Cowles Pavilion
726 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Customer Service

Phone: 612-230-6400

Rental Availability

For information on this site at the newly reconstructed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, please contact Customer Service.

Good to Know

Available for rental year-round

Indoor facility guarantees protection from all types of weather

Off-street parking

Option to hold ceremony and reception

Additional ceremony sites available at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Parking fees are not included in the cost of a wedding permit

Permit Application

You will need to apply for a permit to reserve this location for your indoor wedding, reception or other event. We accept applications up to 12 months in advance on a first paid, first served basis.

Permit Application Process

  1. Download and review the appropriate application:

    Wedding Ceremony Application [PDF]

    Receptions & Events Application [PDF]

  2. Complete and submit your permit application:

    Mail or In Person:
    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    Wedding Permits
    2117 West River Road N
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

    Fax: 612-230-6504

  3. If available, we will reserve the site for your preferred date and time
  4. We will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange payment
  5. Upon receipt of payment we will issue your permit 



$500 plus tax (Three-Hour Permit)

Ceremony & Reception, Reception Only

$1000 plus tax

Ceremony Setup Options

  • Chairs
  • Tables
Ceremony Site Map

Preferred Vendors

Chairs, amplification, tents, archways, and other wedding extras are available to rent for an additional fee through our preferred party rental vendors.


Contact: Karla Vitez
Phone: 952-903-4241


Ceremony Guidelines

  • Ceremony Permits are required and issued for either three or six hours, including setup, rehearsal, photos, etc.
  • Ceremony Permits guarantee that no other ceremony or event is scheduled at the same time in the same location. A permit does not guarantee exclusive use of a park area for a private event. Other park visitors may still use the park, but are usually considerate of permit holders’ needs and move out of the immediate area. On-site event attendants assist.
  • Battery powered amplification systems are allowed only in specified areas (no electricity available). Amplification systems are limited to microphones, CDs and iPod/MP3 players. Permit holders must rent amplification equipment from one of our preferred vendors.
  • We only allow chairs in specified areas. Permit holders must rent chairs from one of our preferred vendors.
  • Flowers or any other vegetation may not be moved, cut or removed from any park in the Minneapolis Park System. (Park Board Ordinance 2.2).
  • Littering is not permitted. Rice, confetti or birdseed is not permitted. Any flower boxes or other rubbish must be disposed of properly by the permit holder. Frequently, there are numerous weddings scheduled consecutively at the same park area in one day. Clean up should not be left to the next group, neighborhood residents or the park keeper.
  • Tents or canopies are allowed only in specified areas, and require a six-hour permit. Permit holders must rent tents or canopies from one of our preferred vendors
  • We allow held chuppahs or chuppahs that rest on the ground surface. We do not allow staking or pounding due to potential damage to underground security, electric and irrigation systems.
  • Alcohol is not permitted. Ceremonies which normally use wine must substitute with a non-alcoholic beverage.

For information on receptions or other special events at this site within the  Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, please contact Customer Service after January 1, 2018. 

Approved Caterers

Approved Caterers Alcohol Services Vegetarian Vegan Kosher Gluten-free Full Service Drop Off Only China/Glass/
Afro Deli   x x x x   x    
Al Vento   x x x x x x x x
Amy Nadeau Catering   x     x x      
Birchwood Café   x x   x x     x
Chowgirls Killer Catering x x x   x x x x x
Chuckwagon x x x   x x x x x
Classic Catering & The Picnic Pleasers x x x   x x x x x
Common Roots Catering x x x   x x x x
Complete Beverage x                
Cossetta Eventi   x x   x   x    
Crave Catering x x x x x x x x x
Create Catering & The Dining Studio x x x x x x x x x
Divine Swine Catering   x x x x x   x x
Famous Dave’s 
(Calhoun, Roseville, and Plymouth locations only)
  x       x   x x
Fork and Flair   x x   x x x x x
Galactic Pizza   x x   x   x    
Gardens of Salonica   x x   x x      
Gandi Mahal   x x   x x x x x
Gastro Truck   x x   x x   x x
Green Mill Catering x x x   x x   x x
Holyland   x x   x        
Irons in the Fire   x x x x        
K’s Revolutionary Catering & More   x x     x      
Kafe 421   x x   x x   x x
Kowalskis (catering division only) x x x     x x x x
Lord Fletcher’s Catering           x      
Lunds & Byerlys Catering (catering division only) x     x x x x
Marna’s Catering   x x   x x x x x
Mighty Fine Catering   x     x x   x x
Mintahoe Catering x x x   x x x x x
Mr. Pig Stuff x x     x x     x
Olivias Organic Café/Premium Bar Service -Hire a Host x x x   x x      
Pickles           x      
Pinstripes Catering (Edina)   x x   x   x x x
Qdoba (Uptown Location Only)   x x   x   x    
Sawatdee (Catering Division Only) x x   x x   x x x
Sioux Chef Catering   x x   x x   x  
Sonnys Ice Cream/Crema Café x       x        
Surdyk’s Catering x x x   x x x x x
Twin Cities Paella   x x   x     x  
We Cater to You   x x   x x x x x