Kayaking at BdeMakaSka - Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Minneapolis (and nearby) Highlights









When you come to Minneapolis for the Festival of Homiletics in May, if you have some extra time, there are many places to check out in this incredible city and the nearby metro area! We will have a few posts in later months detailing more thoroughly: things to see and do, food, the arts scene, and local charities. But here are three places (in no particular order) in each category to get you started! If you are a Minnesota native or have visited, please feel free to add your suggestions of places in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.

Things to See and Do

Minnehaha Park overlooks the Mississippi river, and has different walking trails. The famous Minnehaha Falls are also here, another breathtaking sight! Perfect for a time to reflect while exercising and admiring a part of God’s beautiful creation.

The Science Museum of Minnesota boasts five permanent galleries as well as several temporary displays, both inside and outside. There are also interactive elements to some of the exhibitions. Visiting this museum is well worth the trip, and it is profoundly educational and fun. Additionally, it is a non-profit that provides many school educational programs, for teachers and students alike.

Basilica of St. Mary is rich both in beauty and in history. It was the United States’ first basilica, designed by the French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. It is a sacred, holy place for many people and is certainly an incredible work of art in and of itself.


Brasa is a premium rotisserie, with many choices, such as rotisserie chicken, smoked beef, and slow roasted pork. Meat lovers, this is the place for you!

Namaste Cafe has south Asian cuisine that is fresh, local, and organic. Their dinner options include meals such as: almond curry, hot and tangy lamb with potatoes, and fried dal. They also have several vegetarian specialties and a variety of breads.

Afro Deli & Coffee is a blend of African, Mediterranean, and American food. Their entrée specialties include: chicken curry, meat or veggie sambusas, and keke beef or chicken. They also have spiced Somali tea and brewed Ethiopian coffee, as well as several deserts.

Arts Scene

Walker Art Center displays contemporary visual arts as well as music performances. It also hosts exhibitions in theater and dance.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts holds a vast array of exhibitions that span decades and continents in origin. Public and private tours of the institute are also available.

The Dakota hosts a variety of incredible musicians, as well as offering incredible meals. They truly convey the depth and variety of the jazz and related music scenes.


Achieve Minneapolis formed in 2002 in partnership with the Minneapolis Public schools. Their work involves helping students succeed in education for their future.

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches has a variety of outreach programs that center around causes such as: hunger, poverty, and mentoring youth.

People Serving People is a homeless shelter with additional services such as: two libraries, a medical clinic, and a computer lab.

We hope this brief list gives you a place to start in planning your time in Minneapolis, and please check back in the future for more in depth posts about each category!  

Registration for the Festival of Homiletics will open November 1, 2013. You will be able to register here.

To read what the Festival of Homiletics is all about, check out this page. 

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