Moving to Minneapolis? The city’s lush parks, world-class restaurants, and vibrant music scene will make you wonder why you didn’t pack your bags sooner.
Here are 10 reasons why you’ll love living here:
- The Minnesota State Fair
About 1.9 million visitors trek to downtown Minneapolis every year to join the festivities at the Minnesota State Fair, one of the best-attended expos in the world. A spectacular array of rides, games, stalls, and cultural exhibits makes up the fair’s exciting attractions.
But the true highlight of “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” is the food. Candied bacon BLT, chicken tenders, and barbecue shrimp tacos are just some of the choices.
- The Basilica Block Party
This annual music festival takes place at the Basilica of St. Mary. It features the hottest local acts and indie bands to grace the stage in downtown Minneapolis. Death Cab for Cutie, X Ambassadors, and Cold War Kids have played the event.
- The Annual Zombie Pub Crawl
The city has great beer, and zombies know it – every year, hordes of participants in gory zombie costumes come to downtown Minneapolis’ Warehouse District for a night of drinking, dancing, and live music.
Two outdoor stages, dozens of participating bars and food trucks, and the World Brain-Eating Championships make for a memorable evening.
- ArtCar Parade
As many as 50 cars and bikes decorated with anything from bottle caps and paper mache animals hit the streets of downtown Minneapolis every year for the ArtCar Parade. This quirky procession will make you want to dress up your car and join the fun.
- Guthrie Theater
Catch plays, concerts, and soirees at the Guthrie Theater. Greek tragedies like “Medea” and “Oedipus Rex” have been staged here, along with modern classics such as “The Glass Menagerie”. Some of the city’s most talented musicians have played here as well.
Guthrie offers acting, tap dance, and voice classes – improve your thespian skills and meet others who share your passion for theater.
- The Children’s Theatre Company
The young and young-at-heart will appreciate this theater company’s fun-filled, family-friendly offerings. Watch children’s classics like “Cinderella” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches” come to life before your very eyes. The theater’s colorful productions will delight your senses.
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
This 11-acre urban green space showcases the Walker Art Center’s sculptures. Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” is one of the garden’s most popular pieces, while similarly whacky sculptures of oversized fish and rabbits can also be found here.
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
An extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles, and prints can be found at the local art institute. This includes works by European masters like Rubens and Rembrandt and pieces from a variety of cultures that date back 5,000 years.
- Minnehaha Regional Park
This local gem is home to river overlooks, limestone bluffs, and the cascading waters of the Minnehaha Falls. Go for a hike and admire the scenery from any of the park’s vantage points. Have a look at the magnificent bronze statues of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, the main characters in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha”.
- Nicollet Mall
A mix of designer discount stores, national retailers, and independent businesses makes Nicollet Mall a vibrant shopping district. Shops like Barnes & Noble and Macy’s can be found here, along with a number of bars and restaurants.
For more information on relocating to Minneapolis, call Scott Haubrich at (612) 298-5400 or visit his website.