A Theater District Hotel Near Downtown Minneapolis Attractions
Ideally located in Minneapolis’s celebrated Hennepin Theatre District, the AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown is just a short walk from the city’s premier performing arts centers, live music venues, iconic museums, and more. We’ve listed some of our favorite downtown attractions below, but if you need any additional recommendations during your stay, just stop by the front desk. Our friendly staff will help you discover the local hangouts and can’t-miss attractions that make downtown Minneapolis such a unique and diverse neighborhood.
Fine Line Music Café (0.1 MI)
Located steps from the hotel, the Fine Line Music Café is a celebrated local music venue that has hosted iconic acts over the last 25+ years, including Buddy Guy and The Neville Brothers, as well as modern superstars from Lady Gaga to The Black Keys.
Shout House Dueling Pianos (0.1 MI)
Get ready for a wild night as two piano masters go head-to-head, playing Rock ‘n Roll classics from the 1950s to the present. The unique combination of piano skills, showmanship, comedy, and popular hits has made the Shout House the perfect spot for a fun night out on the town.
The Cowles Center (0.1 MI)
One of the newest additions to downtown Minneapolis’s thriving arts scene, The Cowles Center is home to 20 innovative dance and performing arts organizations. With numerous stages showcasing everything from flamenco dancing and Hip-Hop troupes to ballet, you are sure to get inspired.
New Century Theatre (0.1 MI)
This intimate live performance venue originally opened back in 1908 and is operated by the Hennepin Theatre Trust. The New Century Theatre regularly showcases both local and touring theatrical groups, as well as education initiatives including the Broadway Confidential series, student cabarets, and training for the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program.
State Theatre (0.3 MI)
One of several historic theaters operated by the Hennepin Theatre Trust, the State Theatre hosts live Broadway touring productions such as Avenue Q and Sweeney Todd, and concerts by legendary musicians like Patti Smith and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as author appearances and film screenings.
Orpheum Theatre (0.3 MI)
Once owned by music legend Bob Dylan, the historic Orpheum Theatre has returned to local hands and is operated by the Hennepin Theatre Trust. After going through an extensive restoration in 1993, the Orpheum has reclaimed its title as one of the most celebrated and engaging theaters in Minneapolis, showcasing touring Broadway shows, live comedy, and special events.
Walker Art Center (1.2 MI)
One of the five most-visited modern art museums in the United States, the Walker Art Center and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden welcome more than 700,000 annual visitors. The museum’s impressive permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, tours, and events make this downtown attraction a must for any art fan. You can also take advantage of Target Free Thursday Nights, when the Center offers free gallery admission from 5 to 9 pm.
Music Box Theater (0.9 MI)
Previously known as the Loring Theatre, this historic performing arts venue celebrates the diverse culture, community and art scene of modern Minneapolis. Stop by for a live concert from local and nationally recognized artists, be the first to discover new grass-roots productions, or impress the locals at the open mic night.
First Avenue and 7th Street Entry (0.3 MI)
Featuring two separate performance spaces, First Avenue is the longest continually running entertainment venue in the Twin Cities. The Mainroom, a 1550-person capacity venue, hosts over 200 concerts a year, while visitors can catch more than 350 annual concerts at the 250-capacity, 7th St Entry. In recent years, this historic venue has hosted incredible acts including Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty, Wilco, and more.
Skyway Theatre (0.3 MI)
Specializing in live music and comedy acts, the Skyway has transformed from a movie theater into one of the hottest live entertainment destinations in Minneapolis. The two-story main venue features two bars, multiple VIP sections, and over a thousand square feet of dance floor. You’ll find performers from multiple genres playing at the Skyway, from electronic/dance and country to Rock ‘n Roll and jam bands. Skyway is also home to several smaller live venues, including The Loft and Studio B.
Brave New Workshop (0.4 MI)
If you’re looking for live comedy, head over to the Brave New Workshop. This downtown staple has been hosting hilarious and audacious original comedy, including improv performances, for more than 50 years.
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (0.5 MI)
Great food and great music come together at this Minneapolis institution, which is one of the only local music venues that pairs a full, chef-driven menu with world-class musical performances. Open seven nights a week, the Dakota is the perfect spot for a romantic night on the town.
Orchestra Hall (0.6 MI)
Home of the Minnesota Orchestra and renowned for its incredible acoustics, Orchestra Hall is one of the city’s cultural touchstones. This celebrated venue features 100-plus cubes that form a “falling rock” pattern on the auditorium ceiling, dispersing sound throughout the hall and creating a stunning setting to watch some of the world’s most talented musicians perform.
Guthrie Theater (0.8 MI)
Originally founded in 1964, The Guthrie is a Minneapolis institution, showcasing inspired productions that range from Shakespeare to modern classics. This architectural gem features three stages as well as production and rehearsal facilities, and an entire floor of classrooms for the theater's educational programs.
Children's Theatre Company (1.5 MI)
For over 50 years, this celebrated theatre company has adapted classic children’s tales into extraordinary theatrical performances while encouraging the next generation of stars with special classes and educational programs.
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