Memorial Day Weekend is May 25-27 in 2019. Sticking around town? 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.
FREE TWIN CITIES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS
Dakota County beaches | 2 locations
Minneapolis swimming beaches | All 12 locations open Memorial Day weekend; lifeguards not available until June
Minneapolis wading pools (except pools located adjacent to public school sites) | Daily, 10am-9pm
Nicollet Commons Park water feature | Burnsville (weather dependent)
Ramsey County swimming beaches | Lifeguards on duty | 5 locations
Three Rivers Park District Beaches | 7 unguarded locations
Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis | Water treated with plants instead of chemicals. Zero-depth entry for the littlest swimmers.
5/26/19: 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.
5/25-27/19: Roselawn Cemetery | Minneapolis | 11am-1pm | Organ Concerts daily 11am-1pm and Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at 10 am.
5/27/19: 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.
5/27/19: Union Cemetery | Maplewood | 10am | Memorial Day Service next to the office. Bring your lawn chair.
5/27/19: Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery | Minneapolis | 9:40-11am | Seward Concert Band performance at 9:40 followed by a service at 10am.
5/28/18: Free Family Fun Day: Minnesota Raptors | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 3-4pm
Minneapolis Music in the Parks | 6 venues presenting music nightly – starts Memorial Day at Lake Harriet Bandshell. 5/28/19, 5:30pm.
Minnesota Remembers Memorial Weekend – Mall of America Atrium, Minneapolis | 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. 5/26/29, 10am-5pm.
PAID EVENTS TWIN CITIES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS
Historic Fort Snelling | Sat, Sun & Mon 10-5 | $6-$12/pp | 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.
The Landing | Shakopee | $5-$8/pp, under 2 FREE | Memorial Day Weekend: 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.
Oliver Kelley Farm | Elk River | Noon-5pm | $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE | Explore the new visitor center, tour the historic farmhouse, lend your hand at farm chores, and check in on the animals.
Sibley House Historic Site | Mendota | Sat/Sun, 1-4pm | $5-$7/pp
Anoka Aquatic Center | Anoka | Sat-Sun & holiday noon-7pm, Mon-Fri 3-7pm | $4-$7/pp
Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove | 9am-8pm | $5/pp | Chlorinated w/ sand beach, close to an elaborate playground, nature center and historic site. Lifeguards on duty daily starting 6/10/19.
Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool | Maple Grove | 10am-6pm | $7-$8/pp or $26-$30/family
Jim Lupient Water Park | Pre-season hours | Minneapolis | $3-$5/pp
Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista | 9am-8pm | $5/pp | Chlorinated w/ sand beach. Lifeguards on duty starting 6/10/19.
Centennial Lakes Park | Edina | 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 | Opens 10am Memorial Day Weekend
Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield | visit the links for complete hours | Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more. Weekend hours for Lake Nokomis & Como Park begin 5/18/19, and Lake Harriet begins Memorial Day Weekend.