TC Weekend | Memory Lanes Block Party, Walker on the Green Mini Golf, IndiVisible & more!

Yes, it’s true -- Memorial Day weekend is upon us already! With AAA predicting an estimated 36.1 million people set to travel for the holiday, it makes sense that this weekend is a bit lighter on the festivals. However, there’s still plenty to see and do around town this weekend. See what’s on tap below:

Walker on the Green: Artist Designed Mini Golf, May 22 – September 1

The Walker's popular mini-course - each hole individually designed by a local artist - is back and better than ever. The titling maze game, gopher hole votex and other favorites from last year’s course are back, plus new soon-to-be favorites! Due to its popularity, substantial wait times are par for the course, with evening and weekends being the busiest -- plan accordingly. 

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Single course: (9 holes) $12 - $9 

Full course (18 holes): $18 - $13.50

Free for ages 6 and under with paid adult; Every ticket includes free gallery admission. Tee times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

While you’re in the area, why not make a day of it and visit the Sculpture Garden? It's open daily, 6 am –12 midnight (closed June 20 -22nd for Rock the Garden).

Big Bugs Exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo, May 24 – September 1

Big Bugs land at the Minnesota Zoo this week, providing a fun and educational opportunity that will keep kids buzzing throughout the Memorial Day weekend. With paid Zoo admission, families can enjoy displays, giant animatronic bugs, and lots of interactive big bug fun. Go here for more information.

Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley

Mon – Sun; 9 am – 6 pm

Prices range from $12 - $18.50


Toys of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s! May 24 - Jan 4 

Take a trip down memory lane by looking back at the popular toys from the past. From Gumby to Barbie and Mr. Potato Head, the gang is all here, and so are interesting aspects from their heyday, like how they were packaged, advertised and received. 

Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul

10 am - 8 pm Tuesday

10 am - 5 pm Wednesday - Saturday
12 - 5 pm Sunday
Closed Monday (except Monday holidays, including Memorial Day)

$6 - $11
Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.


Memory Lanes Block Party, Saturday May 24 - May 26

Speaking of memory lanes -- 89.3 The Current presents Memory Lanes Block Party 2014! Now in its 6th year, this event showcases a diverse musical line up and great food and drink. Records will be on sale in the bowling alley in front of the stage. Go here for more information of set times and the musical lineup.

Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis

3 pm - 2am daily

Free; All Ages

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, May 24 – Jul 20

Historic Fort Snelling will hosts this new travelling exhibit that examines the indivisible dual heritage of African-Native Americans, the dynamics of race, community, and the human desire to belong. The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. 

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul

Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday noon – 5 pm

Open Memorial and Labor Day 10 am – 5 pm


Lakes and outdoor eateries

All of the outdoor lakeside eateries, from favorites like Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun, to the newly opened Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis, are open for business, offering tasty food and lively people watching. After dining you can take a stroll around the lakes (or Minnehaha Falls) and burn off those fish tacos!


Bread and Pickle – Lake Harriet 

Open 7 – 9pm Daily


Sea Salt – Minnehaha Falls 

Open every day 11-8

Open every day through October 15th 2014.


Tin Fish – Lake Calhoun 

Late April - Memorial Day:  12 pm - 8 pm daily
Memorial Day - Labor Day:  11 am - 9 pm daily
Labor Day - mid October:  12 pm - 7:30 pm daily


Sandcastle – Lake Nokomis 

Current Hours: 11 am – 8 pm

June, July, and August Hours: 9 am – 1 1am Grab & Go Window Only

11am – 9pm All Windows and Full Service


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Paige Elliott

(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.