Retro Weekend

Reliving the Past: Your Guide to a Retro Weekend in Greater St. Cloud, MN!

Dust off your boomboxes and grab your friends, because we’re diving into a world of bell bottoms, bootleggers, vinyl grooves, and arcade battles. Buckle up, time travelers, this is an adventure that’ll transport you back to a simpler, groovier time with a retro weekend getaway in Greater St. Cloud, MN!

Step into a time warp:

Groovy Grooves: Immerse yourself in the stories of yesteryear at the Stearns History Museum with the displays, exhibits, and events of the past. Coming in 2024 is

Stearns History Museum

a series of exhibits and events about the 1980s. Explore the 1980s Car Show and Exhibit opening in May or the ‘At War and At Home’ exhibit in July along with their long-standing exhibits about Stearns County. 

Pin-tastic Fun: Put on your bowling shoes and head to the iconic Southway Bowl. Strike up some friendly competition and relive the

Southway Bowl

nostalgia of classic bowling alleys. Hit the arcade games at B. Social by Brick and Bourbon for some skee-ball showdowns and pacman throwbacks, with a full menu of bar foods you may never want to leave. 

Flickering Fascination: Catch a classic or rediscover a childhood favorite at the Paramount Center for the Arts Singalongs Movie Series. Grease is playing June 20, Mary Poppins on July 22, and The Wizard of OZ on August 22. Can’t make it to these shows? Check out the rad lineup of acts the rest of the year. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy!

Diner Delights: Step back in time at The Park Diner. Their nostalgic diner atmosphere and classic comfort food will make you feel like you’re in a 50s sitcom. No trip to The Park Diner is complete without a famous malt or milkshake! Talk about a dreamy date night.

Park Diner in Waite Park MN

Vintage Vibes: Shop for high quality vintage clothing and accessories at Back to Vintage in St. Cloud!. Back to Vintage is all about bringing the 90’s back! With everything from vintage crewnecks, all the way to brand new sneakers, you are sure to find something to bring home with you. Back to Vintage has great vintage and second hand clothing options and awesome prices to match your epic new look. Looking for more of a thrifting experience? Check out these consignment and thrift shops in Greater St. Cloud!

Rollerskating Revival: Lace up your skates and hit the rink at Skatin’ Place. Glide to the rhythm of retro tunes and relive the joy of roller skating followed by some arcade delights and a concessions stand that offers your classics with an elevated spin. Can anyone say

Skatin’ Place

maple bacon mini donuts and cotton candy ice cream? 

Sneak on in: Blue Goose is the area’s only speakeasy and it’s a mixture of signature cocktails with flare, prohibition style cocktails and delicious food. While the current Blue Goose Speakeasy opened in 2023, its story is intertwined with the history of the building it resides in and a previous establishment from the Prohibition era. Look for the blue light to know if they are open (and good luck finding your way in). 

Speaking of the prohibition era, if you step into Anton’s restaurant, you’ll be greeted with the sound of hearty laughter along with

The Blue Goose Speakeasy

music from the “Roaring 20s”! Built in the 1920’s by a gentleman named Cy Brick, Bricky’s (now Anton’s) was a speakeasy during prohibition. For many decades after the repeal of prohibition, Bricky’s became a haven for young people to meet and socialize. Head on in, grab a covered wagon table or a patio spot along the river and stay a while. 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your time machine (or car) and embark on a retro adventure in St. Cloud!