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.
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
Mississippi Park Connection – St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam tours | 11 am and 2 pm
Mississippi River Paddle Share – 10% off (use code Downtown2021) | 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
Walker Art Center – Target Free Thursday Nights | 5 pm – 9 pm
Concerts at The Commons | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Women’s Club of Mpls patio | 5 pm – 9 pm
Twin Cities River Rats water ski shows | 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Lyft $5 credit: MPLSTHURSDAY (pick-up/drop-off within 0.75 miles of 9th & Nicollet) | 4 am – 12 am
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.
Mpls Street Art Festival
Enjoy the Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival beginning Thursday, Aug. 12. Watch as 16 artists create beautiful chalk and spray-paint masterpieces between 6th & 8th Streets #OnNicollet. There will be live music–including a free live concert by Nur-D, Lieutenant Sunnie and MPLS Drew on Aug. 12–an array of food trucks, lawn games and an opportunity for you to create your own chalk art! Free and open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 12–14. The Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival is produced by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust. Click Here 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
Sept. 2: Sarah Morris
Sept. 9: Niles & Lord Juice (12 pm – 2 pm)
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.
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
AxeBridge Wine Company: 4pm – 6 pm, $2 off select glasses of wine and small bites, $8 sangrias
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
Umbra: 4pm – 6pm, 1/2 off flatbreads, draft beer $5, glass of wine $7, signature cocktail $10
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”
September 2: “Aladdin” (2019)
September 16: “Wonder Woman 1984”
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. Grab a blanket or a chair and head down to relax while you listen to talented live artists in the lush grass of The Commons. Pick up dinner to go before the show or check out the amazing downtown restaurant scene after the concert. Enjoy music from 5:30-6:30 pm on the dates below.
July 1 – Samantha Moon
July 8 – Camille Gross
July 15 – Chris Koza
July 22 – Jessica Vines
July 29 – Shahidi
August 5 – Samantha Grimes
August 12 – Katia Cardenas
August 19 – Sarah Morris
August 26 – Brass and Body Works
September 2 – Mike Dreams
September 9 – Shahidi
September 16 – The Foxgloves
Septmber 23 – Samantha Grimes
September 30 – Royalty Nashia
Walk with A Naturalist
Join us for a Walk with a Naturalist in Loring Park at 11 am on July 8th and 22nd, and August 12th and 26th. Each walk, we will learn about different aspects of our ecosystem including pollinators, plants, and our parks! We’ll meet in front of Loring Recreation Center.
$5 Lyft Credit
Looking for an easy way to get downtown on Downtown Thursdays? Grab a Lyft and use code MPLSTHURSDAY for a $5 credit. The discount code is valid on Thursdays: 4:00 AM – 12:00 AM. Pickup or drop-off must be within the coverage area within .75 miles of the Minneapolis Downtown Council Office.