Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Twin Cities – 2020

Memorial Day Weekend is May 23-25 in 2020. Sticking around town?  We’ve got some weekend suggestions sure to be memorable.

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events


There isn’t much community activity happening this year due to Covid, but even so I encourage you to embrace this holiday.  
  1. Stroll through a cemetery. 
  2. Give thanks for those who have gone before. 
  3. Pick up some take out and have a special picnic. 
  4. Take a boat ride or a drive along the shore of a lake.
  5. Go Fishing
  6. Visit a Park with a Dedicated Memorial


Spend the holiday weekend at the beach!

Schulze Lake Beach, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan

CLOSED for 2020: Minneapolis swimming beaches

  • Bde Maka Ska 32nd Street Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska North Beach
  • Bde Maka Ska Thomas Beach
  • Cedar Lake East Beach
  • Cedar Lake Point Beach
  • Cedar Lake South Beach
  • Lake Harriet North Beach
  • Lake Harriet Southeast Beach
  • Lake Hiawatha Beach
  • Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach
  • Lake Nokomis Main Beach
  • Wirth Lake Beach

Open Memorial Day weekend; lifeguards not available until early June.

Wirth Lake Beach, Minneapolis

CLOSED for 2020: Minneapolis wading pools (except pools located adjacent to public school sites). See our fantastic list of free Minneapolis wading pools, the perfect spot to take tots for swim this summer!  Open daily, 10am-9pm.

Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

CLOSED for 2020: Ramsey County swimming beaches | 5 locations

Beaches open sunrise to sunset (park hours). Lifeguards on duty 12-8pm starting early June. 

Lake Johanna Beach, Arden Hills

Three Rivers Park District beaches – Delayed Opening

CLOSED FOR 2020: Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis
Water treated with plants instead of chemicals. Zero-depth entry for the littlest swimmers. Open Tues-Sun, 1-7pm.


Pond Dakota House Open House | Bloomington |
Note: The house will be closed this year, but families can still enjoy the grounds.

The Landing | Shakopee
The park grounds and trails are open daily for self-guided exploration. Access to the park is free, though it does not include access inside the historic buildings.


May 24, 2020: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia | Note: Gammelgarden has cancelled public programs for the “foreseeable future”. While we are hoping they’ll be open for Memorial Day weekend, we highly recommend checking the website the day of the event.
Step back into the 1850’s with immigrant family activities and tours. 1-4pm, free today only.


Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 25, 2020: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis
A pre-recorded, virtual ceremony begins at noon on the cemetery’s website. Lakewood will still be open on Memorial Day and staff will be onsite to answer questions  12pm.

May 25, 2020: Roselawn Cemetery | Minneapolis 
Virtual Ceremony. Organ concerts daily 11am-1pm and Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at 10 am.

Cancelled: May 25, 2020: Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery | Minneapolis
Seward Concert Band performance at 9:40 followed by a service at 10am.

Cancelled: May 25, 2020: Union Cemetery | Maplewood
Memorial Day Service next to the office. Bring your lawn chair. 10am. A final decision as the public program will be made closer to the event date. However, the cemetery will be open for visitors between 8am to 8pm.


With social distancing still recommended, all programs have been cancelled this weekend. Check out our 65+ Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids for ideas you can implement at home.

Cancelled: May 25, 2020: Memorial Day Animal Show | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove
Drop in to get hands-on with various critters. 1-3pm. (Register ahead if you would like updates)

Cancelled: May 25, 2020: Free Family Fun Day: Meet the Raptors | Richardson Nature Center
Drop in. 3-4pm. (Register ahead if you would like updates)

Opening weekend: Pollinators: All The Buzz | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory (Como currently has all summer events postponed)
Pollinators found around the world in an indoor greenhouse garden. 10am-6pm thru Labor Day.


As with Nature Programs, community events are still not recommended. We have ideas for family fun at home:

CANCELLED FOR 2020: Minneapolis Music in the Parks
6 venues presenting music nightly – starts Memorial Day at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 5:30pm.



Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events
Fort Snelling Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend every year.


Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights – Opening is currently postponed to June 6, 2020.
Take a themed guided tour or attend one of Gibbs Farm’s special events throughout the season. Opens May 23, 2020. Weekends & select Fridays, 10am-4pm. $5-$8/pp.

Historic Fort Snelling
Memorial Day Weekend – 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. New this year: Free general admission to all military veterans, plus up to five accompanying family members! Finish the day with a short hike through adjacent Fort Snelling State Park. May 23-25, 2020. 10am-5pm, $8-$12/pp. CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 2020.

The Landing | Shakopee
The Story of Memorial Day (Event #2LAN220T): 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. May 25, 2020. $5/pp, under 2 FREE.

