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Grand Opening Weekend is jam-packed with activities and events for the whole family! Learn more about our weekend celebration highlights, and plan to join us at the Capitol, August 11-13!

Grand Opening Highlights

Kid Zone

Join the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota Zoo, the Minnesota Historical Society, and librarians from across the state in fun and family-friendly events! Every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be engaging indoor and outdoor activities for kids to enjoy!

Outstanding Entertainment

Enjoy diverse music and dance performances throughout the weekend with groups of singers and dancers performing a variety of styles celebrating Minnesota's vibrant culture. Musical performances are on the Star Tribune Stage throughout the each day!

On Friday night, grab a friend and bust a move as we end the day with a Prince Dance Party!

On Saturday afternoon, join the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild at "Cap Untapped" before a free concert on the Star Tribune Stage from The Current Presents: Cloud Cult and Poliça! Be sure to stick around – Fireworks will light up the night sky behind the Capitol immediately following the concert!

On Sunday, Classical MPR and VocalEssence will "Bring the Sing on the Capitol Green" as they lead a sing-a-long community choral event on the Capitol Lawn.

Yoga and Breakfast on the Capitol Lawn

Grab your yoga mat and join us for some sun salutations on the Capitol Mall! Yoga classes will be led by the St. Paul YWCA. On Saturday, free water bottles are provided to participants while supplies last. A limited supply of free blueberry muffins will be served each day, compliments of General Mills.


No cost, no tickets, and no reservation needed! Guides from the Minnesota Historical Society and a host of Capitol tenant volunteers will lead you on a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building. Grand Opening Tours will include special behind-the-scenes looks at restored spaces including the Loggia and Quadriga, Governor's Office, the House and Senate Retiring Rooms, and the private Supreme Court Conference Room. Tours run all day, beginning every 30 minutes from the MNHS Information Desk. Dusk each day will feature a special viewing, raising, and lighting of the Rotunda Chandelier.

Getting to the Capitol

Take free Metro Transit rides on Saturday and Sunday to the Capitol. State-owned Capitol area parking lots are accessible for free on Saturday and Sunday.


If you have a question about the event, feel free to call us at 651-201-2555 or email us at

Event Details

Interested in learning more about our various weekend events and activities? Check out our event details below! Use the filters on the right to narrow your search by category and tags!

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