What’s new in Minneapolis – Fall 2018

What’s New in Minneapolis – Fall 2018

Leisure travel and tourism news from the Bold North

Minneapolis (Sept. 13, 2018) – Fall colors and football are leading the way as Minneapolis runs head-first into autumn with plenty of arts, active living and tasty spots that show off the city’s diverse offerings from its downtown core to its neighborhoods. This Meet Minneapolis leisure travel round-up offers highlights of what’s new in Minneapolis this season.


Minneapolis Institute of Art and ‘Egypt’s Sunken Cities’

“Egypt’s Sunken Cities” showcases antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. Over 200 objects are featured— ranging from colossal 16-foot-tall sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, and bronze vessels—from two cities lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Nov. 4 – April 4, 2019. https://new.artsmia.org/egypts-sunken-cities


Walker Art Center Fall Programming
Highlighting key works from the Walker’s collection juxtaposed with new commissions by 12 international contemporary artists, Platforms: Collection and Commissions opens Nov. 15 and runs until Oct. 6, 2019. Every seven weeks, a new grouping will be rotated into the space, encouraging viewers to return and experience yet another new perspective. In another gallery, the first comprehensive retrospective in the U.S. devoted to the work of Siah Armajani is open now through Dec. 20.


Artist Ifrah Mansour Headlines Fall Somali Programs at Minnesota History Center
Acclaimed artist Ifrah Mansour headlines a slate of programs at the Minnesota History Center this fall that explore Somali history and culture. In November, Mansour will perform her multimedia piece “How to Have Fun in a Civil War.”


Parkway Theater Restored, Reopening
The 87-year-old South Minneapolis theater has undergone a major restoration and reopens Sept. 13 showcasing classic 35mm films and live events such as world-class performing arts, comedy and engaging speaker series. https://theparkwaytheater.com/


Food and Drink News

Minneapolis’ food and beverage scene is constantly evolving. Here are some of the newest spots to grab a bite or a sip:

  • La Doña Cerveceria – A Latino-influenced brewery featuring a 1,500-square-foot soccer field on the patio beside its taproom and an art gallery with rotating local works opens in early October in North Minneapolis. The soccer field will act as the home for a 3 vs. 3 co-ed soccer league dubbed La Doña’s Fútbol and Social Club. https://dameladona.com/
  • All Square – A civil rights social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese sandwich restaurant and professional development institute. Formerly incarcerated individuals staff the restaurant that helps reduce recidivism and serves up tasty, “guilt-free comfort food.” www.allsquarempls.co
  • First Draft Taproom & Kitchen – A new taproom in the North Loop where patrons serve themselves, whether they want a craft beer, tap wine, hard cider or kombucha. A wristband tracks patrons’ spending. What makes this different from other taprooms is house-made food and wine. https://www.firstdraftmn.com/
  • Edwards Dessert Kitchen – This dessert only restaurant opened in the North Loop to serve the sugar cravings of the nighttime crowd. Chef Christina Kaelberer serves items from a curried scotcheroo cookie to homemade ice cream, as well as artisan coffee, craft cocktails and some savory items. www.edwardsdessertkitchen.com
  • Funky Grits – This new South Minneapolis community spot combines fast-casual counter service with a concept Chef Jared Brewington calls Urban Southern Fusion — soul, southern and comfort food with a Minnesota twist. www.funkygrits.com/


Fall Events and Happenings

Along with football games, fall color peeping and apple picking, Minneapolis has events celebrating the season and the strong arts culture:

  • lluminate the Lock – Northern Lights artists bring a multi-sensory, free night of poetry, projections and music to the birthplace of Minneapolis. Sept. 20 – 22, 8-10 p.m. at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Visitor Center. http://northern.lights.mn/projects/illuminate-the-lock-returning-the-river/
  • Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre – The theater phenom continues its run in Minneapolis through Oct. 7. More about getting the most out of Hamilton in Minneapolis can be found here
  • Artcrank MSP – A poster party featuring handmade, bike-inspired prints by local artists that shows the world what happens when cycling and art come together in the heart of one of America’s best bike towns. https://www.artcrank.com/events/2018/minneapolis
  • ValleySCARE Returns to Valleyfair – The largest area Halloween attraction will begin terrifying guests Sept. 22 – Oct. 28 on select nights. New for 2018, the Undertakers maze will lead guests on a terrifying journey through the stages of death in a cemetery themed labyrinth. Also new is the Midway MaSCAREade scare zone, where guests will journey to the French Revolution but at this turn of the century ball everyone has something to hide. ValleySCARE.com
  • Gudrun SjödénA Colourful Universe exhibition – This U.S. premiere installation examines Gudrun’s illustrious career through her original watercolors, materials from archives and catalogs and samples of her textiles and clothing. Continues through Oct. 28 as part of ASI’s 2018 year of The Handmade. American Swedish Institute


For more information about what to see and do in Minneapolis, visit www.minneapolis.org.

