nights these adventure-filled venues transform into a fun adult night out, filled with drinks, games, crafts and more! Embrace the childlike wonder and have an exceptional night out with friends, or that special someone. When the kids are away, adults will play!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
Nothing says Minnesota homebrewed beer like Surly…. The brewery may be known for its destination brewery in Minneapolis, but it hasn’t forgotten where it got its start in Brooklyn Center. The Minneapolis Northwest location just re-opened for public tours in 2018 and let us in for a glimpse of its homebrewed greatness!Read More