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.

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!

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    January

    JANUARY 2021 – 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 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.

    JANUARY FESTIVALS – CANCELLED IN 2021

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN JANUARY

    February

    FEBRUARY 2021 – 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.

    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.

    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


    FEBRUARY 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED OR CANCELLED

    • 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.

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN FEBRUARY

    March

    MARCH 2021 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, 2021: ST. PAUL’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE | 425 Rice Street, ST. Paul

    Instead of a parade, drive through An Irish MASK-arade St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Limited attendance allowed, so register by February 24th. Or watch the celebration on Facebook. 12-3pm.

    MAR 17, 2021: MINNEAPOLIS’ ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE-In-Reverse | Columbia Heights

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH CELEBRATIONS | LANDMARK CENTER, ST PAUL

    A day-long virtual event with three sets of entertainment at 8:30am, 12:30 & 5:30pm.

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN MARCH 

    April

    APRIL 2021 – 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.

    April 9-25, 2021: SPRING BABIES | TWIN CITIES FESTIVAL, BROOKLYN PARK

    APR 24, 2021: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION | HARRIET ALEXANDER NATURE CENTER, ROSEVILLE 


    APRIL 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN APRIL

    May

    Spring Festivals

    MAY 2021- 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 1, 2021: Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie 

    May 2, 2021: MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

    May 16, 2021: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan

    May 22, 2021: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins 

    May 22, 2021: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge 

    MAY 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MAY FESTIVALS CANCELLED IN 2021

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN MAY

    June

    JUNE 2021 – 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 start planning!

    June 4-5, 2021: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul

    June 10-13, 2021: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park

    June 23-27, 2021: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights (June 25-28, 2020)

    JUNE 23-July 4, 2021: Rosefest | Roseville 

    June 25-27, 2021: Kaposia Days | South St. Paul


    June 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    Cancelled in 2021:

    MORE FAMILY FUN IN JUNE

    July

    July Family Holidays

    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 events.

    JULY 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    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.

    August 1, 2021: Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis (Tentative)

    August 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MORE AUGUST FAMILY FUN

    September

    Fall Festivals

    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.

    Sept 11, 2021: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis (Tentative)

    Sept 19, 2021: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis (Tentative)

    September 25, 2021: St. Louis Park Roctoberfest | ROC

    Save the date. All ages – More details in 2021.

     SEPTEMBER 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    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.

    October 10, 2021: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis (Tentative)

    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.

    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 2020.
     

    DECEMBER 2021 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    MORE DECEMBER FAMILY FUN

    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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