Twin Cities Festivals & Fairs – A Year-Round Minnesota Family Guide

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Though we’re typically modest Minnesotans, the Twin Cities doesn’t shy away from its fairs and festivals. We’ve got hundreds of options for Minnesota Festivals & Fairs to attend all year long.

We celebrate our communities and traditions all year round. From Winter Carnival in January, to the legendary Minnesota State Fair in August, to the Holidazzle Festival in December, we love to get outside and explore this awesome state. Browse our master list of monthly Twin Cities festivals and fairs to find old favorites and new ideas to add to your own calendar. Most of the events on this calendar have free admission; when they don’t, we highlight ticket prices. You will find more details about individual events in our monthly Twin Cities festival articles.

January

Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals banner showing Rice Park in St. Paul Minnesota in the Winter - Family Fun Twin Cities
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JANUARY – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Festivals aren’t just for the holidays and the summertime in Minnesota – we embrace our chilly weather by getting out and playing in the ice and snow! Find more details about these events on ourTWIN CITIES WINTER FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

2023 TBA: Ice Castles

Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton, MN 55112
2022 Tickets: $11-$22/pp. Learn more about Ice Castles here.

Ice Castle Beauty
Enjoying Ice Castles in Eden Prairie

2023 TBA: Eden Prairie Winter Blast

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347 (Jan 8, 2022)

2023 TBA: Bloomington 17th Annual Winter Fete  

Bloomington, Minnesota (1/9-2/27/22)

Third Weekend in January: Excelsior Arctic Fever 

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331
Freeman Park, 6000 Eureka Road, Shorewood, MN 55331
Manitou Park, 5418 Manitou Road, Tonka Bay, MN 55331 (Jan 15, 2022)

2023 TBA: Art Shanty Projects

4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Art Shanty Projects is an annual pop up festival mixing art with us hardy, lake-loving Minnesotans. The public is invited to bundle up and venture onto frozen Lake Harriet to explore these unique icehouses designed by local artists. Weekends only. (Jan 15-Feb 6, 2022)

2023 TBA: Edina Winter Ice Festival 

Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 (Jan 16, 2022)

2023 TBA: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival

Lake Harriet Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (Jan 22, 2022)

2023 TBA: St Louis Park Winter Fun Day

Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426 (Jan 22, 2022 – Cancelled)

2023 TBA: Springbrook Nature Center Winterfest

Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432 (Jan 22, 2022)

2023 TBA: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days

Coon Rapids, MN 55433 (Jan 22-Feb 6, 2022)

Eagan Community Center Festival Grounds, 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121 (Jan 28, 2022)

2023 TBA: St. Paul Winter Carnival and Medallion Hunt

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Vulcan Snow Park: Winter Carnival Event (Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022)

2023 TBA: Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally

Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Jan 29, 2022)

2023 TBA: Scandia Vinterfest

Scandia, MN 55073 (Jan 29, 2022)

2023 TBA: Golden Valley Winterfest

Wesley Park, Wesley Drive and Orkla
Golden Valley, MN 55427 (Jan 29, 2022)

2023 TBA: Wargo Nature Center Snow Day

Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (Jan 29, 2022)

More January Festivals We Hope to return in 2023

Chaska’s Big Chill 

Firemen’s Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318

MORE Twin Cities FAMILY FUN IN JANUARY

February

snowy st paul
Go here for more St Paul Winter Carnival Details

FEBRUARY – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

February is still going strong with Minneapolis-St Paul area winter festivals that make the best of our cold and snow. If you can’t beat it, join it, right? Bundle up and head out; spring is right around the corner. Find more details about these events on our TWIN CITIES WINTER FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

TBA 2023: Art Shanty Projects

Lake Harriet, 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
(Weekends Only)  Read more: Art Shanty Projects. (Jan 15-Feb 6, 2022, weekends only.)

Man dressed as pirate in front of his Art Shanty, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Minnesota

January 26 – February 5, 2023: Saint Paul Winter Carnival 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
See our list of the best for kids and family including the FREE snow and ice sculpture parks:
Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Top Family Activities (Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022).

TBA 2023: Fire & Ice at Matthews Park

Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Feb 4, 2022).

TBA 2023: Fire & Ice at Luxton Park

Luxton Park, 112 Williams Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Feb 5, 2022).

