go outside with hennepin county

go outside with hennepin county this summer

Enjoy outdoor movies, trivia and fitness at Target Field Station (335 N. 5th Street) and Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza (300 S. 6th Street), including classic movies, trivia, fitness classes, the Downtown Farmers Market, food trucks, music and more. Don’t miss out this summer! The full activities schedule is listed on this page.


Get ready for another season of Go Outside with Hennepin County!


Beginning May 1, Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza will host the Mpls Farmers Market weekly on Tuesdays from 9 am-3 pm. 


And from June 1 – August 31, Go Outside will have regularly scheduled programming at Target Field Station and South Plaza, including: 

Go Outside with Hennepin County movie lineup

Sunday, August 12: The Most Epic Family Day  |  12-4 pm

Join us for Most Epic Family Day on Sunday, August 12 from 12-4 pm at Target Field Station! This year’s theme is Barnyard Bash with activities and programming for all ages to enjoy. Some of the free activities being planned include a petting zoo, ring toss, pin the tail on the pig, a bounce house, potato sack races, yard games, plant-a-seed and more! Some of  the entertainment that we will have includes the Twin Cities Road Crew, Amazing Scott Balloon Art & Face Painting, the MN Art Truck free coloring station, Children’s book author readings, the Hennepin County Bike Librarians, Barn photo opportunities, a screening of Charlotte’s Web and more! Mark your calendars!

Most Epic Family Day includes the following children’s authors reading schedule:

Lynn Garthwaite | “Our States Have Crazy Shapes”

Bing Puddlepot | “Jimmy Jonny Brownie Stays Up All Night”

Phyllis Alsdurf | “Thanksgiving In The Woods”

Alicia Schwab | “The Mukluk Ball”


August 6, 13 & 20: FREE Alchemy 365 classes  |  5:30-6:30 pm

Monday, August 6 | A10 Class: This is Alchemy 365’s bread and butter. Think: power yoga warm-up, 10 minutes of high intensity workouts with movements that change daily, power yoga cool-down. Every class starts with an overview of the class and workout structure followed by demos of the movements and modifications. Walk in antsy, walk out feeling more alive. 


Monday, August 13 | APulse: Who blends yoga and high-intensity intervals? Alchemy 365 does. Break all the rules in this class. 50 minutes of power yoga with six 60 second “pulses” of functional movements throughout. Prepare for an incredible mix of fast flow, slow isometric holds, max effort high intensity pulses. Cap it off with a refreshing cool-down at the end of class to feel more alive than ever before.


Monday, August 20 | AFlow: This is not your typical yoga class. AFlow brings you strength, balance, and isometric holds with a faster flow. Peak postures change daily so you can progress in all aspects of your ­fitness journey. Designed for the athlete that needs a stretch day, but doesn’t want to Om.

hennepin county government center south plaza activities
(June 1 – August 31)

tuesdays (9 am – 3 pm)


Beginning May 1 and running through the summer, the Downtown Farmers Market will be on site at South Plaza again in 2017. The farmers market moved here during the Nicollet Mall Project, and it provides a great way to bring people together on the South Plaza lawn to browse fresh produce, flowers and more. The farmers market has a wide variety of friendly local vendors that have great products to share.



wednesdays (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)


Every Wednesday, South Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor recreation room! The space will feature fun activities like yard games (bean bags, connect four, etc.), a meditation area with colorful blankets and yoga mats there for you to enjoy a brief get-away, special options for food and entertainment, and the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two yourself.

thursdays (12 pm – 1 pm)


Stop by for piano performances each Thursday throughout the summer from 12-1 pm during your lunch hour! Grab some food and enjoy a gift of music each week.

Our full list of weekly performersr will be announced soon. Plan on spending your lunch hour at South Plaza!

Go Outside with Hennepin County

target field station activities
(June 1 – August 31)

trivia nights
june12 & 26, july 17 & 24


Trivia has always been a fun and trendy after work activity! We are bringing trivia outside at Target Field Station on select evenings this summer. Gather a group of colleagues, friends or family and test your knowledge. Questions will be read aloud along with use of the big screen.


movie nights
june 13 & 27, july 2, 16 & 23, august 8 & 22


On select evenings this summer, you can enjoy outdoor movie nights at Target Field Station. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, find a spot on the green grass outside the Twins’ ballpark and enjoy an evening watching a movie under the stars and the downtown skyline. Movie info coming soon.

family events, outdoor fitness & more
august 6, 12, 13, & 20


Throughout the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy family events like our Most Epic Family Day (August 12), which is always full of family fun activities, plus outdoor fitness classes on the Target Field Station grass on three Mondays in August (6, 13 and 20) and much more.

go outside with hennepin county events schedule

Go Outside with Hennepin County South Plaza events schedule


Tuesdays, 6/1-8/31: farmers market | 9 am – 3 pm

Wednesdays, 6/1-8/31: yard games and more | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thursdays, 6/1-8/31: piano music | 12 pm – 1 pm


Go Outside with Hennepin County Target Field Station schedule

Family events & fitness

Sunday, Aug 12: The Most Epic Family Day | 12 pm – 4 pm

Monday, August 6: Monday Fitness Night  |  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, August 13: Monday Fitness Night  |  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, August 20: Monday Fitness Night  |  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Outdoor Movies

Wednesday, June 13  |  7 pm “A League Of Their Own”

Wednesday, June 27  |  7 pm “Space Jam”

Monday, July 2  |  7 pm “The Lion King”

Monday, July 16  |  7 pm “Princess Bride”

Monday, July 23  |  7 pm “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Wednesday, August 8  |  7 pm “Coco”

Wednesday, August 22  7 pm “Mary Poppins”


Trivia Night

Tuesday, June 12   |  7 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, June 26  |  7 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, July 17  |  7 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, July 24  |  7 pm – 8 pm


about target field station

Target Field Station (335 N. 5th Street) is a dynamic transportation hub that connects Downtown Minneapolis with 500 light rail lines and 1,900 buses each day as well as the Northstar Commuter Rail. But it is also a major entertainment destination. Opened in May 2014, Target Field Station offers a large green space for gathering, a big screen for movies and other viewing opportunities, and an amphitheater for musical performances. Located next to Target Field and nestled into the Warehouse District/North Loop, it is close to downtown residential communities, businesses, entertainment, dining, breweries and coffee shops.

about hennepin county government center south plaza

Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza (300 S. 6th Street) is a tree-lined, circle plaza with a grassy knoll located between 6th and 7th Streets in Downtown Minneapolis. Stop by the Government Center South Plaza to enjoy an outdoor piano, added seating options and great special events each week.

don’t miss out on the fun


The Go Outside with Hennepin County program is filled with fun activities and events for all ages and abilities throughout the year. Stop by Target Field Station and South Plaza to get in on the festivities.

While you’re here, don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your experience with others. Invite friends, family and colleagues to come with you, and share your experience on social media using the hashtags #gooutside and #mymplsdt.

You can learn more by following @mplsdowntown on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

join us this summer

go outside with hennepin county