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 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 festival articles.
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    January

    Twin Cities Minnesota Festivals banner showing Rice Park in St. Paul Minnesota in the Winter - Family Fun Twin Cities
    Go Here for More Details about Winter Festivals

    JANUARY 2022 – 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 our Winter Festival Calendar.

    Jan 8, 2022: Winter Ice Festival

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

    2022 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
    Jan 15, 2022: Arctic Fever 

    Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331
    Freeman Park, 6000 Eureka Road, Shorewood, 55331
    Manitou Park, 5418 Manitou Road, Tonka Bay, 55331

    Jan 15-23, 2022: 17th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington 

    Bloomington, Minnesota

    Jan 15-Feb 6, 2022: Art Shanty Projects

    4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
    Weekends Only

    Jan 28, 2022: Frosty Festival 

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

    Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022: St. Paul Winter Carnival and Medallion Hunt

    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Vulcan Snow Park: Winter Carnival Event

    More January Festivals We are Watching for 2022

    • The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318 (Jan 11, 2020)
    • Stillwater Winterfest | Stillwater, MN 55082 (Jan. 14-18, 2021)
    • Winter Blast | Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347  (Jan 18, 2020)
    • Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421 (Jan 20, 2020)
    • Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (Jan 25, 2020)
    • Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Jan 25, 2020)
    • Winter Fun Day | Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426 (Jan 25, 2020)
    • WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 (Jan 25, 2020)
    • Scandia Vinterfest, Scandia, MN 55073 (4th Saturday of January)
    • Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (Jan 25, 2020)
    • Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 (Jan 25-Feb 9, 2020)

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN JANUARY

    February

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

    FEBRUARY 2022 – MINNESOTA FESTIVALS & FAIRS

    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.

    Jan 15-Feb 6, 2022: Art Shanty Projects

    Lake Harriet, 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409
    (Weekends Only)  Read More: Art Shanty Projects 

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

    Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022: Saint Paul Winter Carnival 

    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Saint Paul Winter Carnival: Top Family Activities

    Feb 5, 2022: Fire & Ice Festival

    Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Rd 6 & Niagara Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447

    Feb 5-6, 2022: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Minneapolis

    Theodore Wirth Park, 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422

    Feb 5, 2022: February Fest (Feb Fest)

    Lake Ann Park, 1456 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

    Feb 12, 2022: Kites on Ice Festival 

    Frozen Buffalo Lake – Downtown Buffalo, 505 2nd Ave S, Buffalo, MN 55313


    February Festivals We Are Watching for 2022

    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. This year, with Easter falling the first weekend of April, we’ll have several Egg Hunts in the second half of the month, as well. Find more information on our Spring Family Festival Calendar.

    Mar. 17, 2022: St. Paul’s St. Patrick Day Parade | 425 Rice Street, St. Paul
    Mar. 17, 2022: Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Downtown Minneapolis
    Mar. 17, 2022: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Landmark Center, St. Paul

    MORE 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 seasonal festivals: 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.

    TBA: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festivals, Brooklyn Park (Apr. 9-25, 2021)
    TBA: Family Earth Day Celebration

    Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (Apr. 17-23, 2021)

    TBA: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville (Apr. 24, 2021)
    TBA: Earth Day Youth Birding Competition | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings (Apr. 24-25, 2021)
    TBA: Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival | Theodore Wirth Regional Park (Apr. 24, 2020)
    April 30, 2022: Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair

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

    April Festivals Cancelled for 2022

    Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul (Apr. 30-May 3, 2020)

    MORE 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 Festival Calendar.

    May 20-22, 2022: Virtual Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis
    TBA: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan
    May 20, 2022: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington
    TBA: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park (May 22, 2021)
    TBA: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins 
    May 30, 2022: Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis 
    TBA: Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood, St Paul (May 2, 2020)
    TBA: MayDay Parade & Festival 

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

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

    Washington County Fairgrounds, 12300 N. 40th St., Lake Elmo, MN 55042 

    MORE 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 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!