TBA 2023: Fire & Ice Festival

Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Rd 6 & Niagara Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 (Feb 5, 2022)

TBA 2023: Apple Valley Mid-Winter Fest

Johnny Cake Ridge Park West, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN (Feb 5, 2022).

TBA 2023: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Theodore Wirth Park, 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422 (Feb 5-6, 2022).

TBA 2023: Chanhassen February Fest (Feb Fest)

Lake Ann Park, 1456 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317 (Feb 5, 2022)

TBA 2023: Anoka Winterfest

George Enloe Park, 631 Lund Blvd, Anoka MN (Feb 5, 2022).

TBA 2023: Maple Grove Wonders of Winter

Maple Grove Central Park, 2000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (Feb 5, 2022).

TBA 2023: Burnsville Polar Fest

Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337 (Feb 5, 2022).

TBA 2023: Minnetonka Kids Fest 

Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 (Feb 6, 2022)

TBA 2023: Buffalo Kites on Ice Festival 

Frozen Buffalo Lake – Downtown Buffalo, 505 2nd Ave S, Buffalo, MN 55313 (Feb 12, 2022).

TBA 2023: Brooklyn Park Winterfest

Norwood Park, 8100 Newton Avenue N., Brooklyn Park, MN 554433 (Feb 12, 2022).

TBA 2023: Stillwater Winterfest

Downtown Stillwater, MN 55082 (Feb 13-28, 2022)

TBA 2023: Embrace the North Festival

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 (Feb 19, 2022).

TBA 2023: Dodge Nature Center Winter Fun Festival

Dodge Nature Center, Main Property, Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118 (Feb 19, 2022).

TBA 2023: Phalen Freeze Fest

Phalen Lakeside Activities Center, 1530 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55106 (Feb 26, 2022).


February Festivals We Hope to return for 2023

MORE FAMILY FUN IN FEBRUARY

March

Saint Patrick's Parade
Get More Details about St. Patrick's Day Festivals Here

MARCH 2022 MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Spring arrives mid-way through March and the Twin Cities jumps out of its thermal layers excited! We open the festival season with St Patrick’s Day events. Find more information on our TWIN CITIES SPRING FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

Mar. 2-5, 2022: ¡VIVA! Festival Latino

Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

Mar. 13, 2022: An Irish Day of Dance

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102 ($5)

Mar. 17, 2022: St. Paul’s St. Patrick Day Parade

425 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55103

Mar. 17, 2022: Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

40th Avenue NE & Van Buren St, Columbia Heights MN

Mar. 17, 2022: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102 ($5)

MORE Twin Cities FAMILY FUN IN MARCH 

April

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities
Find our Great Big List of Easter Egg Hunts Here

APRIL 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

In April, We celebrate by going all out for our Twin Cities seasonal festivals: TWIN CITIES EASTER EGG HUNTS & ACTIVITIES continue into April and EARTH DAY observations and other celebrations of spring start popping up. Find all the details on our SPRING FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

April 15-May 8 (weekends), 2022: Spring Babies 

Twin Cities Festivals, 8001 109th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

April 23, 2022: Wargo Nature Center Family Earth Day Celebration

Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038

April 23, 2022: Harriet Alexander Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113

April 23, 2022: Earth Day Youth Birding Competition

Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033 

April 29, 2022: Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival 

North Loop neighborhood, North 3rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Minneapolis MN

April 30, 2022: Eden Prairie Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Twin Cites April Festivals Cancelled for 2022

Festival of Nations  

RiverCenter, St Paul

MORE Twin Cities FAMILY FUN IN APRIL

May

Spring Festivals
More details about Spring Festivals Here

MAY 2022- MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

The spring festivals are still going strong as we ease into one of Minnesota’s most beautiful months – May. The sun is shining, the bugs aren’t a force yet, and summer vacation is on the horizon. You can get started planning those May weekends on our SPRING FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

May 1, 2022: MayDay Festival 

Four Directions Family Center Parking lot, 1527 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN
This year’s May Day, instead of the traditional parade to Powderhorn Park, will feature a cultural block party sponsored by Heart of the Beast Theater. 1-4pm.

May 6-8, 2022: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival

Washington County Fairgrounds, 12300 N. 40th St., Lake Elmo, MN 55042, $5/pp.

