downtown thursdays

 

 

Downtown is the place to be each Thursday this summer! Take in the Nicollet Farmers Market and Nicollet Makers Market  from 6 am-2 pm (all buses are re-routed for a full pedestrian experience on Nicollet). At Peavey Plaza, enjoy MNSpin live music (12-1 pm), free lawn games (11:30 am-1:30 pm), and piano performances (5-6 pm). Mississippi Park Connection is offering free St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam tours plus 10% off Mississippi River Paddle Share reservations. The Walker Art Center has its Target Free Thursday Nights from 5-9 pm. Plus, enjoy summer evenings with Happy Hours at our fantastic downtown restaurant scene. There will be special events and activities throughout the summer, so follow along and enjoy the fun. See you downtown.

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Nicollet Farmers Market  |  6 am – 2 pm

Nicollet Makers Market  |  6 am – 2 pm

Mississippi Park Connection – St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam open  |  10 am – 5:45 pm

Walk with a Naturalist – Loring Park  |  11 am – 12 pm

Mississippi Park Connection – St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam tours  |  11 am and 2 pm

Mississippi River Paddle Share – 10% off  |  11 am – 5 pm

Walker Art Center – Skyline Mini Golf 2021  |  11 am – 9 pm

Play at Peavey – Lawn Games and Activities  |  11:30 am – 1:30 pm

MNSpin concerts – live music at Peavey Plaza  |  12 pm – 1 pm

Nicollet Skate event with Familia  |  June 24, 12 pm – 2 pm

Walker Art Center – Target Free Thursday Nights  |  5 pm – 9 pm

Women’s Club of Mpls patio  |  5 pm – 9

Twin Cities River Rats water ski shows  |  6:30 pm – 9 pm

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Nicollet Farmers Market and Makers Market

The Nicollet Farmers Market has returned #OnNicollet after a one-year hiatus. All your favorite farmers will be joined by the Nicollet Makers Market throughout the summer for the best combined food and craft shopping experience downtown. Browse dozens of great produce and products, all while enjoying Nicollet as a fully pedestrian thoroughfare. All buses are re-routed during Farmers Market and Makers Market hours. Plus, enjoy great Street Show performances, produced by Mpls DID and Hennepin Theatre Trust in collaboration with The Warming House, on Nicollet between 9:30 am and 2 pm each Thursday!

Pianos on Parade

Pianos on Parade presented by PNC Bank return this summer with pianos placed throughout downtown June through August. This year’s pianos are being painted through artist collaborations with Kulture Klub Collaborative, FAIR School, Art Buddies and other local artists to reflect a theme of A Vibrant Downtown. Pianos will be available for the public to share their gift of music, and they will also have more than 90 scheduled performances. Check www.mplsdowntown.com/pianos throughout the summer to learn more.

Splash and Play at Peavey Plaza

Get ready for fun activities at Peavey Plaza throughout the summer. Enjoy free lawn games each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, free vinyasa yoga with the YWCA of Minneapolis on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, Pianos on Parade performances on Wednesdays at 12 pm and Thursdays at 5 pm, MNSpin live music on Thursdays at 12 pm. Plus, enjoy the fountains and splashpad at Peavey Plaza throughout the summer.

Thursday MNSpin performances 

Grab your lunch to go and head over to Peavey for live music featuring artists curated by the MNSpin program at the Hennepin County Library. Catch the summer vibes each week with a different artist every Thursday from June – August.

Jun 3: Mary Bue
Jun 10: Dred I Dread
Jun 17: Doug Collins
Jun 24: Niles
Jul 1: Tufawon
Jul 8: Paul Barry Blues Band
Jul 15: Annie and the bang bang
Jul 22: Twins of Franklin
Jul 29: Chris Koza
Aug 5: Katy Vernon
Aug 12: Curtis and Loretta
Aug 19: MaLLy
Aug 29: Craig Pacquette

Pianos on Parade at Peavey

Stop by Peavey Plaza all summer and tickle the ivories on the artist painted piano that is open for spontaneous performances. Can’t play the piano? No worries we have you covered with weekly performances on Wednesday at noon and Thursday at five.

Happy Hours 

Downtown restaurants are ready for you. Join us in mpls downtown for great happy hours and specials taking place throughout our city’s core. Here is a list of happy hours available during Downtown Thursdays this summer. Check back for updates. And click here to find more than 300 open restaurants and retail locations throughout downtown.

8th Street Grill: 3pm – 7 pm, daily specials

Barrio: 3pm – 5pm: $4 tacos, $6 margaritas, patio

Borough: 4pm – 6pm, food and drink specials

Coconut Whisk: 9am – 2pm, $1 off all drinks

Constantine: 5pm – 7pm, select drinks and food 1 for $5, 2 for $9, and 3 for $13

Cowboy Jacks: 4pm – 6pm and 10pm-12 am, food and drink specials, rooftop bar

Crooked Pint Ale House: 3pm – 6pm & 9:30-close, food and drink specials

CRAVE: 3pm – 5:30pm, $5 during happy hour

Cuzzy’s Bar & Grill: 3pm – 6pm, $1 off rail drinks

Gluek’s: 3pm – 5pm, 2-for-1 drink specials, live music, featured appetizer

Giulia: 5pm – 10pm, mozzarella cheese pull with weekly changing accompaniments

Hen House Eatery: 2pm – 7pm, $1 off beer, wine, and cocktails, $5 rails, Happier Hour 4pm – 6pm $3 select tall boys

Lyon’s Pub: 3pm – 6pm, daily specials

Monello: 5pm – 6pm, food and drink specials

Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar: 3pm – 5:30pm, $5 select drinks, $10 select food

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: 2pm – 6pm, $2 off beer, cocktails, and wine by the glass

The Gold Room: 5pm start, R&B Thursdays, specials on house wings and Phillies, $2 off drinks, Dj at 9pm

The Loop: 2pm – 6pm, $2 off premium rails, $2 off Taps, $2 off wines by the glass, $3 off appetizers and pizzas

Upstairs Circus: 3pm – 6pm, project socials $10 off, $7 specialty cocktails, $5 house wine, $1 off brews

Catch a game

The Twins and Lynx have Thursday games throughout the summer and fall. Check out their schedules and enjoy a game while you’re taking in Downtown Thursdays.

June 10: Twins vs. Yankees  |  7:10 pm

June 24: Twins vs. Cleveland  |  7:10 pm

July 8: Twins vs. Tigers  |  7:10 pm

July 22: Twins vs. Angels  |  7:00 pm

September 2: Lynx vs. Sparks  |  7:00 pm

Target Field Station movie nights

Join us throughout the summer as movies return to Target Field Station. Bring a chair or a blanket (and maybe a snack or dinner) and head out to Target Field Station for a family-friendly movie. Movies will take place at 6 pm and are located next to the Light Rail station outside Target Field’s Gate 6.

June 17: “Coco”

July 15: “Moana”

July 29: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

August 12: “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse”

Concerts at The Commons

Head out to The Commons throughout the summer and listen to some free live music! Concerts at the Commons will take place in collaboration with the MN Music Coalition. Check back for the performance schedule, but enjoy music from 5:30-6:30 pm on the dates below.

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

August 5

August 19

August 26

Nicollet Skate Event with Familia

Come and skate new obstacles by Familia Skate Shop or simply grab lunch on a patio and be entertained by the action. The Nicollet Skate Event with Familia will take place June 24 from 12 pm – 2 pm on Nicollet between 9th and 10th Streets.

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