Oliver Kelley Farm | Elk River
Welcome Back to the Farm Day: Explore the new visitor center, tour the historic farmhouse, lend your hand at farm chores, and check in on the animals. May 23, 2020. 9am-4pm. $8-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE. CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 2020.

Sibley House Historic Site | Mendota
Nature Walking Tour: Discover the historic trading post nestled in one of Minnesota’s first settlements. May 24, 2020. 1-4pm. $5-$7/pp. CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 2020.

The following MNHS sites and museums across the state are CLOSED to visitors through June 2020.

  • Birch Coulee Battlefield, Morton: dawn to dusk
  • Charles Lindbergh House & Museum, Little Falls: 10am-5pm
  • Folsom House, Taylors Falls: 1-5pm
  • Harkin Store, New Ulm: 10am-4pm
  • Historic Forestville, Preston: 10am-5pm
  • Historic Fort Snelling, St Paul: 10am-5pm
  • Jeffers Petroglyphs, Comfrey: 10am-5pm
  • Lac qui Parle Mission, Montevideo: 8am-8pm
  • Marine Mill, Marine on St Croix: dawn to dusk
  • Mill City Museum, Minneapolis: 10am-5pm
  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post, Onamia: 10am-5pm
  • Minnesota History Center, St Paul: 10am-5pm
  • Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River:10am-5pm
  • Sibley Historic Site, Mendota: 1pm-5pm
  • Snake River Fur Post, Pine City: 10am-5pm
  • Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors: 10am-6pm


All of the paid pools, ponds and beaches are delaying or cancelling opening in 2020, but check out our free listing. A couple smaller beaches are opening.

Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove
Chlorinated w/ sand beach, close to an elaborate playground, nature center and historic site. Opens May 23, 2020. 9am-8pm, $5/pp.

CLOSED through May: Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool | Maple Grove
Indoor and outdoor swimming options. Opens May 23, 2020. 10am-6pm. $7-$8/pp or $26-$30/family.

CLOSED for 2020: Jim Lupient Water Park | Minneapolis
Pre-season hours Memorial Day Weekend. $3-$5/pp.

Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista
Chlorinated w/ sand beach. Lifeguards on duty starting early June. Opens May 23, 2020. 9am-8pm, $5/pp.

CLOSED for 2020: Minneapolis Water Parks
Jim Lupient and North Commons waterparks traditionally open Memorial Day Weekend.  $3-$5/pp.

DELAYED: Washington County Parks swimming beaches | 5 locations (Opening Delayed to June 15th)

Lifeguards are on duty starting Memorial Day Weekend. Cost is $7/vehicle with the exception of Point Douglas Beach.


Family Fun Twin Cities at Como Town

Centennial Lakes Park | Edina – Group Activities Not Allowed in 2020
Attractions opening Memorial Day Weekend include the park’s paddle boats, lawn games (croquet and lawn bowling, $20/hr), and the putting course ($6-$10/pp).

Como Town Amusement Park | St Paul – Closed until Further Notice.
Carnival rides and entertainment for kids up to 12 years. Open 10am-7pm Memorial Day Weekend.

Minnesota Zoo | Apple Valley – Currently closed until Further Notice.
Llama Trek opens, the special experience along the Northern Trail, will allow guests to walk among free-roaming llamas. $12-$18/pp (plus parking), under 2 FREE.

Wheel Fun Rentals
Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more. Weekend hours are open at all locations by Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the links for complete hours.

Minnesota Remembers  Memorial Weekend | Mall of America
Live music, cookie giveaways, face painting, meet Security K9s, and other fun activities plus displays and monuments up all weekend. Plus, on Monday, check out World War I Fashions: The War That Raised Grandma’s Hemline in the Rotunda. 5/26/19. 10am-5pm.

Memorial Day Observance | American Legion, 200 Lilac Dr. N., Golden Valley Remembrance for those who died serving our country. Ceremony includes bagpiper, bugler, and honor guard with 3 rifle volley. A reception will follow the observance in the Legion. Dress for outdoor event.

Memorial Day Ceremony | Chanhassen
A ceremony at the Veterans Monument in City Center Park (in front of city hall) at noon, the Legion will assemble at the Veterans Monument in City Center Park to conduct the Memorial Day Ceremony.

Join us for Free Crafts for Kids on Saturday, May twenty fifth, from eleven a m to three p m. Kids will make a fun stars and stripes wreath to celebrate Memorial Day. Children will learn fine motor skills, math skills, social studies concepts and communication skills. Learn more.
Crafting fun at Lakeshore Learning.

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  4. Memorial Day Observance
    Monday, May 27, 2019 10:30 AM


    All are welcome to attend this day of remembrance for
    those who died serving our country so that we could
    enjoy our lives in the land of the free.

    This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately.
    Our ceremony will include a Bagpiper, Bugler, and
    Honor Guard with 3 Rifle Volley. A reception will follow
    the observance in the Legion.

    More information at

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