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

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

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

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

1/18/19: The Big Chill | Firemen’s Park, Chaska

1/19/19-1/27/19: 15th Annual Winter Fete | Bloomington

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

1/21/19: Winter Play Day | Silverwood Park, St Anthony 

1/24/19-2/3/19: St Paul Winter Carnival | St Paul

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/26/19: WinterFest | Lake Elmo Park Reserve

1/26/19: Scandia Vinterfest

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

1/27/19: Pond Dakota Winter History Festival | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington

1/31/18-2/3/19: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival | Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

Seeking Funding for 2019: Art Shanty Projects | Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Find More Information on our Winter Festivals Guide


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

2/2/19: Fire & Ice Festival | Plymouth

2/2/19: Fire & Ice at Luxton | Minneapolis

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

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

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

2/9/19: Ham Lake Snow Bowl | Ham Lake Park

2/10/19: Minnetonka Kids Fest | Minnetonka Community Center

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

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

2/23/19: Phalen Freeze Fest | St Paul


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

TBA: Minneapolis’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Traditionally held on 3/17)

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

TBA: Spring Babies | Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park (4/14/18-4/29/18)

TBA: Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings (4/21/18)

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

TBA: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes (4/21/18)

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

Listen to your Mother and find more Earth Day events here


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: May Day 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

TBA: West St Paul Days | West St Paul (5/18/18-5/20/18)

5/18/19: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | Hopkins

5/18/19: Blaine World Fest | Blaine

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

TBA: Linden Hills Festival | Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis (5/20/18)

TBA: Holz Farm Spring Festival | Holz Farm Park, Eagan (5/20/18)

TBA: Immigrant for a Day | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia (5/27/18)

TBA: Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery | Minneapolis (5/28/18)

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



TBA: Flint Hills Family Festival | Downtown St Paul (6/1/18-6/2/18)

TBA: Johnstock | Johnson St NE, Minneapolis (6/1/18-6/2/18)

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

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

TBA: Party in the Park | Northside Park, Maple Plain (6/2/18)

6/1/19: Waterfest | Phalen Regional Park, St Paul

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)

TBA: Albertville Friendly City Days | Albertville (6/6/18-6/10/18)

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

TBA: Deutsche Tage | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul (6/9/18-6/10/18)

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

TBA: Open Streets Lyndale | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM (6/10/18)

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

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)

6/13/19-7/419: 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

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)

TBA: Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie | Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie (mid-June)

Find More Information in our June Festivals Guide



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

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)

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



8/1/18: Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival | Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis

8/2/18-8/12/18: Family Fringe | Saint Paul

8/3/18-8/5/18: Canadian Days | Spooner Park, Little Canada

8/3/18-8/5/18: Uptown Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/3/18-8/5/18 & 8/10/18-8/12/18 Day Out With Thomas | Duluth

8/4/18-8/5/18: Powderhorn Art Fair | Minneapolis

8/5/18:  Open Streets Northeast | Minneapolis

8/5/18-8/13/18: New Brighton Stockyard Days

8/10/18-8/12/1813: Irish Fair of Minnesota | Harriet Island Regional Park, St Paul

8/10/18-8/12/18: Twin Cities Polish Festival

8/10/18-8/12/18: Rockford River Days

8/11/18: Eagan Food Truck Festival | Eagan Festival Grounds

8/11/18: Nershfest | Inbound Brewco, Minneapolis

8/12/18: Fiesta Latina | CLUES St Paul

8/12/18: Pioneer Day | Pioneer Memorial Park, Newport

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

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

8/17/18-8/18/18: Victoria Volksfest | Victoria

8/17/18-8/19/18: North Hudson Pepper Fest

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

8/17/18-8/19/18: Blue Heron Days | Lino Lakes

8/18/18: Mounds View Festival in the Park | City Hall Park

8/18/18: St Paul Food Truck Festival | Mears Park

8/18/18-9/30/18 (weekends): Minnesota Renaissance Festival | Shakopee

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

8/23//18-9/3/18: Minnesota State Fair | Falcon Heights

8/24/18-8/26/18: Woodbury Days

8/26/18: Open Streets Franklin | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM


9/5/18: Open Streets West Broadway | Minneapolis, 11 AM – 5 PM

9/4/19-9/8/19Burnsville Fire Muster 

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

9/7/18-9/9/18: James J. Hill Days | Lake Street, Downtown Wayzata

9/7/18-9/9/18: Inver Grove Heights Days

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

9/8/18: Minneapolis Monarch Festival | Lake Nokomis, 49th & Woodlawn

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

9/8/18: Harvest of Art Celebration | Eagan Art House

9/8/18-9/9/18: Edina Fall into the Arts Festival | Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

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

9/14/18-9/15/18: Bayport Derby Days | Lakeside Park, Bayport

9/14/18-9/15/18: St. Paul Oktoberfest | Historic Schmidt Brewery

9/15/18: Otsego Prairie Festival | Prairie Park, Otsego

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

9/15/18: Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival | City Hall Campus

9/15/18: Nickle Dickle Day | Waconia

9/15/18: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville

9/15/18-9/16/18: Lakeville Art Festival | Downtown Lakeville

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

9/16/18: Twin Cities Veg Fest | Harriet Island, St Paul

9/22/18: Excelsior Apple Day | Downtown Excelsior

9/22/18: Japanese Garden Festival | Normandale Japanese Garden, Bloomington

9/22/18: Plymouth on Parade | Plymouth City Center

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

9/22/18: Apple Festival | Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights

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

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

9/22/18: Autumnfest | Woodbury Lakes

9/22/18-9/23/18: Afton Art in the Park | Town Square Park

9/22/18-9/23/18: Lone Oak Days Fall Festival | Holz Farm, Eagan ($2/admission)

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

9/23/18: Open Streets on 50th | W 50th Street, Edina

9/23/18: Open Streets Nicollet | Minneapolis

9/29-30/18: Pahl’s Market Fall Festival | Pahl’s Market, Apple Valley

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

9/30/18: Open Streets University of Minnesota | Minneapolis

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

10/13/18: Fall on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park

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

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

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

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

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

Browse our Twin Cities Halloween events.



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

11/17/18: Rice Park Tree Lighting & WinterSkate Opening | St Paul

11/23/18-11/25/18: Taylor Falls Lighting Festival

11/30/18-12/1/18: Afton Village Holiday

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

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

11/23/18 & 11/24/18: Anoka Hometown Holiday 

11/23/18-11/25/18: Christmas in Excelsior

11/30/18: Holiday Fest | Shakopee

Browse more Twin Cities early holiday events.




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

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

12/1/18: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis

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

12/1/18: Holiday on Main | Lakeville

12/1/18: Shop Excelsior

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

12/8/18: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park

Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas

Winter in the Village | St Anthony Village

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

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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