2019 Guide to Go Outside with Hennepin County

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 mpls downtown council (mdc). 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!

Outdoor Trivia Nights – June 6, June 20, 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 Thursdays 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.

Outdoor Movie Nights

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On select evenings 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.

Monday, June 10 | 7 pm “Angels in the Outfield”

Monday, June 24 | 7 pm TBD

Monday, July 8 | 7 pm “Mary Poppins Returns”

Monday, July 15 | 7 pm “Spaceballs”

Monday, July 29 | 7 pm “Moana”

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. 18, 12-3 pm), fitness classes outdoors (August 1, 15, 22, 29) on the Target Field Station grass and much more. Our Thursday fitness nights will be led by Alchemy and offer a chance to get in your activity for the day in at a fun outdoor setting.

Tuesdays (10 am-1 pm)

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Beginning May 7 and running through October, the Downtown Farmers Market will be on site at South Plaza again in 2019. The farmers market initially moved here during the Nicollet Project, and because it was so successful, remains here on Tuesdays now that the Nicollet Farmers Market re-opened on Thursdays in downtown. It is 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.

Wednesdays (11:30 am-1:30 pm)

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Every Wednesday, South Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor recreation area! The space will feature yard games (bean bags, connect four, etc.), an art cart, a meditation area with colorful blankets and yoga mats there for you to enjoy a brief get-away, a Pianos on Parade piano if you’d like to play a song or two yourself, therapy animals and more. Stop in each week to see what activities are taking place!

Thursdays (12-1 pm)

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Stop by for piano performances each Thursday throughout the summer during your lunch hour! Through the Pianos on Parade program—a partnership between mdc, The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and Keys 4/4 Kids—a piano at South Plaza will include programmed musical performances each Thursday. Grab some food and enjoy the gift of music each week. You never know who will be tickling the ivories!

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Tuesdays, 5/7-10/29: Farmers Market | 10 am – 1 pm

Wednesdays, 6/5-8/28: Yard Games and More | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thursdays, 6/6-8/29: Piano Music | 12 pm – 1 pm

Thursday, June 6: Trivia Night | 7 pm – 8 pm 

Monday, June 10: Movie Night Angels in the Outfield | 7 pm 

Thursday, June 20: Trivia Night | 7 pm – 8 pm

Monday, June 24: Movie Night: TBD | 7 pm

Monday, July 8: Movie Night: Mary Poppins Returns | 7 pm 

Thursday, July 11: Trivia Night | 7 pm – 8 pm

Monday, July 15: Movie Night: Spaceballs | 7 pm

Thursday, July 25: Trivia Night | 7 pm – 8 pm

Monday, July 29: Movie Night: Moana | 7 pm

Thursday, August 1: Fitness Night | 5 pm – 6 pm

Thursday, August 15: Fitness Night | 5 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, August 18: Most Epic Family Day | 12 pm – 3 pm 

Thursday, August 22: Fitness Night | 5 pm – 6 pm

Thursday, August 29: Fitness Night | 5 pm – 6 pm

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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 in the Warehouse District/North Loop, it is close to downtown residential communities, businesses, entertainment, dining, breweries and coffee shops.

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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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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 hashtag #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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