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


Though we’re typically modest Minnesotans, the Twin Cities doesn’t shy away from its fairs and festivals. 2019 dates are slowly trickling in. Municipalities are on their own schedules, but the 2018 dates are good indicators of likely 2019 dates.

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

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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TWIN CITIES MARCH & APRIL FAMILY FESTIVALS

3/16/19: St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Rice Park, St Paul

3/17/19: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration | Landmark Center, St Paul

3/17/19: Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Browse our massive list of Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts & Activities.

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

4/13/19-5/5/19: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park

4/20/19: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

4/20/19: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

4/20/19: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

4/26/19: Minneapolis Arbor Day Festival | Theodore Wirth Regional Park

4/27/19: Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

TBA: Arbor Day Walk & Green Fair | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (4/28/18)

Find more details on our Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar.

Listen to your Mother and find more Earth Day events here


TWIN CITIES MAY FAMILY FESTIVALS

5/3/19-5/5/19: Festival of Nations | RiverCenter, St Paul

TBA: Union Depot’s Train Day | Union Depot, St Paul (5/5/18)

5/4/19: Cinco de Mayo | West Side neighborhood, St Paul

5/5/19: MayDay Parade & Festival | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

TBA: ¡Unidos Fest! | Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington (5/11/18)

5/10/19-5/12/19: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival | Washington Cty Fairgrounds, Stillwater

5/17/19-5/19/19: Art-A-Whirl | Northeast Minneapolis

5/17/19-5/19/19: West St Paul Days | West St Paul 

5/18/19: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins

5/18/19: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

TBA: Arts in the Park | Purgatory Creek Park, Eden Prairie (5/19/18)

5/19/19: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis 

5/19/19: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan 

5/27/19: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia 

5/27/19: Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis 

5/31/19-6/2/19: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina


TWIN CITIES JUNE FAMILY FESTIVALS

5/31/19-6/1/19: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul 

5/31/19-6/2/19: Edina Art Fair | 50th & France, Edina

6/1/19: Art in the Hollow | Swede Hollow Park, St Paul

6/1/19: Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain 

6/1/19: Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival | Como and Carter Avenues, St Paul

TBA: Discover Aviation Days | Anoka County Airport, Blaine (6/2/18-6/3/18)

TBA: I Love Burnsville Week (6/2/18-6/8/18)

6/1/19: Grand Old Day | Grand Ave, St Paul

TBA: Rhubarb Fest | New Brighton History Center Museum, New Brighton (6/3/18)

6/2/19: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM 

6/5/19-6/9/19: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville 

6/6/19-6/9/19: Spring Lake Park Tower Days | Spring Lake Park

6/6/19-6/9/19: Hugo Good Neighbor Days | Hugo

6/8/19-6/9/19: Art on the Lake | Excelsior

6/8/19-6/9/19: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul

TBA: Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes | Maple Grove (6/9/18-6/10/18)

6/9/19-6/16/19: Buffalo Days | Buffalo

TBA: Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (6/10/18)

TBA: Farmington Dew Days | Farmington (6/12/18-6/16/18)

TBA: Faribault Heritage Celebration | Faribault (6/13/18-6/16/18)

TBA: St. Louis Park Parktacular | St Louis Park (6/13/18-6/17/18)

TBA: Tater Daze Festival | Brooklyn Park (6/14/18-6/16/18)

TBA: Fridley Fest (formerly ’49er Days) | Commons Park, Fridley (6/14/18-6/16/18)

TBA: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest | Kingston Park, Cottage Grove (6/14/18-6/17/18)

6/13/19-7/4/19: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

TBA: Northern Spark | Minneapolis (6/15/18-6/16/18)

6/14/19-6/16/19: Stone Arch Bridge Festival | Minneapolis

TBA: Midsommar CelebrationAmerican Swedish Institute, Minneapolis (6/16/18)

TBA: Columbia Heights Lions Jamboree | Huset Park, Columbia Heights (6/20/18-6/24/18)

TBA: Earle Brown Days Festival | Brooklyn Center (6/21/18-6/23/18)