    Jun 3-4, 2022: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul
    Jun 4, 2022: Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul
    Jun 4-5, 2022: Discover Aviation Days | Anoka County Airport, Blaine 
    Jun 6, 2022: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival and Library Fundraiser | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul 
    TBA: Union Depot Train Days | St Paul (June 5-6, 2021)
    TBA: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville (June 9-13, 2021)
    TBA: Party on the Plaza 

    Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337  (June 10, 2021)
    We think the Best Twin Cities Splash Pad & Summer Entertainment is at Nicollet Commons Park

    TBA: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park (June 10-13, 2021)
    TBA: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo (June 11-13, 2021)
    TBA: Father Hennepin Festival | Champlin (June 11-13, 2021)
    TBA: Lowertown Blues Fest | Dual Citizen Brewing, St Paul (June 12, 2021)
    TBA: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul (June 12-13, 2021)
    TBA: Northern Spark | ( June 12-27, 2021)
    Jun 12-19, 2022: Buffalo Days 

    (Mostly) Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313

    Jun 15-18, 2022: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault
    TBA: Midsommar Celebration | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
    TBA: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park (June 19, 2021)
    TBA: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis (June 19-20, 2021)
    TBA: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul (June 19-27, 2021)
    TBA: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights (June 23-27, 2021)
    TBA: Rosefest | Roseville (June 23- July 4, 2021)
    Jun 24-25, 2022: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
    TBA: Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale (June 25-26, 2021)
    Jun 24-26, 2022: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park
    TBA: Kaposia Days | South St. Paul (June 25-27, 2021)
    TBA: Summer Festival | Minnetonka Civic Center (June 26, 2021)
    TBA: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park (June 26, 2021)
    TBA: Art Festival | Eagan (June 26-27, 2021)
    TBA: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley (June 30-July 4, 2021)
    TBA: Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain (June 6, 2020)
    TBA: Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum (June 7, 2020)
    TBA: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis (June 14, 2020)
    TBA: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center (June 25-27, 2020)
    TBA: Uptown Food Truck Festival | Lake & Hennepin
    TBA: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton (June 27-28, 2020)
    TBA: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park (June 18-21, 2020)
    TBA: Fridley ’49er Days | Commons Park, Fridley (Check back mid-June 2022)
    TBA: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul 
    TBA: Midsommar Dag

    Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073 (June 21, 2021)

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN JUNE

    July

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

    JULY 2021 – 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 & Fourth of July Fireworks.

    TBA: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley (June 30-July 4, 2021)
    July 1-4, 2021: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI
    July 1-11, 2021: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake
    July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2021Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake
    July 1-4, 2021: Forest Lake 4th of July
    July 3, 2021: Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington
    July 3-4, 2021Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center
    July 4, 2021: Rosefest – July 4 Celebration | Roseville
    July 4-11, 2021: Pan-o-Prog Summer Festival | Lakeville
    July 7-11, 2021 Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom
    July 8-11, 2021: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale
    July 8-11, 2021: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello
    July 9-10, 2021 Family Fun Fest | Andover
    July 10, 2021: Lowertown Blues Fest | Dual Citizen Brewing, St Paul
    July 13-18, 2021Festival of the Lake, Centerville
    July 14-18, 2021Maple Grove Days
    July 14-18, 2021 Hopkins Raspberry Festival
    July 16-17, 2021: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound
    July 16-17, 2021: Discover Anoka Sidewalk Sale & Saturday Food Truck Festival | Downtown Anoka
    July 16-18, 2021: Wannigan Days 

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

    July 16-25, 2021: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount
    July 16-18, 2021: Rivertown Days | Hastings
    July 17, 2021: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Virtual
    July 20-25, 2021: Anoka County Fair | Anoka
    July 21-24, 2021: Minneapolis Aquatennial
    July 22, 2021: International Festival of Burnsville

    Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
    Don’t Forget to Pack Swimsuits.

