Go Outside with Hennepin County this Summer

It's time to get out and celebrate that summer is here! Check out our guide to "Go Outside with Hennepin County" - produced in partnership between Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Enjoy outdoor activities at Target Field Station and Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza from June 1st - August 31st. Don't miss out this summer!
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Looking for fun things to do with your family this summer? Check out Go Outside with Hennepin County! They have it all including classic movies, trivia, fitness classes, the Downtown Farmers Market, food trucks, music and more all summer long! We have all the information you need for this event including where to find it, how to get there, and specific dates & times for all the fun. Click the tabs below to find out everything you need to know!

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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, free reading materials and great special events each week.

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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.

Tuesdays (12 pm – 1 pm)

Stop by for piano performances each Tuesday throughout the summer during your lunch hour! Through Pianos on Parade program, a partnership between MDC, Mpls downtown improvement district & Keys 4/4 Kids, a piano at South Plaza will include programmed musical performances each Tuesday. Grab some food and enjoy a gift of music each week. You never know who will be tickling the ivories!

Wednesdays (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

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Every Wednesday, South Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor recreation room! The space will feature a food truck each week, yard games (bean bags, connect four, etc.), an art card (adult and youth coloring, bubbles, plado, yarn, paper, wasabi tape), a meditation area with colorful blankets and yoga mats there for you to enjoy a brief get-away, and the Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two yourself.

Thursdays (6 am – 6 pm)

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Beginning May 5 and running through October, 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.

Tuesday Trivia Nights – June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25

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Trivia has always been a fun and trendy after work activity! We are bringing trivia outside at Target Field Station on select Tuesdays 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.

Thursday Movie Nights – June 1, June 8, June 29, July 13, August 10, August 24

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On select Thursdays throughout the 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.

Family Events, Outdoor Fitness, and More

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Throughout the summer, you’ll be be able to enjoy family events like our Most Epic Family Day (Sunday, Aug. 13), fitness classes outdoors (September 11, 18 and 25) on the Target Field Station grass and much more. Our Monday fitness nights in September will coincide with National Yoga Month.

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Tuesdays, 6/1-8/31: piano performances | South Plaza, 12 pm – 1 pm

Wednesdays, 6/1-8/31: food trucks, games, mediation | South Plaza, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thursdays, 6/1-8/31: downtown farmers market | South Plaza, 6 am – 6 pm

Thursday, June 1: Movie Night, “The Sandlot” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Tuesday, June 6: Tuesday Trivia Night | Target Field Station, 7 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, June 8: Movie Night, “Footloose (1984)” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Tuesday, June 27: Tuesday Trivia Night | Target Field Station, 7 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, June 29: Movie Night, “The Parent Trap (1961)” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Tuesday, July 11: Tuesday Trivia Night | Target Field Station, 7 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, July 13: Movie Night, “Inside Out” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Thursday, July 20: Aquatennial “Dog Film Festival” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Tuesday, July 25: Tuesday Trivia Night | Target Field Station, 7 pm – 8 pm

Thursday, Aug 10: Movie Night, “Finding Dory” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Sunday, Aug 13: The Most Epic Family Day | Target Field Station, 12 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, Aug 24: Movie Night, “Free Willy” | Target Field Station, 7 pm

Monday, Sept 11: Monday Fitness Night | Target Field Station

Monday, Sept 18: Monday Fitness Night | Target Field Station

Monday, Sept 25: Monday Fitness Night | Target Field Station

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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 there, 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.

Keep up with Go Outside with Hennepin County all summer long!

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