Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Customer Service

Phone: 612-230-6400



Rental Availability

May 15-October 15

  • 6-9 am
  • 9 am-noon
  • noon-3 pm
  • 3-6 pm
  • 6-9 pm

Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden

Part of: Minnehaha Regional Park

Features & Amenities

The Minnehaha Falls Pergola Garden features perennial native wildflowers and grasses that border the southeast overlook of Minnehaha Falls.

The blooms, and the butterflies they attract, peak from June-September, just in time for "wedding season". Its beauty, space and convenience make the Pergola Garden one of the most popular wedding locations in the Minneapolis park system.

Good to Know

Godfrey Parkway Closure: Godfrey Parkway is closed to thru traffic until Fall 2017. The detour for motorized traffic on Godfrey Parkway uses Minnehaha Avenue, 44th Street and West River Parkway. See Hennepin County project page for more information. The parking lots on Godfrey Parkway remain open.

Accessible for persons with disabilities

Easy access to Minnehaha Regional Park from numerous highways

Close to MSP International Airport

Off-street pay parking

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

Receptions: Permits are issued for ceremonies only. Food and receptions are not allowed at ceremony sites.
Choose a reception site that will make your day unforgettable.

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Rates & Application

Permit Application

You will need to apply for a permit to reserve this location for your outdoor wedding or other ceremony. 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]

    Memorial Service Application [PDF]

  2. Complete and submit your permit application:

    Mail or In Person:
    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    Wedding Permits
    2117 West River Rd 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 

Ceremony Rate

$500 plus tax (Three-Hour Permit)

Other Permit Applications

Annual Patron Parking Permit: Enjoy parking privileges in specially designated spaces at some of our most popular regional parks. View parking permit details.

Parkway Use: You must obtain a permit for special use of the parkway including closures, and dumpsters, trucks, limousines or carriages on the parkway. View parkway permit details. Permit Application [PDF]

Preferred Vendors

Setup Options

  • Sound amplification
  • Chairs allowed in specified areas only

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

Ultimate Events

Contact: Allison Munsell
Phone: 952-358-6304

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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.
  • Permits are issued for ceremonies only. Food and receptions are not allowed at ceremony sites. (We have separate Reception Venues to choose from).
  • 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.