    July 22-25, 2021: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival

    Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

    July 22-25, 2021: Crystal Frolics | Becker Park, Crystal
    July 23-25, 2021: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park
    July 23-25, 2021: Chaska River City Days 
    July 28 – Aug 1, 2021:  Scott County Fair | Jordan
    July 29-31, 2021: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis
    July 31-August 1, 2021 Loring Park Art Festival

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

    JULY 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Cancelled in 2021

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN JULY

    August

    AUGUST 2021 – 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 30-August 14, 2021: PeopleFest | Eden Prairie
    July 31-August 1, 2021: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada
    August 5-15, 2021: Fringe Festival | Saint Paul 
    August 6-7, 2021: VillageFest | St. Anthony
    August 6-8, 2021: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis
    August 7-8, 2021: Powderhorn Art Fair 

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

    August 9-15, 2021: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days
    August 13, 2021Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds
    August 13-15, 2021: New Brighton Stockyard Days 
    August 13-14, 2021Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park
    August 13-15, 2021Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Park, St Paul 
    August 13-15, 2021Rockford River Days | Riverside Park, Rockford
    August 14, 2021: IndiaFest | Minnesota State Capitol
    August 14, 2021: Lowertown Blues Fest | Dual Citizen Brewing, St Paul
    August 14, 2021: New Hope HeyDey Festival | Northwood Park, New Hope
    August 15, 2021: Como Park Japanese Obon Festival (Lantern Festival) | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul 
    August 19-22, 2021: Ki Chi Saga Days | Vilhelm Moberg Park, Chisago City
    August 20, 2021: Arts & Craft Festival

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

    August 20-21, 2021: Mounds View Festival in the Park | Silver View Park
    August 20-22, 2021: North Hudson Pepper Fest | North Hudson, WI
    August 20-22, 2021: Woodbury Days | Ojibway Park, Woodbury
    August 20-22, 2021: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi | Wacipi Grounds, Shakopee
    August 20-22, 2021: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France
    August 21, 2021: Arts in the Park | Purgatory Creek Park, Eden Prairie
    August 21, 2021: St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park 
    August 21, 2021: Spelmansstämma

    Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073
    Free, but registration required, call (651) 433-5053.

    August 21, 2021-October 3, 2021: Minnesota Renaissance Festival  | Shakopee

    This 16th century European village is open weekends 9am-7pm. Tickets: $12.50+.

    August 26, 2021: Party on the Plaza 

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

    August 26-29, 2021: Stiftungsfest | Norwood Young America
    August 26-September 6, 2021: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights

    Tickets for the “Great Minnesota Get Together”: $13+, under 5 FREE. 

    August 29, 2021: Johnny Appleseed Day | Bruentrup Farm, Maplewood

    August 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    WATCH FOR THESE AUGUST FESTIVALS IN 2022

    MORE AUGUST FAMILY FUN

    September

    SEPTEMBER 2021 – 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: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

    Tickets $12.50+

    September – OctoberScarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine
    September 4-6, 2021: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove.
    September 7-11, 2021 Burnsville Fire Muster (Sept 9-12, 2020)
    September 8-12, 2021Inver Grove Heights Days
    September 10-12, 2021: James J. Hill Days

    Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata, MN 55391

    September 10-12, 2021: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove
    September 10-October 31, 2021: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee 
    September 11, 2021: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis 
    September 11, 2021: St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park 
    September 11, 2021: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn
    September 11, 2021: Mac-Grove Fest | Edgcumbe Rec Center, St. Paul
    September 11, 2021: Blaine World Fest – Celebrating Diversity | Tom Ryan Park, Blaine
    September 11, 2021: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
    September 11-12, 2021: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival 