6/20/19-6/22/19: Twin Cities Jazz Festival | St. Paul

6/20/19-6/23/19: Oakdale Summerfest | Walton Park, Oakdale

6/22/19: Minnetonka Summer Festival | Civic Center Campus

TBA: Midsommar Dag | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia (6/23/18)

TBA: Eagan Art Festival | Eagan (6/23/18-6/24/18)

6/22/19-6/23/19: Afton Strawberry Festival | Afton

6/23/19: Uptown Food Truck Festival | Lake & Hennepin, Minneapolis

TBA: Scandinavian Summer Fest | Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis (6/24/18)

6/24/19-7/4/19: Rosefest | Roseville

6/28/19-6/30/19: Kaposia Days | South St Paul

6/28/19-6/30/19: Blaine Festival | Aquatore Park, Blaine

TBA: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley (6/27/18-7/4/18)

TBA: Hudson Booster Days | Lakefront Park, Hudson WI (6/27/18-7/4/18)

Find More Information in our June Festivals Guide


TWIN CITIES JULY FAMILY FESTIVALS

TBA: Hudson Booster Days (TBA)

7/1/19-7/4/19: Manitou Days | White Bear Lake

TBA: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Apple Valley (6/27/18-7/4/18)

TBA: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center (7/2/18-7/4/18)

TBA: Richfield Red, White & Blue Days(7/2/18-7/4/18)

7/4/19-7/14/19: Pan-o-Prog – Lakeville’s Summer Festival

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TBA: Marketfest | Downtown White Bear Lake (Thursdays in July)

7/10/19-7/14/19: Karl Oskar Days | Lindstrom

7/10/19-7/14/19: Maple Grove Days

TBA: Ramsey County Fair | Maplewood (7/11/18-7/15/18)

TBA: Whiz Bang Days | Robbinsdale (7/12/18-7/15/18)

7/11/19-7/14/19: Monticello Riverfest | Monticello

TBA: Andover Family Fun Fest (7/13/18-7/14/18)

TBA: Duk Duk Daze | Northwood Park, New Hope (7/13/18-7/15/18)

7/13/19-7/21/19: Hopkins Raspberry Festival

TBA: Anoka Riverfest(TBA)

7/13/19/7/14/19: Dragon Festival | Lake Phalen Park, St Paul

7/16/19: Blaine Family Fun Night | Aquatore Park

7/18/19-7/21/19: Excelsior Crazy Days Fair & Festival 

TBA: Summer Splash | Zanewood Recreation Center, Brooklyn Park (7/20/18)

TBA: Spirit of the Lakes Festival | Surfside Park & Beach, Mound (7/20/18-7/21/18)

7/19/19/-7/20/19: Lowertown Blues Fest | Mears Park, St Paul

7/19/19-7/20/19: Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games | Eagan Central Park

7/19/19-7/21/19: Highland Fest | St Paul

TBA: Wannigan Days | Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls

7/19/19-7/21/19: Rivertown Days | Hastings

7/19/19-7/21/19: Lumberjack Days | Downtown Stillwater

7/19/19-7/28/19: Rosemount Leprechaun Days | Central Park, Rosemount

7/20/19: Discover Anoka Day & Sidewalk Sale – Anoka Food Truck Festival | Anoka

TBA: International Festival of Burnsville | Nicollet Commons Park (7/21/18)

TBA: St. Paul Rondo Day | Rondo Ave, St. Paul (7/21/18)

TBA:  Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM (7/22/18)

7/24/10-7/27/19: Minneapolis Aquatennial

7/23/19-7/28/19: Anoka County Fair | Anoka

7/24/19-7/28/19: Scott County Fair | Jordan

7/25/19-7/27/19: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl | Minneapolis

7/25/19-7/28/19: Crystal Frolics

7/26/19-7/28/19: Slice of Shoreview Days | Island Lake County Park

TBA: Chaska River City Days(7/27/18-7/29/18)

TBA: Owamni Falling Water Festival | Father Hennepin Bluff Park (7/28/18)

7/26/19-7/28/19 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth (also August 2nd-4th)

