Minneapolis Sports & Entertainment Guide

Out and About in the Twin Cities

Minneapolis has long been a nexus for world-class sports and entertainment. From competitive pro teams in every major sport to world-class museums and theaters to a legendary music scene that has spawned countless superstars, Minnesota truly offers something for everyone.

The Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area is a vibrantly cosmopolitan, two-for-one destination with endless entertainment options for everyone. You won’t want to  leave town without checking out what it has to offer.       


Pro athletics fans are truly spoiled for choice, as Minneapolis sports are some of the best in the nation. The three-time World Series champion Minnesota Twins always put on a classic day of baseball at Target Field. The nearby Target Center is home to both the dynamic Timberwolves of the NBA and the multi-championship winning WNBA Lynx. Soccer fans can take in Minnesota United FC matches at Allianz Field. The NHL’s Minnesota Wild own the ice at Xcel Energy Center. And of course, the formidable Minnesota Vikings take the gridiron at one of the NFL’s newest and most imposing edifices, U.S. Bank Stadium.


Music more your jam? Then you’re in luck. The storied Minneapolis music scene has been the launching pad for a dizzying number of legendary artists, including troubadour Bob Dylan; pop, funk and soul powerhouse Prince; alt-rock darlings The Replacements, Owl City, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, and Trampled by Turtles; as well as reigning R&B diva Lizzo. The cities’ outstanding music venues include the world-renowned sister clubs First Avenue and 7th Street Entry (where the walls are literally covered in stars); the intimate, “I can’t believe I saw them there” Fine Line Music Café; and the Dakota Jazz Club, which hosts nightly acts offering stellar examples of America’s smoothest art form.


The Minneapolis comedy scene is also a considerable force to be reckoned with. Charge-leaders include Acme Comedy Co., Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, and ComedySportz. But countless theaters and open-mic clubs dot the streets of this metro area, which gave us laugh-out-loud legends like Louie Anderson, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Craig Kilborn, Mary Mack, Fancy Ray McCloney, Lizz Winstead, Tim Harmston, and the late, great Mitch Hedberg, Many of the cities’ favorite comedy scions make return trips to their old stomping grounds on tour, but there are always both marquee touring acts as well as fiercely-talented up-and-comers vying for applause on any given night.


Theater in Minneapolis is always a show-stopper. Minneapolis is third in the country (behind only New York and Los Angeles) in number of per-capita theater seats. The crown jewel of the Twin Cities’ theater scene is the Tony-Award-winning Guthrie Theater, encompassing at least 2,500 seats across three spaces at its massive riverside building. The Guthrie has staged professional Broadway-scale touring theater acts since its inception in 1961. Other venues that host comedy, spoken word, music, and other live performances include the palatial 2,578-seat Orpheum Theatre, the 2,181-seat State Theatre, the Pantages Theatre, HUGE Improv Theater, and Strike Theater.  


If you’re in the market for a little retail therapy, Minneapolis is a must-stop. The massive Mall of America is the largest shopping center in the United States, covering nearly 2.8 million square feet of retail space. The mall offers 520 stores, 50 specialty restaurants, and a massive Nickelodeon theme park (including 24 rides). Further downtown, the pedestrian-only Nicollet Mall, in Minneapolis, represents a neighborhood-style shopping experience, featuring ample elevated skywalks, countless eateries, and specialty retailers along its leisurely multi-block span. The anchor of this thoroughfare is the flagship store of Twin Cities-based big-box super-chain Target.