May 13-15, 2022: Saint Paul Art Crawl

Saint Paul, Minnesota 

May 15, 2022: Holz Farm Spring Festival

Holz Farm Park, 4669 Manor Drive, Eagan, Minnesota 55123

May 20-22, 2022: Art-A-Whirl

Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 20, 2022: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425

May 21, 2022: Hopkins Mainstreet Day

Downtown Hopkins, MN 55305

May 21, 2022: Eidem Homestead Spring on the Farm

Eidem Homestead, 4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

May 28-29, 2022: Minnesota Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)

Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155

The Minnesota Songkran Festival at the Minnesota State Capitol
Image courtesy of the Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

May 30, 2022: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery

3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Twin Cities May festivals cancelled for 2022

Cinco de Mayo 

West Side neighborhood, St Paul. (The website and Facebook page are both gone, but we will give it another year before we give up on this festival.)

MORE twin cities FAMILY FUN IN MAY

Girl Riding a Toy Tractor,

June

Get more June Festival details here

JUNE 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Summer in the Twin Cities is off to a bang with community festivals springing up every weekend on the calendar. How to choose from all the family activities? Bookmark our handy TWIN CITIES JUNE FESTIVAL CALENDAR and our live music calendar: FFTC’s Guide to FREE Summer Concerts in the Twin Cities. Start planning the Best Summer EVER!

June 3-4, 2022: Flint Hills Family Festival

Ordway Center for the Arts, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102
Rice Park, 109 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

June 3-5, 2022: Edina Art Fair

50th & France, Edina, MN 55424

June 4, 2022: Art in the Hollow

Swede Hollow Park, 665 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106

June 4, 2022: Eagan LakeFest

Blackhawk Park, 1629 Murphy Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122 

June 4, 2022: Lake Phalen Waterfest

Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106

June 4, 2022: Brooklyn Park Tater Daze Parade

Brooklyn Park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443

June 4, 2022: Maple Plain Party in the Park

Veterans Memorial Park, 5050 Independence St, Maple Plain, MN 55359

June 4, 2022: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival

St Anthony Park neightborhood, Como & Carter Avenues, St Paul, MN 55108

June 4-5, 2022: Discover Aviation Days

Anoka County Airport, 8891 Airport Rd NE, Blaine, MN 55449

June 4-5, 2022Union Depot Train Days

214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101 

June 5, 2022: New Brighton Rhubarb Fest 

New Brighton History Center Museum, 700 Park Drive, New Brighton, MN 55112

June 5, 2022: Open Streets Lyndale 

W 22nd St to W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55409

June 8-12, 2022: Albertville Friendly City Days

Albertville Central Park, 5801 Lander Avenue North East, Albertville, MN 55301

June 9, 2022: Party on the Plaza 

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

We think the Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Summer Entertainment is at Nicollet Commons Park

June 9-12, 2022: Spring Lake Park Tower Days 

Lakeside Lions Park, 7840 Pleasant View Dr., Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

June 10-12, 2022: Champlin Father Hennepin Festival

Chandler Park, Champlin, MN 55316

June 10-12, 2022: Hugo Good Neighbor Days

Hanifl Fields, 7032 137th St N, Hugo, MN 55038

June 11-12, 2022: Germanic American Institute Deutsche Tage

Twin Cities Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 

June 11-12, 2022: Chalkfest at maple Grove Arbor Lakes 

Main Street in Maple Grove, MN between Elm Creek Boulevard and Arbor Lakes Parkway. 10am-5pm.

June 11-12, 2022: Northern Spark

University Avenue and Downtown St. Paul, MN 55104; 9pm-2am
Raspberry Island, 2 Wabasha Street South, Saint Paul, MN 55107; 2am-5:30am