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

    September 11-12, 2021: Grape Stomp Festival | St. Croix Vineyards
    September 11-25, 2021: Eagan Art Block | Eagan
    September 17, 2021: Farmington Dew Day | Farmington 
    September 17-18, 2021: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport
    September 18, 2021Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
    September 18, 2021: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia
    September 18, 2021: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego
    September 18, 2021: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center
    September 18, 2021: Minnesota Children’s Book Festival | Anderson Center, Red Wing
    September 18, 2021: Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan

    ($3/pp; Pre-Register)

    September 18, 2021: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul
    September 18-19, 2021: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville
    September 18-19, 2021: Art & Apples on the Lake 

    Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

    September 19, 2021: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis (Tentative)
    September 19, 2021: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul
    September 21, 2021: East Harriet Fall Fest | Minneapolis
    September 25, 2021: St. Louis Park Roctoberfest | ROC

    Save the date.

    September 25, 2021: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
    September 25-26, 2021: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

     SEPTEMBER 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Cancelled for 2021:

    MORE SEPTEMBER FAMILY FUN

    October

    halloween pumpkins

    OCTOBER 2021 – 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 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 Festival Calendar.

    Sept 25-Oct 31, 2021Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague 
    Oct 2, 2021Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley (Oct 10-11, 2020)
    Oct 2-3, 2021: Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

    Final weekend. Tickets $12.50+

    October 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, 2021: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings

    Admission: $6-$8/pp.

    October 9, 2021: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park 
    October 9-10, 2021: Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings 
    October 10, 2021: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis 
    October 15-16, 2021: Chaska Fire & Ice Festival | Firemen’s Park
    October 16, 2021: Wargo Fall Festival

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

    October 16, 2021: Twin Cities Book Festival | State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
    October 24, 2021: Open Streets Minnehaha | Minneapolis (Tentative)

    october 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MORE OCTOBER FAMILY FUN

    November

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

    NOVEMBER 2021 – 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.

    Nov 23, 2021: Apple Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 

    7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, MN 55124

    Nov 24, 2021: Winter Lighting Ceremony

    Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337 (Nov 25, 2020)

    Nov 26, 2021: Light Up the Lake Celebration

    Downtown Wayzata, MN 55391

    Nov 26-28, 2021: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival 

    Taylors Falls, MN 55084

    Nov 26-Dec 5, 2021: Christmas in Excelsior/Chriskindlsmarkt – Friday-Sunday only

    Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

    NOVEMBER 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MORE NOVEMBER FAMILY FUN

    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.

    December

    DECEMBER 2021 – 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 2021.

    Nov 26-Dec 5, 2021: Christmas in Excelsior/Chriskindlsmarkt – Friday-Sunday only

    Downtown Excelsior, MN 55331

    Dec 2, 2021: Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony | Savage City Hall 
    Dec 2-16, 2021: Inver Grove Heights Holidays in the Heights
    Dec 3, 2021: Osseo MiniDazzle Celebration | Boerboom Veterans Park
    Dec 3-19, 2021: The Northern Express – A Complete Christmas Wonderland | Tanadoona, Excelsior ($13-$18/pp)
    Dec 4, 2021: Holiday at the Hilde | Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth
    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 
    Dec 4, 2021: North St. Paul Holiday Hop | North St Paul 
    Dec 4-5, 2021: Anoka Hometown Holiday 
    Dec 5, 2021: Holz Farm Old-Fashioned Holiday | Holz Farm Park, Eagan
    Dec 5, 2021: Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul 
    Dec 17-19, 2021: Holidazzle
     

    DECEMBER 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Cancelled

    Dec 3-4, 2021: Afton Village Holiday 

    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: Art-A-Whirl | Minneapolis
    • June: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | St Paul 
    • June: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan
    • June: Art in the Hollow | St Paul 
    • July: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis
    • August: Loring Park Art Festival | Minneapolis
    • August: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis
    • August: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis
    • August: 50th & France Art Fair | Edina
    • 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 foods. Watch for these events:

    • June: Uptown Food Truck Festival
    • July: 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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