Twin Cities Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Sticking around town this weekend? The Pioneer Press offers an extensive list of places to honor veterans around the Twin Cities on Memorial Day; 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.

5/28: Sibley House Historic Site Open House, Mendota • 1-4pm • Ring in the summer tour season by exploring the site, enjoying refreshments, and taking a guided tour.

5/28: Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie Series: CARS @ Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury • pre-show activities begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.

5/28-30: Sparky the Sea Lion Opening Weekend @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • shows at 11:30am & 3pm.

5/28-30: Jim Lupient Water Park pre-season, 1520 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, 1-7pm

5/28: Minneapolis Wading Pools • Open daily 10am-9pm • FREE (Beaches also open, but unguarded until 6/11/16.)

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5/28: Nicollet Commons Park water feature, Burnsville (weather dependent)

5/28: Webber Natural Swimming Pool, Minneapolis • pre-season 5/28-30, 1-7pm

5/29: Immigrant for a Day @ Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia • 1-4pm • Details: Step back into the 1850’s with immigrant family activities and tours.

5/30: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis • 10:30am-3pm • Details: Ceremony begins at 10:30am followed by live music, refreshments, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides and art activities for kids.


5/30: Memorial Day Show @ Como Dockside, 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul • 3pm • Details: The Minnesota State Band and others perform.

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5/30: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Ride Day @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory • 11am-4pm

5/30: Memorial Day Animal Show @ Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove • 1-4pm

5/30: Free Family Fun Days @ Lowry Nature Center & Richardson Nature Center


5/28-5/29: Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights • 10am-4pm • $5-$8/pp • Details: Take a themed guided tour and visit with the baby farm animals on Opening Weekend.

5/28-29: Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Fort Snelling, Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5 • $6-$12/pp • Details: 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.

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5/28-30: Living History Event: Wild West Weekend @ The Landing, Shakopee • $5-$8/pp, under 2 FREE • Details: Experience life on the frontier amongst the gunslingers and cowboys, cook over the campfire, and join in an 1880’s Memorial Day ceremony on 5/30.

5/28: Anoka Aquatic Center1551 7th Ave, Anoka • 5/28-6/7 Sat-Sun & holiday noon-7pm, Mon-Fri 3-7pm • $4-$7/pp.

5/28: Elm Creek Swimming Pond, Maple Grove • 9am-8pm • $5/pp

5/28: Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond, Minnetrista • 9am-8pm • $5/pp

5/28: Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool, Maple Grove, 11am-6pm • $6-$7/pp or $22-$25/family

Twin Cities Summer Festivals, 2016

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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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