June 12-19, 2022: Buffalo Days 

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313

June 15-18, 2022: Faribault Heritage Celebration

Central Park, 430 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN 55021

June 16, 2022: Fridley ’49er Days

Commons Park, 555 61st Avenue Northeast, Fridley, MN 55432

June 16-19, 2022: St. Louis Park Parktacular

Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr St. Louis Park, MN 55416

June 16-19, 2022: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest 

Kingston Park, 9195 75th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

June 16-July 4, 2022: White Bear Lake Manitou Days

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

June 16-July 28, 2022: White Bear Lake Marketfest

Downtown White Bear Lake, Thursdays only

June 18, 2022: American Swedish Institute Midsommar Celebration

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 – $6-$15/pp

June 18, 2022: Juneteenth Festival

Centennial Park, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

June 19, 2022: Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge Festival

West River Parkway, Minneapolis Riverfront

June 22-29 & July 4, 2022: Roseville Rosefest

Central Park, 2520 North Dale St., Roseville, MN 55113

June 23-26, 2022: Farmington Dew Days

Downtown Farmington, MN 55024

June 23-27, 2022: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree

Huset Park, 3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

June 24-25, 2022: Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

June 24-25, 2022: Oakdale Summerfest

Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Avenue, Oakdale MN

June 24-26, 2022: Blaine Festival

Aquatore Park, 9191 Lincoln St NE, Blaine, MN 55434

June 24-26, 2022: South St Paul Kaposia Days

South St. Paul, MN 55075

June 25, 2022: Minnetonka Summer Festival

Civic Center Park, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

June 25, 2022: Midsommar Dag

Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073
Midsummer fair at this Swedish “old farm” museum north of the Twin Cities metro.

June 25-26, 2022: Eagan Art Festival

Eagan Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan MN

June 25-26, 2022: Afton Strawberry Festival 

3418 St. Croix Trail South, Afton, MN 55001

June 26, 2022: Scandinavian Summer Fest

Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis MN 

June 30-July 4, 2022: Apple Valley Freedom Days 

Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, Apple Valley American Legion & Apple Valley Community Center 

Cancelled Festivals in June 2022

Grand Old Day

Grand Avenue, St Paul MN – look for this festival to return in 2023

MORE Twin Cities FAMILY FUN IN JUNE

July

July Family Holidays
Find our Twin Cities July Family Festival Details Here

JULY 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

July bursts with family festivals all month long – take notes with this handy list of local celebrations around the Twin Cites. Jump over for our complete listing of Twin Cities INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS & FIREWORKS.

July 1-4, 2022: Hudson Booster Days

Lakefront Park, First Street, Hudson, WI 54016

July 1-4, 2022: Apple Valley Freedom Days 

Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, Apple Valley, MN 55124

July 1-4, 2022: White Bear Lake Manitou Days

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

July 1-4, 2022: Forest Lake 4th of July

Forest Lake, MN 55025

July 1-4, 2022: Richfield Lil’ Sparkler Celebration

Veterans Memorial Park Bandshell, 636 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423 

July 2-4, 2022Coon Rapids 4th of July

Boulevard Plaza, 2880 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

July 3, 2022Bloomington Summer Fete

Normandale Lake Park, W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55437 (5pm-10:30pm)

July 4, 2022: Roseville Rosefest July 4 Celebration

July 4-10, 2022: Lakeville Pan-o-Prog Summer Festival

July 6-10, 2022: Lindstrom Karl Oskar Days

July 7-10, 2022: Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days

July 7-28, 2022: White Bear Lake Marketfest

Downtown White Bear Lake, Thursdays only

July 8-9, 2022: Andover Family Fun Fest 

July 10, 2022: Open Streets Franklin

Portland Ave S to 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

July 10, 2022: Ramsey Elmcrest Art Fair

Elmcrest Park, 16303 Quicksilver Street NW, Ramsey, MN 55303

July 12-17, 2022: Centerville Fete Des Lacs

Centerville, MN 55038

July 13-17, 2022: Maple Grove Days

12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369

July 13-17, 2022: Hopkins Raspberry Festival

July 14-17, 2022: Monticello Riverfest

Pioneer Park, 9165 Fallon Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362

July 14-17, 2022: Ramsey County Fair

2020 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109 

July 15-17 2022: New Hope HeyDey Festival 

Northwood Park, 3815 Boone Ave N, New Hope, MN 55427
Only a three-day softball tourney in 2022

July 15-16, 2022: Chaska Fire & Ice Festival 

Firemen’s Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318

July 15-17, 2022: Minnehaha Falls Art Fair 

Minnehaha Regional Park,  4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

July 15-17, 2022: Wannigan Days 

Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Bonus fun:
Top 10 Things To Do In Taylors Falls, Minnesota with Kids

July 15-17, 2022: Hastings Rivertown Days

Levee Park & Jaycee Park, Hastings MN

July 15-17, 2022: Stillwater Lumberjack Days

Downtown Stillwater, MN 55082

July 16, 2022: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games

Eagan Central Park, 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan MN

July 16, 2022: Lowertown Blues Fest

Dual Citizen Brewing, 725 Raymond Avenue, St Paul, MN

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Don’t forget to pack swimsuits!

