Anoka, MN

Anoka is a northern suburb of the Twin Cities. It is affectionately known as the “Halloween Capital of the World.” It is believed that Anoka was the first city in the U.S. to put on a Halloween celebration in 1920, thus earning its nickname. The name Anoka itself was derived from two Indian words, meaning “on both sides” – because it is located on both banks of the Rum River –and “working waters.”


The first immigrants came to Anoka in 1844, and by the 1850’s it had a school, a store and a mill. Then, a ferry was established to connect Anoka to other cities. Between 1855 and 1884, the city was damaged by multiple fires, and many houses were burned, and the whole section had to be rebuilt.

Nowadays in Anoka, there are many restaurant to choose from. One such popular eatery is Truffles and Tortes Cafe. It is a cozy spot on Main Street that offers a great variety of delicious desserts. They also have a great selection of salads and sandwiches.


Casa Rio is also a delightful lunch or dinner option. The menu has a variety of Mexican cuisine selections and prices are very reasonable, as well.

Another popular place is Cork Wine Bar and Restaurant, where you can select your food and they will choose the wine for you. Also, servers ask about allergies and dislikes and then give food suggestions, which means your meal is catered to your specific wants and needs!


For some nighttime entertainment and live music, there is Nola Bistro and Bar. This is a fun place to talk, relax, and enjoy the evening with friends.

For art lovers, there is Krista Artista Art Gallery featuring Minnesota artists. You can also buy specialized gifts here, such as jewelry, pottery, and wood sculptures. For great acting, singing and directing you should definitely check out Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

The median age in the City of Anoka is 38 years old: 49.8% of residents are male and 50.2% are female. According to City-Data of 2013, the estimated median household income was $48,792; median house/condo value is $161,612; median gross rent is $786. Anoka might be the right choice for you, with affordable housing/rental prices and plenty of things to do for entertainment.

The city has the “small town” feel with a historic downtown and just a great atmosphere in general. And don’t forget to visit Anoka to celebrate Halloween!


Neighborhood Resources

Neighborhood Schools

Faith Communities

 Lincoln Elementary School  St. Stephen Catholic Church
 Franklin Elementary  First Congregational Church 
Wilson Elementary School  Grace Lutheran Church
 Anoka Middle School for the Arts   Anoka Covenant Church
 Anoka High School  United Methodist Church
Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School  Grace Life Church
 Anoka-Hennepin Technical High Schhool  Zion Lutheran Church

Parks and Trails

Local Restaurants

Akin Riverside Park Casa Rio Mexican Restaurant
George Enloe Park El Azteca Mexican Restaurants
George Green Park Billy’s Bar and Grill 
John Ward Park Cork Wine Bar Restaurant
Mississippi River Community Park Truffles and Tortes
Rick Sorenson Park G’s Cafe
Rudy Johnson Park Avant Garden