16 Free Things to Do in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis-Institute-ofArts Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Free daily, closed on Monday.

2. Visit the Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis

Altered-Esthetics-Gallery Visit the Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis. See a show or just view the gallery for free.

3. Visit one of the lakes


Lake Calhoun, Harriet, Isles and Cedar. Each has its own essence and is a fun place to go.

4. Learn how to make maple syrup at Minneapolis state park


Get your sweet tooth satisfied and learn something new. The organizers will demonstrate the process at free programs in March and early April, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

5. Go on a free tour of Surly Brewing


Go on a free tour of Surly Brewing in Brooklyn Park, and enjoy free samples of Surly beer. Great learning experience even if you don’t drink beer.

6. Watch the cross country ski race during the City of Lakes Loppet


particularly the beautiful nighttime Luminary Loppet. Late January or Early February.

7. Watch the hot air balloons


Hudson Hot Air Affair is a celebration of hot air balloons. The multitude of bright color balloons against the white snow are a great sight. Early February.

8. Visit the Textile Center in Minneapolis



Visit the Textile Center in Minneapolis and see the art of textile being made in front of you.

9. Visit the 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis 


Hear free music and it’s free to enter. Have fun with less money at the 331 Club.

10. Go to the Ride to the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival


A great bike event in uptown Minneapolis Criterium starts in June.

11. Visit the Lake Harriet Kite Festival


Go just to watch, or fly your own kites on Frozen Lake Harriet in Minneapolis in January.

12. Visit the Minnesota Sinfonia


See the free concerts for you and your family in the Twin Cities.

13. Visit The Cathedral of St. Paul


A very beautiful cathedral overlooking downtown St. Paul.

14. Go to the First Thursdays in the Arts District


First Thursdays in the Arts District, first thursday of the month. See paintings, sculptors, prints, textile art and more in the Northrup King Building for the public.

15. Visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary


Visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, a beautiful garden in Minneapolis.  Free bird walks and nature hikes at the garden from spring through fall.

16. Visit The Hexagon Bar


Visit The Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis with bands in the Twin Cities on weekend nights free.

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