July 20-23, 2022: Minneapolis Aquatennial

Downtown Minneapolis, MN 55402

July 21, 2022: Party on the Plaza 

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

July 21-23, 2022: Mound Spirit of the Lakes Festival

Surfside Park, 2670 Commerce Blvd, Mound, MN 55364

July 21-24, 2022: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

July 22-24, 2022: Slice of Shoreview Days

Island Lake County Park, 3611 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126

July 23-30, 2022: Rosemount Leprechaun Days

Central Park, 2893 145th St W, Rosemount, MN 55068

July 26-31, 2022: Anoka County Fair

3200 St Francis Blvd NW, Anoka, MN 55303

July 27-31. 2022: Scott County Fair

7151 190th St W #145, Jordan, MN 55352

July 28-30, 2022: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Minneapolis (July 29-31, 2021)

July 28-31, 2022: Crystal Frolics

Becker Park & Welcome Park, Crystal MN

July 29-30, 2022: St George Greek Summer Festival 

St. George Church, 1111 Summit Avenue, St Paul MN

July 29-31, 2022: Chaska River City Days

City Square Park, 300 N Chestnut St., Chaska MN 55318

July 29-31, 2022: Canadian Days 

Spooner Park, 350 Eli Rd, Little Canada, MN 55117

JULY 30-31, 2022: LORING PARK ART FESTIVAL

Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, MN 55403

July 31–August 9, 2022: Eden Prairie PeopleFest 

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Cancelled Festivals in July 2022

Lake Phalen Dragon Festival  

Lake Phalen Park, St Paul

MORE FAMILY FUN IN JULY

August

AUGUST 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Kicking off with neighborhood fetes and culminating with summer’s fair-well bash (the great Minnesota State Fair, of course), August is ripe with family festivities to keep summer good until the last drop. If you don’t believe us, jump over to our August Festival Calendar to get all the details.

July 31–August 9, 2022: Eiden Prairie PeopleFest 

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

August 4, 2022: Plymouth Kids Fest

Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd. Plymouth, Minnesota 55447

August 4-14, 2022: Fringe Festival

August 5-6, 2022: St Anthony VillageFest 

3503 Silver Lake Rd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

August 5-7, 2022: Uptown Art Fair 

2815 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

August 6, 2022: St Paul Food Truck Festival

Mears Park, 221 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

August 6-7, 2022: Powderhorn Art Fair 

Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407

August 15-21, 2022: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days

Vadnais Community Park, 661 County Rd F E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 County Rd F E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

August 12, 2022: Eagan Food Truck Festival

Eagan Festival Grounds, 1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121

August 13, 2022: Open Streets East Lake

2nd Ave S to 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

August 13, 2022: IndiaFest

Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 

August 11-13, 2022: New Brighton Stockyard Days

Long Lake Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton, MN 55112 

August 12-14, 2022: Irish Fair of Minnesota

Harriet Island Park, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107 (Adults $20; Teens 13-17 $15; Kids under 13 Free)

August 12-14, 2022: Rockford River Days 

Riverside Park, 8220 Elm Street, Rockford MN 55373

August 14, 2022: Newport Pioneer Day 

Parade begins at Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th Street.  2nd Avenue to 17th Street , then 4th Avenue  to Pioneer Park.

August 18-20, 2022: Lino Lakes Blue Heron Days

Community Green, Lino Lakes, MN 55014

August 18-21, 2022: Ki Chi Saga Days

Vilhelm Moberg Park, 10656 Railroad Ave, Chisago City, MN 55013

August 19-20, 2022:

Mounds View Festival in the Park

Silver View Park, Mounds View, MN 55112 

August 19-21, 2022: North Hudson Pepper Fest

North Hudson, WI 54016

August 19-21, 2022: Woodbury Days

Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125

August 19-21, 2022: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi 

Wacipi Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Pkwy, Shakopee, MN 55379

August 20, 2022: Arts & Craft Festival

Downtown Buffalo, 505 2nd Ave S, Buffalo, MN 55313 

August 20, 2022: Anoka Food Truck Festival

Downtown Anoka

August 20, 2022: Eden Prairie Arts in the Park

Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344

August 20, 2022: Scandia Spelmansstämma

Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073

August 20-21, 2022:

Slavic Experience

Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

August 20, 2022-October 2, 2022: Minnesota Renaissance Festival

3525 145th St W, Shakopee, MN 55379
This 16th century European village is open weekends 9am-7pm. Tickets: $16.95-$25.95.

