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 monthly listings to find old favorites and new ideas.

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Please note: Due to the disruption of the COVID-19 virus, many of these upcoming events may be cancelled or postponed. Please check the event’s official website for the latest updates. Note that Festivals and Fairs will be under the same guidelines as the rest of the state regarding gatherings during current mandated restrictions. Thanks for reading and happy planning!


Dec 3-17, 2020: Virtual Holidazzle
Dec 4, 2020: Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | Union Depot, St Paul
Dec 4, 2020: Osseo MiniDazzle Celebration | Boerboom Veterans Park
Dec 4-12, 2020: Inver Grove Heights Holidays in the Heights
Dec 5, 2020: Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 5, 2020: Holiday at the Hilde | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth
Dec 6, 2020: Holz Farm Old-Fashioned Holiday | Holz Farm Park, Eagan
Dec 8, 2020: Eagan Community Tree Lighting


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 2020.

Chaska Firemen’s Park Tree Lighting (Dec 1, 2019)
Holiday Fest | Shakopee (Dec 6, 2019)
Afton Village Holiday (Dec 6-7, 2019)
Christmas in ExcelsiorSaturdays in December only (starts Dec 7, 2019)
Anoka Hometown Holiday (Dec 7, 2019)
Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul (Dec 7, 2019)
Holiday on Main | Lakeville (Dec 7, 2019)
Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis (Dec 7, 2019)
Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas (Dec 7, 2019)
Stillwater Twinkle Party & Tree Lighting | Downtown Stillwater (Dec 7, 2019)
Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis (Dec 7-8, 2019)
Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony | Savage City Hall (Dec 10, 2019)
Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec 13, 2019)
North St. Paul Holiday Hop | North St Paul (Dec 14, 2019)


Browse more season events in our Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide.

December Family Events Guide

Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions


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 our Winter Festival Calendar.

Winter Festivals

Jan 14-18, 2021: Stillwater Winterfest

This 5-day winter festival will include an ice maze, snow mini golf, an ice cream social, snow sculptures and lots more.

Jan 28-Feb 7, 2021: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul

This is the Capitol City’s coolest official winter festival! As with many events during this time, some of the elements have changed. Jump over to our list of the Top Free Winter Carnival Family Activities to get the details.

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January 2021 festivals to be announced or cancelled

The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska (Jan 11, 2020)
Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park (Jan 11, 2020)
Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina (Jan 12, 2020)
Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay (Jan 15-19, 2020)
Ice Castles | Moving to Long Lake in New Brighton
(Jan 17, 2020 – Early March)

Weather dependent. Presale tickets here. Read our review and tips for taking kids to Ice Castles

Winter Blast | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (Jan 18, 2020)
Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts (Jan 18, 2020)
17th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington (Jan 18-26, 2020)
Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis (Jan 18-Feb 9, 2020, weekends only) – cancelled for 2021, returning 2022
Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony (Jan 20, 2020)
Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis (Jan 25, 2020)
Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis (Jan 25, 2020)
Winter Fun Day | Oak Hill Park, St Louis Park (Jan 25, 2020)
WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve (Jan 25, 2020)
Scandia Vinterfest (Jan 25, 2020)
Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (Jan 25, 2020)
Coon Rapids Snowflake Days (Jan 25-Feb 9, 2020)


January Family Events Guide

Family Winter Survival Guide


February is still going strong with 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 Winter Festival Calendar.

Winter Festivals
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Feb 1-7, 2021: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul

This is the Capitol City’s coolest official winter festival! As with many events during this time, some of the elements have changed. Jump over to our list of the Top Free Winter Carnival Family Activities to get the details.

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Feb 5-7, 2021: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Minneapolis
Feb 6, 2021: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen

Activities include a medallion hunt, ice skating, a s’mores cookout, sledding, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sled rides, fat tire bike demos, and an ice-fishing contest with prizes.

