1. Minnesota State Capitol Mall Walking Tour
The State Capitol Mall incorporates 18 acres of open green space. Over the years, monuments, memorials, and works of art have been added to the mall, recalling events, remarkable acts, and achievements of notable Minnesotans, such as Knute Nelson, John Johnson, and Floyd Olson. You can also pay homage to the war memorials, such as the Vietnam War Memorial, which honors the Minnesotans who were killed or missing-in-action in the Vietnam War. Learn more about the Capitol Mall's Veteran Memorials and take the Capitol Mall walking tour.
2. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
It's always a good weekend to go to Como Zoo, voted Minnesota's top attraction in 2017. Open 365 days per year, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to enjoy the weather while walking around the Zoo and exploring the Conservatory.
3. Historic Fort Snelling
May 28-30 | It's Fort Snelling's opening weekend of the season - 10am-5pm each day. Explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history at Minneota's best-known historic place.
4. Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
May 28-29 | Whether it be Memorial Day weekend or any weekend, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to the Farmers’ Market. The Downtown market brings Lowertown to life each Saturday and Sunday with 100% locally grown flowers, produce, baked goods and more.
5. Patio Relaxation
If organized fun isn’t really your thing, keep it casual and soak up the warm weather on one of Saint Paul’s top patios. Check out 16 of our favorites, and find a complete list by clicking the Outdoor column in this Restaurant Guide.
6. Minnesota State Fair Kickoff to Summer
May 26-30 | After a wildly successful debut in 2021, the Great Minnesota Get-together is starting their festivities off early this year with the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair! Get together with family and friends, savor State Fair food favorites, raise a glass to a bright summer ahead, tap your toes to live music, enjoy activities and attractions for the whole family, shop specialty Minnesota merchants, and so much more. Tickets are for a 5-hour time slot and are limited to 15,000 people each. Learn more and get tickets.
7. St. Paul Saints Baseball
May 24-29 | The St. Paul Saints have a 6-game homestand against the Indianapolis Indians at CHS Field. Friday and Sunday night's games are followed by fireworks. A post-game Monster Food Truck Rally follows Sunday's match-up. Get tickets
8. Live Music
Saint Paul has amazing concert venues, and a long weekend is a perfect time to check out a new act. At the Palace Theatre, you can catch Belle & Sebastian on Friday night or Bastille on Saturday. The Turf Club has An Evening of Tributes on Friday night with bands covering The Clash, Pixies and Weezer. Minnesota Music Cafe features Sumo Seven and Maurice Jacox & the We Still R Band.
9. Laugh Camp Comedy
May 27-28 | The comedy club at Camp Bar is bringing you laughs on Memorial Day Weekend with shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday. Comedians Adrian Washington and Senthil Rajasekharan will be on stage both nights. Get tickets
10. Minnesota Roller Derby
If you've never been to Minnesota Roller Derby, this is your chance to check it out. It's been two years since they've been at Roy Wilkins Auditorium and they're back with new teams featuring skaters new and returning. The bouts are full of fun and hard hits and the league is dedicated to empowering women, non-binary, and gender-expansive people to thrive and build a community around camaraderie and social responsibility. Get tickets
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