Alaska – Top 10 Things to do in the Fall – Sept 2018


Anchorage’s fall season has arrived and it brings some of the prettiest views of the year. Autumn in Alaska means shimmering gold birch leaves, gorgeous sunsets, crisp air and shoulder season pricing. Your budget-conscious clients can explore while enjoying the best Anchorage has to offer.

Northern Lights Viewing
By the time September rolls around, true night skies have returned to Anchorage and that means the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, can be viewed again. You don’t have to go far to increase your chances to see the aurora and its vibrant displays.

Whale Watching & Wildlife Viewing
Score a front row seat with great views of glaciers, whales, sea otters and maybe even a bear. Through the end of September and into the first weeks of October, one of the most popular Alaska activities is a glacier and wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound.

Ride the Rails
The Alaska Railroad offers year-round service. Hop a train to Fairbanks for fantastic views of the changing fall colors and maybe even a clear shot of Denali. Or take a day trip up to scenic Hurricane on one of the last whistle stop trains in America.


Oregon Trip Ideas – Sept 2018


Indulge in the simple life on Oregon’s farms, ranches, wineries, food trails and more.

Autumn is prime time for country escapes. As you travel back roads, you’ll pass colorful leaves turning mountain slopes golden and scarlet hues. You can taste crisp cider from heritage barns and pick buckets of apples for baking pies. Up pop the pumpkin patches and corn mazes, as well as the aroma of ripening pears. In wine country, the grape clusters hang heavy from the vines — plump and deeply purple — and the bustle of harvest fills the air and sparks the imagination. Far from the city lights, you can experience the wonder of brisk, star-studded nights. The days might be getting shorter, but there’s so much to captivate your senses. Below is a mere handful of cool places to stay for a bountiful getaway


North Dakota Tourism E-newsletter

Just Joshin’: Behind the Scenes

As the season starts to change, travelers are scrambling to get their last summer adventures in and our marketing team also is working hard to capture stories and inspire more visits.

You may have caught wind that our favorite ambassador was back in North Dakota. Last week and into the Labor Day weekend, Josh Duhamel was here to get some great new photos and video in Bismarck-Mandan and Fargo. The pieces we captured at the Heritage Center and State Museum, On-a-Slant Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Hawktree Golf Club and along the Missouri River will be weaved into new elements to enhance our existing campaign. Saturday morning, we were at tailgate central and the Fargodome for the kickoff of a new Bison football season. Josh was a hit among tailgaters and was on the field for warm-ups and the coin toss prior to the Cal Poly game.


Oregon Trip Ideas – Sept 2018


Seize the day on your next mountain getaway. Autumn is that Goldilocks time of year in Oregon, especially on Mt. Hood — just after the chaos of summer fades away and before the snow starts to fall at the lower elevations. So if you’re looking to seize those lovely, crisp days before they, too, are gone too fast, here’s what to do on your next mountain getaway — in between arranging logs in the fireplace with favorite beverage in hand.


VIP Experiences in South Dakota


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Wild West Expedition

Mike Kuchera’s Wild West Expeditions | MITCHELL

Re-live the adventures of the wild west, experience an exhilarating canoe trip like Lewis and Clark or get up close and personal with a roaming buffalo herd. Ride with the cowboys and wranglers on a working cattle drive, join the Native Americans in an Indian powwow, or bounce along the prairie and through the mountains on authentic covered wagon rides or ride horses through beautiful back country. A full-service, specialized tour operator providing visitors with unique travel experiences to South Dakota. www.wwexpeditions.com

Sioux Falls Food Tours | SIOUX FALLS

An ITMI (International Tour Management Institute ) Certified Tour Director Jenna Aukerman creates customized culinary tours within the Sioux Falls area. Groups of 2-20+ are welcome to experience Taste of Downtown, Brewer’s Row, or Insider’s Guide Downtown Walking Tour plus at least one Aperitivo and more. www.siouxfallsfoodtours.com



North Dakota Tourism E-newsletter

Otte Coleman top Tourism Director in Nation

North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman has been named national State Tourism Director of the Year for 2018. The State Tourism Director of the Year award is given to the professional whose leadership has led to the measurable improvement of his or her state’s travel and tourism profile.

Coleman was presented the honor before her peers at the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference, held this year in Phoenix.