Things to Do in Minneapolis in July: How to Save $100 a Week
When you live somewhere where winter hangs over you for half a year or so, it's important to make the most of the warm-weather months. This itinerary of things to do in Minneapolis in July does just that: follow it and you'll gorge on unlimited bacon and beer samples, walk the field before a Minnesota United FC game, and enjoy numerous other Minneapolis events and activities, all while racking up major savings.
To give you an idea of what your month could look like, the itinerary is broken down into three ideas per week: a weekend activity, a weeknight outing, and an errand or appointment you might need to get done. Add it all up to see how easy it is to save up to $100 a week on what you do every day.
Week 1: July 2–8
Weekend Idea: Brewery Visit at Bent Brewstillery
The Deal: $45 for a brewery experience for four including beer flights, pint glasses, and a $20 beer credit ($72 value)
Amount Saved: $27 for two people
The Story: Hit the tasting room for beer flights from the makers of Nordic Blonde and Enuff IPA, then head to the dog-friendly patio to enjoy more of your favorite.
Weeknight Idea: Steak Dinner at Lindey's Prime Steak House
The Deal: $29 for $50 worth of steakhouse cuisine, valid Monday–Thursday
Amount Saved: $21
The Story: All the steaks at this restaurant are served family-style with a whole mess of sides. The family theme runs deep: "Lindey" Lindemer opened this steakhouse way back in 1961, and his sons still operate the place all these years later.
Get It Done: Hair Services at JÁD Hair Salon by Maria
Weekly Savings: $103
Week 2: July 9–15
Weekend Idea: Bacon and Beer Classic on Saturday, July 14
The Deal: $55 for general admission to the afternoon session ($70.39 value); other options available
Amount Saved: $30.78 for two people
The Story: More than 100 craft beers and ciders, 30 bacon dishes, and unlimited samples of both? What more do you need to know? If you need a break from stuffing yourself, you can also play lawn games and contests. If.
Weeknight Idea: Hibachi Meal at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant
The Deal: $37 for a hibachi meal for two ($65 value)
Amount Saved: $28 for two people
The Story: One block away from U.S. Bank Stadium sits this popular hibachi spot. Watch chefs cook up steak, shrimp, chicken, and veggies, then devour their hard work right in front of them.
Get It Done: Auto Maintenance at Precision Tune Auto Care
The Deal: $35.99 for a four-wheel alignment with front wiper blades ($79.90 value)
Amount Saved: $43.91
Weekly Savings: $102.69
Week 3: July 16–22
Weekend Idea: Minnesota United FC Soccer Game on Sunday, July 22
The Deal: $45 for one ticket with pre-match field access ($64 value)
Amount Saved: $38 for two people
The Story: The Loons take on the L.A. Galaxy in this Sunday showdown at TCF Bank Stadium near the University of Minnesota campus. Before the match, step onto the field and get a sense of what it's like to play in a stadium of that size.
Weeknight Idea: Comedy Show at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy
The Deal: $11 for general admission to any Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday show ($22.63 value)
Amount Saved: $23.26 for two people
The Story: National touring comics and local rising stars take the stage at this club located at the Mall of America. Munch on stuffed chicken, lamb meatloaf, and cinnamon donuts a la mode during the show.
Get It Done: Carpet Cleaning from Pauly's Pro-Clean
The Deal: $45 for carpet cleaning for one room and one hallway, up to 300 sq. ft. ($79.99 value)
Amount Saved: $34.99
Weekly Savings: $96.25
Week 4: July 23–29
Weekend Idea: Crayola Experience at Mall of America
The Deal: $29.99 for two tickets and one kid's meal ($50.97 value)
Amount Saved: $41.96 for two people
The Story: Don't miss this one if you've got kids who love to draw. They'll get to see how crayons are made, name and wrap their own, make melted wax spin art, and of course, color to their heart's content at a station with thousands of crayons.
Weeknight Idea: Pub Dinner at Crooked Pint Ale House
The Deal: $22 for $40 worth of pub fare and drinks
Amount Saved: $18
The Story: This downtown pub touts its Lucys, that Minnesota specialty that's like a burger but with the cheese in the middle. Try takes made with beer cheese, chili, ghost pepper, and more.
Get It Done: Mani-Pedi at Wayzata Nails and Salon Spa
The Deal: $50 for a spa manicure, spa pedicure, beverage, and take-home polish, valid Monday–Thursday ($89 value)
Amount Saved: $39
Weekly Savings: $98.96
Total Monthly Savings: $400.90
Sean is a senior editor and a gradually improving cook. He once asked a man at an airport if he was Kevin Sorbo, and the man said no, but it was totally Kevin Sorbo.