Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
This June Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of June 5-6, 2021. To find our most recent guide, click here.
The temps are rising, the end of the school year is within reach and family festivals are popping up on the calendar. Feels like summer to us! For more inspiration on spending family time together this weekend, check our June Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.
weekend festivals for the family
Union Depot’s Train Days | St Paul
Train Days includes train equipment tours, a vendor marketplace, showcase of the 2020 Virtual Train Days mini-series, model trains, concessions, train photography exhibit, family friendly activities and more. FREE, 10am-4pm.
Pride Day Festival | St Paul Photo Co.
First annual pride celebration and pride mini sessions! Fun activities include live music, treats, games, prizes, a bubble machine, and pridewalk chalk art. June 6, 11am-5pm.
Plan ahead for fun-filled family festivals in the Twin Cities with our complete June festival HERE.
Fun Outdoor activities in the parks
Activities may include animal interactions, outdoor displays, nature challenges and checking out free exploration materials. Held at RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER (Bloomington), MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK (Brooklyn Park), LOWRY NATURE CENTER (Victoria) & EASTMAN NATURE CENTER (Maple Grove). June 6, 1-3pm, FREE.
Family Funday | North Mississippi Regional Park
Explore seasonal themes through self-directed scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. Pre-registr
Try visiting a new park or nature center!
Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which buildings are open; all of these locations have outdoor trails to hike. Did you know that several of these nature centers have natural playgrounds nestled within them? You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. This weekend’s featured photo comes from the nature play area at LOWRY NATURE CENTER in Victoria. Find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.
Visit a Minnesota State Park
Eight Minnesota state parks are located within 60 miles of the heart of Minneapolis and St Paul; an hour’s drive or less. The current cost of a daily vehicle permit is $7. We share a few highlights of each HERE. This week’s featured photo is from INTERSTATE STATE PARK in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. This pretty river town is packed with things to do with kids and families. And at just under an hour away, it makes the perfect day trip from the Twin Cities.
Frozen 2 will be screened in Bossen Park as part of the annual Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Park events. June 5, dusk. Plan ahead for a screening with our mega-list of 2021 TWIN CITIES FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK. Pass the popcorn!
Cool off this weekend!
It’s supposed to be a scorcher this weekend – how to cool off family-style? We have the rundown of the best swimming beaches in the Twin Cities metro area. You can find them all in SPLASH HAPPY: 2021 GUIDE TO BEACHES, POOLS, WATERPARKS & SPLASH PADS IN THE TWIN CITIES. Our featured beach this weekend is the fantastic LAKE ELMO SWIM POND at LAKE ELMO REGIONAL PARK. It’s chlorinated, got a shallow sand bottom and comes equipped with lifeguards.