Perfectly positioned for summer fun!
Shop, dine, play and stay in the middle of everything. Roseville, Minnesota is just ten minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, so it’s perfectly positioned for easy access to all the Twin Cities area has to offer. Surrounded by vibrant city life and natural beauty—plus offering plenty of its own perks—Roseville is a modern, growing community with cultural attractions, art, festivals, great tastes, and more. Expansions and creative additions mean there’s more to explore than ever before. Here’s what’s new to do in Roseville this summer.
Bell Museum https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/
Minnesota’s official natural history museum has a new home just three miles south of Roseville. Observe nature, science and history from a Minnesota point of view at Bell Museum as it pushes new boundaries. Science, art and the environment come together to tell the story of Minnesota, from the creation of the universe to the modern era. Find a new state-of-the-art digital planetarium with a seamless dome—the first of its kind in the United States!—high-tech exhibits, a new woolly mammoth display, and outdoor learning landscapes including pollination gardens and beehives. Exhibit highlights include spectacular wildlife dioramas depicting unique habitats across the state. The Bell Museum introduced the world’s first natural history museum discovery room and continues that tradition with the new hands-on Touch & See Lab.
Grand Opening @ Bell Museum
Join the Grand Opening celebration for Bell Museum Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. Enjoy lively music, art-making experiences, sneak previews, refreshments, plus the chance to meet curators, researchers and scientists.
Photo courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory http://www.comozooconservatory.org/
The nation’s only completely free botanical gardens and zoo is just minutes from Roseville in St. Paul. Observe animals, sniff flowers, and discover wonders at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. The 384-acre natural haven is most famously home to polar bears, orangutans, zebras, giraffes, tigers, sea lions and other creatures that range from slimy to fuzzy. The zoo’s newest residents include twin baby emperor tamarins, born this spring and quite rare sights since fewer than 30 of these creatures reside in North American zoos. A new sea lion exhibit is being built to mimic sea lions’ natural habitat on the Pacific coastline; during construction you can still visit the sea lions, seals, penguins and puffins in the Marine Mammal Building. Plants and flowers abound in a colorful range of gardens from tropical to native in sizes from towering to bonsai. Take a spin on the classic carousel or any of the 18 rides at Como Town Amusement Park, including a zip-line and roller coaster.
Summer Flower Show @ Como Park Conservatory
The Summer Flower Show blooms soft pink and white through September 30 in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Lilies, cordyline, petunias, geraniums, dichondra and other plants are showcased.
Groovin’ In the Garden @ Como Park
The free outdoor concert series “Groovin’ In the Garden” takes place in front of the Conservatory (or inside if it rains) every Wednesday, June 6 through August 1 (6-8 p.m.; no concert July 4). Some of the area’s best musicians and bands perform while a bouncy house, lawn games and climbing wall additionally entertain youngsters.
Rosedale Center https://www.myrosedale.com/
A multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation of Rosedale Center brings new stores, upgrades and amenities to one of the state’s top shopping destinations and is nearly complete. The refreshing contemporary design updates storefronts, restrooms and public spaces, adds a new parking deck, and merges dining and retail into a Food Hall marketplace unlike any other with chef-inspired fine-casual restaurants plus artisanal grab-and-go options. New dining options include the high-quality Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. A new two-level Von Maur department store (expected to open this fall) will bring brands like Eileen Fisher, Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, and Kate Spade to Rosedale. A new two-level concourse connects Van Maur to the existing mall for easy access to all 160 retailers and AMC Theatres. Several new retailers including White Barn and Build-A-Bear have already opened. Extreme Sandbox offers a new interactive construction experience; try your hand at building big with the electric mini-excavators and state-of-the-art, full-motion, surround-screen simulators.
RoVival Race & Revelry @ Rosedale Center
The inaugural RoVival Race & Revelry at Rosedale Center happens Friday, July 27 through Sunday, 29. Activities include a 5k race, dog-friendly one-mile fun run/walk, plus sunset and morning yoga sessions. The Block Party boasts performances by Marshall Charloff & The Purple Xperience, a tribute to Prince, and the Kat Perkins Band, featuring the semifinalist from The Voice Season 6. All weekend shop “Rose & Loon,” a curated makers market pop up. RoVival participants get treated to T-shirts, water bottles, and other goodies including Rosedale shopping offers and giveaways.
Minnesota State Fair https://www.mnstatefair.org/
The Minnesota State Fair is an annual 12-day extravaganza of genuine fun for all. Taking place just three miles south of Roseville from Thursday, August 23 through Monday, September 3, the Minnesota State Fair presents favorite traditions, unexpected surprises, incredible flavors and tons of sweet memory-making moments. Find 300 food vendors offering 500 temptations—over 80 of them served on a stick!—60 rides including North America’s tallest Ferris wheel, 50 games, nearly 1,000 shops, giveaways, 900 shows featuring 100+ acts, and so much more. From 150 local craft beer and 25 Minnesota wines for grownups to an educational alphabet forest for kids, thrilling rides to a heritage center, amateur talent contest to draft horse contests, the list of to-dos is mind-boggling.
Key dates @ Minnesota State Fair
Among the highlights…
Aug. 23-Sept. 1—Emerging stars perform in the Amateur Talent contest semifinals. The best then compete in the Sept. 2 finals.
Aug. 23—STEM Day: Try hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities.
Aug. 24—Governor’s Fire Prevention Day: Participate in the world’s largest fire prevention education event.
Aug. 25—Hubbard Broadcasting Day: Meet radio and TV personalities.
Aug. 26—Minnesota Cooks Day: Meet local chefs and discover farm-fresh foods.
Aug. 27—Minnesota State Patrol Day: Discover tools that help keep roadways safe.
Aug. 28—Military Appreciation Day: Celebrate the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
Aug. 29—Read & Ride Day: Celebrate entertainers, authors, activities, and public libraries.
Aug. 30—UCare: Delve into health and fitness.
Aug. 31—Minnesota Public Radio Day: Enjoy live broadcasts by MPR.
Sept. 1—AARP presents music, educational activities and more.
Sept. 2—The Great Yoga & Wellness Get Together introduces a range of yoga styles plus fitness and wellness tips for healthy living.
Sept. 3—Hmong Minnesota Day: Celebrates Hmong American culture with music and dance, hands-on crafts, interviews and more.
Back To The ‘50s @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The 320-acre Minnesota State Fairgrounds gets year-round play. Don’t miss the 45th annual “Back to the ‘50s” weekend, June 22-24, which was voted the nation’s No. 1 “Best Car Show” in 2016 and 2017 by USA Today readers. A total of 11,680 automobiles will be on site, including street rods, customs, classics and restored vehicles (all dated 1964 and older). Also find 325 commercial vendors, 135 crafters, and dances on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Stay in Roseville
Roseville boasts 11 hotels to accommodate overnight guests, all perfectly positioned for quick, easy access to all the Twin Cities has to offer. Even sweeter, Roseville hotels charge a lower lodging tax rate than our neighbor cities and also free parking!
Discover more about Roseville by exploring this site or calling us at 651-633-3002.