2023 Martin Luther King Day Guide: Family Events & Activities

Family Fun Twin Cities Martin Luther King Day Guide: Family Events & Activities

In 2023 Martin Luther King Day falls on Monday,  January 16th. Schools are out. Government offices and libraries are closed. We are collecting this year’s MLK day celebration opportunities as they are announced.

Events and Activities to Observe Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 16, 2023:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407
Powderhorn neighborhood’s family-friendly, 2-hour artist showcase featuring storytellers, visual artists and performing artists. Register to attend in person or Zoom & Facebook live event. FREE event. 10am-12pm. 2023 Details TBA

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Powderhorn Park
Celebrating Dr. King at Powderhorn Park

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The annual presentation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Living the Dream award. The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson of the Minnesota Twins and the keynote speaker will be Adair Mosley, President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. This year’s entertainment will be a musical performances by “VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.” 6:30-8pm, FREE. 2023 Details TBA.


Martin Luther King Day At Your Own Pace:

MCTC Self-Guided Community Unity Vigil

A self-guided tour of Minneapolis building murals to reflect on the struggle for justice, change, equity and hope. Learn more on MCTC’s website.

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

1256 Penn Avenue N., Fourth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Regular Hours: Tues-Fri 1pm-5pm; Sat 10am–1pm
The permanent exhibit, UNBREAKABLE: Celebrating the Resilience of African Americans in Minnesota explores African American history in Minnesota from the settlers and pioneers through the world wars. Stop by the Children’s Reading section for a story break.

Did You Know?

Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Minnesota Sculptor George Bassett has made two busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. that are on display in the Twin Cities?  A smaller bust at Sumner Library and a larger one at the State Capitol. The Capitol offers free guided tours and also allows self-guided tours during open hours. Sumner Library hours and information can be found here.

Other Ways to Observe During the Week:

Friday, January 13, 2023:

Sounds of Blackness: Music for Martin

Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Incorporating jazz, blues, spirituals, rock & roll, R&B, gospel, hip hop and soul, Sounds of Blackness shares the music that fueled the Civil Rights Movement interwoven with excerpts from Reverend King’s great speeches. 7pm. Information and Tickets to Music for Martin.

MLK Day of Service

Many families like to use the MLK Holiday as an excellent way to focus on promoting social justice and fighting poverty through volunteer opportunities.

Girl volunteering at Feed My Starving Children

At Home MLK Fun & Learning

Bigger Kids:

Younger Kids:

Find Family Fun for the Long Weekend

For more things to do over Martin Luther King, Jr weekend jump over to our Weekend Guide.

Weekend Family Guide - Family Fun Twin Cities Banner.


Do you know of any other celebrations or fun activities that we missed? Leave us the information in the comments and we’ll share with the community.

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