What to Do in Minneapolis During March Madness

You may be headed to Minneapolis for college basketball, but you’re about to get a whole lot more. Whether you like to shop, museum hop, dine, or explore nature, Minneapolis has you covered on all fronts. There are also official March Madness events to take in, including autograph signings and performances by Katy Perry and the Jonas Brothers. Here’s a taste of everything the city has to offer.

Hit the Final Four FanFest

Held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, this event runs from April 5-8 and includes interactive games, athlete and celebrity appearances, autograph signings, and much more. Tickets are $8 in advance and free for those 12 and under.

Take in a Lake

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. See at least one of them by heading to Lake of the Isles Park where you can enjoy a walk on the trail around the water, as well as incredible people watching.

Hit the Mall of America

As one of the top tourist destinations in the country, this mall has far more to offer than just shopping. You’ll find a rollercoaster, aquarium, mini golf, an escape room, adventure course, and many more thrilling experiences.

Check out the Weisman Art Museum

Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, this museum is a feast for the eyes even before you enter its doors. Cubist-like shapes are jumbled together in a luminous display of stainless steel. Inside, you’ll find an impressive modern art collection, as well as Native American Mimbres pottery and traditional Korean furniture.

Attend the March Madness Music Series

Held at The Armory from April 5-8, this music festival features Katy Perry, Zedd, The Chainsmokers, and Jonas Brothers.

Take a Brewery Tour

Beer is big in Minneapolis, which you can experience for yourself by taking a brewery tour. Here are seven to check out during your visit. Most offer live music, as well as some pretty decent eats, courtesy of the local food trucks scene.

Have Brunch at Hell’s Kitchen

This iconic Minneapolis brunch spot serves up live music every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a 35-foot bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Then there’s the food: Feast on lemon ricotta hotcakes, walleye hash and eggs, Mahnomen porridge (made with cooked wild rice), and caramel pecan rolls. Hell’s Kitchen is also known for its homemade peanut butter, which you can also buy online.

Get a Photo of the March Madness Bracket Sculpture

This oversized sculpture is exactly what it sounds like—a look at the brackets and how your favorite team is doing. You’ll find the sculpture along Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

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