Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events


Sticking around town this weekend? We’ve saluted a few of the larger celebrations below. In addition to the special events, we’ve got weekend suggestions sure to be memorable.


Minneapolis Wading Pools (except pools located adjacent to public school sites) | Open daily 10am-9pm | FREE (Beaches also open, but unguarded until mid-June.)

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

Most Minneapolis Wading Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend

Nicollet Commons Park water feature | Burnsville (weather dependent)

Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis


5/27/18: Pond Dakota House Open House | Bloomington | Explore the home and grounds of this historic landmark tucked away within a stone’s throw of the busy metro area. Guided house tours are at 1:30 & 4pm. A suggested donation of $2 per person is greatly appreciated.

5/27/18: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia | 1-4pm | Step back into the 1850’s with immigrant family activities and tours.

5/28/18: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis | 10:30am-3pm | Ceremony begins at 10:30am followed by live music, refreshments, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides and art activities for kids.

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery


5/28/18: Memorial Day Animal Show | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove | 1-4pm

5/28/18: Family Fun – Forest Play | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 3-4pm



Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool | Maple Grove | 11am-6pm | $7-$8/pp or $25-$30/family

Jim Lupient Water Park Opening Weekend | Minneapolis | 1-7pm | $3-$5/pp.

Anoka Aquatic Center | 12-7pm | $5-$7/pp | Pre-season opening May 26, 2018

Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove | 9am-8pm | $5/pp

Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista | 9am-8pm | $5/pp


Memorial Day Weekend | Historic Fort Snelling, Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5, Mon 10-5 | $6-$12/pp | Explore the historic buildings, chat with costumed interpreters, watch cannon and musket firings, and join in historic games. Kids can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt. Finish the day with a short hike through adjacent Fort Snelling State Park.

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

Fort Snelling Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend every year.

Memorial Day Weekend | The Landing, Shakopee | $5-$8/pp, under 2 FREE | Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” to honor Union soldiers who died. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the park.

5/28/18: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Ride Day | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | 11am-4pm

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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