downtown thursdays



We had a great time at Downtown Thursdays this summer! The Nicollet Farmers Market and Nicollet Makers Market, MNSpin live music, free lawn games, and piano performances wrapped up Sept. 30, but you can still enjoy fun activities on Thursdays downtown. 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.



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


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 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.

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

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.

Oct 14th: Cruella

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 2Mike Dreams

September 9Shahidi

September 16The Foxgloves

Septmber 23Samantha Grimes

September 30 Royalty Nashia

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