Feb 13, 2021: Kites on Ice Festival | Buffalo


Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth (Feb 1, 2020)
Fire & Ice at Luxton | Minneapolis – MPRB Fire & Ice Events (Feb 1, 2020)
Mid-Winter Fest | Apple Valley Community Center (Feb 1, 2020)
Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove (Feb 8, 2020)
Hiawatha Heartwarmer | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis (Feb 8, 2020)
WinterFest | Loring Park, Minneapolis (Feb 8, 2020)
Winterfest | Wesley Park, Golden Valley (Feb 8, 2020)
Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park (Feb 8, 2020)
Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center (Feb 8, 2020)

Kids 10 & under can win a dogsled ride! Free activities for all include ski demos, a mini golf course, art activities, face painting, bonfires and treats and a movie indoors.

Polar Fest | North River Hills Park, Burnsville (Feb 8, 2020)

Sledding and ice skating (bring your own equipment), horse-drawn carriage rides, hockey games, a kids DJ and food trucks.

Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center (Feb 9, 2020)
A full afternoon of free activities: dogsled rides, horse-drawn trolley rides, face painting, ice sculptures, crafts and smores.
Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Park, Brooklyn Park (Feb 15, 2020)

Free outdoor family fun: try snowshoeing, dog sledding, winter games and fat biking. Warm up with snacks around the campfire.

Winter Fun Festival | Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul (Feb 22, 2020)

Free frosty fun: Live DJ, bonfires, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice games, snow sports, nature activities, and more. Food & beverages available for purchase.

Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul (Feb 29, 2020)

Freezy fun and no charge to try ice fishing, kick sledding on the lake, snowshoeing and warm, indoor activity booths.


February Family Guide

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Family Winter Survival Guide


Spring has arrived and the Twin Cities is jumping-out-of-its-thermal layers excited! We celebrate by going all out for our seasonal festivals: St Patrick’s Day events, dozens and dozens of Easter Egg hunts & activities, Earth Day observations and other celebrations of spring. Find all the details on our Spring Family Festival Calendar.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebrations | Landmark Center, St Paul (Mar 16-17, 2020)
St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Rice Park, St Paul (Mar 17, 2020)
Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Mar 17, 2020)
Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park (April 10-May 3, 2020)
Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings (April 18, 2020)
Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival | Theodore Wirth Regional Park (April 24, 2020)
Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (April 25, 2020)
Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville (April 25, 2020)
Festival of Nations | St Paul (April 30-May 3, 2020)


March Family Events Guide

April Family Events Guide

Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts


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 Festival Calendar.

Spring Festivals

Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul (May 1-3, 2020)
Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood, St Paul (May 2, 2020)
Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (May 2, 2020)
Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Stillwater (May 8-10, 2020)
Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis (May 15-17, 2020)
West St Paul Days | West St Paul (May 15-17, 2020)
Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins (May 16, 2020)
Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park (May 16, 2020)
Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan (May 17, 2020)
Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia (May 24, 2020)
Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis (May 25, 2020)
Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (May 30, 2020)
Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul (May 30, 2020)
Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul (May 30-31, 2020)


MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis


May Family Events Guide

Opening in May: Twin Cities Events & Attractions

Opening in May: Greater Minnesota Attractions


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 June Festival Calendar and start planning!

Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park (June 4-7, 2020)
Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo (June 4-7, 2020)
Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina (June 6, 2020)
Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul (June 6, 2020)
Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul (June 6, 2020)
Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain (June 6, 2020)
Discover Aviation Days | Anoka County Airport, Blaine (June 6-7, 2020)
Union Depot’s Train Day | Union Depot, St Paul (June 6-7, 2020)
Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul (June 7, 2020)
Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum (June 7, 2020)
Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville (June 10-14, 2020)
Party on the Plaza | Nicollet Commons, Burnsville (June 11, 2020)
Art on the Lake | Excelsior (June 13-14, 2020)
Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul (June 13-14, 2020)
Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis (June 14, 2020)
Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park (June 14-15, 2020 – postponed to Aug 15, 2020)
Buffalo Days | Buffalo (June 13-14, 2020)
Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault (June 17-20, 2020)
St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park (June 17-21, 2020)
Fridley ’49er Days | Commons Park, Fridley (June 18, 2020)
Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park (June 18-21, 2020)
Manitou Days | White Bear Lake (June 18-July 4, 2020 – rescheduled to July 30-Aug 23, 2020)
Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake (June 18-July 30, 2020)
ASI’s Midsommar Virtual Celebration | American Swedish Institute (June 20, 2020)
Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis (June 20-21)
Farmington Dew Days | Farmington (June 23-27, 2020)
Rosefest | Roseville (June 24-29, 2020)
Twin Cities Jazz Festival | St. Paul (June 25-27, 2020)
Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center (June 25-27, 2020)
Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale (June 25-28, 2020)
Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights (June 25-28, 2020)
Kaposia Days | South St. Paul (June 26-28, 2020)
Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine (June 26-28, 2020)
Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park (June 27, 2020)
Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus (June 27, 2020)
Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia (June 27, 2020)
Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton (June 27-28, 2020)
Eagan Art Festival | Eagan (June 27-28, 2020)
Uptown Food Truck Festival | Lake & Hennepin
Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley (thru July 4, 2020)
Northern Spark | Green Line (June 14-15, 2019 – look for it again in 2021)

This overnight festival of art is probably best to share with the older kids. 9pm-2am.


I Love Burnsville Week (June 1-8, 2019)
Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis (June 2, 2019)


June Family Events Guide

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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 & Fourth of July events.

July Festivals

Apple Valley Freedom Days
On the 4th, catch the Freedom Days Parade & pre-fireworks family party, Johnny Cake Ridge Park. 

Forest Lake 4th of July | Forest Lake 

Coon Rapids 4th of July | Boulevard Plaza (July 2-4, 2020)

Richfield Red, White & Blue Days (July 2-4, 2020)

Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI (July 2-5, 2020)
Parade, kids pedal tractor pull, live entertainment, magician and fireworks at dusk.

Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park (July 3, 2020)

Rosefest | Roseville (June 24-29 & July 4, 2020)

Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival (July 4-11, 2020 – rescheduled to September 25-27, 2020.)

Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival (Postponed from 7/4-11/20)

Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom (July 8-12, 2020)

Maple Grove Days (July 8-12, 2020)

Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale
Free ice cream, face painting, music and safety vehicle fair, parade & fireworks. (July 9-12, 2020)

Monticello Riverfest | Monticello
Sunday parade, live music, kids games. (July 9-12, 2020)

Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound
Kids activities in the park both days, Lake Minnetonka historic boat tours FREE with festival button, and fireworks at dusk. (July 10-11, 2020 – rescheduled to September 19, 2020.)

Andover Family Fun Fest
Look for the Zoomobile, Kidzart, magic & juggling shows, and donkey-pulled wagon rides. (July 10-11, 2020)

New Hope HeyDey | Northwood Park, New Hope
Kid bounce houses, food trucks & beer garden, live music, bingo, craft market, and bean bag tournament. (July 11, 2020)

Anoka Riverfest
Sidewalk chalk and spin art for kids – 9am-5pm, FREE. (July 11, 2020 – rescheduled to September 26, 2020.)

Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul
Free Asian cultural performances, kids entertainment and dragon boat races on Lake Phalen. (July 11, 2020)

Hopkins Raspberry Festival (July 11-19, 2020)

Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park (July 14, 2020)

Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood
White Bear Ave Parade, 4-H Arts-In performances, Farmer for a Day stations, petting zoo and more. FREE admission, $3/parking. (July 15-19, 2020)

Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival (July 16-19, 2020)

Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul (July 17-18, 2020)

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Eagan Central Park
Arts and crafts, music, story telling and children’s heavy game activities such as the Caber Toss, Sheep Toss, Haggis Hurl, and Stone Toss (come prepared for the park’s splash pad). (July 17-18, 2020)

Rivertown Days | Hastings
Arts & crafts fair at Historic LeDuc Estate and Rivertown Days Parade. (July 17-19, 2020)

Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater
Daily lumberjack shows, kids activities and K-9 shows, children’s entertainment in Teddy Bear Park and the parade. (July 17-19, 2020)

Highland Fest | St Paul
ArtStart activities, live music and your chance to climb the Highland Park water tower! (July 17-19, 2020)

Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls
Kids parade through Taylors Falls. (July 17-19, 2020)

Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount (July 17-26, 2020)

Chaska Fire & Ice Festival | Firemen’s Park
Friday nite Beach Bash, Fun in the Park (Sat) & free root beer floats (Sun). (July 17-18, 2020)

International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park
FREE balloon twisting, family crafts and origami (3-7pm) plus other activities for a small fee and cultural entertainment. (July 18, 2020)

Anoka County Fair | Anoka (July 21-26, 2020)

Minneapolis Aquatennial (July 22-25, 2020)

Scott County Fair | Jordan (July 22-26, 2020)

Party on the Plaza | Nicollet Commons, Burnsville (July 23, 2020)

Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake (July 2-30, 2020)

Crystal Frolics | Becker Park, Crystal
Family Festival with kids scavenger hunt, Kidsdance DJ, and an interactive nature van. (Moving to Becker Park and expanding in 2020) (July 23-26, 2020)

Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park
Parade, plus lots of FREE kids activities – chalk art, slip’n slide & climbing wall. (July 24-26, 2020)

Chaska River City Days
Arts & crafts fair, parades and fire department water fights. (July 24-26, 2020)

Loring Park Art Festival | Minneapolis
140 artists, interactive art, family events, food, music and unique entertainment around the walking paths and duck ponds of Loring Park—an idyllic setting for an outdoor art festival. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. (July 25-26, 2020)


St. Paul Rondo Day | Rondo Ave, St. Paul (July 20, 2019)

Open Streets Minnehaha | Minneapolis (July 21, 2019)

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis (July 25-27, 2019)


July Family Events Guide

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August Family Festival Calendar

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.

Fringe Festival | Saint Paul (July 30-Aug 9, 2020)

Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada
Parade, backpack drive and medallion hunt (July 31-Aug 2, 2020)

Owamni Falling Water Festival | Minneapolis (Aug 1, 2020)

Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis (Aug 4, 2019)

Manitou Days | White Bear Lake (usually June 18-July 4, 2020)

Mini Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis (Aug 8-9, 2020)

Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis (Aug 1-2, 2020)

Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds (Aug 7, 2020)

Rockford River Days | Riverside Park, Rockford (Aug 7-9, 2020)

Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Park, St Paul (Aug 7-9, 2020)

New Brighton Stockyard Days (Aug 7-10, 2020)

Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport (Aug 9, 2020)

Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes (Aug 14-16, 2020)

Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park (Aug 14-20, 2020)

IndiaFest | Minnesota State Capitol (Aug 15, 2020)

Spelmansstämma | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia
Fiddle fest and pig roast ($20.00 to eat), games, historic building tours, art fair. (Aug 15, 2020)

Vadnais Heights Heritage Days

Como Park Japanese Obon Festival | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul (Aug 16, 2020)

Party on the Plaza | Nicollet Commons, Burnsville (Aug 20, 2020)

Ki Chi Saga Days | Chisago City (Aug 20-23, 2020)

Mounds View Festival in the Park | Silver View Park (Aug 21-22, 2020)

North Hudson Pepper Fest (Aug 21-23, 2020)

Woodbury Days | Ojibway Park, Woodbury
Buttons required for many events ($5/pp or $15/4-pack – children’s coin hunts, workshops and art activities), petting zoo, magic shows and Grande Parade. (Aug 21-23, 2020)

St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park (Aug 22, 2020)

Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee
Explore the Fairy Wing Forest and Mermaid Cove, take in a maypole dance, craft a wand or pirate hat, learn to juggle and much more. Open weekends 9am-7pm. $13.50-$24.95. (Aug 22-Oct 4, 2020)

Stiftungsfest | Norwood Young America
Carnival, market, escape room ($20), and music. (Aug 27-30, 2020)

Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights
Find Family Highlights in our Annual Guide to the Minnesota State Fair. $12-$15/pp, under 5 FREE. (Aug 27-Sept 7, 2020)

Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove
Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food. (Aug 29-30, 2020)

