With colorful flowers popping up from winter’s hibernation, to parks full of kiddos chasing dreams and baseballs, as well as longer days filled with dusky night skies, it’s clear that spring has sprung and the early signs of summer can be seen everywhere. Along with the sun kissed warmth of the season comes many FREE events around Minnesota.
Beginning May 25 and running through September 7, Music and Movies in the Park will again be open for business! With over 60 movies and more than 200 concerts this summer, this fun and FREE form of entertainment is sure to please everyone. The movies and concerts are held at a few different locations (click the above highlighted link to see which parks), and the movies range from family friendly, actions, romance and comedy, while the music includes jazz, rock, swing, folk, Latin, bluegrass and much more.
The Walker Art Center will be hosting FREE exhibitions and events at their venue all summer long. Recognized as a leading arts venue that hosts lectures, classes, and events for all ages, the center includes 11 exhibition galleries, a sculpture garden, cinema, the McGuire theater, indoor lounges, outdoor terraces, a cafe, bar and full restaurant. Come visit the culturally phenomenal art center on Target Free Thursday Nights, First Free Saturdays, and various other ticketed events. Each summer, the Walker Art Center and mnartists.org create two nine- hole mini- golf courses on the lawn next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “Holes range in design, and include cheeky takes on pieces found inside the museum, campy plays on words, and challenges where players engage in hands-on activities beyond mere putting,” (City Pages, 2015). Dates and ticket prices vary, so click here for more details.
As one of the largest public indoor markets in the Twin Cities, Midtown Global Market is an internationally themed market that offers FREE weekly education and entertainment programs. In addition to the 40+ businesses, restaurants, groceries, and boutiques featuring items from around the world, there are classes for toddlers, Renaissance Festival performers entertaining families and all ages, salsa dancing Sundays, and many other programs and festivities for all to enjoy. Click here for more visitor info and fun facts about Midtown Global Market.
The family friendly and FREE Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been a Twin Cities icon for over 100 years. Featuring numerous gardens, a mini theme park (tickets must be purchased for theme park), mini golf course, market place, historic carousel, and plenty of exhibits, Como Park is open year round. Click here to learn more about all of the activities going on at the zoo!
Take advantage of all that Minnesota has to offer during the spring and summer months, because Old Man Winter will sprinkle his snowflakes over the state before we know it.
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