August 21, 2022: Como Park Japanese Obon Festival (Lantern Festival)

Como Park Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Advance tickets only: $5-$10/pp

August 25, 2022: Burnsville Party on the Plaza 

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

August 25-28, 2022: Norwood Young America Stiftungsfest

Main Street, Norwood Young America, MN 55397 

August 25-September 5, 2022: Minnesota State Fair

1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108
Tickets for the “Great Minnesota Get Together”: $14+, under 5 FREE. 

August 26-28, 2022: St Paul Park Heritage Days Festival 

Downtown Saint Paul Park, MN 55071

August 28, 2022: Johnny Appleseed Day

Bruentrup Farm, 2170 County Rd D E, Maplewood, MN 55109

August FESTIVALS We Hope TO return 

Owamni Falling Water Festival

Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 SE Main Street, Minneapolis (Oct 9, 2021)

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival 

Lake Hiawatha Regional Park, 2701 E. 44th St. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406 (2021 cancelled)

Cancelled Festivals in AUGUST 2022

Twin Cities Polish Festival 

Old Main Street, Minneapolis (tentatively set to return in 2023)

MORE AUGUST FAMILY FUN

September

SEPTEMBER 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

With the ending of summer comes the harvest – get ready for a bumper crop of Twin Cities fall festivals! Get all the details in our Fall Family Festival Calendar and Labor Day Weekend Family Fun.

September Weekends 2022: Minnesota Renaissance Festival 

3525 145th St W, Shakopee, MN 55379
This 16th century European village is open weekends 9am-7pm. Tickets: $16.95-$25.95.

September 6-10, 2022: Burnsville Festival Fire Muster 

Nicollet Commons Park & Civic Center Park, Burnsville MN

September 7-11, 2022: Inver Grove Heights Days

September 9-11, 2022: James J. Hill Days

Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata, MN 55391

September 9-11, 2022: St Patrick’s CountryFest 

St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011 

September 10, 2022: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival

Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Pkwy N, Golden Valley, MN 55426

September 10, 2022: Victoria Volksfest

Steiger Lake Ln, Victoria, MN 55386

September 10, 2022: Open Streets West Broadway 

Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

September 10, 2022: St. Louis Park Art Fair 

St Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

September 10, 2022: Mac-Grove Fest 

Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St S, St Paul, MN 55105

September 10, 2022: Fiesta Latina

CLUES St Paul, 797 E 7th Street, St Paul MN 55106. 12pm-4pm.

September 10-25, 2022: Eagan Art Block

September 11-12, 2022: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival 

Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

September 16-17, 2022: Bayport Derby Days

Lakeside Park, 95 Central Avenue, Bayport MN

September 17, 2022: Linden Hills Fall Festival  

Linden Hills Park3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 

September 17, 2022: Blaine World Fest

Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449

September 17, 2022Wild Rice Festival 

Harriet Alexander Nature Center, 2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113

September 17, 2022: Waconia Nickle Dickle Day 

Downtown Waconia, City Square Park, S Spruce St, Waconia, MN 55387

September 17, 2022: Otsego Prairie Festival 

Prairie Park, 13355 90th Street NE, Otsego, MN 55330

September 17, 2022: Plymouth on Parade

Plymouth City Center, Plymouth Boulevard and 34th Avenue N.