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Minneapolis

Twin Cities Polish Festival | Old Main Street, Minneapolis


Victoria Volksfest | Victoria (Aug 3, 2019)

Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul (Aug 10, 2019)

Greek Festival | St. George Church, St Paul (Aug 17-18, 2019)

Open Streets Franklin | Minneapolis (Aug 25, 2019)

Guide to the Minnesota State Fair


August Family Events Guide

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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.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee (Aug 22-Oct 4, 2020)

Mac-Grove Fest | St Paul (Sept 7, 2019)

Burnsville Fire Muster (Sept 9-12, 2020)

Inver Grove Heights Days (Sept 10-13, 2020)

James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Wayzata (Sept 11-13, 2020)

Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee (Sept 11-Nov 1, 2020)

Blaine World Fest | Town Square Park (Sept 12, 2020)

Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House (Sept 12, 2020)

Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego (Sept 12, 2020)

Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center (Sept 12, 2020)

St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park (Sept 12, 2020)

Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall (Sept 12, 2020)

Minneapolis Monarch Festival (Sept 12, 2020)

Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis (Sept 12, 2020)

Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park (Sept 12, 2020)

Grape Stomp Festival | St. Croix Vineyards (Sept 12, 2020)

Eagan Art Block | Eagan (Sept 12-26, 2020)

Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport (Sept 18-19, 2020)

Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis (Sept 18-19, 2020)

Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia (Sept 19, 2020)

East Harriet Fall Fest | Minneapolis (Sept 19, 2020)

Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville (Sept 19, 2020)

Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior (Sept 19, 2020)

Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan (Sept 19, 2020)

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Red Wing (Sept 19, 2020)

Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville (Sept 19-20, 2020)

Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul (Sept 20, 2020)

Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis (Sept 20, 2020)

Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings (Sept 26, 2020)

Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley (Sept 26-27, 2020)

Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park (Sept 26-27, 2020)

Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard (weekends only Sept 26-Oct 11, 2020)

Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina (Sept 27, 2020)









CountryFest | St Patrick’s Church, Oak Grove (Sept 6-8, 2019)

Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine (Sept 7-27, 2019)

Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Farm, Maplewood (Sept 8, 2019)

Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis (Sept 8, 2019)

St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery (Sept 13-14, 2019)

Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis (Sept 14, 2019)

Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights (Sept 21, 2019)

Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden (Sept 21)

Delano Oktoberfest | Delano (Sept 21, 2019)

Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park (Weekends, Sept 21-Oct 27, 2019)

Art on the Strip | Crystal (Sept 28, 2019)

Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Church (Sept 21,2019)

Save the Date 2021 

September 25, 2021: St. Louis Park Roctoberfest | ROC
All Ages – More details in 2021.


September Family Events Guide

Top Fall Family Fun in the Twin Cities

Twin Cities Apple Orchard Guide


It’s SCARY how huge our list of Twin Cities Halloween events is! Too large to list here, so jump over to our 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.

Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague (Oct 3 & 10, 2020)

Celebrate the Harvest | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista (Oct 5, 2020)

Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park (Oct 10, 2020)

Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings (Oct 10-11, 2020)

Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (Oct 17, 2020)


Through October: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine

Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard

Harvest Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul

Fall Into Winter Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings

Twin Cities Book Festival | State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Stillwater Harvest Fest, Downtown Stillwater

Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings

A Sibley Site Haunting | Sibley Historic Site

Gibbs Halloween | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

For all the details on these festivals, click over to our complete Fall Festival Calendar.


October Family Guide

Top Fall Family Fun in the Twin Cities

Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches


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

Apple Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov 24, 2020)

Winter Lighting Ceremony in Nicollet Commons Park (Nov 25, 2020)

Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata (Nov 27, 2020)

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival (Nov 27-29, 2020)

Virtual Holidazzle (Nov 27-Dec 17, 2020)


Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony | St Paul (Nov 23, 2019)

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt (Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019)

Hometown Holiday | Chaska (Nov 30, 2019)


Our November Family Events Guide has ideas for making the most of Thanksgiving Break with family – whether you are traveling or staying cozy at home.

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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