7/27/19-7/29/19: Loring Park Art Festival  | Loring Park, Minneapolis


TWIN CITIES AUGUST FAMILY FESTIVALS

TBA: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis

7/26/19-8/4/19: Family Fringe | Saint Paul

TBA Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada

8/2/19-8/4/19 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth

8/2/19-8/4/19 Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/3/19-8/4/19: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis 

8/4/19  Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis

8/4/19-8/12/19: New Brighton Stockyard Days

8/9/19-8/11/19: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul

8/9/19-8/11/19: Twin Cities Polish Festival

8/9/19-8/11/19: Rockford River Days

8/9/19: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

TBA: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul 

8/11/19: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport

TBA: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days (8/16/18 & 8/18/18-8/19/18)

TBA: Ki Chi Saga Days | Vilhelm Moberg Park, Chisago City (8/16/18-8/19/18)

TBA: Victoria Volksfest | Victoria (8/17/18-8/18/18)

8/16/19-8/18/19: North Hudson Pepper Fest

TBA: Heritage Days Festival | St Paul Park (8/17/18-8/19/18)

8/16/19-8/18/19: Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes

8/17/19: Nershfest | Inbound Brewco, Minneapolis

TBA: Mounds View Festival in the Park | New Location TBA

8/17/19: St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park

8/17/19-9/29/19 (weekends): Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

8/18/19: Como Park Japanese Obon Festival | Como Park Conservatory, St Paul

8/22/19-9/2/19: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights

8/23/19-8/25/19: Woodbury Days

8/25/19: Open Streets Franklin | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM


TWIN CITIES SEPTEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

9/4/19-9/7/19Burnsville Fire Muster 

9/7/19: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House 

TBA: Sever’s Fall Festival | Shakopee (9/7/18-10/28/18)

9/8/19: Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis

9/5/19-9/8/19: Inver Grove Heights Days

9/6/19-9/8/19: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata

TBA: CountryFest | St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove (9/7/18-9/9/18)

9/7/19: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn

TBA: Fulton Fall Festival | Pershing Park, Minneapolis (9/8/18)

9/7/19: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House

9/7/19-9/8/19: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

TBA: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine (9/8/18-10/27/18)

9/14/19: Blaine World Fest | Blaine

9/14/19: St. Louis Park Art Fair | The ROC, St. Louis Park

9/14/19: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

9/13/19-9/14/19: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery

TBA: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego (9/15/18)

TBA: Bloomington Heritage Days | Nativity of Mary Catholic Church grounds (9/15/18)

9/14/19: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus

TBA Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia (9/15/18)

9/14/19: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

TBA: Rockpoint Church Fall Festival | Lake Elmo (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

9/15/19: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul

9/20/19-9/21/19: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport

9/21/19: Prairie Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

9/21/19: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior

9/21/19-9/22/19: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville

TBA: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

TBA: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center (9/15, 9/22 & 9/29/18)

TBA: Harvest  Fest | Frogtown Farm Park, St Paul (9/22/18)

9/21/19: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

TBA: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings (9/22/18)

TBA: Party in the Prairie | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington (9/22/18)

9/21/19-9/22/19: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan ($2/admission)

TBA: Twin Cities Harvest Festival & Maze | Brooklyn Park | Weekends only (9/22/18-10/28/18)

9/22/19: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina

9/22/19: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis

9/28/19-9/29/19: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

9/28/19-9/29/19: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley

TBA: Afton Apple Fest | Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings | Weekends only (9/29/18-10/14/18)

Browse more events in our guide to Fall Fun in the Twin Cities.


