Memorial Day Weekend 3 Ways in Shakopee

Family-friendly fun, a romantic getaway, or a mini-vacation with a group of friends—this Memorial Day weekend, there’s something for everyone in Shakopee!  Check out these itineraries for activities, dining, and more to enjoy during Memorial Day weekend. 

For families

Celebrate Soak City Opening Weekend at Valleyfair from Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30, 2022.  Cool down with water attractions for all ages, from the pint-sized slides and fountains at Barefoot Beach to the near-vertical drop of the Breakers Pipeline water slide.  Reserve a cabana for the day to enjoy your own private space in the shade, plus other perks.

Peruse the selection at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, which stocks an awe-inspiring array of unique candies and nostalgic sweets, as well as craft sodas, popcorn, local baked goods, and more.  Remember to bring some cash or your checkbook, since the store doesn’t accept cards.

Check out Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant for a budget-friendly kids menu that includes both Mexican and American entrees, like burritos, quesadillas, taquitos, mac ‘n cheese, and burgers.  For dessert, there’s even kid-sized fried ice cream.

For couples

Take a date to experience the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show at Mystic Showroom.  The Irish dance spectacular has been reimagined with dazzling lighting, projection, and stage and costume designs, plus a re-recorded score.  Evening and matinee shows are scheduled Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, 2022.  After the show, try your luck at the casino, which offers slots, bingo, blackjack, and pull tabs.

Savor a romantic sunset at the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area.  In addition to views of the Minnesota River, the diverse landscape includes wetlands, floodplain forests, and blufftop oak savanna.  Bike or hike along the Minnesota Valley State Trail, and watch birds making their annual spring migration up the river valley.

Sample some local bubbly at Mousse Sparkling Wine Co., which specializes in sparkling wines made from Minnesota-grown grapes.  The tasting room also serves housemade ciders, non-sparkling wines, and mimosas, plus cheese, charcuterie, and dessert.  

For friends

Gather a group of friends to cheer on live horse racing at Canterbury Park.  Races start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022 and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2022.   Plus, it’s Sweet Treats Festival weekend, with tasty desserts from vendors around the Twin Cities available for purchase.

Sip a pint and enjoy some live music at Badger Hill Brewing.  On Friday, May 27, 2022 Meat Raffle will be performing, and on Saturday, May 28, 2022 Sage Leary will be playing.  In addition to a variety of beers, the taproom serves hard seltzer, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks.

Order a round of margaritas and appetizers at Bravis, where the menu highlights modern Mexican street food.  Split the pizzadilla with some friends—it feeds up to four, with birria, onion, cilantro, and cheese layered between massive 14-inch tortillas.

This Memorial Day weekend, plan a getaway to Shakopee!  Shakopee is home to Valleyfair (the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest), Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Book your stay in Shakopee today!