Metro Green Line Grand Opening Celebrations Along the Track

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Metro Green Line celebrates it’s Grand Opening on Saturday, June 14th with celebrations at stations along the line.  Some local businesses are getting in on the celebration, too.  Best of all, rides are FREE all weekend.  Stop along the route and explore some great neighborhoods and local businesses, then jump back on to ride further. Or, just take it a short way and turn around and come home.  If you have a “train ride” on your summer to do list, this is a great way to check it off your list.  Below you can find a list of events happening along the Green Line.

As I wrote this, I kept thinking two things:

  1. We have to stop at THAT stop.  There is so much cool stuff!
  2. This is going to be exhausting!

Target Field Station  

Café Accordion Orchestra is one of the musical act scheduled for the all-day celebration at Target Field Station.

Target Field Station has a full day of live music planned. Knowing my children, I would plan to miss the ceremonies (leave those for the adults) and plan to arrive in late morning or early afternoon. Besides the entertainment, there will be samples from area restaurants, displays from local businesses and family activities.

From local music favorites and theater groups, including Cadillac Kolstad (above), Sandbox Theater and Apollo Quad

West Bank Station

The West Bank will also have a sampling of local music and entertainment as well as food trucks and food from local restaurants.

Noon – 2 p.m.​: TCF Stadium Tours every 15 minutes

Stadium Village Station

Stadium Village is definately a place to hop off and visit if you have twitchy kids in need of a little exercise.  The Vikings have several active options, including a touchdown toss, a field goal kick and a bounce house.  There is also a coloring station and face painting.  Dairy Queen will have a booth at this stop.

The Textile Center

Textile Center is uniquely situated across the street from the new Prospect Park Station, between the University of Minnesota and St. Paul.

The Textile Center has long been on my to-do list for galleries to explore.  This would be a great opportunity to visit. Just hop off at the Prospect Park Station and cross the street.  The Textile Center is celebrating World Wide Knit In Public Week with a variety of activities.  My favorite is to make milkweed seed bombs.

Raymond Ave Station

Raymond Avenue is another must-stop station in my book.  There will be tons of creative activities, more local music and of course food. The St. Anthony Park  Community Council has the itinerary and more details here.  There is a free shuttle at this stop that will take you to local businesses — such as Peapods Natural Toys.

The Choo Choo Bob Show will be part of the fun at Hamline Ave

The Choo Choo Bob Show will be part of the fun at Hamline Ave

Hamline Ave Station

Hamline Ave is kind of your sneak peak at the State Fair, except its free and is really train-centered. Activities include the following:

  • GRANDSTAND with live performances all day, including the Choo Choo Bob Show & music curated by the Turf Club
  • KIDWAY featuring Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the MN Children’s Museum, Twin City Model Rail Road Museum, kid giveaways & much more
  • FAIR FARE showcasing area cuisine and a Little Africa food court
  • MIDWAY MARKETPLACE with something for everyone
  • ECO EXPERIENCE highlighting the Xcel Energy Eco Trailer & the Hamline University Eco Experience as well as other GREEN educational opportunities
  • BUSINESS EXPO including giveaways & information from area businesses and organizations.

I’m not getting paid to endorse Jimmy John’s. I’m just pregnant and hungry all the time.

Victoria St Station

I thought for a second a found a station we could skip in theVictoria Station.  Most of its offerings appear to be adult-oriented.  But, Jimmy Johns is offering sandwich samples.  I’m sure after all that fun, we’ll be hungry.  As long as we are stopping, we’ll listen to some local music, check out the Nice Ride bicycle activities and see the historic Victoria Theater.

 Western Avenue Station

At  theWestern Avenue stop you can “Explore Little Mekong” – the Asian Business and Culture District of St. Paul.  There will be entertainment and food and cultural activities for the whole family, including kite making, lantern making, face painting, and collective community art projects.

Putt your way through the “Skyway Open” mini golf adventure ​ from Central Station to the Union Depot and back. Prizes, food and more.

Putt your way through the “Skyway Open” mini golf adventure ​
from Central Station to the Union Depot and back. Prizes, food and more.

 Central Station Central

Stop at Central Station to try your hand at some mini golf, courtesy of the Skyway Open.  Then check out local music, like McNally Smith and the School of Rock.

Union Depot Station

Koo Koo Kangaroo takes the stage from 12:30 to 1:30!

Last stop (or first depending on what direction you are going)  Union Depot Station for  TPT’s celebration.  Clifford will be there, and of course Sir Tophamhatt.  Plus, a great line up of entertainment — including Koo Koo Kangaroo.

MPR’s The Current Stage on the Plaza, with emcee Jill Riley
11 a.m. – noon Southwire
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Koo Koo Kanga Roo
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Southside Desire
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The 4onthefloor
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Doomtree

Download this 90-page booklet of destinations along the Green Line. Plus, find coupons.

More information about Green Line at Metropolitan Councils website or Download ON THE GREEN LINE, here. This booklet has an extensive list of restaurants, local businesses and almost anything else you could want to know about the area around the Green Line. Before heading out, you could print it out and circle the places you want to stop on your expedition.




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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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