September 17, 2022: Holz Farm Harvest Festival

Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123

September 17, 2022: Delano Oktoberfest 

Delano Central Park, 650 River St N, Delano, MN 55328

September 17, 2022: Bloomington Heritage Days

Nativity of Mary Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420 

September 17, 2022: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival 

Anderson Center at Tower View, 163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066 

September 17-18, 2022: Lakeville Art Festival 

Lakeville Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

September 17-18, 2022: Excelsior Apple Days

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

September 18, 2022: Twin Cities Veg Fest

Harriet Island Regional Park, 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107

September 24, 2022: Carpenter Nature Center Fall Raptor Release 

12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN 55033

September 24-25, 2022: Afton Art in the Park

Town Square Park, west side of St. Croix Trail S between Upper 34th Street S and 34th Street Street, Afton MN

SEPTEMBER 2022 FESTIVALS We Hope to see in 2022

Sever’s Fall Festival

3121 W 150th St, Shakopee, MN 55379 (Sept 10-Oct 31, 2021)

St. Paul Oktoberfest 

Germanic American Institute, 301 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 55102 (Sept 10-11, 2021)

Shorewood Community Oktoberfest 

Shorewood Community and Event Center, 5735 Country Club Rd, Shorewood, MN 55331 (2022 TBA)

Minneapolis Monarch Festival

Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn, Minneapolis MN (Sept 11, 2021)

Fulton Fall Festival

Pershing Park, 3523 W 48th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Sept 11, 2021)

St Croix Vineyards Grape Stomp Festival 

6428 Manning Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082 (Sept 11-12, 2021)

East Harriet Fall Fest 

West 40th Street between Aldrich & Lyndale Avenues, Minneapolis (Sept 21, 2021)

Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze 

SE corner of 109th Ave and Highway 169, Brooklyn Park MN (Sept 21-Oct 27, 2021)

St. Louis Park Roctoberfest 

Recreation Outdoor Center (ROC) 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 (Sept 25, 2021)

Gibbs Farm Apple Festival

2097 W Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55113 (Sept 25, 2021)

Emma Krumbees Scarecrow Festival 

311 E Enterprise Dr E, Belle Plaine, MN 56011 (Weekends in September & October, 2021)

MORE SEPTEMBER FAMILY FUN

October

halloween pumpkins

OCTOBER 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

It’s SCARY how huge our list of Twin Cities Halloween events is! Too large to list here, so jump over to our TWIN CITIES HALLOWEEN GUIDE (if you dare!) If you’re in search of fall festivals packed with apples and pumpkins, corn mazes and all other bounties of harvest time, keep scrolling. For all the details on these festivals, click over to our complete FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL CALENDAR.

October 1, 2022: Open Streets Minnehaha

E Lake St to E 46th St, Minneapolis

October 1-2, 2022: Minnesota Renaissance Festival 

3525 145th St W, Shakopee, MN 55379
This 16th century European village is open weekends 9am-7pm. Tickets: $16.95-$25.95.

October 1-16, (weekends) 2022: Afton Apple Fest

Afton Apple Orchard, 14421 90th Street South, Hastings, MN 55033
Admission: $6-$8/pp.

October 8-9, 2022: Stillwater Harvest Fest

Downtown Stillwater, MN

October 8-9, 2022: Carpenter St Croix Nature Center Apple Fest

12805 St. Croix Trail S. Hastings, MN 55033

Twin cities October Festivals we hope to see in 2022

Barten Pumpkins Family Fun Saturdays

Barten Pumpkins, 5716 W 280th St, New Prague, MN 56071

Pahl’s Market Fall Festival 

6885 160th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124 (Oct 1-2, 2021)

Eidem Homestead Fall on the Farm

4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 (Oct 9, 2021)

Wargo Nature Center Fall Festival

7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (Oct 16, 2021)

Twin Cities Book Festival

Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Oct 16, 2021)

MORE OCTOBER FAMILY FUN

November

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to November in the Twin Cities Banner

NOVEMBER 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

November brings many early holiday events to the Twin Cities including several tree lighting festivals and other events to kick off the season.

Shoreview HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT

Shoreview Commons, 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126 (Nov 15, 2021)

Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

109 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102 (Nov 19, 2021)

Rosemount COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING

Steeple Center. 14375 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068 (Nov 20, 2021)

Apple Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 

7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, MN 55124 (Nov 23, 2021)

Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337 (Nov 24, 2021)

Edina TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

50th & France District (Nov 26, 2021)

Waconia COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING

City Square Park Gazebo (Nov 26, 2021)

Light Up the Lake Celebration

Downtown Wayzata, MN 55391 (Nov 26, 2021)

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival 

Taylors Falls, MN 55084 (Nov 26-28, 2021)

Christmas in Excelsior/Chriskindlsmarkt 

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331 (Nov 26-Dec 5, 2021)

Blaine WINTER CELEBRATION

Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55449 (Nov 28, 2021)

MORE NOVEMBER FAMILY FUN

Our NOVEMBER FAMILY GUIDE has ideas for making the most of THANKSGIVING BREAK with family – whether you are traveling or staying cozy at home.

