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 28-29 | Recognize Memorial Day at Fort Snelling for ‘Decoration Day’, the early style of what we know as Memorial Day today. Throughout the weekend, the site will host programming on the entire 23-acre site from the new prairie landscape, inside the Plank Museum & Visitor Center, and of course the historic reconstructed Fort Snelling.
4. Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
May 27-28 | 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 25-28 | 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 26-28 | The St. Paul Saints have a 6-game homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers 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. Minnesota United at Allianz Field
May 27 | Cheer on the Minnesota United alongside energetic fans and soak up the sun in the Allianz Field’s open-roof stadium. Get tickets.
9. Have a Picnic
Nature surrounds the capital city. Escape the long weekend hustle and bustle and take in the stunning views of Saint Paul over a picnic at 20 locations. Plan your Memorial Day picnic.
10. Minnesota Songkran Festival
May 27-28 | The Minnesota State Capitol will transform into an explosion of Thai cuisine, performances and vendors. There will even be a papaya eating contest! Minnesotans, Midwesterners and people from around the country will be able to ride tuk-tuks, rent a Thai costume, capture memories in a photo booth and indulge in tasty dishes like Thai Curry, Panang Curry and Mango sticky rice. This event is free to all.