Memorial Day weekend events

By Stephanie New-Johnson
Posted May 19, 2016

Memorial Day weekend events


The official start of summer is almost here with Memorial Day weekend, May 28–30. In addition to barbecues, neighborhood parties and pool openings, see some of the events happening around the Twin Cities.

Events in Saint Paul


The Memorial Day Show at Como Dockside is 3–9 p.m., Monday, May 30, 1360 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul. This free event features music from the Roseville Community Band, the Minnesota State Band and Vallee de Croix.

Roselawn Cemetery Memorial Weekend Celebration is Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28­–30 at 803 Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul. This free event includes refreshments and organ concerts from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. each day and a salute by the local legion and VFW and a concert by the North Suburban Chorus at 10 a.m.

Events in Minneapolis


Music & Movies in the Parks Kick Off is 5–9 p.m., Monday, May 30 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis. The event is free and marks the beginning of a summer filled with music and movies in the parks. See more at the Facebook event page.


Cinema in the Cemetery presents Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman with live accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. The event starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Avenue South. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Before the movie begins there’s a smart phone history hunt. See more at the Facebook event page.

Events at Fort Snelling


Memorial Day weekend at Fort Snelling is 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, 200 Tower Ave, Saint Paul. Admission per day: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students (don’t forget your Metro State ID!), $6 for kids age 5–17 and free for ages four and under. Minnesota Historical Society members get free admission.

Activities include staff in period costume throughout the historic buildings to teach visitors about life in early Minnesota, demonstrations and history presentations, a scavenger hunt for kids and an exhibit on military medicine. Learn more here.

There will also be a parade at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30 featuring music and speakers. The parade is free to attend.