December

DECEMBER 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Our Twin Cities Holiday Festival Guide is filled with hometown festivals at their holiday best. Find holiday tree lightings, skating events, meet and greets with Santa and many more jolly ways to kick off the holiday season in 2022.

Christmas in Excelsior/Chriskindlsmarkt 

Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331 (Nov 26-Dec 5, 2021)

Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony

Savage City Hall (Dec 2, 2021)

Inver Grove Heights Holidays in the Heights

Veterans Memorial Community Center (Dec 2-16, 2021)

Osseo MiniDazzle Celebration 

Boerboom Veterans Park, Central Avenue and 4th Street in downtown Osseo (Dec 2, 2021)

Afton Village Holiday 

(Dec 3-4, 2021)

The Northern Express – A Complete Christmas Wonderland

Excelsior (Dec 3-19, 2021)

Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting 

Union Depot, 240 E Kellogg Blvd #70, St Paul, MN 55101 (Dec 4, 2021)

Delano Old Fashioned Christmas

(Dec 4, 2021)

Shakopee HOLIDAY FEST 

Downtown Shakopee (Dec 4, 2021)

Lakeville Holiday On Main

Downtown Lakeville (Dec 4, 2021)

Eagan COMMUNITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121 (Dec 7, 2021)

Plymouth Holiday at the Hilde

Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd. Plymouth, Minnesota 55447 (Dec 4, 2021)

Chaska Hometown Holiday

City Square Park, 300 N Chestnut St., Chaska, MN 55318 (Dec 4, 2021)

Stillwater Twinkle Party & Tree Lighting 

Downtown Stillwater, MN 55082 (Dec 4, 2021)

North St. Paul Holiday Hop 

Downtown North St Paul (Dec 4, 2021)

Chanhassen TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

(Dec 4, 2021)

Anoka Hometown Holiday

(Dec 4-5, 2021)

Holz Farm Old-Fashioned Holiday

Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123 (Dec 5, 2021)

Grand Meander 

Grand Avenue Business District (Dec 5, 2021)

Robbinsdale ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & SING-ALONG

Robbinsdale City Hall. (Dec 7, 2021)

Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting

Rogers Event Center, 12716 Main Street Rogers, MN, 55374 (Dec 10, 2021)

Minneapolis Holidazzle

Loring Park, Minneapolis (Dec 17-19, 2021)

December festivals we hope to return in 2022

MORE DECEMBER FAMILY FUN

Twin Cities Arts & Crafts Fairs

If you love perusing the booths of local artisans and makers, watch for these Annual Arts & Crafts Fairs:

  • May: Saint Paul Art Crawl
  • May: Art-A-Whirl | Minneapolis
  • June: 50th & France Art Fair | Edina
  • June: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | St Paul
  • June: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan
  • June: Art in the Hollow | St Paul
  • July: Elmcrest Art Fair | Ramsey
  • July: Minnehaha Falls Art Fair | Minneapolis
  • July: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis
  • August: Loring Park Art Festival | Minneapolis
  • August: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis
  • August: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis
  • August: Arts in the Park | Eden Prairie
  • August: Buffalo Art & Craft Festival
  • September: St. Louis Park Art Fair | St. Louis Park
  • September: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
  • September: Lakeville Art Festival | Lakeville
  • September: Art & Apples on the Lake | Excelsior
  • September: Fall into the Arts Festival | Edina
  • September: Art in the Park | Afton
  • September: Art on the Strip | Crystal
  • September: Arts & Music Festival | Golden Valley

Twin Cities Food Vendors Festival

If you just love sampling new foods, watch for these events:

  • August: Discovery Anoka Food Truck Festival
  • August: Saint Paul Food Truck Festival
  • August: Eagan Food Truck Festival
  • September: Twin Cities Veg Fest, St. Paul

For more ideas: FFTC’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Food Trucks

Travel tips: It’s often easier to take public transit to fairs and festivals. In fact, Metro Transit offers free rides to some events. Joy offers suggestions on packing for an all-day outing and getting around by bus with kids in Get On the Bus! Public Transit with Kids.

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