TWIN CITIES OCTOBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

TBA: Scarecrow Festival | Emma Krumbees, Belle Plaine (10/1/18-10/27/18)

TBA: Fall Fair | Afton Alps, Hastings (10/4/18-10/14/18)

TBA: UFC Farm Supply Harvest Festival | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista (10/6/18)

TBA: Annual Apple Festival | Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, Hastings (10/6/18-10/7/18 & 10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Family Fun Saturdays | Barten Pumpkins, New Prague (10/6/18 & 10/13/18)

TBA:  Fall Color Blast | Warner Nature Center, Marine on St Croix (10/7/18)

10/12/19: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

TBA: Twin Cities Book Festival | State Fairgrounds, St. Paul (10/13/18)

TBA: Stillwater Harvest Fest | Downtown Stillwater (10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Apple Fest | Carpenter St Croix Nature Center, Hastings (10/13/18-10/14/18)

TBA: Harvest Haunting | LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings (10/20/18)

TBA: Wargo Fall Festival | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (10/21/18)

10/26/19: Gibbs Halloween | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

Browse more 2019 Twin Cities Halloween events


TWIN CITIES NOVEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

TBA: Hometown for the Holidays | Stillwater (11/16/18-12/31/18)

TBA: Rice Park Tree Lighting & WinterSkate Opening | St Paul (11/16/18-12/31/18)

11/29/19-12/1/19: Taylor Falls Lighting Festival

TBA: Afton Village Holiday (11/30/18-12/1/18)

TBA: Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata (11/23/18)

TBA: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis (11/23/18-12/23/18)

TBA: Anoka Hometown Holiday (11/23/18 & 11/24/18)

11/29/19-12/1/19: Christmas in Excelsior

TBA: Holiday Fest | Shakopee (11/30/18)

Browse more Twin Cities early holiday events.


TWIN CITIES DECEMBER FAMILY FESTIVALS

 

TBA: Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis (12/1/18 & 12/2/18)

TBA: Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul (12/1/18)

TBA: Holiday Harbor Lights & Tree Lighting | Downtown Blaine (12/1/18)

TBA: Holiday on Main | Lakeville (12/1/18)

TBA: Shop Excelsior (12/1/18)

TBA: North St. Paul Holiday Hop | North St. Paul (12/1/18)

12/7/19: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis

TBA: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park (12/1/18)

TBA: Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas(12/1/18)

TBA: Winter in the Village | St Anthony Village (12/8/18)

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


TWIN CITIES JANUARY FAMILY FESTIVALS

TBA: Ice Castles | The Commons, Excelsior | Read our review of Ice Castles

TBA: Winter Trails Day | Fort Snelling State Park (1/12/19)

TBA: 28th Annual Winter Ice Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina (1/13/19)

TBA: Arctic Fever | Excelsior, Shorewood & Tonka Bay (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: 15th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington (1/18/19-1/20/19)

TBA: Winter Open House | White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake (1/19/19)

TBA: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony (1/19/19)

1/23/20-2/3/20: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul 

TBA: Anoka Winterfest | Greenhaven Golf Course & Event Center, Anoka (1/25/19-1/26/19)

TBA: Winter Blast | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (1/25/19)

TBA: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days (1/26/19-2/10/19)

TBA: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival | Lake Harriet Park, Minneapolis (1/26/19)

TBA: 12th Annual Art Sled Rally | Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis (1/26/19)

TBA: Winter Fun Day | Oak Hill Park, St Louis Park (1/26/19)

TBA: WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve (1/26/19)

TBA: Scandia Vinterfest (1/26/19)

TBA: 19th Annual Snow Day | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (1/26/19)

TBA: Pond Dakota Winter History Festival | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington (1/26/19)

1/30/20-2/2/20: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

TBA: Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis (seeking funding to continue)

Find More Information on our Winter Festivals Guide


TWIN CITIES FEBRUARY FAMILY FESTIVALS 

TBA: Frosty Fun Festival |  Dodge Nature Center, West St Paul (2/2/19)

TBA: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth (2/2/19)

TBA: Fire & Ice at Luxton | Minneapolis (2/2/19)

TBA: Mid-Winter Fest | Apple Valley Community Center (2/2/19)

TBA: Febuary Fest (Feb Fest) | Lake Ann Park, Chanhassen (2/2/19)

TBA: Wonders of Winter | Central Park, Maple Grove (2/9/19)

TBA: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park (2/9/19)

TBA: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center (2/10/19)

TBA: Embrace the North Festival | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park (2/16/19)

TBA: Wildlife Science Center Winter Festival | Stacy (2/16/19)

TBA: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul (2/23/19)

Travel tip: 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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