Twin Cities Events

Office of Student Affairs
Macalester College

If you have any questions about Family Fest, please contact Pat Traynor in the Office of Student Affairs, or 651-696-6220.

Family Fest Committee Welcomes You to the Twin Cities


Pratik Singh

Pratik Singh, Reservations & Info Desk Manager, Campus Center & Conferences, recommends:


Walker Art Museum & Sculpture Gardens, Minneapolis
The Walker, a modern art gallery, and the adjacent sculpture garden are must sees in the Twin Cities. Sculpture Gardens & Conservatory FREE.

Saint Paul Art Crawl, Saint Paul
October 10, 11 & 12, 2014
Friday 6–10 PM
Saturday 12–8 PM
Sunday 12–5 PM

Explore Saint Paul’s Lowertown art scene in this three day event. Easily accessible by Metro Transit bus line 63, bus passes are available for purchase at the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center Information Desk.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
The MIA houses more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history.

Mark Bechtel, Operations Manager, Campus Center and Conferences


Mill City Museum, Minneapolis 
Built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the Mississippi Riverfront in Minneapolis. Visitors learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.

The Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, the Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater.

Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul
Seven galleries are uniquely designed to provide a hands-on, stimulating environment for children 6 months to 10 years old.

Eily Marlow ImageEily Marlow, Lily Program for Vocation and Ethical Leadership Associate recommends:


Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
The Midtown Global Market is an international public market featuring fresh and prepared foods, restaurants, and a selection of arts and crafts from around the world. A "fun & funky" vibe that rivals many of today's top public markets.

Mall of America, Bloomington
The country's largest shopping and entertainment complex. More than 520 stores, with retail giants Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Sears, plus specialty shops, national flagship stores and niche retail carts. Family-friendly attractions such as the new Nickelodeon Universe, Lego Imagination Center, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway and Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, 14-screen movie theater, and 20+ sit-down restaurant options.

Grand Avenue, Saint Paul
Rich in local character and tree-lined charm, Grand Avenue spans 30 blocks from the Mississippi River to downtown Saint Paul, passing colleges, beautiful old homes, storefronts that make a neighborhood hum, and shops—lots of original shops—all with decidedly unmall-like appeal. Great food, coffee, and snacks too!

Lisa LandremanLisa Landreman, Associate Dean of Students, recommends:


Brave New Workshop, Minneapolis
The Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the US. Now in their 54th year of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy and satire, the BNW is a Minneapolis institution.


Segway Magical History Tour, Minneapolis
Travel back in time on a Magical History Tour™! Ride a Segway as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present without breaking a sweat. You cover several miles accompanied by a professional guide. Call 1-952-888-9200. Reservations required.

Cindy Haarstad Cindy Haarstad, Director of the Campus Center, recommends:

Outdoor/Nature Fun

Como Zoo and Conervatory, Saint Paul
Exotic plants, amusement park, mini golf, animals, beautiful gardens—fun for everyone! St. Paul, FREE!

Mississippi River 
Walk or run west on Summit Avenue 1.5 miles to the Mississippi River and enjoy Summit Avenue's fine homes. Follow Mississippi River Boulevard north or south to take in Minnesota's gorgeous fall colors along the river.

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
The Stone Arch Bridge was built by James Hill to establish railroad passage across the Mississippi River. Originally dubbed a folly, the structure eventually vindicated Hill. In 1982, the bridge was closed to rail traffic and was purchased by the state as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. It's the second-oldest bridge on the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  more information

Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks, attracting over ½ million visitors annually. It is located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river outlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.

Minnetonka Orchards, Minnestrista
Get out of town! Fall is a great time to be in Minnesota. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards (including corn mazes and wagon rides) are a blast. A great one is Minnetonka Orchards in Minnestrista, MN 763-470-3191. 

Minneapolis Farmer's Market, Minneapolis
6am-1pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
312 East Lyndale Ave North Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Farmers Market offers the largest variety and freshest selection of local food and farmstead products in the upper Midwest.

Sedric McClureSedric McClure, Multicultural Counselor & Summer Program Coordinator, MAX Center, recommends:



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